December 10, 2017

Doomsayer Files Up on Thingiverse!

I've been doing lots of projects in my down time, one of which is getting back to an old mod I'm familiar with. I've built several Doomsayers, and noticed that aside from Polycarbonate spacers being made, that actual barrel spacers don't really exist. I went ahead and took care of that.


Files for CPVC and PETG spacers are online, free for anyone to use. In addition, for the fun of it, I also made drop-in barrels that will friction fit within the existing support structure. That way, you can have a 12-shot Rotofury replacement if you so desire. Not that you really should, but you have the option. Eventually, I want to get around to modeling the rest of the cylinder so that you can swap them out for maximum silliness.

November 29, 2017

Trademark and Patent Search Update - New Things for 2018!

Apologies for leaving this blog blank. Long hours and lots of wars mean I have to more selectively choose where to upload info. While I've planned on doing things here, at Blasterhub, and on my Youtube channel, life has simply prevented me from uploading as much content as I have. So I decided to go with the option that (currently) has the best outreach, Blasterhub. Also, I still enjoy writing too much compared to doing videos.

Now for the trademarks that have been popping up! I'll list each one, what it's described for at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and filing date. I'll try to avoid listing things also on this Blasterhub post.

Prime Time Toys

Prime Time, which makes both dart blasters and soakers, of course has plenty of names to claim.

Dart Blasters

  • Tactical Strike (March 8th, already in use as the Powerball name in Canadian Walmarts)
  • Accelerator (July 21st. Confirmed Rival-type blaster)

Water Blasters/Related Items

  • Aqua Flash (April 14th)
  • Hydro Flare (April 14th)
  • Storm Squad (July 21st)
  • Stormer (July 21st)
  • Hydro Rebel (July 21st)
  • Aqua Fusion (July 21st)
  • Aqua Strike (July 21)

Buzz Bee Toys

It looks like we have plenty of names to look forward to. Unknown how many are new blasters, and how many are simply renamed items (for example, Night Assault could just be a Night Tek).

In addition, I found the patent for the Monorail.

At the Hong Kong Patent Office, I found a patent for what amounts to a piston valve/backpressure system, but with water. Look under "Specifications" at the link for the English description and pictures.

Dart Blasters

  • Cyclops (Sept. 8th)
  • Night Assault (Sept. 26th)
  • Covert Squad (Sept. 26th)
  • Caliber (Sept. 27th)
  • Amplifier (Sept. 27th)
  • Berserker (Nov. 12th)
  • Demolisher (Nov. 12th)
  • Mutator (Nov. 16th)

Water Blasters

  • Saturator (July 12th)
  • Fast Splash (July 16th)
  • Outlander (July 19th)

Hasbro

Interestingly, Hasbro officially has the US Design Patent for the Accustrike Dart, as of two weeks ago (filed in October of last year). Should be fun to see what happens to all the copies of the dart already online, as "Accufakes" are very popular for the low cost and consistent accuracy out of modded flywheel blasters.

August 29, 2017

Buzz Bee Toys 2017: Making the Old New Again (Part One)

Buzz Bee Toys is having a stellar year. In addition to having new darts for distance and precision, they've managed to infiltrate store shelves with many new blasters. In the case of Walmart, they've even managed to fill out the majority of the "Adventure Force" line with versions of their blasters.
New offerings aren't the only thing on shelves, however. Many older blasters (or in a few cases, reshells) have come back, this time with updated range claims. Surely this can't purely be a function of the darts, right? Looks like it's time to open up and compare the different versions to see what differences are inside!

Buzz Bee Gem/Adventure Force Duel Force


The differences at the low end of the updated collection are merely cosmetic. Internally, the old and new versions are the same.

Buzz Bee Wizard/Adventure Force Combat Clash


These blasters feature larger plunger tubes than the Gem, but generational differences are again in looks, not guts.

Buzz Bee Jaguar/Adventure Force Cataclysm


This blaster is where internal updates begin to appear. As detailed in an earlier post, the Jaguar's Ultra-Tek update featured a brand new plunger tube for hitting the 72' range claims. The newest version adds half an inch to the shell, as well as the plunger tube and spring.

Buzz Bee Predator/Adventure Force Alpha Rogue


Here is another blaster that has seen multiple generations. The original functioned like the classic Hunter/Hawk/Rapid Tek with its small plunger and inefficient tubing to barrel connection. The Ultra-Tek update saw a floating plunger tube sitting below and behind the dart. The newest update features an even larger (and stationary) plunger tube.

Buzz Bee Night Tek


This blaster was left behind in the update; there are no differences aside from shell aesthetics (confetti on the old shell, straight lines on the new). It would seem the lighter Long Distance darts are enough to get the 100'+ ranges. At least some of the time.

I'll be looking at the larger blasters next, comparing them to the previous entries (Champion/Reaper v. Tactical Storm, etc).

August 20, 2017

Stats Blast 2017 - Prime Time Toys Takes the Lead

I found these blasters on the way to see the eclipse. They've shown up on the website at Toysrus, but aren't supposed to be on shelves until Sept. 30. At least that's what the system flagged when I went to the checkout. Since they were already on the shelf, though...I got the manager override, followed by a call to the the back asking why they were out.


I only bought the large combo. All the new Stats Blast products say Powered by PT-DZ, etc, so Prime Time Toys is their main supplier for the in-house brand this year. Aside from carry-over products from Zuru and such, obviously.

The two smaller, slam-fire only blasters have been on the shelf for months now, and I recognize them as being on shelves perhaps seven years ago, but have yet to try them. The new take on the Flipfury/Xcess double cylinder pistol should also be interesting. $35 is high, but I'll spend it for science.


Meanwhile, the Cyclone X5 set ($20) and Tornado X2 pack ($15) all feature reshells of past Dart Zone blasters or recolors, in the case of that Trifire.




Finally, we have the Hurricane Blaster Pack, clocking in at $50. These are all blue versions of previous blasters, and frankly sit at an outrageous price. I know ToysRUs tends to have a markup, but this should be $35 at most, considering their individual prices at release. 

July 18, 2017

PrecisePro v Accustrike: The Comparison

With the arrival of Buzz Bee Toys' newest product lineup comes their overhauled dart system. As was stated back at Toy Fair, Buzz Bee split their darts according to what all their internal testing reflected. People loved their suction darts, which they do really well, but people also wanted distance and accuracy. For the last part, Buzz Bee developed and now sells PrecisePro darts. They get slightly less range than the long-distance darts, but are supposed to have superior accuracy.

And they come in cute 14-dart packs.
So how do they stack up against Hasbro's Accustrike line? Surprisingly superior!