Imagine if you will, a time back in February.
I saw this:
Tried again during this: (start at 0:33)
and FINALLY, recorded these:
So after a long journey that started at New York Toy Fair 2013 to July 2013 I finally saw a full production Nerf Vortex Revonix 360.
Nerf Vortex Revonix 360
- Available Fall 2013
- Approx. $39.99
- Integrated drum
- 30 Disc capacity
- Range: 70’ish
- Slam Fire
- Revonix 360 x 1
- 30 XLR Vortex discs
And there you go. The Nerf Vortex Revonix 360. So what of it?
Well, I like it. I was a big fan of the Nerf Vortex Pyragon when it came out, mainly because of the level of firepower it packed. Sure, the reliance on magazines is a sticking point for me in protracted Nerf games, but the slam fire was smooth, it looked good, and felt comfortable with a Nerf Super Soaker Lightning Storm stock. And the Revonix? Worth the cost. A big blaster (almost reminiscent of a grenade launcher, honestly) good range, and comfy to use, especially with a stock.
BUT, it takes a little getting to know. First thing, as Adult Fans of Nerf likes to say, the thing is a blaster you can reload on the run, like the Dart Tag blasters that have integrated mags (Quick 16, Speedload 6 come to mind). And the reload takes some practice at first but if you can manage it, you’ve got something good here. I always appreciate a loadout where I am boiled down to a player with a pouch full of ammo and a blaster by my side (anyone see what I did there?) One must be familiar with the feel of their blaster to keep loading while running around, while also keeping your eyes on the field. It’s good to know where the magwell is by feel, and turrets, and so on. Those brief seconds you spend looking down could get you tagged. I was able to work it out with the Dart Tag blasters, I’ll have to do the same here with a little more field time. Initially, it feels easy to fumble discs or slow down to search for the loading points (especially since the mag drum freely spins around) but just keep at it if you want this to be a primary for you.
As one of the videos above shows, the Nerf Vortex Revonix 360 loads through a divot on the left or right side of the blaster, and pumping the handle primes the blaster to fire. Holding the trigger down while pumping the handle activates Slam Fire. Needless to say, that’s basic nerf knowledge, I think. But eventually you too will go “click click bamf!” when you light up your opponents. Maybe. Ultimately, the slam fire on the Pyragon felt just a bit smoother than the slam fire mode on the Revonix but I think part of that is the new mechanism (this loads discs vertically and pushes discs into position, the Pyragon discs were already horizontal and didn’t need any additional adjustment from the drum mag or the firing mechanism.) However, that is practically splitting hairs. Both blasters send out a bunch of ammo REALLY FAST, and a cloud of discs can be a scary sight during a game. Maybe even scarier than a cloud of darts.
Should the blaster get jammed, there’s a disc release and the jam door (both pictured) I believe Mr. K at AFON pointed out this is the first/only Vortex blaster to have one(?):
As for the range, I was hitting 50′ – 70′ with discs. Not unexpected, considering that is the deal with Vortex line, hitting high distances. The only caveat here is the accuracy (as with most things Nerf and maybe especially Vortex) may lack a bit. The videos above show how hard it is to hit a reliably accurate point the farther you are from the target, and that’s even more noticeable with the frisbee styled vortex ammo. Not to say I haven’t had success with this blaster, but it adds a little bit more of a challenge. However, that is also a Vortex blaster’s strength to some degree, the unpredictability when trying to avoid a hit. A duck or sidestep that would normally get you out of the way ends up sending you into the path of a disc.
That craziness is part of the reason I really like the Vortex line.
The paintjob is striking, for sure. While the Vortex line has a new deco for 2013, all flame-styled in a way.
And it works for me. I honestly very rarely go “WHOA” on a blaster’s paintjob but this does look cool all the same. The main body is very vibrant with the white and orange accents, and the grey just works with it in my opinion.
So for $39.99, is it worth the purchase? If you prefer having the full 40 shots from a Pyragon, and prefer to not reload one at a time (even on the run) then you might not get a lot out of this blaster. I find the reloading mechanism unique enough that when I am on the field and hurriedly running around collecting my ammo to reload, (if the round is still going) it is MUCH faster to just load a turret than load a mag, and slam it in. Granted, you can carry smaller mags if you’re using a Pyragon but then that’s still additional weight you have in your loadout as opposed to just a pouch/pocket full of discs. So, player, know thyself. The performance was on par with the Pyragon though not as smooth on slam fire, and reloading without additional magazines is nice. This being Vortex discs you might have accuracy questions, but the ammo output just might compensate (Spray & Pray, my friends.)
If you like your Vortex blasters those are probably the best selling points about it. Hopefully, I’ve been helpful in making a decision. If you have questions, feel free to shoot them my way, and good game!