Friday, 22 January 2016

NEW NERF 2016 RELEASE! [HYPERFIRE/ TRI-STRIKE/ MASTODON/ KHAOS MXVI-4000]

You've probably already heard the news about these blasters. Just scrolling through my YouTube subscription feed, I can already find five or more news videos about these blasters,haha.Anyway, I suppose it'd be cool to share my personal thoughts and speculation with you guys. Kudos to Toyland.Gizmodo.com  for the images and information which Hasbro has provided them with! :) 



ELITE HYPERFIRE

The first blaster we have is the Hyperfine! This blaster reminds me of the Crossfire Bow at first glance. I am totally digging the aesthetics of this blaster. This blaster is said to be the fastest firing fully automatic blaster to date.Remember how we were all wowed when we first saw the Rapidstrike fire? Can't wait to see how this performs!  This blaster has a nice check rest on the shoulder stock. It uses 4 D sized batteries(Hey at least not 6!). It seems like the handle might be too small for users with big hands,but I'm guessing that mine could probably slip in perfectly- my hands aren't big per se. Also, the main trigger, rev trigger, and mag release button are all located near each other, so this is a potential plus point.


 MODULUS TRI-STRIKE 
Next is the Modulus Tri-Stike blaster. This will be the first spring powered clip system elite length-firing blaster since the Retaliator. Yeah, it's about time.
Years ago,I had a thought that Nerf should come out with attachments that fire different type of rounds. It's satisfying to know that that's now reality! :D

Alright,so this blaster(Or should I say three blasters?) comes in three parts. The stock(and scope), the main body, and the barrel attachment.

Lets start with the shoulder stock and scope first. I'm guessing that the scope is where you reload a foam rocket, and to fire, slam the stock forward. Alternatively, the shoulder stock can be attached to the scope to make a Thunderblast like blaster. Very nice innovation there,Nerf. ;)

Next is the main blaster. Bolt action, just like the Longstrike. I suppose it has a direct plunger. Nothing much to say about this except 'YUSSS CLIP SYSTEM SPRINGER'. 

Last but not least, the barrel. The barrel fires four(?) mega darts. Just slam the grey handle back, like the demolisher, to fire the ammo.

LOTS of innovation in this blaster. Definitely a game changer.
 MEGA MASTODON

Next up is the Mastodon. This blaster is FAT and holds 24 Mega darts- the highest capacity Mega blaster to date. It is said to be semi automatic and uses 6 D batteries. Thankfully, there's a shoulder strap to ease wielding this blaster. I'm not too keen on this blaster,but perhaps it's because I prefer elite darts



RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000

I've never played with a Rivals blaster but this sure looks like a whole lot of fun. Taking advantage of the small sized balls(lol), the designers at NERF have put together a high ammo capacity, badass blaster. This blaster uses 6D batteries and is said to be fully automatic. Aw yeah! If there's one improvement to be made, I would suggest for those rails to made use of. MORE RIVALS ACCESSORIES!


All in all, really excited for the 2016 blasters! Many creative, such innovative, many like! Which is your favourite blaster? Mine is no doubt the Hyperfine. :)


Friday, 25 December 2015

[Review] Nerf Roughcut Custom Leather Holster by Merchant Green Leather Works!

Today we will be taking a look at a custom made leather holster by Merchant Green Leather Works. Lauren,the owner of Merchant Green Leather Works makes awesome custom leather products ranging from Nerf holsters all the way to masks.
I went ahead with a Nerf Roughcut holster since those aren't easy to come by in the market. On top of that,I requested for dart holders and a name plate(which by the way,looks awesome) to be included on the holster. I was then sent an image of a variety of colours and patterns to further customise the holster.After much contemplation because all of them look so good, I chose my holster to be in the colour 'Fox Brown' with Wood Ivy pattern.

When the end product finally arrived, man was I impressed with the worksmanship. Every detail was extremely well done with the exception of one part which I'll talk about later on.

Here's a close up view of the name plate and dart holder. The dart holder holds six darts snuggly,and the size of the dart holders are consistent too.
Here is the flaw which I mentioned in the earlier part of this article. This is the back of the holster which probably no one else except the user(me in this case) will see. There is a cut of about 4cm, but it shouldn't affect the durability of the holster.
Update: This is a natural marking probably made by the person who skinned the cow.

