Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bay Area Nerf Exclusive: Buccaneer and Gladiator swords!

It looks like Buzz Bee has entered the foam melee arena with their new offering: the Air Warriors Buccaneer and Gladiator swords. While checking for more random DPCIs at Target to see if we could uncover any new or unannounced blasters we came across these. The Target inventory listing was a cryptic "Foam Swords" under DPCI 087-11-0346 for $9.99. When they pulled these out of the backroom, it surely wasn't what we were expecting.


The foam itself is very lightweight, but not as soft and squishy as most of the Nerf weaponry we've seen so far. It's more akin to the Marauder Long Sword, but much lighter. Each sword measures in at roughly 2 feet from pommel to point, with the blades coming in a little under 19 inches. The "blades" are thinner than most of the melee offerings from Nerf (although we haven't been able to  check out the new Zombie Strike Machete). The handles are only meant for one handed use, but aren't so small that those with bigger hands will find the grip too short. The swords themselves feel fairly sturdy, and with the foam being more dense than some of Hasbro's melee alternatives, they may last a bit longer than their competitor. Hopefully field test will yield more conclusive results, specifically against some zombie hordes.

What do you think? Is this a smart move on Buzz Bee? Will you give these a shot? How do you feel about the color scheme? Let us know in the comments below!


More pictures after the break.











6 comments :

  1. If you're offering the length of the blade as a separate measurement, then I think you mean "pommel to tip" for the first measurement. Blade length and "hilt to tip" are the same thing.

    That aside, great find.

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    1. Good catch! We've updated the description. Thanks!

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  2. Do they have a central core? How far will they flex under pressure, say a few pounds worth?

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    1. They do have some sort of thin plastic core to keep their rigidity. It's not a material that feels like it will flex much under pressure without snapping.

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