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!

Lanard



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.

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