March 27, 2015

Revamping the Blog!

Sorry about the hiatus! I've simply been working too much. But in the meantime, I've been getting things done here and there. Now you can find me at (yay, my own domain!). I'll also be working on redesigning the site to be a bit more pleasing to the eye.

In the meantime, there are going to be some fun things in the future! Sometime in April, I'll be getting a package with the following Chinese knockoff blasters:

They at least look awesome, but we'll see how they do in terms of performance.

That's all for now. Keep Nerfing!

March 7, 2015

UK Toy Magazine News - New Products and Oddities

Blaster toys are available in more places than just the United States, so I've been perusing the latest issues of various toy magazines. Here's a few tidbits from the United Kingdom! We'll start with Toy World Magazine, which has advertisements for Petron Sports' Sureshot line of sucker products.

In addition to the upgraded crossbow, Petron has a new, spring-powered sucker dart rifle. It's pump action, and while I imagine it's a dart pusher (as opposed to a plunger) launching the plastic dart, it could still be interesting to look at.

March 4, 2015

Banzai's Blast Force Line Gets Upgrade

This was spotted yesterday at Meijer for $19.99, alone among the Nerf, Buzz Bee, and other water blasters. The previous Banzai blasters on shelves (or, if you insist, Toy Quest, since that is the company which owns the brand) have not been impressive, consisting of poor-performing piston soakers. This is still a syringe-type blaster, but with a bit of a kick behind it!

The name of the blaster, PC-100, indicates the volume of the reservoir, which is basically the entire shell. Your offhand grips the front of the blaster, and you pull and push with your dominant hand. Interesting that it claims to be using a patent-pending technology, when to me it just looks like a thinner piston which allows you to exert more pressure on the water in the chamber. Also amusing that it claims to be "the most powerful water blaster - period".

I located the other blasters on the box online at Academy Sports + Outdoors; the PC-20, PC-48, and PC-65.

I'll keep searching to see if I can find the patent application to see what exactly makes these special. If the box claims hold up, though, this will at least be an improvement on the piston blasters we love to hate.