Before all the secondhand news from Toy Fair kicks in, I thought I’d try to get out some reviews of the newest pressurized water blasters this season. Hasbro is content with piston-type blasters for the Super Soaker line; this leaves smaller competitors the chance to shine with high-performance, budget-friendly blasters. In the case of Zuru, that means the Xshot Pressure Jet.
As expected, this time of year is full of new product announcements, spread out among various media outlets, followed by general press releases. Today, Popular Mechanics showed off the newest blasters in the Rival Phantom Corps line. I’ll list the official press releases, and the my thoughts.
Along with the release of the Accelerator comes the Titanium, a reshell of the Dart Zone Powerball. It maintains the same basic form and function, but with a few differences. And it still works well as a low-cost alternative to Nerf Rival spring-based blasters, especially now that expanded hoppers are a thing,
When news leaked that Prime Time Toys (home of the Dart Zone brand) was expanding their Rival-type product line, I was excited. The Powerball had only been out half a year, but had already proven great performance for a good price. Officially released today was not only a revamped springer, but a Zeus/Hera competitor known as the Accelerator. Available at Walmart for $28, it’s not the perfect blaster, but there are still plenty of good things to find.