Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nerf TablePros, Demo and Review! (available now)

Nerf TablePros - Table top sports for a decent price and a retro feel 


Thanks to Nerf for the sample! From their Spring 2017 Sample Box - they included a Nerf TablePros set. It's a mostly papercraft construction kit, give or take a couple of pieces (in the case of the basketball set, there's a connector and the basketball hoop that are plastic). There are three different types for now; the basketball set shown, the soccer set, and the football (American) set. With the basketball set, you bounce/throw the ball into the hoop. Soccer and Football involve flicking the ball into the net/in between the field goal posts.

These are a bit of a throwback as well. I remember some other tabletop sets where the basketball would launch off a catapult which this kind of reminds me of except you bounce your shots in. This lends itself well to trick shot setups, or some quick time killing H-O-R-S-E, maybe something else? It's a quick set up, easy to store, and a good bit of fun trying to make the foal on such a small target. For $10 (or less, depending on where you shop) you aren't at a loss at getting these for yourself or a gift. Would I recommend this as a travel game, for a car ride or some other mode of transportation? Not so much, too many loose pieces (like the ball). But for a board game that could easily engross a few people for awhile, I can definitely see this fitting the bill. Thanks again to Nerf for the sample! (Opinions do remain my own.)





Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nerf Gamestop Exclusive: Star Wars Battlefront Boba Fett Blaster and Mask Set

Nerf Reveals Exclusive  $89 Battlefront Star Wars set at Gamestop
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NERF RIVAL STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT APOLLO XV-700 Blaster and Face Mask set
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $89.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Gear up like a Mandalorian warrior with the NERF RIVAL STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT APOLLO XV-700 blaster and face mask set! This special edition blaster and mask set features distinct Mandalorian decoration and comes with a fabric Mandalorian insignia patch. Experience intense, head-to-head competition with the precision and power of the NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 blaster, sending foam rounds soaring into the air at a velocity of 100 fps, and featuring easy re-load magazine. Mask boasts a breathable design and elastic band for adjustable fit. Mask is not a protective device. Set includes reusable display box, blaster, face mask, and 7 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available exclusively at Gamestop.

There you have it. (Images here were initially provided by Nerf, I didn't get to write this piece until a little after receiving the email).

Licensed reskins aren't new for Nerf; some might remember the Nerf Optimus Prime and Bumblebee blasters from San Diego Comic Con awhile ago. This time, Battlefront II gets the honors; Boba Fett is the color scheme and the Nerf Rival Apollo is the blaster of note.

It's same to assume that there isn't a notable change in the performance of the blaster, it's a Nerf Rival Apollo that is still readily available at Amazon. The mask is a repaint of the red and blue masks already available as well (associate links below).

At first glance, I would be remiss to not say that this looks cool, no doubt about it. The color scheme of the Mandalorian bounty hunter comes up nicely on the images at least, and I knew enough people that used Star Wars voice changing helmets years ago during Nerf wars that these are a more functional change of pace. The fabric patch, reusable box, it's all neat.

But that seems to be about it, neat. The $89 price tag is a real sticking point for me, considering you can still buy a Nerf Apollo and Mask separately for considerably less. And yes, you have extras included, yes, creating a tooling mold for a new product takes time, developing a whole new blaster for a collectible that may not sell is a risk, but this seemed the path of least resistance in some ways to just slap a new paint job on an old blaster. Reskins aren't new practice either, but for $89 I need something new besides a paint job to cough up my money for something like this. Some different priming method? A new shell? This set seems mostly for Star Wars fans and Battlefront fans who will see the cool factor in the form more than the utility - not the community that uses blasters on the regular and see this as Just Another Apollo. Given the prices of other new blasters coming out this year, I'm going to put my money towards those instead (like the Nerf Regulator and Nemesis). Will it make a great gift though, for someone you know into Nerf? If they like Star Wars too, probably!

Key fact: I LOVED the Jango Fett blaster set... even though it was a single shot pistol there was enough different about the way it looked (and primed, to a degree) along with an agreeable price (at the time, it's a collector's item in its own right nowadays). All those factors, and I bought it. I would have liked a different shell, maybe a different priming mechanism... even a higher price for something that functioned like a Zeus but looked like Boba Fett's blaster? SOMETHING a little more compelling, this doesn't say it to me, unfortunately.

