Mattel Joins the Battle with BOOMco Blasters!

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We don’t know too much about these yet, but at least we do know they’re coming thanks to reddit user /u/MarcusH26051 posting about the blasters being listed on the website of UK retailer Argos.

A little more digging revealed their website at www.boom-co.com, and a few videos that you can see there (blasterlabs found this link a little before me). In that video, they reveal that the blasters will be out fall of 2014, get about 70 feet of distance and use a special “Smart Stick” dart.

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These darts appear to have an accordion-like neck behind the sticky head, which must help them cushion the hit and help them to stick better. What type of sticky substance is on the tips though, is anyone’s guess at this point. In the video they mostly shoot at targets that are included with each blaster, however the darts seem to stick to almost anything including clothing. It will be very interesting to see what these sticky darts are like, since we’ve seen similar things pop up in the past without much success commercially.

The larger two blasters also have a very interesting attachment on what looks like tactical rails: a pop-up target shield that allows you to ‘capture’ the darts and quickly re-use them. In addition to the blasters, the video reveals they’ll be releasing googles, bandoliers, and some kind of sticky ball to compliment the line of blasters.

We’ve reached out to some of our contacts for some more information, so check back for more information!

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Surprises abound from NY ToyFair 2014

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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!

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Tek Recon Predator Announced!

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Here it is, the Tek Recon Predator! I have to admit, this thing looks pretty beastly. We reviewed the Havok and Hammerhead way back when they first hit shelves, and I’m cautiously optimistic about this new offering from Tech4Kids.

Here’s their marketing blurb:

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.

 

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Tek Recon: Rubbernecking

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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.

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