If there’s one thing the Rebelle line can’t get enough of, it’s bows. Early on in the series, these were mostly just regular air-chamber blasters dressed up to look and operate more like a conventional bow. It took a couple releases before Nerf finally released an assortment of “stringer” elastic powered blasters that took another step toward proper bow mechanics. Of course, with all these bows, you have to be able to distinguish them from each other otherwise the market gets flooded. Today, we’ll be looking at one of the more visually unique bow (well, crossbow, but you understand) blasters from Rebelle, the Fair Fortune Crossbow.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Fair Fortune Crossbow was released in 2014 as part of the Charmed subset of Rebelle blasters. It uses the same elastic chord system that first appeared on the Rebelle Diamodista, except instead of being a single shot blaster, the FFC features a 6 round rotating cylinder. Given the unique aesthetics of the blaster, it shouldn’t be a surprise that all the hardware is original. The ornateness of the faux filigree paired with the unusual upholstered patterning on the grip and slide gives the blaster a feel very reminiscent of something from the Bayonetta video game series, something I am rather fond of. This point is further driven home when you attach the included charm bracelet (hence the Charmed moniker) to the blaster, adding a little bit of sparkle accompanied by a satisfying jingling sound. The bracelets in particular surprised me. When I initially heard about the upcoming release of this line, I thought it sounded gimmicky and pointless, and I guess I was kinda right. However, the bracelets themselves are metal and so have a decent heft to them. Additionally, the charms on each of the bracelets (which are all unique to their specific blaster) are well designed and eye-catching. The one problem with the bracelets is their size. I have two much younger sisters, and even they struggled getting the bracelets around their wrists. Alright, enough about that, back to the blaster. The grip on the FFC is a little odd. First of all, it’s severely inclined, almost parallel with the body of the blaster. Second, it has a loop for your middle finger just below the trigger, so only very specific ways of holding it are comfortable. Once you’ve worked out how to hold the darn thing, it feels pretty good in the hand. The aforementioned upholstery-like texture provide a decent amount of traction. The plastic that surrounds the cylinder is a little on the thin side, but it’s not vital to the structure of the blaster so it’s fine. The FFC has no sights of any kind, and I normally wouldn’t bother talking about what the blaster doesn’t have, but the priming slide sticks up enough on the top of the blaster that it actually obscures your view, so it’s worth noting. Because it uses the elastic to fire darts as opposed to an air plunger, the blaster is very quiet when firing. It hits a little on the soft side of Nerf blasters and, in my experience, it seems like standard Rebelle and Elite darts are more prone to swerving than when fired from a more traditional blaster. Taking these things into account, the FFC is definitely an indoor blaster, especially if you’re particularly attached to the collectible Rebelle darts that come packaged.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I think this blaster is a good example of one that, while it doesn’t necessarily perform terribly well in comparison to others, is a lot of fun despite it’s shortcomings. Personally, what attracts me to a blaster is often how easily I can fit it in with a particular pretend-play and the FFC has a lot of potential in this regard. Whenever I pick it up, I can very easily form a story around it, and admittedly, this has occasionally included playing “Fly Me to the Moon (Climax Remix)” while making a number of stylish poses.