One of the main characters from the blockbuster summer movie, Marvel Studios‘ Guardians of the Galaxy, is Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, who gets to fly around space in a fast ship and fight alien bad guys. Kids can do the same through imaginary role play, and helping pave the way is the Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord Quad Blaster, from Hasbro. As one might expect from a toy that advertises, “From the makers of Nerf,” on its packaging, it launches soft foam darts a distance of up to 25 feet away. But the blaster’s main strength is its cool design, which is appropriately sci-fi-looking, and features multiple barrels for fun that has the potential to be as sneaky as the title protagonist himself.
With a simple pull-back of the chambers located either on top or at bottom, the Star-Lord Quad Blaster is ready to fire up to two shots. But in the event that any interstellar gunslingers find themselves cornered and need additional firepower, a simple press of the second trigger—positioned for one’s middle finger—reveals two more barrels, one located above and the other below. The way in which the top and bottom sections spring back to display the extra barrels is terrific for show, while the ability to choose between firing one or two darts at a time adds some versatility–and lets fledgeling Star-Lords converse ammo as necessary.
Kids ages 5 and up are the intended audience for the Star-Lord Quad Blaster, and that’s slightly younger than the recommended age for some Nerf products, possibly because this one doesn’t fire projectiles as far. It’s a fun and clever time, and that seems to be keeping in spirit with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie itself (though we’ll find out for sure when it opens on August 1).
This product and more fromHasbrowill be on display at The Big Toy Book’s Sweet Suite 14 event in New York City on July 17. Part of Blogger Bash, a two-day conference connecting bloggers and brands nationwide, Sweet Suite will feature the hottest toys and games for the upcoming holiday season. Visit thebigtoybook.com for more info, and follow the conversation on Twitter!