I get easily sidetracked. Fortunately, it’s often by Nerf-related projects. In this case, I have a bunch of new files online for 3d printing. First, the initial version of a Sideswipe top prime handle is live – I do want to tweak it, but it’s workable in the current state.
Also, due to a special request, a cage for the Adventure Fore V-Twin is up, allowing you to mount the barrel rotation motor above the replacement cage. An AF/Dart Zone Scorpion version will arrive soon (and is long overdue – we might like blaster performance, but the spinning barrels are fun!).
While we’re at it, I’ve also put up replacement cages for the Nerf Dinosquad Rex Rampage. I’ve yet to put up the review (don’t worry, it’s good), but obviously I was excited enough to make cages for it.
Not to fear, there’s plenty more content to post and blasters to review! However, as opposed to the usual acceleration due to Toy Fair and the like, the posts will likely slow down towards the end of February. Among other things, I have a March 20th wedding to plan! A few other things, as well, but that’s the main concern.
Regularly scheduled reviews to return tomorrow!
Back in December, I had the chance to buy an FDL-Basic beta unit ahead of the general release (making for a great birthday gift for the fiancée). Between the two of us, we’ve put many clips of ammo through the blaster, seeing if anything went wrong or if anything could be improved. In the end, the Basic is a great do-everything blaster. Granted, you could spend the same amount of money or time on several blasters for different game types. But if you’re willing to spend the money, you’ll be happy with the versatility of this blaster. Especially when compared to the price of the FDL-3 before it.
Blaze Storm (made by Zecong Toys) is known for copying Nerf designs; although they do on occasion come up with something original. However, when I see things like a copy of the Prometheus, I can’t help but buy it to see if it’s worth anything.
Is it worth the $85 I paid? In stock form, no. If you’re in need of a fun project, though, it’s fairly easy to bring it up to par with other Rival blasters!
Here’s the other initial release from the Curve Shot line, aka the next generation of Knockout. It’s simpler to operate than its predecessor, and has plenty of ammo storage. On the flip side, it’s also five dollars more, and light enough that adding a barrel for curving rounds isn’t necessary. In any case, it still makes for a decent, low end ball blaster.
Due to what can only be assumed is a Walmart stocking mixup, the Rival Curve Shot Sideswipe is already out more than a month before the official release date! To that end, I’ve been testing and making parts for it. The verdict? It’s a good blaster that fires well and does in fact curve your shots; just don’t expect miracles to happen!
Two of these blasters are scheduled to land on my doorstep today, due to an early release from Walmart. (One community member got them yesterday, as seen here. Thanks for the pictures, Abquintic!). The last blaster, however, will have to wait until August, it seems. CNET got the first official media release, however, so here’s the basic info on the Curve Shot line, where you can adjust the hop-up to shoot in any direction!