So this reveal has left me lukewarm. I like the colors, but knowing what's on the horizon I couldn't make this purchase myself. If you want to rep your favorite Bounty Hunter though with a projectile blaster and mask, and display it proudly with your other collectibles of note, you definitely have something here though, and something to look a little more the part if you need something (or some scoundrel) frozen in carbonite. I appreciate the inclusion from Nerf for this reveal, and like that they took the chance to make something for gamers and Battlefront fans, so let's try again, please? And if you get this set, I hope you enjoy it! It's just not for my collection, at least this time.




Affiliate links to follow (Amazon program):



Nerf Apollo (Blue)

Nerf Apollo (Red)




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nerf Nitro Unboxing! Samples are in, what's inside?

Unboxing the Nerf Nitro samples from Nerf



Opening up the latest supply drop from Nerfnation, sending along the four initial toys from the Nerf Nitro line!

Included:

Duelfury Demolition Set - $39.99 MSRP
Flashfury Chaos Set - $29.99 MSRP
Longshot Smash Set - $19.99 MSRP
ThrottleShot Blitz* - $9.99 MSRP

*Marked as an "assortment" - will clarify but maybe it means you can get different cars in this particular pack?

Additional photos and information are available here!

As you can imagine, in full reviews of the sets as well as some launches and trick shots to follow! It's already an interesting idea, making toy cars out of foam and plastic. And if these work out for Nerf, it could be a whole new line of things to put their different licenses on. Either way, stay tuned :)


Friday, March 31, 2017

Unboxing! Nerf Spring 2017 Care Package is in!



Look at all this stuff!

Thanks to Nerf for the samples as always, I'll be doing reviews on more of this and additional looks over the next few weeks! While I'm at it, also make sure to check out my Instagram I post additional content with samples and arrivals like this!

Here's some info on what arrived:



Thanks for reading!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

ICYMI: New Buzz Bee 2017 Blasters from Toy Fair New York

Buzz Bee Brings the Blasters for 2017, Fall 2017*
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*- in stores by July possible according to the press release. Availability subject to location.


Buzz Bee definitely brought a lot of promise to Toy Fair 2017. They introduced three dart types (precision, long distance, and suction), increased the power of their blasters (openly claiming 100' ranges on some blasters) and BROUGHT SOME NEW FEATURES.

Exhibit A: The Rail Blaster - the only video currently (as of March 30, 2017) of it firing



  • Price: $16
  • Available: Fall 2017*
  • Rear-loading
  • 6 shots
  • No slam fire



Rail Blaster on the left, Tactical Storm on the right.


Exhibit B: The Thermal Hunter -


And the sensor - (From RandomShadow09)




At Toy Fair, an adapter for the Thermal Sensor to fit onto Nerf blasters was in development as well, to be packed in the Thermal Hunter.


I was not able to get a price at this time, but I am following up and will update this post once I get some more information.

Additionally, some new tweaks on old patterns:

The Blizzard - 40 shots and slam-fire only, like the Buzz Bee Sidewinder -



No price on this one yet either, I may have missed it.

And the Tactical Storm (pictured above with the Rail Blaster):

  • Price: $17
  • Available: Fall 2017*
  • Interchangeable stock (supposedly with the Thermal Hunter stock).
  • Removable barrel for modular play


In closing, Buzz Bee continues to keep their low prices for the most part while upping their features. Some folks seem particularly excited about the Rail Blaster, others want to get their hands on the Thermal Hunter, and some just want a less pricey alternative to Nerf blasters. Given the products from last year, and the licensing for The Walking Dead, Buzz Bee continues to impress me with what they're putting out in build quality and themes. As a good number of the blasters were prototypes I can't say much about the build or the performance of these blasters, I'll reserve that for the final retail models I will hopefully get later on. BUT.... some of the ideas that Buzz Bee had at Toy Fair were impressive indeed. Keep an eye on this blog and YouTube... as soon as I know, you'll know :)


And some additional photos! Full Gallery of the Buzz Bee booth is here:





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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Unboxing: Fort Boards from New York Toy Fair (Nerf Bunker construction idea)

Fort Boards Assist in Nerf Game Bunker construction



Fort Boards! Pretty cool!

