N-STRIKE ELITE (MEGA)
That ain’t no dart, this is a dart. Ah, yes, the Mega series, Nerf’s go at the “bigger is better” trope. The line started back in 2013 with the equally giant Centurion. After that, the next obvious step was something a little on the smaller side, while still using the bigger Mega darts. Give it a year, and thats when we were given today’s blaster, the Magnus.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Magnus was released in 2014 as the second blaster in the Mega series. At the time of its release, it was entirely original. Since then, the internal magazine and general operation have been reused in a couple of the licensed Star Wars blasters albeit chambered for the standard sized Elite darts. This style of magazine works much in the same way as the Speedload 6 or Quick 16 from the Dart Tag line in that it is not removable and loads from the top, but does this while being in line with the center go the blaster and without all those extra dart pushing parts. Given the size of the darts relative to the blaster, the Magnus only holds 3 rounds, which some might argue is too few to be worth the complexity of the design but I don’t have a problem with it. You may have noticed that I have 2 of this particular blaster and that is for a couple reasons, but more one than the other. Primarily, my first Magnus, the red one, is busted. I’m not sure exactly the reason but 75% of shots fall limply out of the barrel rather than flying at my siblings like I intend. This gave me reason enough to seek out a replacement, and what better than the ToysRUs exclusive “Sonic Ice” version. The color doesn’t affect the performance assuming you’re comparing fully functional blasters. One thing I found surprising about the Magnus was the grip. It has a nice texture to it that does indeed add some traction, but it’s also fairly slim, especially for a Mega blaster. It doesn’t ruin the blaster or anything, it just struck me as an odd balance of proportions. The Magnus features some very rudimentary, although still appreciated, sights on the top of the blaster and an attachment rail on the underside. In line with the rest of the Mega series, the Magnus packs a decent punch, hitting noticeably harder than many Elite blasters and with larger, heavier darts to boot. As such, the Magnus is probably better suited for outdoor play. Shooting from farther away also lets potential targets hear the darts coming at them as Mega darts whistle when fired. The Magnus comes packaged with 3 Mega darts.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My initial Magnus came about from a combination of odd circumstances all overlapping. The first and foremost being that there was a current Nerf blaster that I did not yet own. The second is my aunt knowing that I wanted it, and third, knowing exactly which blaster it was. Put all that together and you get the only Nerf blaster I’ve received for Christmas in the last decade. It was really a shame to find out that mine wasn’t working properly, but my recent birthday was enough to convince me to get a replacement. And who knows, maybe with a little more tinkering, I can get the original up and running.