Until recently, the only news we've had on Zuru's Xshot Bug Attack line has been from various posts by Blasterlabs. That changed today, with an unexpected sighting at my local shopping mall, of all places. Fresh off the truck, as the employee at ToysRUs Express told me. And not on the main TRU website, either. But here it is, the Bug Attack Rapid Fire!
Coming in at only $10, the Rapid Fire turns out to be refreshingly powerful six-shooter, as far as outside blaster lines are concerned. It feels solid, and even has some fun targets to boot. Read on for the rest of the review!
On the back of the box, you can see the fun art, as well as a picture of the Eliminator, which I did not find. Honestly, whoever is designing their boxes should get a raise - it's rather good, in my opinion.
The Rapid Fire has a decently large handle, as well as a responsive trigger. No flimsy plastic here; it feels like something Hasbro would make. There's plenty of texturing in the plastic shell, especially on the handle.
The turret is completely open in the front, making reloading a breeze. It rotates on priming.
Of course, it would be an incomplete review if I didn't mention the bugs! They have six legs, ending with sticky, bulbous feet. For those literate in organic chemistry, the feet are in chair conformation.
The feet will stick to most anything, including dust or grass or leaves. Best to only throw these on solid surfaces. Incidentally, you can sometimes manage to make darts stick to the feet as well! Hitting the bugs with darts didn't seem to dislodge them, though. It still makes for an amusing moving target.
As for the crawling, it's more like a slow tumble down the vertical surface. The bugs flip over, with different feet contacting the wall or window as it drops.
Now for the internals! The blue "goo" cover on top makes dismantling the blaster a bit difficult, but you can slide pieces apart carefully to get inside. You have a plunger 27.5 mm in diameter, with 45 mm in draw. The plunger setup is not unlike a Strongarm or Cycloneshock, with a triangular piece of plastic engaging the air restrictor when a dart is present in the barrel. In this blaster, you can (CAREFULLY) move the white tabs enough to slide of the plunger tube cap, and remove the AR completely.
The plunger is sturdy, with the catch ramp recessed into the rod. The extra plastic sitting to the side of the plunger head is what engages the turret rotation mech.
The turret comes out rather easily, and the rotation gear slides out like so.
One screw holds the halves of the turret together. That makes future modifications much easier!
Now for performance. I can't give stock performance, due to the fact that I removed the AR and threw it away before range testing came to mind. In its current state, though, the blaster averaged 45' ranges firing parallel to the ground, using Nerf, Xcel, and K'NEX darts, while angled shots averaged 80'. In addition, chronograph testing pegged dart velocity at an average of 68 fps. Far from shabby.
For $10, the Xshot Bug Attack Rapid Fire is a solid addition to store shelves. It has decent performance for a low price, high quality plastic shell, and a fun gimmick thrown in to boot. I'm glad that Zuru is making a serious bid for the blaster market, and I can't wait to find and try out the Eliminator, as well as the magazine-fed blasters scheduled to arrive in the future.