It took a little bit of video scrounging, but we finally have more pics of the Drone Slayer blaster line, thanks to DadGeek UK‘s footage at London Toy Fair. This was from the Re:Creation booth; Re:creation does sales, marketing, and distribution for several companies, including Far Out Toys, in the UK.
It’s that time again! In the name of shameless self promotion and handing out cool stuff, we have two quality blasters to giveaway – the Adventure Force Hypershot and Hyperspin. You may recognize them as the Xshot Recoil/Pulse/Kickback and the Xshot Xcess, just with differently-colored plastic. One person will be receiving both of them!
As I’ve reviewed earlier, they’re solid pistol-format blasters, that work well with any .50″ foam ammo type. Even if I personally wish that Zuru would cease using the “Blasterhub Dart Range Test Winner” badges on their packaging. (Yes, Zuru, that testing is several years old now, and the Adventure Force/Dart Zone Sureshot darts are the best darts currently on store shelves.)
Entry is simple: Go to the contest post on our Facebook page, comment on the post, and annoy a friend by tagging them in it! The winner will be chosen at random from the main-level comments (as opposed to replies to comments).
Winners are sadly limited to the United States, as this is still a limited operation with limited funds. Contest will end this Saturday (01/26/19) at 8pm EST, with a winner announced shortly after, both on here and on the Facebook page. One entry per person, multiple comments will not increase odds of winning. Winner will be contacted in order to get mailing info.
Zuru tends to occupy the less expensive spectrum of foam flinging, from small pistols like the Reflex 6 and Xcess to larger platforms like the Regenerator and Turbo Advance. However, there’s an area around the $20 mark that’s mainly occupied by box sets of smaller blasters, and not a midsize blaster. The Turbo Fire fits that niche, offering both twenty shots and slam-fire capabilities. However, it has some issues with the “slam-fire” mode, which make it slightly less useful (but that’s easily fixed). Overall, though, it’s still a nice blaster that may be worth a look.
We are now on the fourth iteration of the Alpha Trooper, following the original N-Strike version, the blue Elite upgrade, and the orange “XD” version. In this case, it’s now the Accutrooper (never mind that Alpha Trooper is still in the blaster molding). It’s the same as the old version, with only a few small changes. It also features a 25 dart drum and a new stock, all for $40. And it’s still a great starting blaster (but this time, exclusively at Walmart).
Due to the highly subjective nature of this post, I’m specifically creating an “Opinion” category. Coincidentally, it also opens up potential future posts from outside writers about issues in foam flinging in general. For now, though, I’ll attempt to keep things relatively light.
The RevReaper is leaving shelves, after a seemingly solid run in stores. It offered a unique take on flywheel blasters not seen since the days of the Buzzsaw or Gyrostrike – human-powered flywheels. It also somehow got past me completely in terms of reviews – I’ve used it a lot, modded mine to shoot harder, and yet I never actually posted a review. Seeing as it’s a bit late to review an item on clearance, I’ll instead just examine my experiences with it and the general reactions.
The Accustrike line has been, as of late, filling out with Walmart-exclusive repaints of older blasters that feature the newer, more precise foam ammunition. That itself isn’t much of an issue, as long as the blasters are good and the price is right. The Talonstrike, formerly the Zombie Strike Sidestrike, seems to fit that bill.