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Tuesday, December 02 2014 08:25

Holiday Wish Guide: Dart Zone Covert Ops Scorpion Gatling Blaster

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When it comes to the art of foam warfare, more "firepower" is always a good thing, and for the growing legion of kids and grownups alike that take to the battlefield, more power often comes at an increasingly high price. A new player in the foam aisle is Prime Time International, and at the top of their arsenal sits the Dart Zone: Covert Ops Scorpion Gatling Blaster. Available this season as a Walmart exclusive, this thing packs 20 foam darts into a flywheel magazine that's capable of shooting up to 70 feet - and at the bargain price of just $19.97 MSRP, it lands firmly in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.

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Recommended for Ages 8+, this blaster operates on 6 AA batteries, so make sure to have some on-hand for immediate play.

Note: While we do enjoy this toy overall, the darts themselves seem to have a little bit of an inconsistency with the glue on the tips, so expect quicker wear than more expensive blasters, though a dab of super glue does the trick nicely.

Look for it in-store or at Walmart.com

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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