Fort Boards are 8"x8" plastic interlocking panels that can be used to create a variety of shapes, including curved surfaces, blocks, walls, panels, panels with doors, etc. They come in a variety of colors, in a "Starter" pack of 22 panels (along with additional connectors) or a "Prime" pack of 44 panels (with additional connectors. Customizable with (sold separately) metal or wooden texture inserts, bull's eye inserts (coming soon with Blaster Board Target panels).


There's a LOT of potential I see here with this toy, with a little practice building your own customizable bunkers (with targetable panels) could work out pretty quickly. Different color schemes would keep things fresh as well (and maybe even help with branding for some arenas) while the modular nature keeps things varied and enhances objective style gameplay. I most certainly see the applications of this toy, and they are diverse beyond just building a clubhouse. Not going to lie, building an octopus looks pretty neat though.


Basic Stats:

Starter Pack:

Includes 22 boards (8”x 8”) and 21 connectors (for interlocking) and instructions - $61.99

Prime Pack:
Includes 44 boards (8”x 8”) and 46 connectors (for interlocking) and instructions


Find the Fort Boards on Amazon -
Amazon Associate Links (affiliate links, help keep the lights on for F2A! This is a provided sample by Fort Boards for review, I assure you my opinions remain my own):

Fort Boards Prime Pack - Kids Fort Building Kit - Jumbo Toy Blocks - 90 Piece Set - Yellow

Fort Boards Prime Pack - Kids Fort Building Kit - Jumbo Toy Blocks - 90 Piece Set - Gray

Fort Boards Prime Pack - Kid's Building Toy and Construction Blocks - 90 Piece Set - Red

Fort Boards Starter Pack - Kids Building Toy - Jumbo Construction Blocks - 43 Piece Set - Light Blue

Fort Boards Starter Pack - Kids Building Toy and Construction Blocks - 43 Piece Set - Gray

Fort Boards Design Cards Stone Pattern Accessory for Building Toys

Fort Boards Design Cards (Metal Pattern) - Accessory for Fort Boards Building Toys

Design Cards (Wood Pattern) - Accessory for Fort Boards Building Toys




Thursday, March 09, 2017

New York Toy Fair - Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters (aka Spitball Blasterz)

Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters partner up at New York Toy Fair
Vas The Stampede



Photo Gallery - Marshmallow Shooters



Photo gallery - Spitball Blasterz


Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters partner up at New York Toy Fair
Vas The Stampede





Had a chat with the folks at Marshmallow Shooters and Paper Shooters (soon to be Spitball Blasterz) to see what they were up to, and surprisingly, they joined forces! Marshmallow Shooters has some new management, new manufacturing, which means new products. Paper Shooters, after a couple of hiccups, struck a deal to work products with Marshmallow Shooters. This also means that Paper Shooters is going to start exploring making all-plastic, shell-free shooters (hence the rebranding to Spitball Blasterz).

The new Marshmallow Shooters pump a bit more efficiently while shooting a bit farther. The "Extreme" Marshmallow Shooters also have a front-loading muzzle now, as opposed to the breech-loading on earlier models. Reusable ammo was also available, though no sign of the "orbballistics" shooters from a couple of years ago. The new agreements should alleviate some of the cost of the Marshmallow Shooters (which, are pricey in some circles) and affords Spitball Blasterz a helping hand in the manufacturing department. Also promising, new manufacturing means Marshmallow Shooters may diversify to other products. What products, that remains to be seen.

Paper Shooters (henceforth referred to as Spitball Blasterz) is moving forward as well, to all plastic bodies. The original kits had a plastic skeleton which was then covered by a treated cardboard. The new shooter models I saw are all plastic, rear loading, and don't require casings for the paper wad ammo. The paper construction/paper mould kits are still going to be available in the line though, so construction/gunsmithing fans will still have something to work with here. The prototype all-plastic rifle I tried out felt pretty comfortable, and shot well enough, but like all things at Toy Fair I await with cautious optimism.

Good to see more options for play out there though! Marshmallow Shooters undoubtedly has an audience (given their longevity) and Paper Shooters offers something just a little different from the out of the box experience. Where their products find a home in the community will be interesting to see, I'm just glad to see that there is still more invention out there when it comes to Toys That Shoot.


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