Monday, August 22, 2016

Dart Zone LegendFire Powershot Blaster: Review!

Dart Zone LegendFire: Triggerless blaster, but I like it!



Basic Stats:
MSRP: $14.99
Includes-
Legendfire x 1
Dart Chambers x 2 (9 shots each)

I want to update this post with some actual gameplay testimonial, that will have to wait! In the meantime, here are some quick first impressions.

I really wasn't sure if I was going to like this blaster. Triggerless offerings in the past were often disappointing, uncomfortable, or made firing more complicated than it had to be, simply because there was no trigger. Other times, because the blaster required you to constantly shift it through motion your aim sights were constantly moving and you were always shifting... that's one reason I always want a slamfire enabled blaster to have a stock, for just that slight bit of stability while you have to keep priming the blaster.

The LegendFire is basically in a constant state of slamfire. You pump the blaster and that primes it/fires it. Dart Zone admitted this was because the blaster would have been made out of the price point they set and in order to keep costs down they had to sacrifice a traditional trigger. While unfortunate, the blaster is a pump-action, which already gives it a different feel from other triggerless blasters. Like I said, the blaster is in a constant state of slamfire so you could easily throw your aim off a bit shifting the pump handle, but with a little practice you could steady it a bit more. The length of the blaster also helps in that regard. You might find yourself spraying ammo more than surgical pot shots, as it starts to almost feel like more of a shotgun, regardless of the barrel length. I was getting pretty decent range out of the blaster too, the 80' claim (angled) isn't too far from the truth. From the looks of the video, it hit even farther than that. Now, accuracy wise? That's a whole different tune. The video shows the spread was pretty wide on the shots I took, and given the foam medium that's nothing terribly new to see. But how much of that might have been solved with a stock to brace against or a trigger, maybe some day we'll get a different version. It's my continued belief that a stock is a necessity if your blaster has slam fire, unless it's a pistol like the Strongarm.


Second cylinder included! Extra ammo reload for a unique magazine type! Thanks Dart Zone!
The thing that really got me about the LegendFire is that it reminds me of any number of Borderlands sniper rifles that use revolver style chambers - (I can't seem to remember any at the moment...) and breaking the blaster in half to get to the revolver cylinder to swap it out is a neat feature. Even better because Dart Zone includes a SECOND CYLINDER to store on the integrated ammo holder and swap out, in incredibly satisfying (for me) fashion.

And.... it's $14.99. For that price, given all the high-end blasters coming out this year, this can give you a much needed break on the wallet. For parents, here is a very interesting low-cost option for your kid's upcoming holiday gifts. It's an engaging design with the reload mechanism and just the look of it, has a slim profile (for easy storage!) is compatible with Nerf darts, and pretty good range for under $20. If you haven't looked at Dart Zone blasters before, this is definitely something you should consider!

Product provided for review: opinions still remain my own.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Detroit Dart Club Needs your Votes! (Nerf Arena in Detroit, MI)

Vote for the Detroit Dart Club - a Top 10 Semifinalist 

Hatch Detroit is hosting a contest for a savvy entrepreneur to win $50,000, and Detroit Dart Club is in the running! Go to the link here (or the Hatch Detroit link at the beginning) to cast your vote for the Detroit Dart Club. I visited the place last summer, and the owner, Connor, has a really good grasp on the place and about accessible gametypes for newcomers and vets alike. Currently, they can fit about 40 people in the club at a time, and there are lockers (one of which is adorned with a sticker from yours truly), a party area for food, and foam.... so much foam. This is just the semifinals so the contest is far from over, but let's help get them to the next round and vote, keep the Nerf Arenas growing in the U.S.!

Here's a shot from last year, but it hardly does them any justice. See more action shots at their instagram feed


Thanks a lot in advance, community! Please let's help them out and get them growing! (Hatching? Incubating?)

Monday, August 08, 2016

Firing Demo: Adventure (Dart Zone) Zone Enforcer - 140' angled?

