Loading? Who has time for loading these day! Last year, the Maya Group introduced the Xploderz line of gel ball blasters. You can read (and watch) our full review of the Xploderz here, but the major downside to the Xploderz was the need to click a lever each time you wanted to load a gel ball. The Maya group has updated their line of blasters, now called the Xploderz X2 line, and they are now auto loading and boast a greater range.
With A Name Like X2 Mauler 1000, It Has To Be Good
To test out the new X2 line of blasters we got our hands on the Xploderz X2 Mauler 1000. When you see “Mauler” in the name of a gun, you expect some serious power and the X2 Mauler did not disappoint. It has a 90 foot range and with the auto load system you can fire a shower of gel balls in a short amount of time.
Let’s Look at Our Video Review of the Xploderz X2 Mauler 1000…
With the Auto Load System, Get Ready To Buy More Xploderz Ammo
If you are new to Xploderz, prepare to have little gel ball fragments all over your yard. The Xploderz Ammo is one time use and luckily they will dissolve into the ground over time and no clean-up is necessary. Of course, this is an outdoor use only toy, unless you like the idea of little gel balls all over your house!
We found the auto load system on the X2 Mauler to be a huge improvement over last years model. The old Xploderz were good for target practice, but the need to click load after every shot limited their usefulness in a fast paced battle. The new X2 line of blasters with auto load is fast and furious! You can definitely hold your own in a battle using the X2. You get great range (90 feet), decent accuracy and fast firing.
The X2 Mauler 1000 comes with 75 rounds of grown Xploderz ammo and 1000 rounds of ammo you can grow (takes about 4 hours). That may sound like plenty of ammo, but with the Auto Load system it is much easier to blast through a great deal of ammo in a short period of time. Luckily extra ammo is readily available at places like Target ($5 for 500 rounds).
More X2 Blasters On The Way
In addition to the X2 Xploderz Mauler 1000, there will be two additional blasters in the X2 line. The X2 Invader 700 is a slightly smaller gun and shoots about 85 feet. The X2 Retaliator 2000 fires up to 100 feet. All three blasters in the X2 line have the auto load system, increased range and better accuracy.
We did find the range of the X2 Mauler to be impressive. While we did not measure it out, it did appear the Mauler could reach about 90 feet. Accuracy was a little more hit and miss…pun intended. The little gel balls do tend to hook when fired, so it takes some practice to get decent with the accuracy. As with all gel ball blasters, you get the occasional misfire. A gel ball will break apart when fired or get jammed in the gun. Not a huge problem in our testing and for the most part we had great success and great fun with the X2 Mauler.
There is No Trigger…There We Said It
For reasons we still don’t fully understand, some kids believe that a toy blaster absolutely needs to have a trigger to be fun. The Xploderz line (both original and X2 line) do NOT use a trigger. As we show in the video, you pull back on a plunger and let go to fire.
We really had no problem with the firing mechanism, but many of the comments on our original Xploderz review had to do with how the gun lacked a trigger. So, we are telling you now, the Xploder X2 line do not use a trigger system – if you absolutely need a trigger in your blaster, you will need to look elsewhere.
Conclusion: Xploderz X2 Mauler 1000, Faster + Further = Fabulous Fun!
The new Auto Load system gives the X2 Xploderz a much faster time between fires . Improvements in design have increased how far you can fire a little gel ball. Anytime you can increase reload speed while extending the range in a blaster, you have a winner of a product. Yes, it would be nice if the accuracy was better and maybe a trigger based system could provide that, but overall the Xploderz X2 Mauler 1000 is a fun outdoor blaster that boys ages 8 and up will greatly enjoy.
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Xploderz X2 Mauler 1000, Age 8+, Sells for $24.95 at Target.Com
Read Our Review of the Original Xploderz Line