Nerf Vortex Revonix360 close-up analysis

Thanks to thetoyspy’s youtube video for all images used!

So Toy Fair NYC is in full swing right now, and a good few new blasters have been shown off. Apparently, they’re doing a revamp of previous Vortex blasters, giving them new designs, but it wasn’t made clear on if anything else was upgraded.

But the big kicker for Vortex this year will be the Revonix360, a large, pyragon-like vortex blaster. Unlike the Pyragon, it has a 30 disk drum built in, which apparently holds 30 disks at one time. Similarly to the Pyragon, is its ability to slam-fire, as well as the general aesthetics and ergonomics of the blaster.

One of the major factors in the Revonix360 though is the fact it boasts a 70+ foot range, further than any of the other Vortex blasters before it. One would assume they would use a better torsion spring for this, but we’ll have to see.

Here’s some more screengrabs from the video:

So we can see here that it has a tactical rail, flame decal, two sling attachment points, a stock attachment point, and a pretty nice design on its slam-fire handle as well.

A good look at the bottom; looks tough.

Here’s a real good close up of it. Sleek, and very stylish. The other thing you can see here is how to load the disks, putting them into a slot on the side of the drum. Seems a little slow to load, but then again, you get 30 disks per reload, which is plenty to get you back to a safe place to reload anyway.

Here’s something really curious though, how do the disks get from being vertical, to being horizontal? When the disks are shot, they come out horizontally, but they’re kept in the drum vertically, on their side. Something has to get the disks and put them on their side to chamber them, all while being able to slam fire.

That’s a mechanical marvel for them to pull off in a blaster, and I’m curious how they did it. It seems the chamber of the blaster is above the drum, so maybe , using the same hole in the drum to reload them with, it pulls one disk up into the barrel-area and then pushes it over. Just a thought.

All in all, I’m going to buy this blaster as soon as it comes out; it’s one of the first vortex blasters to really catch my eye like this.

What ever happened to the Nerf Snapfire?

I remember hearing about this guy around– if not before–  Nerf Elite was shown off. It was heiled as a semi-auto pistol without any cocking, and it seemed to be a great blaster. So my question is, why is it nowhere to be seen?

One would assume it would have released with the Pyragon– heck, they stocked it in Singapore around the time of the Pyragon, but it’s MIA in every other country. They’re boxed, packaged, final copies, and seem like a finished product there. So why? You can’t even find them on Chinese websites, ebay, amazon, they’re just not there.

It could be possible that it’s to due with the trigger. I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the pain that pulling the trigger on “range” mode can cause.  Could that be it? Do they consider it too tiring? I thought that the selling point was you could set it to higher range and have a harder time shooting it, or just use rapid fire with low speed. Maybe they didn’t think it worked out well?

Or it could be due to the ergonomics, the trigger is apparently a bit long for young children; that’s entirely possible.

Though there’s an entirely different option, maybe they’re working on a new version– a blue trigger version, like most of the Dart Tag series is getting. Only problem is, they wouldn’t be able to change the spring without changing the trigger pull, so that would be even worse on people’s hands. Though, a simple plunger change or direct plunger wouldn’t affect the spring.

No matter what, I’m looking forward to this fellow, and I hope it gets released soon. It’ll be one of the few dart tag blasters in my collection.