The Swarmfire was a pretty popular blaster when it was released and was pretty much the poster child of the revitalised Nerf Dart Tag line. The issue for many was it's size and weight- loved the full auto nature of the blaster, just found it sort of unwieldy for those who'd want to use it with one hand, or even better, dual wield two of them. The new Speed Swarm does this and does it pretty well:) It maintains the rounded Bumblbee/whale rounded shape of the Swarmfire but in a more portable hand held size.
Inside the box you get the Speed Swarm, 10 blue dart tag darts and a manual. Batteries alas are not included- you'll need to get yourself a 6 pack of AA's for that. This straight away reduces the weight of the blaster compared to the 6 C cells required for the Swarmfire; batteries like the Swarmfire are stored in the undercarriage of the Speed Swarm.
|Compared to big bro- Speed Swarm with Swarmfire|
The Speed Swarm is a cool "little" blaster but in a sense it's a tad underwhelming given it doesn't really bring anything else to the table that the Swarmfire didn't do before it other than to be a tad smaller. It'll have it's fans and I think it's still some very cool kit; I guess I was hoping for more design innovation.
Hopefully this will be out sometime during the holiday season.. especially given my review unit was final and in box.