“The Nerf Maverick is just the most fun EVER. The darts are made of a very light foam so they don’t hurt but the velocity is seriously impressive”
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Initial thoughts: If you’re not familiar with the Nerf family, this is a range of toy plastic guns that fire small foam darts. No, it’s not sophisticated, but seriously? It’s great fun. The maverick has a look of a traditional handgun with a six-chamber barrel. Inserting the darts the first time is a bit tricky (you have to release the barrel by pushing a button on the side of the gun, and you do need to make sure they’re all property in the chambers). When you’re loaded, you need to ‘cock’ the gun to shoot a single dart.
We liked: Oh, this toy is so much fun! I loved it. The range is amazing – Nerf says this gun has a range of up to 30 feet and I can believe it. The darts are made of a very light foam so they don’t hurt but the velocity is seriously impressive – they come out REALLY fast and the slightest touch results in some really very dramatic ricochets.
The dart tips are bright orange so they are easier to find, and they will also stick (briefly) to certain surfaces – for example, if you fire them at the TV during moments of irritation. We tested the darts by firing them at close range onto bare arms (well, I didn’t, the Chap did) and we can confirm that they don’t cause injury but firing from less than 6 inches away does sting quite a bit.
We weren’t keen: The ‘cocking’ mechanism was too hard for Flea to do without assistance, so this was primarily a toy for me, or those over five. Hey ho. Also, I don’t think my boyfriend was keen when I assumed a sniper position and waited for him to come home before unleashing Nerf fire-power on him. But we’ve bought a Nerf for him now, so we can play fair.
Overall: The Nerf Maverick dart gun is just the most fun EVER, and I’m amazed you can get a Nerf this good for under £10. Having said that, I’d recommend spending the extra £4.99 to get a spare pack of 20 Nerf darts, because you will inevitably end up losing some down the back of the sofa.
[By Sally – Who’s the Mummy?]