The Optimus Prime Cyber Blaster was officially released to tie in with the film release of Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon but for some reason never really made it to Australia at the time. It is manufactured by Hasbro, Nerf's parent company and is essentially using Nerf tech in terms of build quality and performance, but also adds to it the role play elements of light and sounds of Optimus Prime (Transformers voice legend Peter Cullen) Licenced blasters are always pretty exi compared to traditional Nerf blasters but while a tad over priced, I still kinda liked this one. Even if it is a glorified Hyperfire:)
The Cyber Blaster comes in an open box with ten whistler darts; the blaster requires 2AA batteries but the come enclosed (so you can try them in store) It's quite a large blaster and very solid; a build quality that you'd expect from the likes of Hasbro. The paint job obviously gets its cues from Optimus Prime in a bright red, blue and silver finish with Autobot motiffs, both with the logo and just technical looking detail etchings.
As we mentioned earlier, the Cyber Blaster is pretty much a Nerf Dart Tag Hyperfire reshell, although I personally found it to be better made and nicer to use. Like the Hyperfire, the Cyber Blaster uses a spring loaded primer on the top rear of the blaster but I did find it to be smoother and lighter to pull back than the Hyper fire.
Like the Hyperfire, the Cyber Blaster has a rotating barrel that accommodates 10 rounds.
As far as the all important performances are concerned, the Cyber Blaster is very much a Hyperfire reshell, so performances are similar stock quality to most Nerf blasters. At times I felt it went further than the typical 10-12 metres but as a constant, I'd suggest that's the norm. It's pretty comfortable to hold and keep stable so accuracy isn't too bad either.
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