There is a strap and buckle at the upper part of the holster to the secure the roughcut in place. The strap and buckle makes drawing the blaster a whole lot slower. That being said,I did not customise the strap to be a quick release one.As Merchant Green Leather Works does custom work,I'm sure that you can request for a different strap.

Close up shot. As you can see, the details are on point!

The belt holes on the holster are each 6.6cm. So the holster accommodates belts of most sizes.

This is how the holster looks on me. Sweet aye? One think which I would have asked Merchant Green Leather Works,which I didn't, is for an extra strap at the bottom of the holster to be made, so that there will be less swaying of the holster when I'm running.

All in all,I am very impressed with this product. I've mentioned this many times in this post already- the details are soooo on point! The prices of different holsters differ. This one costs around 120SGD. For a *Custom* *Leather* product, I think it's pretty worth the price. This particular holster will be great for cosplaying(imagine a steampunk roughcut in this! :D) and will be a nice touch to your Nerf arsenal. I highly recommend ya'll to check out Merchant Green Leather Works products. Oh yeah, Merry Christmas! :)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

BuzzBee Toys Ultra Auto Tek Unboxing,Overview,Demo


 Finally got my hands on the brand new,yet to be released, Ultra Auto Tek. Big thanks to BuzzBee for the product sample.
I have a demo video of this blaster up on my channel so do check it out. Full review will come out when I have the time.



Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review: Nerf Elite XD Alpha Trooper Cs-6 Mission Kit [Demo & Unboxing Too!]




Hoho! Well,this was unexpected. Nerf just released the Alpha Tropoer Cs-6 Mission Kit! Alright,since this is new,I know many of you guys will end up using my image. I don't mind at all,but please give credits to 'Awesomely Nerf'.

Anyway,this kit includes the Alpha Trooper Cs-6, two clips, a stock, and 12 darts.

The blaster and stock are both painted in a really nice colour scheme. Totally digging it! Do note that it's not the Gear Up Series scheme though-the orange is different.

Anyway,the XD Alpha Trooper is the same as the Elite Alpha Trooper. The only differences are the paint job and the name plate. Same for the Spectre stock. It's just repainted.

The two clips included in the mission kit are N-Strike clips. Is Nerf trying to clear their left over clips? Haha.

Anyway,you can watch the unboxing and overview video of the Mission Kit below.Do tell me in the comments if you'll be picking one up!


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Review: BuzzBee Ultra Tek 8 [Oh This Is Goooood]

 Over the pass few years, dart blaster companies have been pushing the limits of their blasters to make them shoot further.And BuzzBee is no exception. Just recently, BuzzBee released some blasters under a new line-the Ultra Tek line. These blasters have range claims of up to 72ft.
Thanks to BuzzBee, I am fortunate enough to get my hands on the Ultra Tek 8 to do a review.
 The Ultra Tek 8 comes along with 8 darts, and a clip.
The darts which come with the Ultra Tek 8 shoot really well because of their solid heads.This help to improve accuracy and consistency of the flight of the darts.
 So to get the blaster to work is really simple. Load the darts into the clip like so- Tips facing where the arrow is pointing.
 Prime the blaster back like that,insert the clip,push the handle forward, and you're ready to fire.
 The priming handle fits comfortably in my hands. But I think that users with larger hands might encounter some difficulties with the priming handle.
As for the main handle/grip, I personally do not like it that much. It's a little small for my liking,which results in the blaster becoming a little front heavy.Not too big of an issue though.


 Another point which I would like to bring up is the clip release button. The button,in my opinion, is too far away from the clip. As you can see from the picture above, I need quite a bit of stretch for my thumb to reach the button. 
 As of now,I have shot over the Ultra Tek 8 over a hundred times. It have not failed me and I did not encounter any jams when testing it. I think it would hold up pretty well during games.
 And time for more good news. Guess what? The Ultra Tek 8 accepts clips from a certain other  brand. It fires their darts too!
This is great because you can use a large range of other clips. 12,15,18,25 dart clips, and more.


Conclusion time! I am VERY pleased with this blaster. The only problems which I have found while testing this blaster are some minor ergonomic  issues that do not bother me much. This blaster is compact,reliable, and packs a punch. Accuracy is also pretty good because of the darts. I recommend this blaster to people who are interested in getting a new blaster for stock games.

Range:9/10
Accuracy:9/10
Rate Of Fire:8/10
Capacity:8/10
Total:8.5

Personal Rating:9/10