It’s come to my attention that there is a glaring hole in the scope of my reviews thus far. As it stands, an entire line has gone without a dedicated review up till this point. An empty space in the catalog, like the eye of a hurricane, a vortex, if you will. But that ends here. It’s time to stop circling around the topic like debris in a vortex. So now I bring you this review with great fervor… Tex. That’s right, it’s time to talk about Modulus.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
Ok, that was mean to lead you on like that, I’m sorry. Now that that’s out of the way, I feel like if we’re gonna be talking about the Modulus line, you have to start with the blaster that’s also called… Modulus. It’s the Modulus Modulus? You mean like Mario Mario? It’s probably just easier for everyone to call it the ECS-10. The Modulus ECS-10 was released in 2015 as the first blaster in the Modulus line. Mechanically, the blaster works exactly like a Stryfe, using a magazine-fed flywheel setup, requiring 4 AA batteries to run. The exterior work is completely original and showcases the primary focus of the line: accessories. The ECS-10 has more than its fair share of attachment points including 5 attachment rails (one on the top handle, one on top of the body, one on either side, and one beneath the barrel) plus 2 more on the top and bottom of the included barrel extension. In addition, there is a stock attachment lug in the back and a barrel attachment lug up front, but wait, there’s more. Typically, if a Nerf blaster has a barrel attachment, it’s a simple case of male barrel to female accessory, but with the ECS-10, the barrel extension piece has both male and female connections, allowing for even more barrel pieces to be added. For the most part, all components of the blaster work and feel good with just a couple rather pronounced exceptions. First and most importantly is the grip. When designing this blaster, the people at Nerf went for a skeletonized sci-fi looking handle which is cool until you pick up the blaster itself. The construction leaves it a little creaky if you hold onto it with any significant force. Worse than that, though is that there is a sharp little ridge that is positioned just perfectly to dig rather painfully into the webbing of your hand right by your thumb. Now, Nerf has been known to quietly update some of their designs to fix some of the more egregious problems, so it may have been addressed in later releases, but on mine, it’s just bad. The second area of concern is the stock, which, immediately upon handling, reveals itself to be comically floppy, lacking any kind of structural integrity whatsoever. I guess it can hold a spare magazine, so there’s that. It’s also removable so I don’t see it as being quite as irksome as the uncomfortable grip. The other attachments don’t add any functionality to the blaster but they’re at least cool pieces in their own right. The scope has a sharp look and provides one of the better sight pictures available on a Nerf blaster, while the vertical fore grip is vertical and adds a place to grip… in the fore. Simple enough. Being more or less a Stryfe reshell in its core, the ECS-10 performs accordingly, flinging darts a respectable distance and with just enough oomph to make it noticeable if you get hit, but not enough to get in trouble when you bust into your sibling’s room and light them up with a volley of foam. The Modulus Modulus Luigi Mario ECS-10 comes packaged with a stock, a scope, a vertical fore grip, a barrel extension, a 10-round curved magazine (though the darts don’t actually go down far enough for the curve to do anything but look cool), and 10 Modulus colored Elite darts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I remember when the image of the Modulus first leaked back in 2014, everyone was convinced it was going to be this revolutionary new system that could be configured as spring or flywheel powered just by exchanging a few parts. Boy was that optimistic. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Modulus line is great for all the crazy new accessories it’s spawned, but it’s not the build-a-blaster dream so many people were convinced it was going to be. I mean, there’s always time for Nerf to come up with something like that sometime in the future I suppose. Just have to keep on dreaming.