Toy Fair is around the corner, but Nerf already has something new for it’s fans!
Leading up to Toy Fair, Nerf goes ahead and announces their new blasters for the year. This year we have 4 new ones of the Rival, Mega, and N-Strike styles. These large blasters will be sold starting Fall 2016, so keep an eye out at your local stores.
To be honest, the BOOMco Mad Slammer isn’t something you’ll like on first glance. Its a simple, non-intimidating red colored toy blaster. That’s what it is. No shields, no hidden shotguns, not even a trigger. People usually go either for a blaster’s aesthetics or its practicality, so its no big surprise that it hasn’t endeared itself to either of the demographics. And that’s really unfortunate, because underneath all that gaudy red mediocrity, the BOOMco Mad Slammer is versatile, fun and justifies its name and position in the BOOMco lineup. Let’s check it out!
While Buzz Bee’s Ultra Tek line was mostly entirely new blasters, it did have a re-release in the form of the Sidewinder. Besides some new aesthetics, the Sidewinder is (as far as I’m aware) unchanged from its old form. Does it belong alongside Buzz Bee’s excellent clip (mag) system blasters?
Disclosure: The Sidewinder was sent to me by Buzz Bee for review, so thanks to them for that contribution. As usual, note that their contribution will not bias this review in any way.
Back when BoomCo was first released, the Rapid Madness led the line as the first flagship blaster. It held promise, as it was the first air powered blaster we’d seen released in a while (besides Buzz Bee’s awesome Blastzooka). Preliminary videos showed us Magstrike-like performance, most notably of course an insanely fast rate of fire. Fast forward a little bit and the Rapid Madness would become available in stores for the painfully high price of 50USD/100AUD. As one of the first BoomCo blasters, how does it fare with challenging Nerf’s dart blasting cominance?
In today’s fast paced blaster scene, rate of fire is everything. Owing to the inaccuracy of most of the darts, you’re better off firing a quick flurry of darts for a confirmed hit than shooting one shot hoping it wouldn’t veer wildly off the target. Enter the Rapid Madness, BOOMco’s debut flagship blaster for 2014. With an insane rate of fire, and high modding potential, it has become one of the fan favourites in the blaster community. Let’s check it out!
As a massive Star Wars fan, you can probably imagine my excitement when a new set of Star Wars Nerf blasters were revealed. Of particular note is the SW First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster (which I’ll usually refer to as just the “Deluxe Blaster”), which is a pump action, clip (mag) system blaster. A combat practical, cool looking Star Wars blaster? Count me in! Surely it can’t be all good news though, what’s the catch with the Deluxe Blaster?
Back in 2014, Nerf decided to revamp the Elite line, starting with increased range claims of 90 feet (22 metres for us grey trigger countries). The Demolisher was a new blaster to get the XD treatment, while a lot of older Elite blasters were getting the same. Naturally a lot of us were dubious, Nerf’s claims have often been highly optimistic. Is the Demolisher really improved over the old Elite blasters, or is it yet another case of marketing?