So yes, warriors. It's getting into the second week in January, but we figured we'd better close out 2013 properly. Props goes to Melvern Soelaiman for asking for thoughts on the NERF blaster of the year on the NERF facebook page just ahead of the New Year. Several of our fellow bloggers in the NIC have been thinking the same thing. Coop and I realized we would be remiss as we look ahead if we didn't award blaster/foam weapon of the year as well. Several toys from several makers had us talking.
For a yearly award, you've got to figure that this blaster would be something that could make it through our five categories relatively unscathed (Speed, Range, Accuracy, Appearance and Value). It should probably be a blaster that brought something innovative to the table. Also, the toy would need to have received good user reaction in general.
We've narrowed the candidates down to 5: The NERF N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike, The NERF Zombie Strike Hammershot, The Zing Zombie Slayerz Z-Tek Bow, The Buzz Bee Air Warriors Extreme Range Master and The Tek Recon Havok. Several others were proposed, but you have to draw the line somewhere!
(See which one wins after the jump)
Andu Mijomee - Andu Nerf for pointing out on facebook that there was the Snapfire that came out before Hammershot. Coop and I discussed that one too, but we didn't feel it had the wide-spread success that the Hammershot did. Thanks Andu!) Also yes, there were already electronic blasters that brought the ability of one-handed blasting to the warriors, but nothing quite like this. Now you have a relatively quiet sidearm that can be ready to fire multiple shots, one-handed, at a moment's notice. The ability to load as you go is always a plus if you choose to wield this (or more than one) as a primary blaster. This is even a hit for those in the community that just want to do Steampunk or other cosmetic mods. It's affordable for warriors in almost any spending category. The Zombie Strike Hammershot is a Target exclusive and that almost hurt in our judging. However, Target is one of the retailers that stays generally fair on blaster prices, and they give you the ability to order online. Meet the Hammershot, Click Click BAMF's Blaster of the Year.