Welcome to Day 6 of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series! Today is my sons' 7th birthday, so in their honor I'm giving away something that's right up their alley -- a Nerf N-Strike Deploy CS-6 blaster!
As any of you with sons know, little boys love to playact, and sometimes the way they try to assert some form of control over their playmates, their environment and themselves is with imaginary weapons. It's a classic (and true) story that a boy can turn anything into a gun or a sword -- a stick, a grilled cheese sandwich, a toilet paper roll.
See 3Po gazing longingly at the Nerf display at our local Target. He'd ask for the whole lot for his birthday if he thought he could get away with it.
We don't have firearms in the house and we don't allow violent movies or videogames. We talk about the dangers of guns and violence quite openly, so I'm not overly worried when my boys play with gun-like toys, as long as they are fantasy guns that do not resemble real guns (i.e. water guns or foam blasters).
The Deploy gets its name because it can be put into flashlight mode and with the push of a button it deploys into a pump action blaster. That's kind of a relief for me, because you're obviously in fantasy realm when you've got a flashlight that turns into a gun. The neon yellow-and-orange color combo and the foam darts also help keep it from getting too real.
It's still a pretty macho-looking toy, though, so we've given the boys strict instructions never to point at people's faces. Instead, we've set up a makeshift shooting gallery in our hallway, where they try to knock down little toy figures and a plastic ball tied to a string. It's so much fun!
I do have a few "Blah" points I need to mention -- the little foam darts bend way too easily, and once they're bent they are pretty much useless (they don't shoot out properly, and they cause the next dart to jam). The Deploy only comes with 6 darts so unless you put the fear of God in them about losing or breaking the darts, you'll want to buy more. And you have to buy a very specific kind of dart (Clip Darts), which only work with Nerf guns that use clip magazines, which means they don't work with many other Nerf guns. But other than that, I really have no complaints. The boys are playing with this toy very responsibly (not pointing it at anyone's face, etc..) and they really are having a (pardon the pun) blast playing with it!
And guess which little boy is having the most fun?
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Disclaimer: I received a product sample to facilitate my review. I did not receive any financial compensation for the review or giveaway. Thanks to Litzky PR for providing the giveaway prize. Product information is supplied by Litzky PR and is clearly indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.