Review: Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Blasters
While we're yet to see the new Chewbacca Bowcasta down here in Oz, at least the First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster and First Order Stormtrooper Blaster are available at Toys'r'us, and I was able to snag a couple for my collection! But seriously, those were the best names they could come up with? Ah well, at least they seem to have put more effort into the actual blaster design.
First up, the Blaster is a single shot model, rear cocking mechanism (similar to a Firestrike, but much neater), with a tactical rail on top, plus a basic optical scope. It comes with three of the new red Star Wars themed Elite darts.
Size-wise, it's clear that a younger audience is being targeted, with the blaster being noticeably on the smaller side. That said, it still sits comfortably in a larger hand, and the new cocking mechanism works nicely.
The Deluxe Blaster has modified Rampage internals, along with a 12 dart magazine, detachable stock, and optical scope. It's a reasonable bit shorter than the Rampage, and fires one handed fine. It has a pump-action style cocking mechanism rather than the pump grip of the Rampage, which again gives a lighter feel to the blaster.
Performance-wise, both blasters seem comparable to the standard grey-trigger non-US offerings, despite both having the orange trigger. From what I've seen online (plus the international flavour of the packaging and text), I'm betting there is only the single version of these blasters. No de-powering for non-US, as they're already weaker than the usual US blasters. All in all, I think Hasbro have done a nice job with these. They've put a decent effort into the design and quality, even if they did decide not to go the high performance route.