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.

February 28, 2015

Buffdaddy Recommends: Project Partners Rotary Tool Workshop

If you're in need of a cheap but reliable Dremel replacement, there's actually a $20 option available, and one that's not from Harbor Freight (not trying to put them down, but you just have to know which of their products are reliable). Found at Sam's Club the other day, and my father and I each bought a set. ( product page).

In addition to the main tool and the various accessories, the set even comes with a stand and a flex shaft, which are extremely helpful for making precise cuts, grinds, and other things. Both of our sets have yet to show any real damage, aside from normal wear and tear (aka dropping them. Oops.)

Unless something strange happens, I would have to rate this above an actual Dremel in terms of usefulness and reliability. I'll post again in a few months whether this tool holds up. In the meantime, though, it remains a great bargain.

February 20, 2015

Stats Blast Revolution Review

Among the new blasters in the ToysRUs "Stats Blast" line (thanks to Prime Time Toys) is the Revolution, a new take on an old blaster. For those of you not familiar with the Lanard Over Under, it's a slamfire-only blaster with two revolving turrets, with the barrels meshing with each other in the middle. Performance was relatively poor, but it sold well enough to warrant a lawsuit over TRU using an unauthorized reproduction but claiming it as the real thing. Strange how they're now marketing an updated, but clearly derivative blaster.

In any case, the Revolution claims 70' ranges, which are about double the ranges of the original Over Under. Let's open both of them up, see the differences, and do the measurements!

February 18, 2015

Prime Time Toys Double Feature: Backyard Cross Bow / Power Strike 9 Review

After being sick and postponing posting for the New York Toy Fair (plenty of pictures are available; do I really need an opinion post when we already have so many?), I have lots of things to write. Starting with two new blasters in Prime Time Toys' arsenal!

The Power Strike 9, available under the ToysRUs "Stats Blast" label for $18, is a faux crossbow with pump action and a 9-dart turret. Meanwhile, the Backyard Cross Bow is a small pull and release blaster that I discovered at Target for $8. In the backyard toy section, not Nerf, for some reason.

Both claim 70' ranges, which would be competitive versus the current ranges of Nerf blasters. But do they live up to the package art?