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!)

 NERF RIVAL ARTEMIS XVII-3000 Blaster
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $44.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Experience ultimate precision and power in battle with the NERF RIVAL ARTEMIS XVII-3000 blaster! Available in red or blue (each sold separately), the ARTEMIS XVII-3000 blaster features a spring-action cocking mechanism, easy-load internal magazine, and boasts slam-fire capability firing NERF RIVAL foam rounds at a velocity of up to 100 fps.  Compatible with NERF RIVAL tactical rail accessories (sold separately). Includes 30 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.


NERF RIVAL Red Dot Sight Accessory
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2017)
In the heat of battle, take aim with the NERF RIVAL Red Dot Sight accessory. Players simply look through the lens and align the red dot with their target for precision battling. The sight features die cast details, is adjustable and is held securely in place with a quick-release camlock mechanism. Compatible with NERF RIVAL blasters, sold separately. Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.

NERF RIVAL Flashlight Grip Accessory
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Illuminate NERF RIVAL blaster battle with the LED Flashlight Grip accessory. The light features die cast details, a removable grip, and quick-release camlock that holds it in place. Attach the Flashlight Grip accessory to any compatible NERF RIVAL blaster (sold separately) and light up the action! Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.

NERF RIVAL Rechargeable Battery Pack
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Amp up your battle with the NERF RIVAL Rechargeable Battery Pack! The first rechargeable battery in the NERF RIVAL line, fans can use this lightweight battery pack with the NERF RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster (sold separately) instead of batteries to increase the blaster’s rate of fire. Includes wall charger. For use with NERF RIVAL products only; not compatible with the NERF RIVAL ZEUS MXV-1200 blaster. Includes rechargeable battery and wall charger. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.

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