Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New York Toy Fair 2014 Overview - Tek Recon Predator






Tek Recon was a bit of a find for me last year at Toy Fair. A year after the Kickstarter and subsequent release, what have they been up to? The Tek Recon Predator.



STATS:
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Ammo Capacity: 100 (50 rounds on each side of the magazine)
  • Range: 100'
Features:
  • Removable stock, sight(s), LED light on the front (all picatinny compatible)
  • New style magazine (Interesting note, the Havok magazine will work in the Predator, but the Predator magazine is not backwards compatible)
  • New style cradle, a lot more robust than the original. This one features a HUGE metal screw to fix the mobile device holder in place.
Old style cradle
New style cradle
 The prototype fired using the pump grip (edit: there will be trigger this time, the Predator will only fire using the pump grip. The trigger shown in the picture is for the light) and it had some heft. The rubber end of the stock was great as before, so no complaints there.

As has been the case from the beginning, the folks at Tek Recon I spoke with (Harold, Steve, and Graeme) were all receptive to my critiques to the Hammer Head and Havok, and reminded me that information like that is important to their design process. As their first foray into blasters, they realize there's work to be done, and they welcome it. For the record, did you answer their request for suggestions on Facebook?

As previously reported, there aren't just new blasters but ammo types as well in the works. These will either affect rate of fire or range, so we'll just have to see. As it looks, Tech4Kids is still strongly behind Tek Recon to bring the best experience for the players. Judging from Toy Fair, their energy into the brand is on the right track, and I'm looking forward to seeing this in the Fall in its Final Form.

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