What really gets me, is that Buzz Bee are in the market to be a competitor.
Surely from self respect (and for fans?) they should up their game?
Their whole design team needs a complete overhaul, there is no argument there. Okok I accept it's at sale for $5 or something low as that. They sell enough they can put that money to good use.
I think it's almost a long winded way around what could be a simple straight forward redesign and kick some ass.
Here are the images, which resemble a shocking likeness to the Nerf Elite Strongarm with the N-Strike Spectre loadout.
Blasts darts up to 30 feet
Flip out 5 chamber rotating barrel to load darts into
Auto indexing barrel
Includes 5 foam darts
Ages 5 and up
They plug 30ft range as a good thing..!! Now honestly speaking, Nerf Elite ranges are touch and go on some blasters. No denying that, but we can get up to 75 ft. We have to arc the shots on Stock blasters yep (modded lets not even go there!) but year on year we have seen Nerf outdo themselves. I don't know personally, but i'm going to assume (dangerous I know!) that Buzz Bee have some kind of mod community also. I'm pretty sure this is the case. What I don't know is why we don't see more of these blasters around. Maybe i'm up in cloud Nerfland too much.
Bottom line is get some creative art in, throw some fan competitions to get a blaster designed, but do something, and something fast! Competition is a GOOD thing for Hasbro. If they start to get lazy, or slip up, others can pick up the slack and get some support on their own products. It keeps Hasbro running on track - and running hard.
I guess if you can't beat them... join(copy) them! ;) 'Nerf or Nothin' is something they are taking quite literally! What are your thoughts on this?