MODULUS (GHOST OPS)
What’s this? A review of an actually new blaster? Yes, we’re well into August and so that inevitably means getting hit by a wave of new Nerf blasters, many of which were seen at NY Toy Fair back in February. Today’s review is one of those blasters. It’s also an example of a spin-off of a spin-off, where at first we had N-Strike Elite, then Modulus, now we have Modulus Ghost Ops. Spooky. Let’s take a look at the blaster.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
If you hadn’t yet read the title of this post, I am indeed reviewing the Modulus Ghost Ops Evader. It was released in 2018 as the first and, so far, only blaster in the Ghost Ops sub-series. Functionally, it’s a Stryfe just with a side-loading magazine, still using the same flywheel semi-auto mechanism. Hey, if it works, use it. The big draw for the Evader is the completely clear plastic the shell is cast in, and subsequently, the light-up feature that this allows. The main pistol grip contains all of the standard flywheel controls we’re used to, but the fore-grip also has a button which, when pressed, activates the green LEDs inside the body of the blaster, giving it an almost night-vision kind of look. That is, as long as it’s not too bright wherever you are. The effect definitely gets stronger in darker conditions, unsurprisingly. Assisting the LEDs is an array of light piping and refractive surfaces that give the light more places to bounce off so you can actually see it. It should be noted that the button for the lights has to be held down to keep the lights on. I had to jerry-rig my blaster to keep it lit for one of the photos without my hands getting in the way, so don’t expect that to be the norm. The lights are overall pretty well incorporated into the blaster’s design, and I especially like the lights inside the muzzle that are only activated when you attach the included barrel extension. The shell appears to be well made, but it’s hard to see what the shape of it really is the way you could with an opaque blaster. When I first took it out of the box, it was a lot bigger than I expected but that turned out to be ok since it addressed my concern that the thumbhole fore-grip might be small and awkward. It’s still not conventional but even with my larger hands, I can say it’s perfectly functional. Being a Modulus blaster, the Evader sports a top, bottom and side rail (right side only), as well as attachment points for a stock and a barrel. I’ve only used the Evader with the batteries that came installed from the store, but even as such, it seems like it has a decent amount of power behind it. Shots travel far and hit hard. It’s already been proven to be effective in combat in my ongoing campaign against the spider crickets in my basement. I expect it would perform just as admirably against younger siblings, especially if you use the light-up feature as some sort of psychological/intimidation tactic in conjunction with the actual darts. The Evader comes packaged with the barrel extension, 12 white Modulus Elite darts, a 12 round magazine, and the 4 AA batteries that power both the lights and flywheels already installed.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Evader was the first of the new 2018 wave of blasters that I purchased, but not the first I attempted to buy. A few weeks earlier, I had found the Delta Trooper on shelves at my local Target, but when I went to go check out, I was told they couldn’t sell it to me so I had to leave without it. When I eventually went back, I found that they had just recently put out the new blasters with the one exception being the Delta Trooper. It doesn’t really have much to do with the Evader itself but its a bit of a story.