One of the biggest developments of 2013 was Nerf releasing hammer-action blasters, the Hammershot and Sweet Revenge. Prior to these, there were very few one-handable pistol sized blasters, and those usually had several flaws. I immediately liked what I saw with the Sweet Revenge, and bought it as soon as it became available here in Australia.
In the Doomlands, there is only one lawbringer!
A target exclusive, the Nerf Doomlands Lawbringer is one of the newer items, making it’s appearance in late 2015. Essentially, the blaster feels like an over-sized hammershot, which is great for it’s feel and aesthetic overall! It works well for close combat, and is a nice addition to the Doomlands line if you are looking for options, however it has a lot it still needs to offer when it comes to practicality. The Lawbringer is very sturdily made, and will catch the eye of your targets, however the biggest concern is that of the price. Regardless, I wanted to give it a go, as the Doomlands style gives off a great first impression, and knows how to make a statement with it’s appearance.
Bring justice to a doomed world with the Lawbringer blaster! This powerful blaster fires 12 darts without reloading from the rotating barrel with hammer-action blasting. Load up your darts from the storage capsules on the stock and drop the hammer as you let each one fly! You’ll be the fiercest protector on the battlefield with the Lawbringer blaster!
- Lawbringer blaster has hammer-action blasting
- Includes 12 darts
- 12-dart rotating barrel
- Dart storage in the blaster’s stock
- WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts will be generated. Not for children under 3 years.
- Ages 8 and up
Buzz Bee’s new Ultra Tek line brought many things, but the most significant is their adoption of a clip (mag) system. The Ultra Tek 8/Champion is the smallest of these new blasters. The combination of a clip (mag) system and Elite-competitive performance allows Buzz Bee to properly challenge and compete with Nerf.
Disclosure: The Ultra Tek 8 was sent to me by Buzz Bee for review, so thanks to them for their contribution. As usual, their contribution will not bias the review in any way.
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The Buzz Bee Sidewinder is a formidable-looking blaster. With its massive 30 dart drum, it has the kind of presence that would give an adversary pause. It also has the potential to be a really solid performer, but is handicapped by the manufacturer in such an odd way that we didn’t quite know how to review it. Do we review the blaster as it was sent to us (and as it appears on store shelves), or do we review it the way it should be used? Perhaps we’ll do a little of both.
All things considered, the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 is largely considered to be one of the best engineered–and most readily modifiable–Nerf Elite products to-date. Brought to market in September of 2013, it was widely seen as the successor to the Stampede ECS, but with several key upgrades. The Rapidstrike CS-18 was found to shoot faster, farther, and generally more consistently than its predecessor, and had a gearbox that was more reliable, less complicated, and had fewer mechanical parts. The Rapidstrike was also lighter in weight, easy to modify, and it felt great to use. Fast-forward to 2014, when Hasbro introduced the world to the Nerf Cam ECS-12, a blaster that looked curiously like the Rapidstrike, but featured a built-in camera and a claimed range of up to 85 feet. At an $80 price point, speculation began that the Nerf Cam ECS-12 was being softly positioned as the new “flagship” blaster of the Elite line. So, as we outlined in Part 1 of this head-to-head review, we decided to put the Nerf Came ECS-12 up against the standard-bearing Rapidstrike CS-18 and find out for ourselves.