November 29, 2015

Off-Brand Status Updates: Lanard, Buzz Bee, and MFC

Most of you know that I'm a fan of many other brands outside of Nerf. To that end, I've been keeping track of things like patents, trademarks, and general availability. So, let's go down the list!


This company's products, in terms of blasters, aren't always commonly found on shelves, and are often easier to find online (albeit at sometimes inflated prices). This past Black Friday, however, I decided to check several mall toy shops to see if they had anything interesting in stock. While I didn't see anything NEW per se, I did notice that the packaging design on many blasters has been upgraded.

Lanard's disc shooting toys now have a sci-fi theme, instead of the original "Total Xstream" branding. Admittedly, while I'm not a fan of these types of blasters, they do look cool.

On the topic of "Total Xstream", I've never seen this branding of it before.

At a "Go! Games and Toys" shop, I came across a collection of Total Crush, Huntsman, and other Lanard blasters I'd never seen on shelves. Some like the Boomstick have been around, others like the Banshee Beat (recolored Speedloader blaster) and the camouflaged Rotator X-8 I've only seen available in foreign markets.

Another amazing surprise: first time, in store or online, I've seen the Dragonfire ANYWHERE in the United States. Review coming soon!

Buzz Bee

On the Buzz Bee front, a lot of trademarks were filed at the end of November.

In addition, two water blaster names were filed back in July. Perhaps we'll see those on store shelves at the beginning of 2016?

Marshmallow Fun Company

Finally, we're seeing some of MFC's display products from Toy Fair on shelves! Here are some links to Cabela's website, with their new foam shooters and one of the toys from the new Orbballistics series!

The Foamfury blasters are the same as their marshmallow-shooting counterparts; they just fire earplug-like projectiles instead. The Orbballistics blasters, however, fire interesting ammo. Not quite Koosh Vortex, and not quite a miniature football. We'll see how they fly once they finally become available.

November 26, 2015

Nxt Generation M1-X Crossbow Review

Nxt Generation LLC is a toy company based out of my home state of Ohio, with its products on the shelves of stores ranging from ToysRUs to Dunham's Sports. However, the M1-X Crossbow is, to my knowledge, something you will only find at Cabela's. It's a shame, because it's a fun and powerful product, despite some design flaws.

November 6, 2015

Boomco Colossal Blitz Review and Modification

After many days of long hours at work, I've finally completed my BoomCo Colossal Blitz and tested it out. And it's amazing! While the blaster is enjoyable in its stock form, it really shines when modded.

In stock form, the BCCB can hit 70' at an angle, but only in single fire. Full auto mode connects the pusher motor to the geared ammo drums, and the power required to turn them saps current away from the main flywheels. If you care to review the inner workings of the blaster, you can see my previous post on the BCCB.

October 25, 2015

Boomco Colossal Blitz Teardown

I have a review for the Colossal Blitz coming, but I first wanted to tear it apart and show how it works! This is going to be very picture intensive, so hang in there!

October 11, 2015

Boomco Halo Pistols Review

Mattel is on a roll with their Boomco line of blasters. Entering the blaster market with not only your own new brand, but with an entirely new ammo ecosystem is a huge gamble. It appears to be paying off, or at least eating enough of Hasbro's market share to justify a continued existence.

This year, Mattel is not only producing new Boomco blasters; they're signing agreements to use various licenses, including Halo (and just in time for Halo 5's arrival). Among these licensed products are two reshells of the Farshot. While $13 each (or $25 for the two pack) is a somewhat high price, they're reliable blasters with stellar performance. Plus, it's Halo!