Assembly/Firing video of the Adventure Zone (Dart Zone) Enforcer Blaster - it gets 140' (angled)?

 


Thanks to Dart Zone for the sample! As always, my opinion remains my own.

STATS:
Enforcer: (Dart Zone/Adventure Zone) - Wal-Mart Exclusive!
MSRP: $29.99
Capacity: 40 Darts (belt-fed)
Includes: Blaster, belt, darts, instructions
Requires: 6 AA Batteries (not included)
Range claim: 80' (box)

I want to get some game time with this blaster before coming up with a proper review, but right off the bat the Adventure Zone Enforcer belt-fed blaster from Dart Zone got AT LEAST 140' right out of the box. That's pretty impressive for a freshly opened blaster. That being said, reloading this beast would be a moderate pain since I don't think there are plans to sell the ammo belts separately. And to head off another question, yes, this blaster is branded "Adventure Zone" but that's to identify the Wal-Mart specific brand of action toys associated with this and other blasters undoubtedly coming out as Wal-Mart exclusives. It's a Dart Zone blaster, same as the LegendFire and Magnum. It unloads its ammo payload pretty quickly, and should give any rushing team a reason to pause but the groupings are pretty wide the farther out you shoot. For $29.99 though you are getting good power, good ammo capacity, and a really satisfying shooting experience feeling the chains move and hearing the blaster chug through darts. Kids are gonna love the gatling feel of this blaster, and older users are going to like the power. And for $29.99, the price is just right compared to other blasters out there that shoot either less ammo or slightly shorter max ranges. I don't say this often, but if you have to spend on any blaster, definitely give this a look. I'll update this review with some gameplay thoughts once I actually field test it, but until then, color me impressed for now.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Nation Vs Zombies Game Highlight: Chris's Last Stand

Chris The Human Fends off Zombie Horde so others may live at Nation Vs Zombies 2016



Chris, a player from Ohio, opted to hold off the encroaching zombie horde during Nation vs Zombies, in what I like to call pulling a "Boromir" (I'm sure other people do it too, but that's not important). This, is his story.

 I was fortunate enough to record this, and moments like THIS are why I sometimes have to step back and carry the camera, not the blaster. Tough job, someone's gotta do it. I still have the main video to work on, so more highlights to come!

Nation Vs Zombies: where 400-500 blaster/undead enthusiasts got together and had a good time of it. Next year: Athens, Ohio.



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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Dart Zone LegendFire Range Test/Demo video/overview

Testing the Dart Zone LegendFire blaster - ranges and reloading

Quick Stats:
 MSRP: $14.99
Range: 80'
Available: Now (I just saw these at Target)
 Includes:
2 x swappable ammo cartridges
1 x LegendFire
18 x darts

 More to come on what I think about this blaster after I get some game time in with it in Wisconsin this weekend. See you then!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Prime Time Toys Covert Ops Magnum Superdrum Blaster firing demo

Dart Zone Samples are in, and thanks to Mica T. on the Facebook page, the Magnum gets the first test shot video.



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Sample provided, thanks Prime Time Toys/Dart Zone!

I'll be better suited to provide a full review next week, going to be field testing this (and more) blasters from Dart Zone with the MANO Wisconsin Nerf Group this coming weekend.

For now:

STATS:

MSRP: $19.99
Available: Now (Target Exclusive)
Range claims: 80'
Includes: 40 darts, blaster, manual

Note: Drum is a one-time installation, does not come out again after assembly.

If I had to say anything right off the bat, the swivel arm rest is kinda weird, and the blaster did spin a few shots out, but for the price this is a tough blaster to beat on dart output and range.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Nerf Battlescout listed on Amazon


I saw the Battlescout popped up in Singapore, but it looks like Amazon is not to be outdone! Just saw it listed today, not sure if anyone else saw this yet. Even better for you if you have Amazon Prime, get on it!

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