DEMO: Nerf ZombieStrike Hammershot & Rebelle Sweet Revenge

Apologies, everyone.  Sorry about the delay on well… everything!  Let’s get right to it.  I purchased (not samples like usual) the Nerf Hammershot from the Zombie Strike line, and the Nerf Rebelle Sweet Revenge Mission Kit.  Both revolver-styled blasters, but the big question I received was, do they get similar range?

Per usual, here’s the video – I set up the cone at 30′ out, and the main target at 50′. 


 
For this review, I tested out both blasters, as they were functionally identical.  Review continues after the break>>>


Stats:

Nerf Zombiestrike Hammershot
Price:  Approx: $15.99
Available: NOW
Includes:5 ZombieStrike bright green darts
Special Feature:  Fan fire
Target exclusive (U.S.: might be a different store in other countries.)

Nerf Rebelle Sweet Revenge Kit
Price: Approx. $19.99
Available: NOW
Includes: blaster x 1, 5 Rebelle darts (green), safety glasses, and clip-on holster
Special Feature:  Fan fire  
No exclusivity

AESTHETICS (how it looks):

Honestly, I think I preferred the Sweet Revenge.  They both felt like great grips, but if I had to choose, the sleek and smoother feel of the Sweet Revenge made drawing and handling the blaster a bit nicer.  The Zombiestrike faux bandage feels a bit more grabby, if that makes any sense.  To be fair, it’s designed with a young girl’s hands in mind and not an adult male.  Though the Hammershot might have designs for a larger boy.

The orange on the Zombiestrike worked for me, but that lower orange part under the barrel took away from the streamlined look you could see in the blaster itself, almost unnecessary.  The Sweet Revenge went totally along with being sleek, smooth, streamlined, and it made drawing/holstering a breeze for me, after some practice.

Heck, the holster it comes with was surprisingly sturdy and held onto my waist and pockets very nicely.  If you have a more “gymnast” play style though, you should be careful, as the holster isn’t tight enough to hold the blaster when inverted.  Sadly, the Hammershot doesn’t fit the Sweet Revenge holster either.  A Firestrike did, but  I do not recommend that as it stretches the holster out considerably.

PERFORMANCE:

I’ve been a fan of the Sweet Revenge and the use of a proper “hammer” mechanism since I first saw the blaster at New York Toy Fair.  In addition to the new mechanism, the fan fire is an interesting (though totally inaccurate) feature, and with the already inaccurate nature of Nerf darts, shooting darts in quick succession like that is more bluster than substance.  Or great cover fire.  One noticeable thing for me is the hammer is definitely easier to manipulate on the Sweet Revenge than the Hammershot, and you can hear it in the video.  But, the Sweet Revenge and Hammershot got comparable ranges and if I didn’t dual I would most likely just use the Sweet Revenge based on how much I prefer its handling.

My darts landed anywhere in the 40′-50′ ranges, and 75′ is likely if I angled my shots.  I did battle test these at MAW 2 with Adult Fans of Nerf and they were a lot of fun to play with, win or lose.  I’m curious to see though how well these fire other types of darts, and will have to revisit that at a future date.  While this isn’t a totally semiautomatic blaster like the Snapfire, I think it can certainly come close to one.  And the trigger is much easier to pull than the Snapfire’s, no matter which blaster you get.  Was the performance and feel worth the money?  Yes.  Many times yes.

THE TRIMMINGS:

Besides the blaster and holster, Sweet Revenge also comes with eye protection.  The glasses are pretty typical of what you can expect, simple frames that don’t fold, but they do the job of protecting one’s eyes.  The pink shading of the lenses might be a little disorienting (I certainly felt that way, when I tried them on in the name of science), so maybe use clear or the orange glasses, which I had no problem with. 

Overall, I’m very happy that I not only bought one, but both blasters.  They’re a lot of fun stock, and the new mechanism is hilariously fun to use.  While the accuracy lacks, it just means you would need to get closer 🙂

Questions?  Did I miss something?  Let me know!  I’m a little tired, so I’m sure I missed something.

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Nerf Fall 2013 AND Nerf Spring 2014 – Nerf ZombieStrike Revealed!

Geek website io9 has the inside track on the Nerf Zombie Strike releases! –

Here’s the info from io9 (and the press release myself and the other bloggers received) so enjoy!  I’ll have to get back and do some proper analysis a little later today.

The first wave of the Zombie Strike blasters are to be Target exclusives; the 2014 releases will be available in Spring 2014.

