NERF EXCLUSIVE The Scravenger and Evader are Made of Garbage

first_imgAs Nerf guns, the Scravenger and Evader are fun, but don’t offer overwhelming firepower. The Scravenger is lever-action and single-shot, while the Evader is semiautomatic, so you can’t just spray darts everywhere. If you want to do that, the Nerf Modulus Regulator is the best pick with its select-fire semiautomatic, three-dart burst, and automatic modes. These are still really gun, and the Scravenger lets you do the same goofy lever-spinning tricks you can with the SlingFire, just with a rougher, more orange design. The Evader is simply a solid short-to-mid-range motorized automatic Nerf gun, with the sleek, stealthy look of transparent plastic.These are prototype blasters, and the Nerf Zombie Strike Survival System Scravenger and Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader won’t hit stores until this Fall. The Scravenger will retail for $49.99, while the motorized-but-comes-with-fewer-accessories Evader will retail for $39.99. And I look forward to seeing what new main series Elite Nerf guns, along with any other Modulus, Zombie Strike, Doomlands, and other guns, Hasbro will unveil next month at Toy Fair. We like Nerf guns here at Geek.com, and Nerf seems to like us, because they’ve given us access to the two newest dart blasters coming out this Fall. The Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader and Nerf Zombie Strike Survival System Scravenger are the first of many new Nerf guns we’ll see next month when Hasbro comes to town for Toy Fair, and we have the prototypes in our lab right now. Yes, we have access to prototype foam weapons. We’re prepared.One of them is invisible, and the other is trash. And, if you’re familiar with Hasbro’s Nerf Zombie Strike line, that’s a compliment to both. So let’s start with the trash.The Nerf Scravenger is a garbage beast, because that’s the Zombie Strike line’s whole aesthetic: scavenged parts turned into weapons. Its full name is the Nerf Zombie Strike Survival System Scravenger, because it starts with the base rifle and adds a whole bunch of rail, grip, and barrel accessories, which the Zombie Strike line has generally shied away from. Also, Scravenger is a great name, up there with Doominator (which is also a Nerf Zombie Strike gun).The blaster itself is a lever-cocked rifle similar mechanically to the Zombie Strike SlingFire. The mechanism is like a Winchester rifle, with a reloading lever on the grip you flip forward and back to load the next dart from the magazine (or, if you want to be fancy, flip the entire gun forward and back to make it look like you’re twirling it. There’s also a selector switch if you want to fire every time you pull the lever back instead of pulling the trigger after cocking, like the slamfire features on some other mechanical Nerf guns.It’s more of a snub-nosed design than the SlingFire, with lots of molded plastic accents to look like it was thrown together. There’s molded tape on the grip and top rail, the body is covered in slotted screw and bolt heads, and the reloading lever looks like a set of angled pliers taped together. The blaster takes normal Nerf magazines, and comes with two 12-dart clips. It also has top and bottom accessory rails, a barrel accessory mount, and a butt accessory mount, making it as customizable as a Nerf Modulus blaster.That brings us to the Survival System part of the Scravenger’s name. It doesn’t include just the rifle. It includes a slew of accessories. There’s an orange butt stock molded to look like it was made in a machine shop, a white-and-orange barrel extension with blasted holes in it, a gray-and-yellow combination scope and clip holder that looks like it was built out of plumbing supplies, and a yellow-and-orange tactical light with the grip of a screwdriver. And they all mount on the Scravenger to make a huge, schlocky beast. If that isn’t enough, the Scravenger also comes with a two-shot backup blaster. It’s a garishly orange pile of gloriously molded trash, perfect for fighting zombies while leaning away from the usual green color scheme of other Zombie Strike guns. Of course, this is a prototype, so the color and other details can easily change before release.As chunky and garish as the Scravenger is, the Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Evader is sleek and, well, clear. It’s a completely transparent Nerf gun (presumably the first of several transparent Nerf guns in the Modulus Ghost Ops line), with the exception of a few orange accents and the mechanical and electronic components. It’s a submachinegun-style rifle with no stock and an even shorter snub-nosed barrel than the Scravenger. It features two pistol grips, each with their own triggers. The foregrip trigger activates green LED lighting that illuminates the gun, while the rear grip has a lower trigger that spins up the motor (powered by four AA batteries) and an upper trigger that pushes a dart from the side-loaded magazine (a clear 12-shot clip is included) into the flywheel to fire. It’s sleek, curved, and looks deceptively simple.Because it’s a Modulus blaster, it can handle plenty of attachments. There’s an accessory rail on the top, an accessory rail on the bottom, a third accessory rail on the right side, and stock and barrel extension mounts. It also comes with a clear silencer-style barrel extension, which gives the gun an extra bit of heft and length that makes it look like a cohesive weapon. Stay on target Exclusive: Nerf Ups Its Game With New Kid-Friendly ‘Fortnite’…Geek Pick: Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Kronos XVIII-500 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more