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BOOMco Rapid Madness Review

A couple of weeks ago I posted a loadouts post that happened to mention the Rapid Madness, and yesterday, I realized that I hadn’t published an official review of it. And man, does this thing deserve a review or what! Let’s dive right into this red-blue beast!

The Box



Now I know that this section is kinda obsolete, but it represents how BOOMco is presenting it’s products to the people. When I walk into a toy store, the product needs to catch my attention, and I must say, BOOMco’s packaging is pretty sweet. A big box(about 30 inches across),open-faced, lots of panels sticking out, a good mix of black and red, count me impressed.

Now a few things that got my attention are the decreased range claims(45 feet rather than 50 feet), lack of the BOOMco round, and the new way of opening the box(there’s a panel on the back side that you rip off.). This leads me to believe that this is a second generation, Asian release of the Rapid Madness(the instructions were in Mandarin, Japanese, Malay, Thai and English). Because Asian countries do not have any restrictions on toy blasters, I wonder why was the range decreased. We’ll see that in the range test. In a word, the box looks fun, and so does the blaster.



Inside the box, you get the Rapid Madness, a 20 dart clip, a smart-stick shield for the blaster, 30 darts, a 12×9 inch smart stick target and a few stickers(which I really like). The target has an adhesive backing so that you can stick it where you want to. I got the Rapid Madness on a lightning sale for INR 1000(about $15),although it retails for about INR 2499.

First Impressions and Aesthetics


Once fully assembled, the blaster feels adequately sized for adults and kids alike. The handle feels nice in my big hands, so I see no problem for kids in holding the blaster, although I guess it’ll be a tad bit heavy for them. The embossed logo, matte paint finish and the unique colouring adds a unique look to the blaster, one not found in Nerf blasters.

The embossed logo, matte paint finish and the unique colouring adds a unique look to the blaster, one not found in Nerf blasters.

Going over to the aesthetics, It could’ve been a really, really comfortable blaster if not for one little flaw. The pump grip is really nice, offering a natural place to hold the blaster, and the cheek rest is comfortable enough. However, the handle’s thumb rest rises sharply and constantly rubs against my skinny hands. It might not seem as a major design flaw, but when you play for an hour or so, your knuckle will get sore and will sting a little.

Now another thing that can be an issue for younger players is pumping the blaster. I took a few measurements and found out that on full draw, the distance between the pump handle and my shoulder was 29 inches. So make sure you can pull the pump handle far enough. Also, the last few pumps requires some effort to be pumped,. That might not be a problem for an athletic adult like me, but it might be an arduous task for the kids.

Performance and Use

To fire the blaster, pump it 16 times(the over pressure release valve kicks in at 18 pumps), load the clip, and let it rip.


I fired the blaster 3 times from shoulder height, parallel to ground and 3 times angled to ground, at about 30 degrees. I also counted the number of shots landing in each category based on range. Given below are 2 tables, which are the average of 3 parallel firing tests and 3 angled firing tests respectively.

Parallel to Ground

High shots- 37 feet – 4/20 shots reached this range

Average shots- 33 feet – 10/20 shots reached this range

Below Avg. shots- 28 feet – 4/20 shots reached this range

Low Shots- 24 feet – 2/20 shots reached this range

Angled to Ground  

High shots- 51 feet – 6/20 shots reached this range

Average shots- 44 feet – 8/20 shots reached this range

Below Avg. shots- 40 feet – 4/20 shots reached this range

Low shots- 37 feet – 2/20 shots reached this range

Rate of Fire

Again, the blaster was fired three times, and an average of three variables is given below. time was measured from trigger pull to last dart fired.

Time taken to empty a full 20 dart clip- 1.60 seconds, thus,

Rate of fire= 12.5 darts/second


From 25-30 feet in a closed environment, I found 9-10 inch dart groupings when fired flat(thanks to smart stick). Darts tend to stay down the line when the shot is angled, owing to their better dart design. Accuracy might not be what the manufacturers were aiming for, but its way better than any Nerf blaster. I gotta say, these smart stick darts, they stick, and they stick good. Also, since they don’t have that weird hole in the front like the elite dart, they fly pretty accurately, accurate enough to use optics, I guess.

