|Nerf Barrel Break IX-2. You could be mine... oh wait. you are.|
The Barrel Break IX-2 comes in a relatively small box. It's supposed to be a Toys R Us exclusive, but they're not stocked in Australia (this one came from Singapore).
|Barrel Break IX-2 box. Same kid on the front as all the new blasters.|
|Inside the box. Yup... as I said pretty much:)|
The blaster feels great to hold- it's a bit bigger than I thought it would be, but has a great weight to it and you can feel pretty comfortable holding it with one hand or two. Size wise is comparable to other mid range blasters like the Alpha Trooper CS-18.
|Barrel Break size against an Alpha Trooper|
|Aww man I broke it..|
Ensuring your Barrel Break is "broken" completely, as a half cocked effort will jam your blaster which I found on my first play. Once you've opened it, you can simply load your two darts in the chamber.
|all lined up and ready to go!|
|Night light on top of the Barrel Break..|
|Barrel Break with Camo darts on a Recon light:)|
That being said, I LOVE IT. It's just so much fun to load and fire, it's solid and has a great weight to it and did I mention how tough it looks?
23-8-10 UPDATE: One thing about the Barrel Break IX-2 is you can't have darts in the chamber without priming the blaster. Most other Nerf blasters can have darts in the barrel (or clip) but unless the primer is cocked, you can squeeze the trigger with nothing (sorta like a makeshift safety); in the Barrel Break's case, once you've "broken" the blaster, loaded the darts and closed it up, it's ready to fire. The only way you can actually tell if the Barrel Break is loaded is to squeeze the trigger and see, OR try to "break" the barrel open and if it is loaded, you'll squish the darts in two:P (the third way is to look down the barrel.. but I never think that's smart, foam or otherwise!)
No word on when it'll be available in Australia, but they're going for around 30-40 bucks US from online e-tailers. Get one if you can, you'll love it.
Out of the box performance: 9/10
Cool factor: 9/10
Price point: 6.5/10 (only because you have to either import it or buy from a grey import seller)