Just about everyone has at least heard of the Stryfe or the RapidStrike or Modulus ECS-10. Any of the big names in the wide range of electric flywheel blasters Nerf has produced over the years. The blaster most people these days don’t remember is the one that actually started the entire flywheel class of blasters at Nerf, the Barricade RV-10. Not the police car from Transformers, this is a different Barricade, both Hasbro properties, though. Who? No, Dwayne Johnson played Roadblock from G.I. Joe, another entirely different still Hasbro property. Anyway, let’s take a look at the blaster.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Barricade RV-10 was released in 2010 as part of the N-Strike line, kind of the only line Nerf had going at the time. It was the first (I believe) flywheel blaster to come from Nerf. There was at least one blaster from Buzz Bee Toys that used flywheels before the Barricade, but we don’t talk about that. I mean, we could, but people will laugh and throw things. The Barricade uses more or less the same mechanical configuration we’re used to on modern flywheel blasters but with 2 main exceptions. First, it fires from a 10 round rotating cylinder rather than a magazine. The second major difference is that instead of having a rev trigger just beneath the firing trigger like we’re used to, it has an on/off toggle switch that sits just above your thumb like a safety or fire selector switch, assuming you’re holding the blaster in your right hand. The Barricade’s shell is all original, although it was reused in the Prime variant- I mean, the Elite version, which came with a stock and was renamed the Stockade. Amazing. It features a stock attachment lug on the back of the blaster and an accessory rail up top. There’s also a interesting front sight that has a hole going through it, maybe so you can still see your target when aiming? Who knows, but it has no rear sight to line up with and it’s on a pre-Elite blaster so it’s about as useful as.. something… not useful. Wow, good job, Tim. By today’s standards, the plastic of the shell feels a little thin and creaky, but that was about par for the course with the original N-Strike blasters. Also somewhat outclassed by modern blasters is the Barricade’s performance. Yes it is semi-auto, but with old motors running off of only 3 AA batteries, it can’t really keep up with today’s flywheels. Given the lengthy rev-up time and the lack of any substantial power, I’d recommend setting this one aside as a collection piece rather than trying to bust into your younger sibling’s room with it. The Barricade RV-10 comes with 10 Sonic Micro darts and requires 3 AA batteries.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
To be honest, I was not excited for the Barricade when it was announced. I’m still not that into it. I only bought mine because it came in a value pack with a stock that I really wanted. I didn’t have it on hand so I left it out of the review. Regardless, even if I’m not crazy about the Barricade, I do quite enjoy many of the other flywheel blasters that have come out since then, so I guess I can give it credit for that. And I got a cool stock out of it too.