|What? No trick darts?!|
Anyway, we're not talking about this new surprise blaster. We're looking at another blaster some of us have been waiting quite some time for, with many a rumor surrounding it and it's release as well. The Avengers' Hawkeye Longshot Jolt..er.. Bow.
Yes, it seems like only yesterday we were speculating on it's release. Rumors surrounded a Disney store exclusivity. Would it be a real bow? Would it have more than just "real bow action"? Would it be a re-shelled Heartbreaker? All these questions and more were answered.
|Can Hasbro not afford a Hawkeye costume?|
AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Except for all the wrong reason.
Ok, maybe I'm being a bit over dramatic here but the prospect of a new bow after the last offering from Nerf broke my heart (yes, that was intentional) was intriguing. Well before Nerf went bow-happy, I came across a little blaster called the Boss Bow at a Goodwill and thought "Why doesn't Nerf make something like this?!" Sure it was made for a bigger arrow and I had to mod it a little to get it to shoot regular sized streamlines, but when I did it worked awesome! It couldn't be that hard to do!
|Apparently, Hawkeye has some newfangled "H" symbol.|
|Shown full primed, with Jolt for size reference.|
|It flips! DO WANT!|
It's pretty clear that Hasbro's target audience isn't quite the same one they have for most Nerf blasters, clearly it's a younger one. I'm sure they have a deal with Marvel/Disney since it's clearly a tie in for the Avengers Assemble show. It even advertises "Collect more awesome Avengers' gear!" with a picture of a new Iron Man Flip and Fire Gauntlet that looks like it fires elite streamlines as well. I can really understand why this product was made and can't fault Hasbro for it. I even understand why they tried to safely distance themselves from the Nerf brand as well.
I gotta say, aside from it being a bit over priced (and it's Toys "R" Us so, who knows if it'll be cheaper elsewhere) it's not a BAD product. From a Nerf enthusiast's perspective it's nothing to rejoice over, but from the mindset of growing the company and getting a younger audience engaged it's actually not a bad move. Plus I love me some purple elite darts! ~Josh
Next up, the Stealthfire Shield: