Why does everyone want to go back to Jakku? It does’t make sense to me, especially in regards to today’s review. Yes, Rey is from Jakku, and yes, she uses this blaster, but she never has the blaster ON Jakku. Why is it named the Rey Jakku Blaster, then? Beats me, but let’s get past that and take a look at the thing.
THE BLASTER ITSELF
The Rey Jakku Blaster was released in 2016 as a tie-in to the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The shell of the blaster is completely original but the internals are identical to the Han Solo Blaster which was released at the same time. Both of these blaster, in turn, are largely the same as the Mega series Magnus, just chambered for standard Elite darts and holding 4 rounds instead of 3. Due to it being a licensed product, it is entirely devoid of any Nerf branding aside from a mention on the box, opting for the Star Wars logo as well as the crest of the rebel alliance. The blaster is based off of the NN-14 blaster that Rey receives from Han on Takodana, AFTER they have fled Jakku. The toy is substantially larger than the blaster in the film and, sadly, is not chrome but simply white. Additionally, there is a sizable grey boxy part that sticks out the back of the Nerf blaster that is not present on the original from the film. I understand that it needs to be there in order to house the internal mechanism, but it does alter the form factor quite a bit from that of its inspiration. It seems like the proportions as a whole had a rough time being translated to a functional Nerf blaster. Even the grip feels oddly oversized. It’s not terrible, but it definitely doesn’t help, especially with such pronounced edges along the profile. I’m also not sure why, but there’s an attachment rail on the underside of the blaster if you really wanted to accessorize, I guess. Functionally, the blaster works just fine. In fact, I might say it feels better to operate than the Magnus because the loading port on the RJB is long enough to fit a dart without having to bend it or load it at an angle. The prime is also a good bit smoother than that of the Magnus, but this may be because of the severely weaker spring. As such, operation is fine, but performance is pretty flaccid. This shouldn’t be surprising since Nerf needs to keep its core products competitive, but it’s still a little disappointing. The range from the RJB is laughably short if you see it fired outside, but even indoors, it’ll hit the floor about 10 feet short of a target across the room. It’s fun for plinking and playing pretend, but unfortunately not much beyond that. The RJB comes packaged with 4 blue Star Wars branded Elite darts that have transparent tips which is kinda cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I don’t know if this has come across, but I have quite an interest in weapon design. After seeing The Force Awakens, I do remember liking the little silver pistol that Rey has and thinking it would be easy to throw together my own prop version. Then Nerf came along and handled it for me. Sure, it’s not perfect, but I enjoy it, mainly for the novelty of having a Star Wars gun that actually shoots, and sometimes that’s all you need.