SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (GLOWSTRIKE)
Changing gears only slightly from last week, I have another movie tie-in blaster for you. I mean, it’s mine, it’s for me. You can’t have this one. The review is for you, though, so you’re welcome. With the building hype surrounding the upcoming Solo film, of course Hasbro brought some goodies to the table. Today, I’ll be looking at the supposed primary weapon of everyone’s favorite space-faring shag carpet, at least for this movie (we don’t like to talk about the Nerf Bowcaster). As a bonus, I’ll be reviewing this blaster entirely in Chewie’s native tongue.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
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THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I bought this blaster on one of the regular scavenging trips Ethan and I make to TRU. While I was initially a little disappointed by how simple the mechanism was, I did gradually stop caring too much about that given how nice the other features are. Not including the scope. Sure, it’s not super-efficient or practical as far as Nerf blasters go, but is it fun? ARr r R RRRaaa arar raarr RA RAR A rr a raraara raa rara. That’s a “yes.”