Behind closed doors in a small room on the floor of Toy Fair 2011 there was a toy gun that might change the way me and my two sons played this summer. Xploderz was something different something new and I made it a point to get the tour. Alice took me through the product line with the Xblaster, XStormer, and XRanger and it is and impressive toy. I mean take a look at that picture.
So a few things to talk about here, the ammo is made up of super squishy balls that explode on impact when it hits a surface. So think about a toy gun that can shoot 85 feet, you would think if you got shot from 2 feet away it would hurt. Not the case, as I was shot point blank with ammo from the XRanger and was not hurt at all, I actually had on a shirt (button down) and undershirt and did not even feel it. That being said the ammo does fly, I won’t say who, but someone shot it as far as they could into the crowd at the Javits center and it flew. So the ammo in dry form are little dots where a bunch fit into something the size of a ketchup packet. You then shake them into the ammo feeder and they will expand. The best part though is that the ammo storage is key-locked so that you can not get to them, they will only fire when in the gun. Also when I asked about the safety of them, they told me that dogs have eaten them with no issues at all, which is always a good thing in my yard for the ones that might not explode.
You do need to note that they do not trigger fire, that area under the gun allows you to pull back and fire like a slingshot. The reason is that for some regulations with the range and the store up power they would not have been able to make the distance that great is what I was told. The only nice this about Xploderz is the safety features. I already mentioned the keylock on the ammo, but they are also made so that you can not put a pencil down the barrel or anything like that to fire and hurt someone.
Great for target shooting with the distance and with the ammo that does not leave behind a mess (or stain) I think Xploderz will be a fun toy in the summer. Check out the commercial.
Photo credit: BSCkids.com