Overall Opinion


I have to hand it to BOOMco, for their first attempt at making a blaster, this is pretty cool. The Rapid Madness does what it’s meant to do, and that is obliterate. The rapid fire flurry of darts(which is faster than 1st Gen. models) is just impossible to dodge, the darts stick extremely well, and the blaster lives up to it’s range claims, which is a first for me. I’m impressed with this blaster, if not completely sold. There are a few kinks to work out, but that can be overlooked when you have a blaster this good. It definitely gets a ‘BUY IT!’ recommendation from me. Comment, like and follow if you liked my review! Till then, see ya!


Nerf Rhino-Fire Spotted on Amazon Spain

Rhino-Fire,a highly speculated blaster,was spotted on amazon.es.Let’s go straight to the pictures,chat-chat for the end.







Now this is some heck of a surprise,and a heck of a blaster! These are 50 rounds of double barreled domination you won’t like pointed at yourself.Seriously,when I first read the name,I thought it will be some belt loaded elite blaster,and it turned out to be this monster of a blaster.

Now the speculation,

i) Do both the rounds fire at once,or there is a lag in firing?(which would actually be very cool)

ii) Can it work with one mag?

iii) Do the barrels move back after firing, in the awesome recoil like manner?

iv) Is it automatic flywheel powered,motorized plunger powered,or the motorized REVERSE plunger powered?

v) Is the tripod a repaint of the Vulcan’s one?

We can only wait for answers,but till then, you are welcome to comment for any query.The link for the amazon site is,



Nerf TekStrike Revealed

Foam from Above and BlasterLabs, who are currently in New York,have discovered a pretty cool accessory for Nerf blasters.



EyeSpyToys have released a nerf accessory called the TekStrike,which acts as a tagging interface during live Nerf wars.The entire concept has been supposedly discussed with Hasbro.Although it isn’t the first third-party accessory produced for nerf,it is certainly the coolest one.

The official description is as follows-

Product Overview
Nerf TekStrike from EyeSpy Toys is an exciting new attachment for NERF blasters. With programmable Smart Darts, patented hit recognition technology and Bluetooth connectivity,  Nerf TekStrike turns the backyard into an advanced wireless playing field.

Key Features

  • The Nerf TekStrike Storm Shield attaches to any NERF blaster’s tactical rail and casts an invisible sensory grid over the entire playing field.
  • The Nerf TekStrike system works with Smart Darts, which each contain a programmable RFID chip.
  • Using Bluetooth and RFID technology, the Smart Darts can be tracked. As a dart hits the Storm Shield, the type of ammo it was hit with and who the shooter was, are recorded, displaying the damage on the built-in LCD screen and sending the appropriate HIT points to the shooter’s screen.

Game Play

  • To start playing, select an ammo type, wirelessly program the Smart Darts by swiping against the Nerf TekStrike Storm Shield and then begin firing at the opponents shield, instantaneously being alerted of successful shots.
  • The single player training mode allows individuals to improve their accuracy to get ready for the next battle.
  • When players are ready for advanced battle scenarios, they can use a smart phone or tablet as a remote base to unlock new weapons, track team stats and select mission objectives – all available with the free Nerf TekStrike app download.
  • For the full video game experience, players can attach a smart phone to the Nerf TekStrike Storm Shield for GPS tracking, blaster upgrades, accuracy stats and more!

Pricing / Availability

  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99
  • Includes the Nerf TekStrike Storm Shield and 10 Smart Darts
  • Availability: August, 2014
  • Recommended Age: 8+


This accessory has 4 modes-

Training mode-where you can shoot at the Storm shield and improve your accuracy.

Tek Stryke-Normal shooting and tagging gameplay.

Tek Stryke Battle Station-where a smartphone is attached to the Stormshield to unlock mission stats,hit counters and new weapons.

Tek Stryke Ultimate-where you can use your smartphone as a screen to play as a videogame.

