As it stands out of the box, I never thought the original stock colour scheme was the prettiest; that being said I'm not convinced the translucent "Clear-X" scheme I picked up was that much of an improvement. Still, the design of the blaster has a natural steampunk look about it and I've seen it repainted with some pretty impressive results in exactly that style of paint scheme.
Lanard darts are shorter than standard Nerf darts; the original Rotator X-8 came with yellow darts with black tips but this clear series scheme comes with white darts with green tips. They sort of resemble streamlines, only they have holes in the front; I'm sure there's some reason for this:) The Rotator X-8 can only take these Lanard darts and you'd need to chop your Nerf ones down if you were going to use them at all.
Quality of the blaster isn't bad; as always it's no Nerf but the Rotator X-8 is still pretty decent. Being a Clear X series version of the blaster does mean it is pretty much paint free but it kind of works; just a few stickers and some green and orange accents finish it off. I'd probably be happy about ditching the green, but everything else is kinda cool.
Performance-wise.. I kinda thought it was pretty ordinary to be honest. I found jams were pretty common, and darts would irregularly dribble out of the blaster, fire with gusto to the desired 30ft, or spiral out of control. I've given it several attempts and while I think it's not anywhere near rubbish, it's still not that fabulous either.
It IS unique and novel which is what would make you want to buy one of these, AND it was only $12.95 which I thought is pretty cheap and worth getting. I'd recommend it for the novelty factor, but for actual foam battles, I'd probably stick with the Maverick.
We got ours from Myer Belconnen; I assume they should be available @ Myer's Australia-wide.
|In comparison to the Nerf Maverick|
|Size comparisons to the Quickfire 12, Shell Shock X-6 + Maverick|