People have always fancied bow and arrows, and in recent years there has been a kind of a revival for crossbow based toys. Hasbro also cashed in this growing interest by bringing in Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow. You can find many other crossbow themed Nerf guns like the Thunderbow but Hasbro made the decision to launch a bow styled product in its Zombie Strike line. This particular model is all design, and Hasbro has kept the fashion quotient high with this one. Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow won’t be that appealing to an avid Nerfer due to its lack of functionality. But it still is one of the better designed Nerf products we have seen in some time. We have for you a detailed review of the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster that will help you decide whether or not you should go for this particular one.
The Best Feature – Design!
Design is hands down the best thing about the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow. When we got this model and assembled it, we admired its looks for a while. The bow is attached to the front and the priming action involves pulling back the string, which is quite neat. The colour Scheme is in sync with the whole Zombie Strike Series and the size of the gun adds to the appeal. The branding and the logos look nice and the construction is solid throughout. You get a pistol like handle but you will still need your other hand to grip the front portion under the bow for accuracy. The design of the handle is average and there are some other problems with it too. It is a little too small. Now if you have big hands, you will have trouble gripping this thing. The breadth is substantially large, there is no problem with that, but height is the cause of concern. You might not be able to get all your fingers properly inside the handle.
Also, something could have been done to bring down its weight. It is more heavy in the front, because of the cross bow, and overall it feels a little bulky.
It appears really nice from the front too. It holds four darts in a single column and with the crossbow in the background it will leave you in awe.
So in terms of design Hasbro got it right with the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow and if you whip it out in front of your friends, get ready for some attention.
Performance is not that Good!
Before we talk about its performance we would like to appreciate its simple functionality. The whole action is very smooth which was a little unexpected. You just have to pull the string to prime and pull the trigger to fire. It fires one dart at a time from top to bottom. We really wished it could fire all four darts together though. If you put the dart in any of the bottom compartments and the leave top ones empty, it will still fire your dart.
But this also highlights its major flaw. Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow can only hold four darts and it has a terribly slow rate of fire. Even though the whole action is simple and cool, and gives a very close experience to the actual crossbow, but there is very little functionality. You can’t count on this in a combat like situation. Apart from this the crossbow in front adds no function, it is just there for the sake of it and adds on to the weight.
The maximum range we got was 60 feet, at an arc, but parallel to the ground, your darts will easily travel distances between 40 to 45 feet. Its accuracy is good which is not surprising since this is a part of the Elite Series. The rate of fire was around 1.5 seconds per dart.
So overall the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire bow offers limited functionality and doesn’t make proper use of its size.
The Price – Is it worth it?
When Hasbro launched this model, it priced it at a steep, 20$. Since this model backs heavily on its design, the price seemed fairly expensive. But now you can get this at a discounted price of 15.50$, which in our opinion is not that much. Even though it is only a difference of 5$, but Nerf fans will understand this makes a lot of difference. Now the gun is big, but has very limited functionality. To be able to fire only four darts is kind of embarrassing. But this gun is not made for combat. It is made for that ‘awe’ appeal. If you like to fire subtle shots and give huge importance to the looks, this gun is ideal.
The Final Verdict!
This model won’t appeal to the avid Nerfers, and as mentioned earlier its limited functionality is the reason for it. But if you like to impress your friends, this is a great choice. It looks great, blends nicely in the Zombie Strike line and the Crossbow design is really really cool. This can be an excellent gift for a young kid who has never played with Nerf guns before. It will also appeal to the occasional players who like to keep the style quotient high. If you fall into these categories, go ahead and buy the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow.==> Click Here to Avail Today’s Discount on the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster