Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review - Nerf Rebelle Guardian Crossbow (US Import)


Hey everybody! Hope you have all had a good New Years. I figured it was about time to actually get into gear and get a new review underway for you, I have been pretty busy in the lead up to the holiday season.

A smile is nicer than an angry looking pre-teen.

Rebelle adds instructions to the box art, as well as a paper manual.

The Rebelle Guardian Crossbow seems to be the flagship blaster for the series. This is mainly due to the fact it is superior to the Heartbreaker Bow in every way. In saying this, the Crossbow is a pretty reshell of the N-Strike Elite Strongarm, so it is an odd flagship blaster.

Size comparison.

Unlike the Strongarm, the Crossbow features the priming bar underneath the blaster similar to the Rampage/Raider and AT/EAT. This makes the prime much smoother and feel more natural. The bow arms flex on the prime, with the barrel rotating after the trigger pull. The bow arms are actually a nice aesthetic touch, and only become annoying when it comes to blaster storage.

The Slam Fire feature is a nice touch, but as with the Strongarm the lack of capacity is the let down. You will be out of darts in a few seconds, leaving you vulnerable.

Minimalistic packaging.

Barrel can wobble, no front end support.

The decal is one of the best I have seen on a Nerf Blaster.

 The shoulder stock of the Crossbow is useful, but doesn't work very well with my 6ft 3 frame. I guess I am hardly the target audience! Thankfully it is solid, unlike the Recon stock.

The purple trigger Crossbow advertises ranges of 75ft, I have hit this once on around a 40 degree angle. On average I have found 45ft seems the standard, with 60-65ft on a 30 degree angle. This is a huge let down for the Strongarm reshell.

All in all, this is a pretty neat little blaster, it has good looks, decent range and is built on a reliable frame. But don't go out of your way to get your hands on one. There are some better options out there. I have chosen an Elite Spectre over it.

Hope you find this interesting, and a little informative. As for my next review, you decide: Rebelle, MEGA, Elite or Zombie?

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