Review: Tacticool – The Modulus Arrives!
Hasbro's release of the N-Strike Modulus System seems to have polarised the Nerf community somewhat. On one side, those who claim that nearly all of the products in the series provide zero additional functionality, on the other, those who love the fact that they can now pimp their favourite blaster with all sorts of extra bits and pieces without having to buy a full blaster package just to get a detachable stock or barrel extension they like. So far, I'm leaning heavily towards the second camp. I've bought several of the Modulus items, notably the Stealth Ops Upgrade Kit (containing the Red Dot Sight, fold-up Pivot Grip, and short Proximity Barrel extender), the Dual-Rail Barrel (adds a couple more tactical rails), and the Flip Clip Upgrade Kit (two 12 dart magazines clipped together).
While the Flip Clip kit is probably the only item that really adds functionality (perhaps along with the 10 dart Banana magazine), many of the other items still add a bit of fun. Perhaps the best of the bunch is the Red Dot Sight. Previously, this ultra-rare item could cost upward of $80, now it'll cost you $15 USD in a kit! It's not identical to the previous model, but still approximately the same shape, and functionally the same. The Pivot Grip is decent as well, providing a good alternative to the rather large and clunky grip that comes with the Retaliator (plus it folds up and locks in place).
As you can see here, colouring isn't a great match for normal Elite blasters, but it's still close enough, especially for anything heavier on the white/orange colouring.
The Dual-Rail is a good addition to any the few blasters that support barrel extensions but are lacking in tactical rails (such as the Rayven). Also good for just bulking up the barrel area of a blaster generally. One negative though for all of the barrel extensions in the Modulus line is that the actual barrel itself is narrow (same width as a normal blaster barrel), which means additional drag on the dart. So for now, the Spectre barrel extension remains one of the better options around.
So in summary, I like the idea of the Modulus line, there's some decent stuff in it, and I really hope that Hasbro keep releasing these extras bits and pieces!