The Nerf Vortex Lumitron was released alongside the N-Strike Rayven in Australia Early 2012, as part of the new sub-line, Light It Up. I reckon the origins of the Lumitron was to give the Vortex line some justice (since the Vortex line was first released, glow discs were a real possibility) and now, we'll see if the Lumitron can stack up to it's N-Strike 'distant' cousin. :P
The first moment you set eyes on the Lumitron's box art, one certain word springs to mind: Praxis. Yes, the Lumitron is basically a re-painted Praxis with a new paint job, minus the stock, and a whole new Firefly Tech clip thrown in for good measure. If you already own a Praxis, you'll probably just shrug this off and look elsewhere. But, there are some things I like about the Lumitron. Let me explain the good points :P
|You can see that area around the name is slightly indented :P|
In the good 'ol box, you get your Lumi, 10 glow-in-the-dark discs, the Vortex Firefly Tech clip, and your Instructions. (Seriously, who reads them? :P)
The first about the Lumitron I noticed (apart from one word, Praxis) is that it feels fantastic in hand. The grip feels great, and there is a good weight to the blaster, thanks to the new clip.
For newcomers to the Vortex line, I'll point out the basics. In order to fire the damn thing :P, load up the magazine with discs, pop in the magazine into the slot until you hear a good loud click, pull back the pump handle back towards you, then push it back forward to load the disc into the firing position. Then, it's simple as pulling the trigger. Simple, really. :P
The new paint job reminds me of my brother's shoes, which also glow-in-the-dark too :P It kinda makes sense with these new Light Up blasters, because the standard Vortex paint-job wouldn't fit with the whole Light It Up theme, flouro, I think the word I am looking for :P. I like it, but Nerf has skipped a few places with the re-colouring, preferring with less colours, and more of the same. Therefore, I like the original Praxis colour scheme. don't mind me, I like seeing new colours, but Nerf was a little lazy with the Lumi.
|Praxis (top) VS Lumitron (bottom)|
But, I absolutely LOVE the detailing the Vortex line, they give off the vibe of these are real alien technology. The hexagonal markings features everywhere on the blaster, and is really great to look at close up.
The clip eject button is located at the back of the blaster, the two switches above the trigger. Its clearly obvious that Nerf has catered to everyone, depending on your preferred hand. It doesn't matter how you wield the Lumi, it still feels fine and natural. I'm going left-handed, just for something a little, 'different' :P
In case of a jam, (of which from my testing, rarely happens, which is awesome :D) it is located on the right-side of the Lumi, above the Vortex logo. Simply pull it back and point the Lumi downwards to clear the jam.
Okay, time for the differences. One thing different from the Praxis, is the change in clip disposal. With the Praxis, the clip automatically drops downs, without anything holding onto it. With the Lumitron however, you have to pull down on the clip to remove it. I like this, because it prevents the clip from being damaged if you accidentally pressed down on the switch. Also, I've heard that most people prefer Praxis non-stock attacked, so it gives off that real 'shotgun' vibe to it. :D