I had an idea for a game show the other day. It would be a similar structure to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire but instead of answering general knowledge and trivia questions, you have to memorize details of a persona that you’re given and then Mads Mikkelson interrogates you about it while being as menacing as possible. What does this have to do with Nerf? I have no idea but I could not think of an intro for this blaster to save my life, so here we are. This week we’ll be taking a look at another entry in the “we can’t legally just call it Borderlands” series, a.k.a. Doomlands 2169, Specifically, let’s talk about the Vagabond.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Vagabond was released in 2015 as part of the Border- Doomlands 2169 series of blasters, a full 154 years before when the name suggests. It uses a 6-round rotating cylinder like the Strongarm or Disruptor, but in the case of the Vagabond, it is pump action instead of slide action. The shell of the Vagabond is all original, including the cylinder itself which is way longer than it needs to be. In keeping with the Doomlands look, there is a panel on the right side of the blaster that is clear and allows you to see the internals, which is a nice touch. With the cylinder being as crazy long as it is, the barrels have openings almost all the way down their length so you can put a dart in the side and push it to the back to seat it ready for firing. It’s an odd choice and makes me wonder why they didn’t just shorten it down and have it load from the front like a normal revolver style blaster, not to mention all the plastic and weight they’d save by getting rid of the enormous front end. It really seems like Nerf was going for a shotgun here, given the pump action and the sharply angled grip, but without any ability to fire multiple darts at once, it just ends up being a really big revolver in need of a nose job. The pump grip itself is large and nicely textured so you can get a solid hold of it. There’s a rail along the top of the blaster for accessories like scopes and whatnot, at least in theory. The angle of the grip makes aiming down the barrel kind of hard to do comfortably, but it too is well sized and has enough texture to provide the necessary traction. Performance-wise, the Vagabond gets a resounding “it’s fine.” It shoots just a little softer than most other blasters on average, probably in part due to the internals being taken directly from the Rebelle Guardian Crossbow. It’s not a huge difference, and it will probably get overlooked by your younger siblings when you bust into their room, plus there’s that great big front end that’ll most likely leave an impression. The Vagabond comes packaged with 6 Doomlands colored Elite darts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really can’t think of any reason why the front of the Vagabond is that huge. I guess it’s just a stylistic choice. I mean, we’ve seen similar enormous extraneous pieces of plastic on other Doomlands blasters like the Negotiator, but I didn’t really care for those either. As long as it doesn’t affect the blaster’s ability to, you know, blast, I suppose it can stay. But seriously though, Mads, if you’re reading this, hit me up about that game show.