Hasbro And Fortnite Join Forces For Classic Nerf Blasters
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring on
Throughout my 37 years on this planet, I've spent my fair amount of time playing with Nerf toys. I remember as a child shooting that neon blue and purple bow and arrow while hanging out in the basement at a friend's house. Now, as an adult and homeowner, I'm doing the same thing, but in my own house, alone. Back in January, Hasbro--the company behind the Nerf brand--revealed some Overwatch blasters that are overpowered and pretty awesome.
Now, Nerf has a new set of blasters modeled after weapons and items from Fortnite. I know what Fortnite is. It's the game I installed on my Switch, and after a couple days, I deleted it because it wasn't for me as I was simply awful at it. Regardless of my gameplay ability, it has a great, distinctive look that I could truly appreciate.
Anyway, Hasbro sent over it's selection of Nerf blasters--and a few Super Soakers--based on the game, so let's check out what these look like, how they work, and the price. All of the blasters you see below are available now.
Nerf Fortnite Microshots
There are three of these Microshot blasters: Micro RL, Micro TS, and Micro Llama. Each one comes with two darts and is easy to load and fire.
Nerf Fortnite Microshots: Thoughts
Pros: The Llama one is fantastic. These are very easy to use.
Cons: It's basic.
Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L
It comes with six darts and a detachable barrel.
Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L: Loading
The blaster holds three darts at a time, which go into the top, once you cock it back to prepare to fire.
Nerf Elite Fortnite SP-L: Thoughts
Pros: It has a pretty solid price point and comes with extra darts. I really like the "Shhh" printed on the side. I got a good chuckle after seeing that.
Cons: The "silencer" on it is pointless. It doesn't add or take away from the distance of the darts when you fire. It's purely an aesthetic thing.
Nerf Elite Fortnite AR-L
This is a battery operated blaster featuring a clip that holds 10 darts at a time.
Nerf Elite Fortnite AR-L: Loading
10 darts go into the clip, which goes into the blaster.
Nerf Elite Fortnite AR-L: Thoughts
Pro: This really reminds me of the first battery-operated Nerf blasters I saw. It's MUCH quieter than the original ones, and it is a ton of fun to play with.
Cons: You have to use a screwdriver to put the batteries in. This is a very minor complaint. Additionally, $50 does seem pretty pricey, but it's very satisfying to shoot.
Nerf Super Soaker Fortnite HC-E
My feelings on all three of these Super Soakers are pretty much the same, so they're collected in one final thoughts piece at the end.
Nerf Super Soaker Fortnite TS-R
Nerf Super Soaker Fortnite RL
Super Soaker Fortnite: Thoughts
As for the Super Soaker line, I was extremely underwhelmed. These were a giant step away from the toys with the Super Soaker branding that I remember.
Pros: The look really cool. The TS-R and RL are large and fun to run around with. The price point isn't bad, especially if you love Fortnite.
Cons: These aren't pressurized water guns, which was a trademark of the Super Soaker brand. And full disclosure, I never fired these, as I live in Illinois, and it's like 40 degrees out. But after pulling the trigger on these--without water--I got a good idea of what I was getting into, and these are mere squirt guns with giant tanks. Yes, they will be a ton of fun in the summer, blasting your friends, but they aren't Super Soakers to me.