Dad Does Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Top Blaster Toys for 2014
As parents we always teach the kids, “use your words.” Sure, that is a good life philosophy, but sometimes you just want to blast something and let a barrage of foam darts do your talking for you. Kids, we feel you, which is why in today’s Holiday Gift Guide we offer up some of the best blaster and shooting toys we have played with in 2014. Let’s jump right into it…
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino Fire Blaster
Fire 50 Elite Darts, 90 feet in 15 seconds! Do we really need to say more? The motorized Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino Fire Blaster holds two drums, each with a 25 dart capacity and just looks so cool firing you will almost forget it has a somewhat insane $90 price tag. We made the video below from a demo at a trade show, but we have not been able to get a Rhino Fire Blaster to test out. The demo looked great, so we are putting on this list – but before I dropped $90 on a toy blaster, I would want to see an independent review.
Purchase the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino Fire Blaster from Walmart for $89
Dart Zone Scorpion Gatling Blaster
Don’t like the idea of spending $90 on a blaster? No problem – the Dart Zone Scorpion Gatling Blaster comes in at an easy to swallow $19.95. Don’t let the low price fool you, you still get plenty of blasting fun for under $20. In our testing the Scorpion had a range of 90 feet and could fire off 20 darts in about 20 seconds. While the Dart Zone brand has their own darts, we did confirm in our testing that all those Nerf darts that are covering your house will also work in the Scorpion.
Air Storm Firetek Bow by Zing Toys
We have always been big fans of the Zing Toys bow and arrows, but this year Zing did the impossible – made the day longer! Normally when it gets dark, the kids stop playing outside and come in and cause general havoc until bedtime. Not anymore! The Air Storm Firetek Bow has arrows and a bow that light-up and look even cooler when the sun goes down. The kids will be begging you to stay outside once it gets dark out! Check out our video review, this is the perfect toy to have at any sleepover.
Purchase the Air Storm Firetek Bow At Amazon for about $29
Nerf Mega Thunderbow Blaster
Love the idea of a bow and arrow, but looking for something with the rapid fire action of a traditional blaster? You need the Nerf Mega Thunderbow. The Thunderbow can hold 5 Mega darts which can be fired off in rapid succession without reloading. Trying to hit a long distance target…like a fleeing sibling? No problem, the Mega Thunderbow has a 100 foot range!
The Nerf Mega Thunderbow Sells for About $39 at Amazon.
Zano Bow from Zing Toys
A large Mega Bow is great for some battles, but sometimes you want a bow you can conceal and sneak into battle. In this case, you need to go with the incredibly cute and fun Zano Bow from Zing Toys. The Zano Bow is small enough that the kids can play with it indoors, but it still packs enough power and accuracy to be fun for smaller scale battles.
Purchase the Zano Bow At Amazon for about $12
Nerf Zombie Strike Slingfire
When it comes to the Zombie Invasion, the question is not if, but when. The Zombies are coming, that is purely objective fact, the only thing left to debate is the best way to battle them. For us, the choice is clear – the Nerf Zombie Strike Slingfire. Yes it has range, accuracy and a bunch of other features…but all that really matters is the very cool lever action blasting. Fire, reload and fire again all with one hand…leaving your other hand free to point at and taunt the Zombies as you blast them away.
Buy Zombie Strike Slingfire at Amazon.Com for about $30
Nerf Rebelle Secrets and Spies Line
While we totally believe that boys and girls can enjoy the traditional line of Nerf Blasters, it is clear that those blasters are marketed to boys. To help make the blasters more appealing to girls, Nerf has a whole line of Rebelle Secrets and Spies Blasters. The great thing about the Rebelle blasters is that they are every bit as powerful and fun as the “traditional” Nerf Blasters. After all, boy or girl, who doesn’t love blasting away a target?
Watch the video above for information on specific products and check Amazon for pricing.
Captain America Stealth Fire Shield
Sometimes the best offense is a good defense…especially when your defense is really an offensive weapon. Confused? Welcome to our world. In any case, there is no confusion on the fact that Captain America is big again. The Captain America Stealthfire Shield allows kids to shield themselves from attack and once their opponent is out of ammo, they flick their wrist, reveal the stealth blaster and fire back! While the blaster does not have much range, it is great for imaginative play.
Buy the Captain America Stealthfire Shield for $14 on Amazon.
Mattel BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster
Mattel has jumped into the blaster fun with the BoomCo blasters. The BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster features Smart Stick darts that only stick to special BoomCo targets. Parents will rejoice knowing that the walls, TV, paintings and pets will not be covered in super sticky darts. In addition to having the Super Stick darts, the BoomCo also fires off the darts with blazing speed.
Purchase the BoomCo Rapid Madness for $37 at Amazon
Stay Tuned, More To Come:
This guide is a living guide and will be expanding as we test and review new products. Please bookmark this page and check back often for the latest reviews. Also check out our full 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for links to all the other gift guides.