All the technology,app development and the darts must have required a lot of work and money,and the fact that it is being sold for 25 bucks is quite surprising.We hope that our messengers at NYTF come to know more about it.

Thanks to Foam from Above,Adult Fans of Nerf and BlasterLabs for the heads-up and the info.Check out their blog too!



This is going to be a little long,so bear with me please,because this is the mother lode of nerf news,this is..wait for it….The New York Toy Fair!(drumroll please..)

The NYTF opened its doors to some selected people providing media coverage for nerf fans all over the world.This post will be divided in four major sectors 

1)N-Strike Elite

2)N-Strike Elite Mega



N-Strike Elite-

We are seeing a lot from this line,as this is the single most anticipated one.

We can see the Demolisher and Cam CS-12 on the podium,but don’t miss the white striped Rapidstrike(sweet!), White Retaliator,Triad and Strongarm(super duper sweet!!) as well as the OJ Firestrike.

Image courtesy-Foam From Above

Pic courtesy-gizmodo

Finally, some official news concerning the robot.It can rotate 360 degrees and shoot 12 darts.The official description is given below.

(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2014)
NERF battles mobilize when combined with remote-controlled COMBAT CREATURE robots! Using the handheld remote, fans can activate the all-terrain, 6-legged mobility, shoot Nerf darts up to an impressive 45 feet and use the aiming elevator and 360 degree rotation to hit their targets. Battle friends and activate rapid-fire blasting to shoot up to twelve NERF darts in a row, changing the direction of each shot to keep advancing robots at bay. 6 AA batteries required, not included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. Credit to Blasterlabs.com

The firing video can be found here-http://instagram.com/p/kc5ksQDLbe/

video by  pony_boy

The video for Cam CS-12 can be found here,by ray from tekunolji-http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Yp29pCE7r_0

The video for Demolisher can be found here,by ray from tekunolji-http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GIUYwqiigik

by Foam from Above.

by Foam from Above.


We all knew about the blasters to come,so here are some of the pictures from Foam from Above,who visited the fair.

this one is from toyspy

this one from ben spark

and this one from Foam from Above.

Watch the Slingfire firing video here-http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zGSYUO3yRLQ by ray from tenkunolji

Nerf Rebelle-

There are a whole lotta pictures here,most of them from the new sub-line called Secret and Spies,which is mostly concerned with darts with invisible ink writings on them and decoders.

Product Description-

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 14k)
Even top spies love to be stylish while on a top secret mission. The NERF REBELLE DIAMONDISTA crossbow is a must-have for spy situations that require elegance with an edge. The crossbow sparkles with studs and glitter to ensure you’re ready for every fashionista mission. Simply load the dart blaster, pull the string back and press the trigger for realistic crossbow action, sending darts up to 75 feet. The NERF REBELLE DIAMONDISTA blaster comes with a separate decoder and three darts, including two “Secret Message” re-writable darts. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Product Description-

