I know that many were excited when this product popped up on Kmart’s website; I know I was! The good news: it’s now available! The bad news though, is that it’s nothing like the flashlight shown in the picture above or the one in the description!
I bought one last week online, as I was unable to find them in my local Kmart, and I was excited for the new accessory, even though it was made by a company other than Hasbro (Sakar, like all of the other electronics . However, as you can see in the picture below, it’s not the accessory we thought. Though it’s an okay LED flashlight, it is not at all able to attach to a blaster without the aid of adhesive tape.
When we attended this years’ party, we had an opportunity to learn more about Sakar making these Nerf Branded electronic products. The story, I’m sad to say isn’t that great. Basically marketing saw an opportunity to make money off of just the Nerf name, and allowed Sakar to make accessories that would cost way too much for Hasbro to invest in making. It seems as though they were given some guidelines and set off. Nerf’s own design and engineering team has very, very little say in these products at all.
I understand the reasons why Hasbro doesn’t directly produce these types of products, but I almost wish they weren’t produced if they’re just going to be these crapgadgets. And most of them are poorly designed as well. The flashlight, though is a pretty good design compared to the other products put out. But then again, from what I was told it’s based off of a design from one of the Nerf Designers (which was used without his knowledge, I believe).
I’m still looking for that elusive Tactical Rail Camera, in the hopes that it’s at least able to attach to the tactical rails as promised.