I promised my overall opinion of the Nerf Rival line, and here it is. As a disclaimer, I must admit that I only have first hand experience with the Apollo. After much deliberation, I have chosen not to purchase a Nerf Rival Zeus MXV-1200 at this time.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of a magazine fed flywheel Rival blaster, and I hope Hasbro makes more. However, the limited magazine size (12 rounds) and the awkward magazine changes make the Zeus unsuitable as a primary, in my opinion.
As an aside, my regular readers have probably noticed that I do not review every new blaster as it comes out. I leave that to the Youtube reviewers who get free promotional PR packages, and/or have a larger budget than I do. As my hobby budget is limited, I have to be selective of the blasters that I purchase.
Both the Apollo and the Zeus serve as excellent “proofs-of-concept.” With these blasters, Hasbro has proven that the technology is there. Higher velocity, more accurate, “off the shelf” blasters are a reality. The Rival blasters prove that they are not just another gimmick (i.e. Modulus, Elite-XD, etc.), chiefly because they live up to their claims. What is needed next is refinement, specifically in the areas of ammo capacity, ergonomics, and usability.
To be specific, I would like to see an ergonomic, high capacity (18+ rounds), pump action or flywheel primary, with a mag change as smooth as the Apollo’s.
Second, I would like to see a Rival side arm that is as functional and holster-able as the Hammershot. (I would be willing to sacrifice a bit of velocity for a compact secondary blaster.)
Most of all, I want to see a sniper style blaster that lives up to its looks. I’m not asking for a miracle. I just want something that is capable of accurate shots over 50 feet, and looks as cool as a Longstrike.
Whether, or not, Nerfers will be willing to trade in their darts for “high impact rounds” remains to be seen. However, initial reception seems to be enthusiastic.
Ultimately, the success of the line hinges on what Hasbro does next.
Thanks for reading.