Saturday, March 18, 2017

Unboxing: Fort Boards from New York Toy Fair (Nerf Bunker construction idea)

Fort Boards Assist in Nerf Game Bunker construction



Fort Boards! Pretty cool!

Fort Boards are 8"x8" plastic interlocking panels that can be used to create a variety of shapes, including curved surfaces, blocks, walls, panels, panels with doors, etc. They come in a variety of colors, in a "Starter" pack of 22 panels (along with additional connectors) or a "Prime" pack of 44 panels (with additional connectors. Customizable with (sold separately) metal or wooden texture inserts, bull's eye inserts (coming soon with Blaster Board Target panels).


There's a LOT of potential I see here with this toy, with a little practice building your own customizable bunkers (with targetable panels) could work out pretty quickly. Different color schemes would keep things fresh as well (and maybe even help with branding for some arenas) while the modular nature keeps things varied and enhances objective style gameplay. I most certainly see the applications of this toy, and they are diverse beyond just building a clubhouse. Not going to lie, building an octopus looks pretty neat though.


Basic Stats:

Starter Pack:

Includes 22 boards (8”x 8”) and 21 connectors (for interlocking) and instructions - $61.99

Prime Pack:
Includes 44 boards (8”x 8”) and 46 connectors (for interlocking) and instructions


Find the Fort Boards on Amazon -
Amazon Associate Links (affiliate links, help keep the lights on for F2A! This is a provided sample by Fort Boards for review, I assure you my opinions remain my own):

Fort Boards Prime Pack - Kids Fort Building Kit - Jumbo Toy Blocks - 90 Piece Set - Yellow

Fort Boards Prime Pack - Kids Fort Building Kit - Jumbo Toy Blocks - 90 Piece Set - Gray

Fort Boards Prime Pack - Kid's Building Toy and Construction Blocks - 90 Piece Set - Red

Fort Boards Starter Pack - Kids Building Toy - Jumbo Construction Blocks - 43 Piece Set - Light Blue

Fort Boards Starter Pack - Kids Building Toy and Construction Blocks - 43 Piece Set - Gray

Fort Boards Design Cards Stone Pattern Accessory for Building Toys

Fort Boards Design Cards (Metal Pattern) - Accessory for Fort Boards Building Toys

Design Cards (Wood Pattern) - Accessory for Fort Boards Building Toys




Thursday, March 09, 2017

New York Toy Fair - Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters (aka Spitball Blasterz)

Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters partner up at New York Toy Fair
Vas The Stampede



Photo Gallery - Marshmallow Shooters



Photo gallery - Spitball Blasterz


Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters partner up at New York Toy Fair
Vas The Stampede





Had a chat with the folks at Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters (soon to be Spitball Blasterz) to see what they were up to, and surprisingly, they joined forces! Marshmallow Shooters has some new management, new manufacturing, which means new products. Paper Shooters, after a couple of hiccups, struck a deal to work products with Marshmallow Shooters. This also means that Paper Shooters is going to start exploring making all-plastic, shell-free shooters (hence the rebranding to Spitball Blasterz).

The new Marshmallow Shooters pump a bit more efficiently while shooting a bit farther. The "Extreme" Marshmallow Shooters also have a front-loading muzzle now, as opposed to the breech-loading on earlier models. Reusable ammo was also available, though no sign of the "orbballistics" shooters from a couple of years ago. The new agreements should alleviate some of the cost of the Marshmallow Shooters (which, are pricey in some circles) and affords Spitball Blasterz a helping hand in the manufacturing department. Also promising, new manufacturing means Marshmallow Shooters may diversify to other products. What products, that remains to be seen.

Paper Shooters (henceforth referred to as Spitball Blasterz) is moving forward as well, to all plastic bodies. The original kits had a plastic skeleton which was then covered by a treated cardboard. The new shooter models I saw are all plastic, rear loading, and don't require casings for the paper wad ammo. The paper construction/paper mould kits are still going to be available in the line though, so construction/gunsmithing fans will still have something to work with here. The prototype all-plastic rifle I tried out felt pretty comfortable, and shot well enough, but like all things at Toy Fair I await with cautious optimism.

Good to see more options for play out there though! Marshmallow Shooters undoubtedly has an audience (given their longevity) and Paper Shooters offers something just a little different from the out of the box experience. Where their products find a home in the community will be interesting to see, I'm just glad to see that there is still more invention out there when it comes to Toys That Shoot.


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