It’s the day before Toy Fair, and while I’m sitting in an airport, all the official press releases are starting to filter out. In this case, Hasbro gave first dibs to IGN (since this is a video game crossover, after all). However, Hasbro is also relaunching their Pulse service, acting as a hub for all their new IP (Nerf, Transformers, etc) that will offer preorders, as well as perks for the “Premium” version. Let’s jump in!
This is just a notice for fans of the site – I’m going to be busy between the actual job and preparing for my trip to New York! There’s lots of reviews I still need to do, but I only have so much energy right now. So I’ll just focus on the essentials.
And of course, if for some reason Hasbro or another company decides to do a press release on new items, I’ll find time to squeeze it in here.
Coverage will start on Friday, even if it’s more of a “Traveling to NY” post!
If you keep track of Buzz Bee Toys’ social media, you’ll have seen this post today featuring their booth at a toy fair in Germany. In it, we have lots of their current blasters on display, but also some new ones – which hopefully we’ll be able to see and play with at New York Toy fair!
See also some analysis by other blaster fans in this Reddit thread.
We have quite a few blaster officially announced by Hasbro prior to Toy Fair (regardless of blaster “leaks”, Hasbro is a corporation that operates on it’s own schedule). I’ll have the official release text posted after work (I still haven’t quite mastered the subtleties of the touch screen). In the meantime, here are some pictures and info!
After releasing the Alphapoint and Deltaburst last year, Nerf starts this year’s Laser Ops releases with the Classic Ion blasters. The blasters are a smaller, simpler model compared to the previous blasters, and they’re meant purely for jumping into a game with your friends. However, between their lesser capabilities and their current price point, you may end up waiting on the purchase.
After the success of the Ghost Ops Evader, Nerf has elected to release another clear, light-up blaster. This time, it’s the Ghost Ops Shadow ICS-6. Holding six darts in an internal magazine, the blaster is fun to use and performs acceptably as a blaster. However, if you aren’t interested in the aesthetic aspects of the blaster or are looking for better performance (or modification), there are better blasters out there.