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Nerf 'N' Seek or Strike a Pose with The Barricade RV-10
Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10
Member Name: mojomojo
Nerf N-Strike Barricade RV-10
Advantages: It's Durable, Gets kids Active, Adaptable, Fast Semi - Automatic Action
Disadvantages: It Jams Often, it's Noisy, Battery Operated, No Battries Included, Not Accurate
My boys go crazy over these dart guns and my home is transformed into an action packed all out war zone of various zooming, whistling and flying Nerf darts in every direction, they kit themselves out heavily armed with various Nerf ammo and Nerf guns with all the accessories to boot and then crazily run about the house trying to out wit each others game strategies with their shooting and aiming skills, games of Nerf and Seek (which is a game they made up themselves!) an adapted modernised version on the classic Hide and seek but with guns, or the other game they invented and named Strike a Pose which is an adaptation of the cowboy game of standing back to back and taking ten steps each in opposite directions where they both turn round and strike a pose then shoot.... Oh to be a child again when all that matters is the quality of your next game or adventure!
In the crossfire I often get caught with darts fired at my arm, leg, head or face, much to the amusement of my angelic children! Ha-ha, it is lucky for them that I taught them since being very young that they should never dish anything out which they could not take back in return, they know I will get them back, preferably first thing in the morning when they refuse to rise from their beds...( I stifle an evil giggle here!) They do say revenge is a dish best served cold don't they and I make no exception in Nerf Wars.
I bought The Nerf N Strike Barricade RV-10 from Toys R Us in October 2011 as it was one of my boy's birthday's, the gun was on offer at the time for £12.99, oddly enough it happened to be one of the Nerf guns they did not have so I added it to their already vast collection with a feeling I might live to regret it.....Semi-Automatic?.....UH OH!
*** THE NERF PRODUCT ***
Nerf is a well known innovative trusted and loved brand brought to us by the company Hasbro, Nerf is a product which is over 40 years old believe it or not but has become really popular in recent years with Nerf now standing at Britons number 1 award winning must have boys sports and toy category.
This particular gun the Nerf N Strike Barricade RV-10 is approximately a foot long in length and is made of extra strong sturdy toughened plastic for super durability and is quite light to hold and carry, it comes packaged in a coloured and attractive cardboard box with easy to see and read instructions of use on the reverse of the box with illustrated pictures, also included inside is an instruction leaflet which you don't really need with the illustrated instructions being so good.
The gun is Typical of Nerf with the Trademark bright colours of a yellow body and contrasting orange features, silver details with the Nerf logo's written in black, you can tell by the look, feel, weight and appearance of this product that it is one of excellent quality.
This model is a bit different from the other available guns as this takes 3x AA Batteries (which disappointingly are NOT included in with this product, they have to be bought separately) this is for the semi-automatic barrel feature and enables quick fire, I found this a little noisy but not unbearable and in the boys opinion's this is a feature they both love because it makes it more realistic and fun.
The different guns take different Nerf Darts and this one requires the Whistler Nerf Dart variety and comes with 10 included with the gun, they are soft orange hollow foam darts measuring 2" long with a rubber capped tip which has a tiny square shaped hole on the edge of the rubber, the name gives it away really but this is so the darts make a whistle sound when fired from long range, I do always try buy a refill of these darts when I purchase a new gun because in my opinion 10 is no where near enough for continued and satisfactory play as there will always be losses and damaged darts when the guns decide to jam up which they sometimes have a habit of doing and that caused the dart to shred so it can no longer be used effectively, you can buy refill packs of 36 for £4.99 from everywhere that also sells the guns, which I think you will find are available in almost every high street shop and online store, I would advise to run a price comparison check for the best deal though as these are always on offer somewhere.
Rated an aged 6+ toy
Not suitable for children under 3 years old
Warning not to aim at eyes or face
Features a stock attachment and tactical rail for adaptable mix and match add on ability
*** PRO'S ***
*Powerful Fast Fire Action
*Attractive Durable Design
*Adaptable Add on Ability
*Good Exercise (keeps kids active)
*** CON'S ***
* Batteries not included with gun
*Batteries run down fast and need replacing too often
*Jams Often and can shred darts
*Not very Accurate
*Darts slide out when pointed downwards
*** FINAL THOUGHTS ***
This Nerf Gun fulfils its purpose as a children's fun toy, my boys have said that they prefer the non-battery operated guns as opposed to this one because the battery life is not very good and runs down fast which always leads to disappointed children.
I think it is amusing and entertaining to watch the boys playing with this product, they tend to run around a lot and are very active whilst playing with this so I consider it a bonus that they are getting more exercise through play and I feel that overall I got good value for money as I bought it whilst on offer, it's a small price to pay for the endless hours of fun and joy and I would have paid full price which I believe is £17.99 at the moment.
I allow my boys to run about the house like crazy loons firing the darts because I am confident the darts are although quite powerful but also very soft and safe enough not to cause any injuries or damage even at close range.
*** TIP ***
Have fun with your children designing and creating your own targets out of cardboard boxes with paper print out's of peoples faces from photo's, family members and friends etc ,and also create little aiming practice targets from empty cereal boxes, let your's and their's imaginations run wild with the endless possibilities of imaginative play.
*** MY BOY'S THOUGHTS ***
When I asked my boy's what they like best and least about this gun they said...
They liked it best because of the sound effects and the 10 shot barrel fast firing, and the size they say is very comfortable to hold and easy to quickly hold in position to fire.
They least liked that the barrel had to continually manually re-loaded after every 10 shots which took too long to do and that the batteries always ran out too fast.
I have therefore rated this product 3 out of 5 as there is considerable room for improvement but can still be enjoyed as a fast paced full on boys sports toy, if I did not have to spend a fortune on batteries I would have awarded this product an extra star.
Thank You for Reading
(Review also posted on ciao under mojo-mojo)
Summary: A Good durable toy,but be prepared to buy plenty of batteries
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