I know what you’re about to ask, so let me go ahead and answer it before you do. No, I’ve still not heard anything from Mads but I’m staying optimistic. That’s not what you were gonna ask? Ok, weirdo. Oh, right, that. Yeah, I have no idea what the heck a vigilon is either but it’s the name of this week’s blaster. Maybe taking a look at the blaster will inform us on the matter. Let’s find out if that’s the case.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
It’s not the case, it’s a made up word. Anyway, the Vigilon was released in 2011 as part of the Vortex series of blasters. It then disappeared with the apparent death of the Vortex line a few years later, only to be brought back in 2018 in the Target exclusive Vortex VTX line-up. Really all that changed is the colors, so I’ll be reviewing them both as the same blaster here. The Vigilon uses the same mechanism for launching the Vortex discs as most blasters in the line but with the added bonus of an integrated internal magazine that holds (officially) 5 discs. I find it odd that the Vigilon has only ever been marketed as a 5-round blaster despite the fact that I can fit 6 discs in the magazine just fine without using any trickery, plus, you can keep another disc in the chamber, effectively giving the blaster a 7-round capacity. The magazine itself is an interesting design in which you open the loading gate with the release levers just above the trigger and load rounds in the side of the blaster rather than the top or front like we’re used to seeing on dart blasters. Releasing the magazine cover is also rather satisfyingly snappy and makes it feel like something akin to a plasma weapon from the Halo franchise venting heat. The outer shell is all original to the Vigilon, and while the green and orange color scheme of the first wave was fine at the time, the sky blue/neon green VTX colors really do it for me. Just- MM, so good. Naturally, the new colors are also carried over to the ammo which also looks quite nice and again, an improvement over the older version. I mean, they work the same, they just look nicer while they do it. The Vigilon gets the same performance as just about every other Vortex blaster out there. The discs do travel far, but they slow down as they fly through the air and end up floating a bit near the end of their flight path. If you’re planning on using this as a weapon against your younger siblings, just make sure they’re not too far away, otherwise, even if your shots hit, they won’t have nearly the same impact as they would at closer range. Plus, with some practice, you can do crazy stuff like bank shots off the wall and whatnot. Then you can really make them feel like they’ll never be safe again, and isn’t that really the goal? What do you mean that sounds abusive? I’m just saying they shouldn’t feel completely at ease in their own home cuz they’ll never see the radtastic VTX discs coming. Well, yeah, when you say it like that, you can make anything sound like abuse. Anyway, the original Vigilon came packaged with just 5 Vortex discs, but the new VTX version comes with 10 and they look way cooler to boot.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t normally care too much about straight recolors, but the Vortex series was different and innovative in a way not often seen in the toy blaster market. Moreover, it seemed to garner a decent fan base over traditional darts, so it’s fairly unique in that regard. In reality, though, I just think the folks over at Nerf did a great job with the new colors. I wish this had been what Vortex looked like from the get-go. It’s just so- MMM, I love it.