Many of us Nerf enthusiasts love painting our blasters. We baby them, we give them TLC, we want to make them our own. It’s this little addition of flair that goes so far sometimes in making that first impression all the better. For many, that flair is a sense of realism or even a “post-apocalyptic” feel. For others, such as myself, the realm of whimsical toys may be where you dwell. I am of the opinion that there’s really no wrong paint style once we put our personal preferences aside. However, the end result hinges on choosing the right paints for the job. Following is a brief guide to making “good” choices for your next blaster painting project.
Nerf. Buzz Bee. BOOMco. These and others are established brands that put out new blasters each year, many of them with great performance. Some blasters, however, are completely overshadowed by the big brands. They may be relegated to odd sections of the toy department, or may simply appear and disappear with little fanfare. The Glow Show Sticker Launcher by Moose Toys is one such product. Hiding among either the craft-type or science toys, it has spent over a year on shelves and is now being placed on clearance for as little as $8. Grab one while you can, because these fun blasters pack a punch!
Ever since the Nerf MEGA line was released, things have gotten more interesting in the foam-flinging ecosystem. Big darts with bigger springs and bigger plungers for the biggest performance. The initial launch was rocky with the dart-chewing MEGA Centurion, but now things have finally settled with the line delivering a few promising blasters. With the first fully-automatic flywheel powered behemoth blaster in the line clocking in at $80, could the MEGA Mastodon be worth it? Well, the entire blaster could be summarized in one way: an unforgettable experience.
The Buzz Bee Ultra-Tek Destiny, Cyclonic, Night Tek… these are all blasters we’ve known about since their introduction at the 2016 North American International Toy Fair in NYC. At the show, Buzz Bee also showed off their line of Walking Dead-inspired blasters, making for a solid 2016 new product line-up. But much to our surprise, it would appear Buzz Bee has even more new products headed for store shelves this fall–and the Air Warriors Reaper is one of them.
Simultaneous to the reveal of the Dart Zone Enforcer that was just announced, Prime Time Toys has also provided us with a detailed look at their new-for-2016 Dart Zone Magnum Superdrum! Our friends at Prime Time tell us they’re already hard at work on the 2017 Dart Zone models, but we appreciate their willingness to share what they have in store for the rest of 2016 in the meantime, beginning with these two, cool new models.
Prime Time Toys has shared with Blaster Hub exclusive details on their all-new Dart Zone Enforcer fully automatic belt-fed blaster, and it’s a beast! Encouraged by the success of their unexpectedly powerful Dart Zone Scorpion, the team at Prime Time Toys has upped their game since their original dollar store-styled models of just a few years ago. Now they’re full-on taking it to the big boys in the category, starting with the Enforcer to lead an all-new, fall ’16 line-up!
My first time with MNW, it was a somewhat different experience to what I get at MLF. In this Nerf game report, I’ll be providing an overview of those differences, along with some of the blasters on-hand, the play area, and a summary of how our games played-out.