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Nerf N-Strike Blaster, Because Sometimes You Really Need to Shoot Someone
The Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster by Hasbro is the Nerf gun you want, when you have had a really bad day. Forget about pumping or pulling back to load the nerf bullets – no we are talking serious automatic battery power here. Snap the 18 bullet clip in, hold the trigger down and shower your target (in my household – always the Dad) in bullets. However, before you run out to buy a Nerf Stampede Blaster, there are some things you need to know…
6 D Batteries??? Is this a Nerf Gun or a Boom Box???
Moms and Dads, I know you must have battery draw filled with AA and AAA batteries. If you are hardcore, maybe you even have a few C batteries and a 9 Volt. However, do you happen to have 6 D Batteries on hand? You better, if you get the Nerf N-Strike Stampede Blaster, because this bad boy uses 6 D Batteries – and it doesn’t even play music!
After about 10 minutes of my son saying “Can you please go to the store and buy batteries” I cracked and got the D batteries. Unscrew the battery compartment, pop in what felt like 10 pounds of batteries and we were ready to go…
Here is the video on the Basic Operations of the Nerf N-Strike Blaster -
Clearly My Son Feels Way to Comfortable with the Nerf Blaster
As you can see, my 6 year old had no problem mastering the Nerf N-Strike Blaster in about 5 minutes. Anyone who has used a Nerf gun will be very familiar with the parts. It comes with three clips that hold 18 bullets each, 1 clip that holds 6 bullets, a shield, a bipod and 100 nerf bullets. The clips and bullets are interchangeable with the other Nerf N-Strike guns.
As shown in the video, it also has an opening to get out any bullets that jam. We did not have many bullet jams, but the easy access jam door made the few problems we had easy to clear.
Enough basics, you want to see the Nerf N-Strike Stampede Blaster in action -
Okay, before we get a bunch of complaints about shooting that dog – that dog had been giving us the evil eye all day, he had it coming.
The Dad Strikes Back!
My son had had his fun shooting me and anything else he could find in the room, it was time to turn the tables.
What Happens when Dads Play With the Nerf N-Strike Stampede Blaster -
I may have enjoyed that a little too much – but it was fun. Even with the whooping I put on my son, as he says in the end he loves the gun and really likes the automatic shooting.
Nerf Blaster, A Fun Toy But With Some Issues
One thing you need to realize about this toy – it is heavy when you load it up with 6 D Batteries. The weight may be an issue for some kids. In addition, heavy weight + all plastic toy + running around = high probability it will break! I will say in the 2 weeks we tested it, it did not break – but as a Dad that was one of my top concerns with the Nerf Blaster. Given that this toy has a $50 price tag, the fear of breaking it was a real concern for us.
Another issue with this gun is that it really puts all the other non-battery operated Nerf guns at a big disadvantage. If your kids like to have Nerf wars, and you only have one Nerf Stampede Blaster, prepare for some fighting as to who gets the blaster. Again, at $50 each – you probably don’t want to buy a whole bunch of these toys!
The final issue is the same issue I have with all Nerf guns – why do those bullets always get lost? The Nerf Blaster we reviewed came with 100 bullets, yet after a few wars it seemed like 30 of them had entered the Bermuda Triangle along with my socks from the dryer.
Nerf N-Strike Blaster, One Step Closer to A Real Gun?
The weight, the sound, the easy pull of a finger and a shower of bullets that come out – all feel strangely less Nerf toy and more gun. Clearly a whole debate can be had on the issues of kids playing with Nerf guns, but as this is just a product review, we are going to bypass that debate and stick with the merits of the Nerf Blaster as a toy. Clearly, if you have issues with toy guns for your kids – do NOT buy this toy.
If you can get by the whole, “My kids looks like he is really enjoying blowing me away with a toy gun thing” the Nerf Blaster is pretty impressive. It loads quickly, it shoots quickly and rarely jams. If your kid loves Nerf guns, they will love this one as well. At a $50 price point, we feel this is a rather expensive toy, but one your kids will thank you for by shooting you in the back of your head.
FULL DISCLOSURE: We were crazy enough to buy this toy with our own money! We received no money for doing this review and receive nothing if you do decide to buy the toy. No dogs were harmed in the filming of the video. One Dad had his ego harmed when his son kept shooting him, but that Dad will remain nameless. This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!
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