FIRST ORDER STROMTROOPER BLASTER
One little word sure can make a big difference, especially when that word is “deluxe.” Yes, this is in fact a different blaster review from last week, it’s not a typo. So what does the First Order have to offer when “deluxe” is off the table? Well… not very much, as it happens, but let’s have a look at it anyway.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The First Order Stormtrooper Blaster was released in 2015, alongside the deluxe version as a promotion for The Force Awakens. If you’re not sure what part of the movie it’s from, you can be forgiven for missing it because it doesn’t get a lot of screen-time, but it’s there, I promise. Now, having just recently The Last Jedi, I can tell you it gets a couple scenes where characters using it are front and center on the screen, so that’s nice. The blaster itself is almost as basic as you can get. It is a single shot, muzzle loaded pistol with a little spring loaded priming tab in the back. While the tab does a good job of maintaining the blaster’s aesthetics even when primed, it does mean the actual size of the plunger tube is severely limited. You can really get a sense of this by how short and light the priming stroke is. The outer shell is completely new to resemble the blaster from the film and looks pretty accurate… until you actually hold it. In the film, the SE-44C blaster, which this is designed after, is built on a Glock 17 pistol. If you’ve been keeping up with my Star Wars Nerf reviews, you’ll know that in general the Nerf blasters have pretty good ergonomics as they’re modeled after props that used real world firearms. In the case of the FOSB, the shape is right, but the scale is waaaaayyy off. It feels tiny in the hand. As such, the normally quite comfortable grip of the Glock has been shrunk down so it no longer lines up with regular human sized hands. I understand the reasoning behind it, because otherwise there would be just an unnecessarily large body housing a small internal mechanism. Sure, they could have scaled up the plunger tube to get more air into the system but that… actually, that’s a good idea. Why didn’t they just do that? I guess it’s probably safe to assume that it all comes down to cost cutting measures, as is so often the case. But hey, at least it comes with a cool attachment piece, right? I mean, it does come with an attachment piece which clips onto the standard Nerf rail on the top of the blaster, but what even is the piece supposed to be? As far as I can tell it’s a sight(ish) but it sits in the dead center of the blaster and has no other sight to line up to, so it’s kinda useless. It’s actually really useless, but its on the blaster in the film, so there it is. The FOSB’s performance is about what you’d expect for a Stormtrooper’s backup blaster. Distance and power are lacking pretty heavily from that of a regular N-Strike Elite blaster, but you can usually hit your target if the muzzle is just about 5 or 6 inches away from it, so… yay? Stormtroopers are meant to be imposing and scary, but a couple shot from this blaster and I doubt you’ll be able to maintain that kind of fear-based dominance over your younger siblings when you bust into their room. The First Order Stormtrooper Blaster comes packaged with the useless sight/spike thingy and 3 of the red Star Wars branded Elite darts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got the FOSB at the same time I bought its deluxe bigger brother. I think having the deluxe blaster there distracted me from how lackluster the pistol was. I’m not saying I regret buying it or owning it, but for the price, we essentially got a Star Wars logo that came with a free Nerf blaster.