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Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster Review

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 Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster Review

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Spy Net Briefcase Blaster Review

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 Spy Net Briefcase Blaster Review

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Light it Up series Lumitron Review

Hey guess what, it’s the Lumitron!  Nerf added a new blaster to the Light it Up series recently, and while it’s basically a repaint of the Vortex Praxis it has those wonderful little features that set it apart from its darker green counterpart.

Let’s talk about the paint on the Lumitron first, because this is the only real thing that sets the Lumitron apart from the Praxis.  I’m going to call this new almost neon green color shared by the Lumitron and Rayven “Light it Up Green”, I like the hue more than the darker alien green of the Vortex series and think it looks really sharp on the Lumitron. Continue reading Light it Up series Lumitron Review

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Light it Up series Rayven Review

Nerf keeps throwing us firsts.  We like it, keeps the game fresh, keeps people talking.  There has been lots of talk about the first blaster released from Nerf’s new Light it Up series; the Rayven.  I’ve heard the comments, this design isn’t very popular right now.  Let me assure you, this unique blaster is worth every penny.

The Rayven’s design is a major cause for concern throughout the community, the bullpup idea not sitting well in the stomachs of many a fan.  The bullpup puts the clip and firing action behind the trigger saving on space and weight.  I like the feel of the Rayven, it fits nice against my shoulder and the angled foregrip out in front makes the blaster very stable while aiming.  This design doesn’t differ much from that of the original glow in the dark blaster; the Firefly, which can’t technically be called bullpup as the firing action was on top of the trigger, not behind.  That being said, the Rayven is a lightweight, compact fly wheel powered blaster of awesomeness.  It really is.  Aside from the green paint job which I don’t really care for this thing has all the right things going for it.  It uses only 4 AA batteries, making it as efficient to power as the Barricade and stole my favorite feature from the Nitron; a second trigger on the grip to activate the fly wheels only when needed, not only saving battery life but keeping stealth a factor in play.

My least favorite thing about the good old Firefly was the giant flash that went off when you fired, it was annoying and totally gave away your position which is not ideal when dealing with a night fire situation.  Thanks to the Rayven’s new clip which charges darts individually as they move up the 18 round straight clip using 4 UV lights mounted at the top of the dart slide(where you load the darts into the clip) there is minimal risk of alerting your enemy to your presence.  The clip itself uses 3 AA batteries making the Rayven a total battery load of 7 AA’s which isn’t that bad.  The blaster is comfortable in both right and left hands and is not too difficult to dual wield if you so desire(it kinda makes you feel like a badass). Continue reading Light it Up series Rayven Review

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Vortex Series Preview Review

Anticipation is building as the release date for the Vortex series grows ever closer.  Ever since Nerf held their exclusive media event in New York but a short couple weeks ago, we have been buzzing over our experience with this innovative disc blaster series.  Now that we’ve seen what these blasters can do, it’s time to spread the word to one and all with a preview review of the remaining 3 blasters of the Vortex series.  Check out our full review of the Vortex Vigilon by following this link.

The Vortex series oozes SciFi goodness from every inch of their highly detailed forms.  With their out of this world designs, toxic neon color scheme and a dramatic naming convention adding to the alien allure, the Vortex series stakes its claim as an entity far removed from the very familiar N-Strike series.  Add the introduction of new mini frizbee inspired ammo in the XLR Disc, and it is clear that Nerf can do pretty much anything with some plastic and a bit of foam. Continue reading Vortex Series Preview Review

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Nerf Vortex Vigilon Review

The Vortex series is set to launch on 9/10/11, and we at AFoN have a special invitation to attend the pre-release media event in New York.  In preparation for the event, our friends at Nerf have gifted us a little sneak peak with the Vigilon, the first blaster in the series.

The Vortex series is unique in many ways; not only do they use a completely new ammo in the Vortex disc, they utilize an innovative new firing mechanism.  I was expecting the discs to feel like a cut down ballistic ball, man was I wrong.  The discs are composed of foam wrapped around a squishy rubber or plastic center making for a sturdy, bouncy thing that really looks like a mini frisbee.  Continue reading Nerf Vortex Vigilon Review

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Nerf Super Soaker TornadoStrike Review

Summer is officially here!  It’s time for some fun in the sun and for me that means one thing; the POOL!  I am a huge fan of bringing my water blasters along when we go outside to our pool, I mean, what’s more fun than splashing about in water above your head while blasting my family with a Super Soaker.  I wouldn’t recommend doing this at close range, trust me, getting temporarily blinded by a point blank ShotBlast shot to the eye is just as painful and hilarious as you might believe.

Today I offer to you the Super Soaker TornadoStrike, another of the new Super Soaker line to utilize the water clip system.  The blaster has a rotating 6 nozzle cylinder fired by pumping the slider on the bottom of the blaster’s body, there is no trigger.  The TornadoStrike also comes with a detachable butt stock which is a redesign of the N-Strike Raider’s butt stock but if it isn’t broke and all that. Continue reading Nerf Super Soaker TornadoStrike Review

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Nerf Dart Tag Quick 16 Review

From what I’ve seen so far 2011 may be the year of Nerf.  The gem of the lot to date in my opinion is the newly designed Dart Tag series blasters.  This series is a marvel of reinvention, the built in clip design has gifted the lightning fast game of dart tag with the fastest reload time offered on modern blasters not in the Clip System.  My only problem with the series as a whole has to do with jams.  I have had some bad luck with what can only be described as double loading, where a second dart tries to load on top of the dart that is already in the chamber when the blaster is cocked.  This has only happened as a result of children or inexperienced Nerfers playing with my blasters but has had the ultimate end of ripping the dart apart.  That being said it’s time to get to the review, I bring to you the Dart Tag Quick 16.

I have one quick thing to say about the Quick 16.  Slam fire is awesome!  The N-Strike Raider CS-35 is possibly my favorite blaster and it has been quite saddening to have nothing quite as cool in the Dart Tag arsenal.  My prayers have been answered by this 16 round beast of a blaster.  The paint apps follow those seen on the Speed Load 6 which is expected and looks just as good.  Also as I had thought the redesigned trigger that I commented about in my last review is carrying along to the rest of the blasters in the series which makes me happy. Continue reading Nerf Dart Tag Quick 16 Review

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Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6 review

If you’re anything like the staff here at AFoN you’ve been waiting very impatiently for the release of the newly redesigned Nerf Dart Tag blasters.  We are very happy to inform you that they’re finally here!  I bring to you the Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6.

It has been a while since we’ve seen anything new on the Dart Tag side of the Nerf coin, and it’s nice to see something fresh for 2011.  The Speed Load 6 is an interesting blaster, and is the first I’ve seen to offer the built in clip.  I have to say, the quick load build in clip is an amazing feature that offers dart tag players self contained dart storage and possibly the fastest reload time among similar blasters including clip system blasters from the N-Strike series.  An amazing feature that was discovered while testing this blaster, and something Nerf has not revealed about the blaster is that it has a Slam Fire feature Continue reading Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6 review

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