Monday, November 07, 2016

The Walking Dead Abraham's M16 Zombie Blaster

The Walking Dead Abraham's M16 Zombie Blaster Clip-fed dart blaster




Basics:
  • Includes: Blaster x 1, 12 Long Distance darts, 8 round magazine
  • Blasts Darts up to 72'
  • Carrying handle and extended stock
  • MSRP: $32.00 - Ages 6+ 



Abraham! A character from "The Walking Dead" but not quite the character you might be thinking of. There's the Survivor played by Michael Cudlitz on the hugely popular TV show, and then the character on the hugely popular longrunning "The Walking Dead" comic. This blaster references the latter. Here's a look at them both (images used from The Walking Dead wiki:    


As played by Michael Cudlitz

The Buzz Bee blasters in general really stepped up in the last year. Revealed at New York Toy Fair last year, the new "The Walking Dead" was a real surprise to me in terms of licensed blasters to any degree. Up to this point, the only licensed weaponry was from Thinkgeek (non-projectile, non-foam) or a pretty poor performing Daryl crossbow that shot large foam darts.

BUT WAIT NO MORE.

These "Walking Dead" blasters are not only in a $30 and less price range, but they also are marketed at hitting 72'. Given the rising price of blasters, this adds some much needed relief for comic fans, collectors, and blaster enthusiasts.

Let's talk colors.

Once again, the blasters draw inspiration from "The Walking Dead" comic book universe, in packaging and font, so if you're a fan of just the AMC show the aesthetics might seem different to you. Also, Daryl wasn't originally a character in the comic book, so no crossbow (yet...?)

The colors are a vibrant yellow/red/white, which is common to keeping cosplay enthusiasts and players from being identified as using anything dangerous. It's not exactly some of the first colors you think of with a black and white comic or the zombie apocalypse but I like them and think they work in the space of making easily identifiable toys. (Yes, Toys! Remember, these are toys.)

The blasters are also a bit on the larger side, some folks may say this has a lot of empty space in the shells. Personally, I like the dimensions of the Abraham blaster, as it feels the most comfortable of the bunch to me, even without the adjustable stock. The mag release button is in an intuitive location, and resistant enough that I won't accidentally hit the release at some point and dump my ammo. The priming slide/carry handle is a familiar motion for me from past blasters, so it's not a pain to use, and the handle actually helps keep my hand from sliding off for some reason, such as dirt, sweat, or rain. I haven't had a horrible jamming problem at all, whether that's to the design or the fact I use fresh darts regularly is anyone's guess. But finding a comfortable hand position on the blaster is definitely not an issue, the only real problem for me is carrying enough magazines to keep myself blasting :)

The carrying handle did come in handy to use while running, oddly enough. It's one of those neat touches to a blaster that while it doesn't affect performance, it adds to the feel and look of it to a huge degree. Otherwise, the blaster's length isn't super problematic in close quarters either, and aiming at targets wasn't obstructed (as you can see in the video). The Buzz Bee darts need some further testing, but I like where they're going so far.

In all, I feel it's a really solidly built toy. The cost is right, and the biggest boon for parents is the magazines and darts will work with Nerf branded toys. Through some alchemic reaction the Buzz Bee and Nerf mags and darts are cross-compatible from what I've seen so far, so having to reinvest in a new ammo type or mag type (while preferred) is not a necessity. Keep in mind that stock blasters are built for their own proprietary accessories, and while they work together it may not provide full range and may lead to jamming some of the time.

Whew! So is this on your to-buy list? Will you use it for a costume? I have more reviews on the way, if you have any questions make sure to comment below! The blaster is available now, at a suggested retail price of $32. Fight the dead, but fear the living!



Edit: Sample provided by Buzz Bee toys, opinions remain my own.



SPOILER:



RIP Abraham, in both comic and tv show universes.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Nerf Spring 2017 Release info! Pricing and additional details

Thanks Nerf for sending along the price and press release information on the Spring 2017 Blaster reveals! Missed out on images on new blasters? Make sure to follow Nerf on Snapchat!
*Having some trouble adding photos from my phone, will update this post with pics later.

NERF SPRING 2017 Prices and Release info! (Pictures taken from Nerf's Snapchat - check it out!)



NERF MEGA DOUBLEBREACH Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Deliver double the blast with this breach-load blaster that fires two darts in a row. Open the breach door on the NERF MEGA DOUBLEBREACH blaster to load the darts, then unleash fury one MEGA dart at a time. Pump-action blasting sends darts flying up to 90 feet! Includes six MEGA whistler darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com. 


NERF DOOMLANDS NEGOTIATOR Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Defend justice in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with the DOOMLANDS NEGOTIATOR blaster. This hammer-action blaster fires eight darts in a row for ultimate domination. A transparent area on the blaster reveals the inner firing mechanism. Includes eight ELITE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.


NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE OUTBREAKER Bow
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2017)
The zombies are getting stronger, but so are the survivors battling them. Defend humanity against the hordes with the NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE OUTBREAKER Bow. Experience crossbow action as you fire from the 5-dart rotating drum. Includes five ZOMBIE STRIKE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

BarrelStrike on Top, Stockshot on the bottom


NERF MODULUS BARRELSTRIKE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Upgrade your blaster for any mission with the NERF MODULUS BARRELSTRIKE blaster! This four-shot blaster fires one dart at a time and can also convert into a barrel attachment for endless ways to battle. Use on its own or attach it to the barrel of any NERF MODULUS blaster when the mission calls for long-range blasting! Includes four ELITE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com. 

NERF MODULUS STOCKSHOT Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Get double the advantages with the NERF MODULUS STOCKSHOT Blaster! This four-shot blaster can be used on its own or be converted into a stock attachment. Pull out the front end of the blaster to extend it in stock mode for extra stability, or keep in blaster mode and blast away the competition! Includes four ELITE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

And certainly don't forget about the Nerf Accustrike line also due out later this year (hopefully as early as December if you have enough Nerf Perks points!)

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Nerf Accustrike blasters revealed! Pricing, Available Spring 2017!

Nerf sent along info on the new Nerf and Rebelle Accustrike blasters as of this morning, enjoy! BONUS: If you're a Nerfperks.com member, you can earn points to get an alphahawk blaster EARLY. Details at the end of the post.

edit: price corrected on Falconfire to $14.99


NERF N-STRIKE ELITE ACCUSTRIKE ALPHAHAWK Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2017)
The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE ACCUSTRIKE ALPHAHAWK blaster lets players experience the best in performance and precision the NERF brand has to offer! This bolt action blaster with a five dart rotating drum, and integrated sight and stock is designed to line up your shot for precision targeting. Includes 10 ACCUSTRIKE series NERF darts. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com


  NERF N-STRIKE ELITE ACCUSTRIKE FALCONFIRE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2017)
You can hit YOUR mark with precision with the NERF N-STRIKE FALCONFIRE blaster! The ACCUSTRIKE series darts are designed for greater accuracy. Just load one dart into the top of this single-shot blaster, take aim, and fire! Includes six ACCUSTRIKE series NERF darts. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com


NERF REBELLE FOCUSFIRE CROSSBOW Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Find your target and take a shot with the NERF REBELLE FOCUS FIRE blaster. This front-loading crossbow-style blaster offers NERF REBELLE fans the chance to hit their mark with increased accuracy and precision. Includes five ACCUSTRIKE series NERF REBELLE darts. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com








NERF REBELLE TRUEPOINT Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2017)
When the battle is on, your aim is true with the NERF REBELLE TRUEPOINT blaster. Featuring a red light beam to help fans pinpoint the target, the TRUEPOINT blaster fires one ACCUSTRIKE series NERF REBELLE dart at a time with increased precision. Includes six ACCUSTRIKE series NERF REBELLE darts. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com

So, you have a five shot revolver rifle, a new pistol, a new crossbow (but the continuation of the Rebelle line), and a new red light pistol? No range claims on this new right off the bat, but those darts look very interesting. I think the heads might be rifled...? As always, I hope to get a closer look at these in the future for a proper review :)


And that's not all! Don't want to wait 'til Spring 2017? You can EARN AN ALPHAHAWK through the Nerf Perks rewards program. Create an account on NerfPerks.com, submit qualifying Nerf purchases to earn points, and redeem those points for cool Nerf rewards, including the Alphahawk blaster, starting in December of this year. Use the code foam1016 when you sign up for an additional 100 points! The code is valid from October 4, 2016 12:00AM (ET) to November 4, 2016 11:59PM (ET).

You have your news folks! Are you excited?
 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Unboxing: The Nerf Terrascout N-Strike Elite RC Drone

Title says it all! Thanks, Nerf for the Terrascout! Unboxing now, review to come!

But why does it have slingpoints? For towing? XD




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UPDATE: Photo album is now live:
https://goo.gl/photos/k6h9wbTyKJLHZ45X9

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Blaster Test Tuesday! Taking aim at the Grossery Gang

Target Practice: Testing blasters on The Grossery Gang!



Thanks to the folks at Moose Toys for the samples! They sent along some members of The Grossery Gang, a new collectible mini set of toys. For those who don't know, if you've seen the Trash Pack or the The Ugglys, you've seen Moose. They specialize in collectible sets like this, most recently the phenomena known as Shopkins.

