Southern Brisbane Nerf Club

Sunday, 20 October 2013

REVIEW: Nerf N-Strike Blazin' Bow

Here it is, N-Strike's swan song. The last hurrah. It's final number. It's last breath. The last nerve-twitch before Hasbro finally calls an end to the long standing N-Strike line. But, is it a good sign off?

One thing I like about the N-Strike line is the fact that they aren't de-tuned for Australia because of the already lower power compared to the Elite line. And it' not like it didn't have a good run, 2001-2013, 12 years is a long time for any toy line. And with blasters the likes of the Longshot, Stampede and Maverick, you'd want to call it a day on a high note right? Well, apparently not.

The Blazin' Bow is obviously a bow style blaster firing large "arrows" (just large finned darts really). There is storage for 2 more on the top arm. Assembling the blaster is pretty much moron-proof and once it's together, the fist thing you'll notice is how light it is.


The handle is quite possibly the most comfortable handle for any blaster I've ever held. Very ergonomic, and obviously designed for a larger hand. While it is a larger sized blaster, its weight (or lack thereof) make it easy to handle. The firing style is the same as the original Bow And Arrow...


^ that one. Pull back and release. The Blazin' Bow easily gets N-Strike ranges (35 feet) when angled, flat shots you're looking at 20ish feet. While the range is sub-par for Nerf now, the bulk of the arrows means whoever you hit will now about it, they do hit the wall with a pretty decent "THWACK". The weight of the darts and the fins give them pretty good accuracy.

I love the design of the blaster, the black and orange flames really set this blaster apart from the rest of the N-Strike line that was mostly yellow. Despite it's light weightyness, the plastic doesn't feel cheap. The arms however should've been made out of something a little more pliable, so that they flex when you prime it, adding to the illusion that it's the arms providing the power and not the spring inside. It's direct plunger by the way and there is a hole on the top arm for you to aim through


I can't see myself using the Blazin' Bow in a war/game anytime soon, or ever. But for playing around inside, it's quite fun.

This is not really the way I wanted to see N-Strike end. A Longshot with a flame job, maybe, with a stronger spring and better bi-pod? Many Nerfers grew up with N-Strike, N-Strike is what made Nerf the brand it is now, and to close it off with the Blazin' Bow just doesn't seem right to me. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice blaster, not very practical, but fun to muck around with indoors. But if you're going to die, how do you want to do it? A hollow shell of the man/woman you once were in hospital full of tubes, fading away slowly by being forgotten by most of your friends over time? No. But that's what seems to have happened to N-Strike. It had an awesome life, AS20, Longshot, Stampede, Maverick, Nitefinder among the best of the 27 blasters in the series. Not a lot of people even knew Hasbro were still developing N-Strike blasters until the Blazin' Bow was announced. But, I guess that's it. This is the last new N-Strike blaster we'll ever see, after 12 years, 27 models (not including sub-lines and limited editions), practically inventing the foam dart blaster market and spawning the NIC. It's bye bye N-Strike.

Pros:
1. very comfy handle
2. light
3. fun to muck around with indoors
4. flame job
5. direct plunger
6. accurate

Cons:
1. big hole in plunger tube (intentional hole)
2. younger Nerfers don't have the strength to hold the primer back all the way
3. no arrow refill packs
4. arms need to flex to give illusion of power from the arms
5. poor range (compared to blasters that are available now)

~ Rob

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