First, a shout out to Blaster Revolution on Facebook, who found and posted a link to the WSJ article – otherwise, I would’ve been too busy playing at the Penn State HvZ Invitational to notice! There’s always great stuff on that page, from war pictures to new 3d cosmetic kits and more.
After years of competing, Zuru has made enough of a dent in blaster sales for people to take notice. As per the Wall Street Journal (there is a paywall, sadly), Zuru has taken a significant amount of shelf space with $20 and under blasters, especially when Nerf has been making more expensive blasters, up to and including the (originally) $200 MSRP Prometheus.
At this point, I have quite a few Microshots that have arrived at my doorstep. (OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER THANKING HASBRO FOR SENDING FREE STUFF) At the very least, I should give my thoughts on the line. They’re neat gifts and collectibles, for sure. Just remember that, in the end, they’re all Jolts. Not that that’s a bad thing.
Well, we finally have the release of the Avengers: Endgame toys, in time to fuel the hype for the movie. One set of toys that’s NOT leaking plot points, however, is the next wave of Nerf Assemblers Gear. It’s Hasbro’s way of incorporating dart blasting into the movie, as well as making it possible to collect tons of plastic pieces to make giant plastic monstrosities.
The good news is that these are far better than the blasters we had last year. And while they still aren’t quite compatible with the rest of Nerf’s accessories, they at least can be mixed with last year’s movie tie-ins. They’re no longer objectively bad. Whether it’s enough to justify buying them, however, is up to you.
The flagship blaster of the Fortnite/Nerf partnership may be the AR-L blaster, but the SP-L is just as much fun, in a smaller package. It offers decent performance, a three dart internal magazine, and the goofy look you’d expect from a model of an in-game asset. While there may be more competitive options available for less, the SP-L is still a nice blaster, especially for fans of the game.
While we were gone (I was at an HvZ Invitational close to home), Jared’s Epic Nerf Battle 4 took place down in Texas. Being an official Hasbro-sponsored event (as well as Walmart), it was a good opportunity to show off some of the upcoming 2019 blasters. Naturally, those blasters “just happen” to be Walmart exclusives. In any case, the event appears to have been a blast for all those that were able to participate, and preorders for those blasters are now live!