Nerf Rebelle: Revisited
When I first saw the Nerf Rebelle line of blasters on the store shelves, I was quite confuddled. I didn’t know what to think. I thought to myself, “are young girls really into Nerf?” If they were, this was genius, I thought. They could be on to something. They had fun, girly designs and colors for the blasters. In contrast to the other Nerf blasters, they were fashioned with smooth lines and curves. It was utterly feminine, no doubt. But was it just? Is it a bit sexist to develop an entire line of blasters strictly for women? Couldn’t they just use the same blasters as everyone else? These are some concerns that have been raised about Nerf Rebelle, but I think people are reading too much into this non-issue. I don’t see a problem with it, I think it’s just fine. But, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong. At any rate, that’s a conversation for another day.
Nerf Rebelle Resurgence.
I still do have mixed feelings about these blasters. They have been selling well, though. There were a few Nerf Rebelle blasters in my first best-sellers list I did, but they dropped off by the time I did the second Amazon Best Sellers list post. I was only doing top tens, so that doesn’t mean that Rebelle is failing, just that those other blasters were doing a little better. Anyway, as I thought the female Nerf blasters might be falling off, this happened: Rebelle Nerf 2015. Some pretty cool and inventive stuff on the horizon there, ladies. So that showing definitely piqued my interest once again and I set out to see what I had missed on the Nerf Rebelle lineup.:
Nerf Rebelle Spylight Blaster.
First up, we have the Nerf Rebelle Spylight Blaster. Looks a little familiar, doesn’t it? That’s probably because this blaster is a female version of the Nerf Elite Strongarm. They have a very similar design, except for the front, which channels the Zombie Strike Hammershot blaster. Like the Elite Strongarm, this blaster has a 6-dart capacity and it has a slide that must be cocked back before each shot. It is also capable of Slam-Fire, which they’re calling Rapid Fire on these Nerf Rebelle blasters. Rapid Fire mode is enabled by holding down the trigger and pulling and pushing the slide back and forth. This action fires a dart each time the slide returns to the forward position. You sacrifice accuracy, but the speed at which the darts are fired is very impressive indeed. It comes with a red “decoder” light that can be attached to the tac rail up top. The light is surprisingly very bright and makes for a cool accessory. It also features dart storage for 2 darts inside the handle. This is a very cool blaster and I am very pleased with it. It handles and shoots just like the Strongarm, which is definitely a compliment. If you head on over to Amazon, you will find more pictures and some more information. Information including the glowing reviews this blaster has earned. That’s why my review is so short, there’s not too much more I can say about this. It looks good, it shoots well, and it comes with a cool attachment. This thing is great. If you can get it, get it. That is all. Amazon.com.
Nerf Rebelle Rapid Red Blaster.
Ladies and, well uh, more ladies? Meet the Rapid Red Blaster, by Nerf Rebelle. This is basically the sister-blaster to the Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe. It is similarly sized and shaped, although the Rapid Red has the smoother sleek body common on the Nerf Rebelle line of blasters. Besides that and a relocated battery storage compartment, the two blasters are very similar. Yes, as electric flywheel blasters, they both require batteries. As usual, the batteries aren’t included. They are both semi-automatic clip system blasters. Speaking of clips, the Rapid Red actually comes with a larger clip than the Stryfe. It comes with a unique 12 dart clip, which doubles the Stryfe’s measly 6 dart clip. Aside from looks, this blaster also shoots just like it’s elite big bro. Very respectable performance can be expected from the Rapid Red. However, if you take a look at the reviews on Amazon, you’ll notice that there are a large group of customers who are stating that the gun worked for a little bit and then jammed up and never worked again. There do seem to be some big quality control problems going on for some of these Rebelle blasters. With this blaster, the jam lock door at the top has a sensor on it that stops the blaster from functioning if that jam door isn’t securely closed. This very same door on the blaster is one that has been known to not close all the way or randomly pop open while you’re using the blaster. This, obviously, stops the blaster from working completely. So, the Nerf Rebelle Rapid Red will definitely need some quick mod work under the hood when you get it. Lastly, there is one tactical rail up top for attachments. That’s good, but that’s where it stops. There is no barrel attachment spot, and there is no stock attachment point either. I guess they feel like girls won’t be too big into extra attachments, which is probably mostly true. Also, the handle grip for this blaster is undersized. That shouldn’t really be a problem, though. This blaster is designed for women, who typically have smaller hands anyway. You can find the Nerf Rebelle Rapid Red, as well as additional pics and more information, on Amazon.com.