So, my son (6 yrs old) and I saw this toy about a month ago, and we were dying to give it a try. What's not to like? Looks cool, shoots projectiles, and has a 30 round clip.
1st off, you'll need 6x C batteries for the gun, and 2x AAA for the "scope." More on the "scope" later. You'll also need a smaller Phillips screwdriver to open up the battery compartment. The box is very well packaged. Everything is secure and in place in case you plan on shipping it off as a gift. Directions are clear and concise. Package includes the gun, scope, 30 discs, and the clip to hold them.
So the gun itself looks way cool. The stock is a little long, so younger kids might have trouble holding it. It's rated for 8 years and older, but if your kid is small, he might have a hard time holding the trigger with the stock on their shoulder. My son wasn't able to, so he put the stock over his shoulder, which worked out perfect (Think bazooka.) It's a bit wider than it seems in the picture. And after adding 6 C batteries, it's a little heavy towards the back. It's got holes on top on the front and back for, what I presume would be, a shoulder strap. It's also got a slot on the back of the stock that allows you to put an extra clip. The scope is part of their "rail" system and can be slid on and off easily. The disc itself are made of plastic and foam. It's got a harder plastic center with a soft foam ring.
The discs are loaded like a typical gun. You slide the disc into the clip. Press it down and slide in the next. Once you're loaded them, you push the clip into place. After that, there is a "safety" on the top of the stock. I think of it as more of an on/off switch more than anything. To fire, you have 2 triggers. 1st, there is a lower one on the grip that you must hold. This activates the motors that propel the disc. First off, it's loud. If you're going on a "stealth" mission, leave this baby at home. Have 10 baddies bearing down on you? Then you have chosen wisely. A quick pull of the trigger launches out a disc. Need to fire quickly? Hold down the trigger and it lets loose. I would say it fires off discs at about 1/second. It's not terribly quick, but it's okay. At least it's 30 seconds of pure fun.
Range is good. I would say about up to 60 ft'. Accuracy is semi decent up until about 30-40. The disc have a tendency to arc left or right. It's maybe a 1-2' spread at that distance. The problem is that the arc is never consistent. One time it'll go left, the next right. Good thing you get 30 shots, huh?
So, the one thing that wasn't that cool is the scope. Simply put, it's pretty useless. Looking through it, it has 3 pieces of "glass" with hexagon shapes getting progressively smaller. With the batteries installed, you can set up the "scope" to have the lights inside stay on, or flash in different patterns. Does it make the gun look cool? Yes. Does the scope really do anything? No. In addition, the scope seems to be a little loose on the rail. So when you're running around taking down the baddies, the poor scope is hanging on for dear life.
As a whole though, the gun is pretty cool. The disc fly a lot further that the dart guns I'm used to. The clip concept and loading concept is fun, and the gun looks great. I personally removed the scope since I don't find any use for it. The only downside I see (at the time of this review) is that you can't buy an additional clip for a big "war." Expect lots of downtime hunting down disc and reloading the clip. But once you're all loaded up, expect tons of fun!
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