With the recent release of the Marvel Avengers Infinity War film, everyone including my son is once again talking about the Avengers. Like previous Marvel films, they have released lots of products to tie in with the film. My son already has two Marvel Avengers Nerf blasters – the Marvel Avengers Iron Man Slide Armour and the Captain America Civil War Blaster Reveal Shield and we’ve just added the Infinity War Nerf Iron Man Assembler Gear to his collection. But what do we think of this new style Nerf blaster?
The Infinity War Nerf Iron Man Assembler Gear is part of a collection of sets which you can collect and combine, then build customisable blasters. There are over 100 combinations of blasters with multiple sets. Nerf blasters to collect in the series are – Star-Lord, Hulk, Captain America, Iron-Man and Spiderman (Iron-Spider) blaster.
Each Assembler Gear set features different blaster combinations and can be combined with other Assembler Gear sets. The Infinity War Nerf Iron Man Assembler Gear set is unmistakably an Iron Man design and includes a gauntlet, two connectors, three darts and a set of instructions.
Because there are three pieces of blaster in the set, you can slot them together in several different combinations. If you want to mix and match your Nerf blaster with another one in the Infinity War range, this is easily done, but you will have to buy more blasters to do this.
The Nerf blaster comes with 3 darts, which is never really enough. Plus, there’s a slightly different mechanism for loading the dart. The blaster is both single shot and front-loading and you can only prime the blaster after the dart has been inserted. This is really different to the other Nerf blasters we’ve had, and for a little while my son thought he had broken it. You do need to make sure you insert the dart before you prime it and pull the trigger.
It’s solidly built and easy to slot together. I don’t think it’s quite as fun on its own as the other Marvel Nerf blasters we already have. Though I think it might come into its own if you have a few different blasters from the Infinity War range.
The Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Nerf Iron Man Assembler Gear is sutable for ages 5+, costs around £23.99 and is available from good toy shops and online.
Disclosure: We were sent the Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Nerf Iron Man Assembler Gear for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.
We recently put the Captain America Civil War Blaster Reveal Shield to the test and it was a roaring success. The small boy and his superhero loving friends loved pretending to be Captain America and I had a hunch they’d enjoy pretending to be Iron Man too. Thankfully we were sent the Iron Man Slide Armour from the same range to try out, but what did the super-boys think?
The Marvel Avengers Captain America Iron Man Slide Armour is really cool. It really is. It is in Iron Man colours and is instantly recognisable as an Iron Man product. With the press of a button on the handle, the armour opens and expands up your arm revealing a hidden Nerf blaster. Press the other button and the blaster fires one of the two Nerf darts.
The armour comes with two Nerf darts, which isn’t enough, but they are widely available and we picked up an extra pack from our local toy shop for a few pounds.
The Iron Man Slide Armour also has space to store two additional darts, but we found them rather flimsy and one fell off and got lost in the park. Which is a shame because otherwise this is a really sturdily made and robust toy. Thankfully the bit which fell of is completely non-essential so we’ve not missed it.
It feels really cool to use, I tried it out myself and the armour fit well across my arm and was quite lightweight. My son loved it and had to be talked out of going to bed wearing it.
The Iron Man Slide Armour is suitable for ages 6+. My nearly six year old and his slightly older cousin loved play fighting with it and the Captain America shield. It’s a great toy for superhero role play and I can say from experience that the Nerf darts don’t hurt you if you do stray into the line of fire.
The only real issue I have with it is that it’s only suitable for right handed people. Left handed people would have to use their right hand and they could struggle with that.
Just like with the Captain America hidden blaster shield, the boys role played brilliantly with this Iron Man armour with blaster. We were impressed by how much something like this enhanced their superhero play and kept them entertained and actively running about. I can see both boys being fully decked out like Captain America and Iron Man by Christmas, complete with shield and armour!
Disclosure: We received the Avengers Captain America Iron Man Slide Armour for the purposes of writing this review, all opinions and images are our own. Contains Amazon affiliate links.