The arrow loading mech seemed a little clunky, so here’s hoping it’s refined by release. As for the draw on the bow, it’s still designed with 8+ in mind (more on the 8 than the “+”) but fans of the Rebelle bows so far might enjoy the new reloading cylinder, as well as an additional use for any arrows they already own. Coming this Fall 2015!
Zing – Air Storm Firetek Bow By: Vas The Stampede Foam From Above
Price: $29.97 – Wal-Mart Exclusive Range: Up to 145′ Includes: Firetek Bow x 1 “Zonic” Blaze Arrows x 3 Available now: Red & Green colors (Red sample provided by Zing Toys) Ages: 8+
A design similar to the Z-Tek Air Storm Bow, the Firetek Bow is another entry from Zing Toys into archery and outdoor play. Like the Z-Tek, this bow is a bit smaller than the popular Zcurve bow and may not have as much range. I could hit upwards of 200’+ with the right angle and draw on a Zcurve, the Z-Tek came close but not quite. From some of the first shots I took, it is definitely look
Just like most other Zing arrow products, the arrows hook into the rubber loops at the center of the bow, aim, pull back, and release. There is a ridged rubbery grip at near the back of the arrow that helps with the pull, but sweaty fingers may make getting full power difficult. If you have tried a zing bow before, this shouldn’t be too different.
The big feature here is unlike the Z-Tek bow, the Firetek bow has a button in the grip that turns on lights in the colored portions of the bow arms; similarly the “Zonic” arrows have a switch just under the arrowhead that turns on a light inside the arrow shaft. So these arrows are a bit thicker feeling than past arrows; and the plastic shaft may feel a bit fragile.
However, the arrow tips are a thick foam again as with most Zing products so the arrows should definitely be able to take a beating. I haven’t performed a stomp test on these arrows though as I don’t know if they will have separate ammo packs available. Therefore, I want to keep my Zonic arrows mostly in good condition.
The effect is pretty neat, and watching your arrow zip through a darkened sky is a different kind of experience. The lights even help see where the arrow loops are in the dark, making night shooting a little easier. The lights on the arrows also obviously made finding my shots in the dark a snap. Dare I say it was easier to find these than green colored Zartz in grass. One other feature is I was able to reach my thumb from the grip to the switch on the arrows as the arrow was hooked in, which was nice if I needed stealth. I don’t know if smaller hands could do the same, but I don’t see it as being impossible. Unlike the z-Tek, this now doesn’t have arrow holders, users are going to have to use pockets or something else to carry around extra rounds.
In a pinch, the Zonic blaze arrows and even the bow could be used as a flashlight, but I wouldn’t recommend counting on either as a replacement flashlight. They illumination is impressive, but definitely not advisable if you have other sources of light available.
I do see some great possibilities for using this particular gimmick, too. Say in a specific scenario you had to fire a signal flare in an evening gametype, or in another you had to hit a target from a distance in low light. In the right gametype this would be a fun accessory to spice things up.
As this is a Zing bow product, the real fun of this product is outside where high power and ranges are better suited to cut loose. I wouldn’t recommend using this in a house or in close quarters – if you can control your draw power well enough then I leave that decision up to the player. This is definitely more for the wide open spaces, though.
So yes, the Firetek Bow has a very familiar feel to it, but the ability to test your aim in low light conditions with only these as your only light source may be enough to pique the interest of the archer in your family. I hope extra arrow packs become available as well, the idea of more than a few “flares” is something I would like to play around with and what game types may come out from that. The price is a bit high, but considering the electronics and the solid construction that isn’t entirely unexpected.
I have said from the start Zing products are a solid buy and while they may not always be perfect for blaster battles they are fun to shoot targets with anyway. I consider them the “dark horse” of the projectile market, chugging along with good products while eyes are on Nerf and Mattel most of the time, Zing continues to put out something fun and tactile with impressive range. If you haven’t tried out their products yet definitely consider this your introduction to their lineup, even if all you want is something to shoot targets.
Hope this helps! I will update this post with some video as well, so make sure to check back later!
Started getting some messages, and heard about this –
“NERF N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW
NERF N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW Toy
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 14)
Awesome NERF MEGA performance transitions from blaster to bow with the addition of the N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW toy. The bow’s dynamic arms and traditional pull back system can fire five NERF MEGA whistler darts in a row up to an amazing 100 feet. Includes 10 MEGA Whistler darts and holds up to five NERF MEGA darts at a time. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com So there you have it, a 2nd surprise info drop from Nerf (leading up to the UK Toy Fair, and eventually New York.) I’ll admit, I’m going to hold back judgment though given this Air Zone Extreme Power Bow blaster from some time ago –
I’m sure Nerf’s taken the design and jazzed it up (especially shooting Elite Mega darts and all) but until the blaster’s in my hands there’s just not much I can comment on. I’m intrigued to check it out though, I don’t think I see a trigger or a tactical rail on the blaster… so… “dynamic arms… traditional pullback…” interesting.