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)
Mission: Spy Showdown. The NERF REBELLE RAPID RED blaster is the must-have accessory for the quickest spy around. This high-capacity motorized blaster features a 12 dart clip for rapid-fire action with darts soaring up to 75 feet! Not only will you have a super quick NERF REEBELLE blaster, but the RAPID RED blaster also features an integrated decoder to quickly access any secret messages sent your way. The NERF REBELLE RAPID RED blaster comes with twelve darts including six “Secret Message” darts and a separate decoder for your friend. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)
The NERF REBELLE AGENT BOW is perfect for high-profile missions that require accuracy and skill. Release the string and watch as the first ever Nerf Rebelle foam arrows soar up to 85 feet across the sky making a whistling sound! For added precision, the AGENT BOW features an electronic glowing red dot that provides better aiming accuracy with every shot. The NERF REBELLE AGENT BOW comes with three secret message foam arrows, a separate decoder, and a detachable quiver. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. 
The red dot sight looks pretty cool. pic taken from Foam from Above.
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 14)
The best spy missions need to be carefully executed and planned and the NERF REBELLE MESSENGER blaster allows for stealth action. Send secret messages to your friend that no one else can read! Simply write your message on the dart with the special pen hidden in the blaster handle and then launch your message up to 75 feet! Since the text is only visible through the decoder and a special red lens on the blaster, nobody else will know your next step! This 3-shot blaster includes a recipient double decoder, concealable invisible ink marker, and 5 “Secret Message” darts. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. 
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 14)
Keep your spy missions going, anytime of day! The NERF REBELLE SPYLIGHT blaster features a detachable flashlight to put the spotlight on your targets or to help you light up the scene as you conduct your mission. Featuring a 6-shot rotating barrel, you will be ready to take fire at any time and sends darts up to 75 feet! This blaster also features a secret compartment in the handle that stores two darts for unplanned last minute shots! The NERF REBELLE SPYLIGHT blaster comes with an integrated decoder in the barrel, separate decoder, and six darts including three “Secret Message” darts. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. 
an image of the Rebelle Triadstrike.
N-Strike Elite Mega
Finally we have the Mega series,with only one release, The Mega Thunderbow.
pic courtesy-F2A
pic courtesy-ToySpy
 View the Thunderbow firing video here,by ray from tenkunolji- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pjHS0d0npnM
Thanks to Foam from Above & MyLastDart for all the images and videos.Check out their blogs too!


dartblaster.de have got their hands on a pretty awesome Zombiestrike blaster,the Doublestrike.

It looks like it has the same intelligent AR design like the Roughcut,which delivers air only to the chamber in which the dart is inserted.I think it is a front loading blaster,because breech opening will only complicate the overall design and function.

This certainly reminds me of the Derringer,

Check out their video on the link below

The video also shows the slingfire,which seems to have a slimmer profile than previously thought.


Now this was unexpected.Hobby toy distribution revealed digital art images of some upcoming blasters,check them out.

Rebelle Nerf Launcher Spy Night Raid


You need to be super Spy Night Raid! Use the electronic sights to hit all targets!

To me, it looks like a cross between Sweet Revenge and Strongarm, with some influences from the Firestrike.

Rebelle Nerf Launcher Diamondista

Not much here,it looks like the old single shot pistols though.

Rebelle Nerf Launcher Messenger

Send secret messages to anyone you want!Comes with a pen for you to write with invisible ink secret messages! Use the reader to see the invisible messages!

Nerf Zombie Launcher Slingfire

Zombie Nerf dart launcher with removable clip 06 darts. Includes launcher, removable clip 06 darts and 06 darts with zombie theme

This looks interesting,it looks like the barrel is longer than expected,and seems to be the size of a Retaliator.

Nerf Elite javelin thrower remotely controlled by remote control, with light and sound.Accompanying 12 darts.
This is so awesome! An attack robot? It completely changes the way we fight wars. Just send this little attacker,shoot as much people as you can,all without even stepping out of your bunker! It looks flywheel powered,due to that orange thing in front of the turret.Also note that this is not digital art,it looks like a prototype.
All thanks to Hobby Toy Distribution and MyLastDart for the photos and info.


This might be the big surprise of 2014. A blaster with a built in camera,semi-auto action and the coolest looks.Looks like Engadget got a sneak peek of the prototype blaster,and by the looks of it, it looks pretty awesome. More after the photos.

N-Strike Elite NERF Cam ECS-12 Blaster

N-Strike Elite NERF Cam ECS-12 BlasterImage courtesy-Engadget

It is semi-auto,and looks a lot like the Rapidstrike.It has ranges of more than 90 ft.It has black acceleration trigger below the main trigger,and has a non-adjustable stock too.

The camera is somewhat lackluster.It is a 0.3 megapixel camera with a 20 fps recording.There is a small 1.01 inch screen built in the blaster,and it takes a total of 8 batteries to spin the flywheels and run the camera.

More info and photos can be found here http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/27/nerf-cam-ecs-12-blaster/

The thing that worries me is the price,75$!! That’s about Rs.4700! Well, I guess we have to live with it, given it such a cool blaster.