Could extreme weight variances in the new Nerf ammo spell trouble?
Earlier today, a review of the Nerf RIVAL Apollo over at Bay Area Nerf suggested Hasbro might be seeing some quality control issues with its new Nerf RIVAL ammo, noting that differences in both weight and density were apparent. Initially, we chalked this up to either the typical production variances we’ve seen with all foam-based ammunition, or possibly even to B.A.N. not calibrating their measuring devices properly between tests. But with our curiosity piqued, we broke out our own testing equipment to see what was up. And with the results now in-hand, we’d like to publicly apologize to Bay Area Nerf for doubting their findings.
Houston Pawtucket, we may indeed have a problem.
It has come to pass: the gods are among us!
Earlier than expected, the Hasbro fall fan shipment has arrived on our doorstop (thank you, Hasbro!). There were lots of goodies inside, including the two DoomLands blasters, new MEGA and Zombie Strike blasters, a full kit of MODULUS products, a Doominator, and some other treats. But what we really wanted to get our hands on were the Nerf RIVAL (yes, “RIVAL,” singular) blasters packed inside: the Nerf RIVAL Zeus MXV-1200 ($49.99) and the Nerf RIVAL Apollo XV-700 ($24.99)–both available in August. We were very impressed during our very brief hands-on time with prototypes at Toy Fair, so we were more than curious to experience the final production units. And now we have!
Updated site makes it easier to purchase Dart Zone’s expanding line-up of products.
By now, the Dart Zone Scorpion is near legendary. It was the first blaster we tested that could fire up to 100 feet-per-second, right out of the box. It wasn’t perfect, but it’s incredible performance earned it a “Runner Up” ranking in our 2014 Product of the Year awards. Frankly, we were stunned by what Prime Time Toys had achieved with the Scorpion, and we couldn’t wait for what would come next. Now, Dart Zone is responding by not only releasing new blasters, but making them all available online.