Ah well, enough speculatin’. We’ll just have to see!
Zing Toys – Reviewing and taking a closer look at the Zing zCurve Huntress Bow, the Zombie Slayerz Bow, Air Storm Z-Tek Bow, Legends Longbow, Zoom (Zomp) Rocketz, and Sky Ripperz. Thank you to Zing for all the samples!
This is probably going to be a HUGE post, so how about some pictures?
zCurve bow: Zombie Slayerz, Huntress, Air Storm, and the original green.
Zoom (zomp) rocket
Zartz of various types.
Zing Sky Ripperz
HUNTRESS & ZOMBIE SLAYERZ (zCURVE BOW VARIANTS)
STATS: Price: $24.99 Includes: zCurve Bow, 3 Zartz (the arrows; 2 long range and 1 suction cup type) Range: 100+
The Huntress and Zombie Slayerz are new skins for the old zCurve, and that’s that. Still the same great bow, but but with a new look. Regrettably, no included arrow holder like they used to years ago.
Next, the zTek bow/Legends Longbow
The zTek bow is a bit smaller and doesn’t feel as powerful as the zCurve, but the ammo holders and overall feel of its own merit work pretty well. I t doesn’t feel like the bow has the same pull as the zCurve, but it is still pretty powerful and feels very sturdy and durable, what I’ve come to expect from Zing.
Price: Approximately $29.99 (estimate, prices were all over the place online) Includes: zTek Bow, 3 Zartz (the arrows; 2 long range and 1 suction cup type, compatible with zCurve Bow and variants) Range: 100+
Interestingly, the zTek and Legends Longbow have the same feel. They also both have ammo holders in the same spots on either bow, the same enclosure for the rubber bands (the zCurve bands are exposed), and all fire the same ammo. The Legends Longbow seems to be a variant on the zTek bow. Either way, the ammo holders on the bow arms are nice to have.
Also, this part gets missed with the Zing bows I think – while you have the ability to pull back as far as you can (to hit upwards of 200+’ with zCurve bows) some caution must be recognized in the operation of the zing bows. Recommended directions state to NOT pull the bow all the way back, even for target practice. But people will want to anyway, and shoot at each other/targets with full strength. Use caution and be responsible.
Next, there are the Zomp (Zoom) Rocketz – Zimple enough.
STATS: Price: Approx. 19.99 Contains: 1 Launcher (some assembly required) 3 Zoom (Zomp) Rockets – I have versions that use either name, so that’s why I’m using both.
Air bladder connected via hose to a tube where a rocket is slid on and then propelled via air when the bladder is stomped on. They say 200’+ is possible, but I had a hard time getting to even 170′. I would like to try having 30or 40 of them, and seeing what happens when everyone stomps at once. Being able to have different angles to aim the rocket is a neat little feature, and some kids would especially get a kick out of this, I think. Nerf game wise, this might make for a good objective with the right rules set.
And one of my favorites from the Zing line, the Sky Ripperz. Possibly upwards of 200′ with these, and so simple yet so powerful. A handle with a rubber loop is all that’s used in launching these, and hooking the rocket onto the tubing.
In the end, the Zing Toys may seem a bit pricey initially, but definitely well worth it for the quality construction and time you’ll spend perfecting your technique and your aim (hopefully outdoors when possible!) Also, with the Hunger Games “Catching Fire” in theaters, wouldn’t you want to tap into your inner Katniss? In Nerf games we count these as large ammo rounds to eliminate/break shields, so implementation is what you make of it. I personally am a big fan of Zing’s products and whether I would use these on the field or not, target practice is always fun. In the end, the choice is yours but whatever color your bow, may the odds be ever in your favor.
So, the activity group EpicNerf (of which I am a part) is looking to raise some dollars in order to provide darts, obstacles, and loaners as well as travel to other Nerf events! Snake51886 is taking care of a bulk of this initiative and looking to sell some stuff:
_______________________________________________________________________________________ Guns for Sale! Hey guys,
I just put up some old and awesome Nerf Blasters in near mint condition on ebay. By purshasing and bidding, you support our entire nerfing group. The money we make from these sales help to provide, blasters, darts, cover, and refreshment at our events!