And they let me take the the Grossery Gang (some of the set of 150) down the sight of my barrel. I tried a variety of blasters, from the Precision RBS Hyperion, the Nerf Recon MK II, the Reflex Tk-6 Revolver from Zuru, the Dart Zone Covert Ops Enforcer.... and a special friend from the past. Naturally, given the Grossery Gang toys measure 1" x 1" (besides the containers), aiming at them was a challenge. Even moreso trying to hit them from 20', perhaps the saying "bull's eye a womprat come to mind here?

These eyes, mocking you when you miss. Don't miss. Don't bink.


Toy blasters tend to be inaccurate enough as it is, because of ammo quality and a litany of other reasons why torsos are easier to tag than small precision targets, but consider the Challenge Accepted!

I feel like the Precision RBS blasters might have had the edge and lived up to their name by taking out 3 targets, while foam darts tried to go every which way but toward where my sights were. But maybe YOU, dear reader, will have better success? Take a look at the video, and don't forget to Like and Subscribe!




Monday, August 22, 2016

Dart Zone LegendFire Powershot Blaster: Review!

Dart Zone LegendFire: Triggerless blaster, but I like it!



Basic Stats:
MSRP: $14.99
Includes-
Legendfire x 1
Dart Chambers x 2 (9 shots each)

I want to update this post with some actual gameplay testimonial, that will have to wait! In the meantime, here are some quick first impressions.

I really wasn't sure if I was going to like this blaster. Triggerless offerings in the past were often disappointing, uncomfortable, or made firing more complicated than it had to be, simply because there was no trigger. Other times, because the blaster required you to constantly shift it through motion your aim sights were constantly moving and you were always shifting... that's one reason I always want a slamfire enabled blaster to have a stock, for just that slight bit of stability while you have to keep priming the blaster.

The LegendFire is basically in a constant state of slamfire. You pump the blaster and that primes it/fires it. Dart Zone admitted this was because the blaster would have been made out of the price point they set and in order to keep costs down they had to sacrifice a traditional trigger. While unfortunate, the blaster is a pump-action, which already gives it a different feel from other triggerless blasters. Like I said, the blaster is in a constant state of slamfire so you could easily throw your aim off a bit shifting the pump handle, but with a little practice you could steady it a bit more. The length of the blaster also helps in that regard. You might find yourself spraying ammo more than surgical pot shots, as it starts to almost feel like more of a shotgun, regardless of the barrel length. I was getting pretty decent range out of the blaster too, the 80' claim (angled) isn't too far from the truth. From the looks of the video, it hit even farther than that. Now, accuracy wise? That's a whole different tune. The video shows the spread was pretty wide on the shots I took, and given the foam medium that's nothing terribly new to see. But how much of that might have been solved with a stock to brace against or a trigger, maybe some day we'll get a different version. It's my continued belief that a stock is a necessity if your blaster has slam fire, unless it's a pistol like the Strongarm.


Second cylinder included! Extra ammo reload for a unique magazine type! Thanks Dart Zone!
The thing that really got me about the LegendFire is that it reminds me of any number of Borderlands sniper rifles that use revolver style chambers - (I can't seem to remember any at the moment...) and breaking the blaster in half to get to the revolver cylinder to swap it out is a neat feature. Even better because Dart Zone includes a SECOND CYLINDER to store on the integrated ammo holder and swap out, in incredibly satisfying (for me) fashion.

And.... it's $14.99. For that price, given all the high-end blasters coming out this year, this can give you a much needed break on the wallet. For parents, here is a very interesting low-cost option for your kid's upcoming holiday gifts. It's an engaging design with the reload mechanism and just the look of it, has a slim profile (for easy storage!) is compatible with Nerf darts, and pretty good range for under $20. If you haven't looked at Dart Zone blasters before, this is definitely something you should consider!

Product provided for review: opinions still remain my own.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Detroit Dart Club Needs your Votes! (Nerf Arena in Detroit, MI)

Vote for the Detroit Dart Club - a Top 10 Semifinalist 

Hatch Detroit is hosting a contest for a savvy entrepreneur to win $50,000, and Detroit Dart Club is in the running! Go to the link here (or the Hatch Detroit link at the beginning) to cast your vote for the Detroit Dart Club. I visited the place last summer, and the owner, Connor, has a really good grasp on the place and about accessible gametypes for newcomers and vets alike. Currently, they can fit about 40 people in the club at a time, and there are lockers (one of which is adorned with a sticker from yours truly), a party area for food, and foam.... so much foam. This is just the semifinals so the contest is far from over, but let's help get them to the next round and vote, keep the Nerf Arenas growing in the U.S.!

Here's a shot from last year, but it hardly does them any justice. See more action shots at their instagram feed


Thanks a lot in advance, community! Please let's help them out and get them growing! (Hatching? Incubating?)

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