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE SLEDGEFIRE Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $27.99/Available: August 1, 2013)
Zombie hunters fend off large hordes with ease using the ZOMBIE STRIKE SLEDGEFIRE
blaster. A new triple dart shell-system allows for simultaneous multi-shot blasting and quick
dart reloads on the run while extra storage space for darts keeps zombie invasions at bay. With
the SLEDGEFIRE blaster it won’t matter if the approaching undead are the fast kind or the
slow kind – they’ve met their match. Blaster comes with three NERF SHELLS and nine NERF
ZOMBIE STRIKE darts. Available exclusively at Target.

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE HAMMERSHOT Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $15.99/Available: August 1, 2013)
One way to survive the zombie apocalypse: Keep moving. The compact ZOMBIE STRIKE
HAMMERSHOT blaster is designed for defeating the living dead on the run! Featuring
a five dart, front loading rotating barrel and a unique pull-back hammer mechanism, the
HAMMERSHOT blaster is the go-to for sudden zombie attacks. Includes five NERF ZOMBIE
STRIKE darts. Available exclusively at Target.

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE 30 DART Refill
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: August 1, 2013)Ensure that the undead won’t walk the Earth for long by stocking up on extra NERF ammo. Zombie hunters
carrying the ZOMBIE STRIKE 30 DART refill won’t be caught with an empty blaster in battle. ZOMBIE
STRIKE foam darts feature cool green deco with signature ZOMBIE STRIKE “Z” logo. Available exclusively

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SPRING 2014 ZOMBIE STRIKE LINEUP

After launching as a Target exclusive in late 2013, the NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE line will expand in 2014 to a full line of blasters, bows and foam swords designed for epic battles against undead and available at most major retailers nationwide! Additions include the FUSEFIRE blaster, which blasts zombies with glowing VORTEX discs day or night, and the authentic CROSSFIRE bow with 75 foot N-STRIKE ELITE distance. With the 2014 ZOMBIE STRIKE line-up, NERF NATION zombie hunters are ready for anything.

The 2014 ZOMBIE STRIKE line includes:

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE CROSSFIRE Bow
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)
Protect your human allies with the ZOMBIE STRIKE CROSSFIRE bow, which brings iconic
crossbow action to the NERF line for the first time in almost twenty years!
Boasting 75 foot
ELITE distance and authentic pull-back firing action, the CROSSFIRE bow is a great asset in the
human zombie struggle. Crossbow comes complete with four NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE darts.
Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.



NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE FUSEFIRE Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2014)
Lesson one: the living dead don’t take naps. Be ready any time of day for a zombie attack with
the ZOMBIE STRIKE FUSEFIRE blaster at your side. Firing glowing NERF VORTEX discs,
this blaster features a continuous loading system for blasting zombies with a foam barrage. The
curving and ricocheting discs allow zombie hunters to battle their undead opponents in an all
new way. Blaster comes with five ZOMBIE STRIKE VORTEX discs and storage space for five
additional discs. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE SIDESTRIKE Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2014)
The ZOMBIE STRIKE SIDESTRIKE blaster is the first NERF blaster with a holster for both
dart and blaster storage, leaving hands free to carry supplies and post-apocalyptic gear.
The
quick-draw blaster possesses ELITE performance, firing ZOMBIE STRIKE darts up to 75 feet.
The included holster is also compatible with the NERF FIRESTRIKE blaster, sold separately.
Comes with six ZOMBIE STRIKE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and
HasbroToyShop.com.


NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE BLADE Toy
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Spring 2014)
When it comes to hand to hand battle against zombies, losing is not an option. At 30” long,
the durable foam ZOMBIE STRIKE BLADE sword is built to defend humanity at close range.
Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE  RIPSHOT Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2014)
Plan a sneak attack against zombie foes with the aid of the stealthy ZOMBIE STRIKE
RIPSHOT disc blaster, featuring integrated three disc storage. Comes complete with three
ZOMBIE STRIKE VORTEX discs. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on
HasbroToyShop.com

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE  RICOCHET Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Spring 2014)
When it all comes down to one shot, make it count. The single shot ZOMBIE STRIKE
RICOCHET disc blaster is the ultimate tool for mounting sneak attacks on the living dead.
Pocket-sized but powerful, the RICOCHET blaster comes with two discs. Available at most
major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

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NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE  TARGET Set
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2014)
Keep your zombie hunting skills sharp between attacks with the ZOMBIE STRIKE TARGET set. The set
comes complete with one small ZOMBIE STRIKE blaster, three ZOMBIE STRIKE darts and a ZOMBIE
STRIKE target. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.