Ok, fine. I was mean to you guys last week so here it is, an actual legitimate Vortex review. Some of you may ask “But Tim, what is Vortex even?” to which I would reply, “Largely unsuccessful.” Sure, it had its fans, but not enough to keep the line afloat. Today, I’ll be looking at one of the last Vortex blasters to see a release, the Revonix 360. What the heck is a revonix? Let’s have a look and find out.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
First things first, “revonix” isn’t a word. It’s not even a mishmash of a couple real words, and that’s really rather odd for Nerf. Even the Vigilon is arguably “vigil” and “on.” Still doesn’t make sense, though. Best I can tell is “revo” refers to the rotating drum aaaaaaand… that’s it. It’s just gibberish. The Revonix 360 was released in 2013 as part of the Vortex line of blasters. The main selling point of the entire line was its use of proprietary Vortex discs as ammo which provided greater range and consistent flight path over standard Elite darts. The trade-off was the speed of the projectiles themselves which could be outrun by an enthusiastic glacier. As with almost all Vortex blasters, the Revonix launches the discs by use of a spring-loaded lever that would effectively flick the discs out of the chamber instead of a more traditional air plunger mechanism. What makes the Revonix unique is its style of magazine which holds the discs perpendicular to their flight path until one is loaded into the chamber by pumping the fore grip. Within the magazine, the discs are held in 5 stacks of 6 which cycle through the blaster. The drum magazine is fully integrated with the blaster, so you have to reload the discs one at at time through either of the ports on the sides of the blaster. The shell of the Revonix is entirely new, though it does bear a striking resemblance to its predecessor, the Pyragon. There is a very long attachment rail on the top of the blaster and a stock attachment lug in the back. Some images of the Revonix showed it with its own stock which looked pretty cool, but it seems that wasn’t ever put into production. Sadly the Revonix was released after the decision was made to change the deco style of the Vortex blasters from a cool high-tech sci-fi look to some sort of urban/punk/graffiti kind of something. I’m not really a fan, but as such, the Revonix sports a weird out of place flame paint scheme. Oh well. Another trait shared among the entirety of the Vortex line is how wide the blasters are compared to standard dart blasters. The Revonix is even more so than that because of the great big drum mag, so the whole thing feels rather hefty in hand. Thankfully the ergonomics are good. No hard edges or sharp corners on the grips. Due to the mechanical complexity of the blaster, priming it is fairly loud and requires a bit of elbow grease, but once you get a feel for it, it’s hard to deny the intimidation factor of hearing it rack in a new round, especially if you’re one of those younger siblings I keep talking about. As stated above, Vortex blasters have a tendency to shoot straight and far but hit with minimal impact and it’s true here too. Sure, it sounds, looks, and feels like a monster, but it’s really a precision tool of sibling harassment as you can pretty easily get shots to just barely skim someone’s head if they’re not looking. If they can see you, though, it just takes an idle side-step to avoid one of the discs, so I would greatly recommend using stealth to your advantage. Easier said than done with a blaster like this. The Revonix 360 comes packaged with 30 red and white Vortex discs.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
There we have it, I finally got around to reviewing something from Vortex. I am a little sad that the line is dead, I do quite enjoy all of my Vortex blasters still. At the same time, I’m glad Nerf had the sense to end something that was floundering so they could make room for something awesome like Rival a little further down the road.