Toy fair has only been open for a day, and already we’ve seen a number of new and awesome things! Thanks to Vas at Foam From Above for being our primary source of information at ToyFair! Blasterlabs is there as well, and we’re looking forward to their perspective on the products shown as well!
We’ll be providing our analysis of the new products that have been shown at toyfair this week alongside our episode of The AFoN Show Episode 53: Zombie Strike Part 2! So for now, stay tuned to our seasoned Toy Fair Expert, Vas from Foam From Above for your up-to-the-minute information!
The Predator features rapid slam firing, with ranges exceeding 100 feet. It holds up to 100 ‘NRG’ rounds, more than any other reusable ammo blaster. To help enhance the Tek Recon experience, a newly designed magazine that allows for rapid loading firing will be introduced to enhance the battle experience. The Predator comes equipped with six accessories; including scopes and LED targeting technology that can be customized and mounted on tactical rails. ….In addition to the Predator blaster, new accessories for 2014 include different performance ‘NRG’ rounds, like Long and Soft shots. These special rounds come in a variety of colors and provide more customization for the fans.
Now they’re not exactly correct with the claim that 100 rounds is “more than any other reusable ammo blaster”. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire is capable of carrying up to 144 darts when used in concert with 18-round clips.
With this new blaster comes several accessories such as scopes and led lights, as well as a re-designed clip and phone cradle. We’re hoping it isn’t as frustrating as the older version, and actually fits more than just caseless iPhones.
There also hasn’t been any word if they’ve fixed any of the problems that occurred with their first two blasters like poor accuracy or difficult firing. I’m not really sold on their new ammo types either. They still don’t really solve the main problem caused by the old ammo: being super small and hard to find. The new ammo that I’ve seen is yellow and blue (one is a little stronger, and the other softer), and I really don’t think that that color change will make them easier to find.
I’m obviously not a fan of Tek Recon’s offerings, but I’m totally willing to change my opinion if they’ve actually made positive changes to their designs. I’ll be picking this up to review it, at least.
I backed the TR Kickstarter about a week after it first started. I really enjoy backing blaster toys on Kickstarter and IndieGogo; it gives smaller companies a chance to get on to the market with their toys. I have backed the successful AppTag, the unsuccessful Paper Shooters and now Tek Recon.
This is the first of those crowd-funded blasters that I’ve actually wanted to sit down and do a review. The AppTag was successful, but it doesn’t shoot anything, so I didn’t want to do a review for our blog. We really want to keep our blog to projectile-launching toy blasters (you can check out our non-Nerf reviews at ToyBlasterFan.com).
There’s been quite a bit of hype surrounding Tek Recon’s blasters, and we haven’t really been saying much on the subject. But that’s by design, really. I was excited about the product line once I saw it on FoamFromAbove, but I wasn’t really interested in jumping on the bandwagon fully right away. Even though I was excited, I still had apprehensions about the blasters and the whole ‘AR’ app thing.
Let me now just say that those apprehensions were justified.
It’s time for another review from outside the world of Nerf. With the release of the movie The Dark Knight Rises coming to theaters soon, it’s probably time we talk about the Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster that is in stores now.
This is the second Mattel Batman Dart blaster I’ve had the opportunity to own and test out, and the quality isn’t all that bad. As far as plastic goes, the overall construction is solid, although the trigger feels a little loose especially when not primed. The dart construction(comes with 3) is very similar to a Nerf Sonic dart. Quality of foam in the body of the dart is pretty good, however the tip seems to b glued onto the body in a way that could lead to falling off after time. Continue reading →
It’s about time we finally give some face time to the other brands that make contributions to fun with dart blasters. There are some pretty cool things out there that aren’t made by Nerf, and sometimes they get forgotten. We here at AFoN enjoy dart blasters of all brands, and here’s one of my recent favorites; the Briefcase Blaster from Jakks Pacific’s Spy Net line.
I’ve always liked the concept of a briefcase machine gun, and this is about as close as I’ve ever seen in toy form. In briefcase mode, all of the blaster bits are hidden save for the priming handle. It looks pretty cool, albeit a little small in scale for an adult. The handle is large enough for adult hands and overall the briefcase has good weight.
Now let’s talk about ammo. The Briefcase Blaster comes with a 6 round clip and uses darts that are almost exactly the same as Nerf’s Streamline or Clip System darts. Though the clip itself is made out of a slightly thinner plastic than Nerf’s clips, it is still sturdy. It uses a stronger spring, which holds the darts firmly but does compress them over time. Continue reading →