Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster

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Modeled after the blaster found in the Fortnite video game

Darts are included when purchasing the toy

Helps kids learn to aim and use hand/eye coordination

Other Nerf parts can be used on this blaster

Has motor revving mechanism that helps the darts shoot further

The foam darts are safe and lightweight

We don’t like

Batteries are not included

The darts may easily get jammed

How it works

The designers at Nerf have taken fans’ love for the Fortnite video game and turned it into a toy. The main tool used in the video game is a blaster gun, and Nerf has put their own spin on the blaster with the Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster. Staying true to the tradition of Nerf, the darts are made of foam and have hollow tips, the gun itself is a direct replica of the blaster found in the video game, and various Nerf parts can be added to the blaster. Tested at 65 FPS (feet per second), the blaster is of a high quality and easy to use. Designed specifically for older kids and adults, the Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is a great buy for the parent with mature children who are looking for a different kind of stimulus.

Design

Design

The Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is designed to look exactly like the blaster found in the Fortnite video game. The blaster looks close to cartoonish in its design in order for it to look and give the feel of the video game. The front of the blaster has a barrel that is orange and is unique to the design of the Fortnite style, but there is no way to attach anything to the barrel, so if you own any other Nerf blaster barrels, they will not fit onto this toy.

The top of the blaster has three important components. The first is a rear aim that flips up and down so that you can line up your shot. The sightline is a bit off, however, it should be noted that many Nerf darts shoot off because of the lightweight of the foam. The second part of the top of the blaster is a front aim that also flips up and down so that you can line up your shot along with the rear aim for better accuracy. The third part of the top of the gun is the rail that extends from the back to the front of the blaster that brings all three parts together for a more accurate launch of your dart.

The back of the gun has a shoulder mount so that you can either rest the blaster on your shoulder or against your shoulder. On the back of the blaster is the battery door and the slide door for unblocking any darts that may have gotten jammed.

On the trigger is a button that releases the magazine so that you can switch magazines while you are playing, and there is a motor revving button next to the trigger that will help rev up the motor of the gun so that your darts can shoot with more force and shoot farther.

The bottom of the blaster is where you can insert the magazine so that you can switch your arsenal of darts with ease.
Opening the Box

Opening the Box

The Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is packaged pretty well and does not require a lot of effort to open. With a pair of scissors, you can cut the blaster out of the cardboard and the rest of the pieces are wrapped and stored pretty well in the box. The blaster comes with the blaster itself plus the magazine, two sets of ten darts, and the instruction manual. Other than that, that is all that you need to set the blaster up and begin using it as soon as you get it out of the box.
Batteries Not Included

Batteries Not Included

The Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster runs on four AA batteries. Batteries are not included with this toy. You must purchase the batteries on your own, so it’s a good idea to purchase batteries when you purchase the toy so that when you get the blaster home, you can install the batteries immediately.

To install the batteries in the Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster, you will need a small Philips head screwdriver. On the back of the blaster, you will see the battery door, which is located towards the front of the blaster. Unscrew the door and remove it, and you will see the area where you can install the batteries. Insert the four batteries and then close the door and screw it tight and the blaster is ready to go. The blaster runs on a motor that helps shoot the darts, and that motor runs on battery power, so make sure your batteries are fresh and fully charged or else the blaster will not work to its full potential.
The Orange Jam Door

The Orange Jam Door

Next to the battery door, you will see an orange door that slides open by using your fingertips to open it. This door is where any jammed darts will wind up. In the event that some of the darts get stuck in the gun, you can put your fingers inside of the gun and take out the jammed darts. It should be noted, however, that the blaster will not operate if the orange door is open. The darts need to pass through this area to be shot out of the gun, and if the door is open then the darts will fly out of the side of the blaster and the blaster will not operate as it should. Some parents thought that the blaster was not operating properly, however, the orange door was left open. Make sure you check the door is closed before operating the blaster.
Interchangeable Parts

Interchangeable Parts

The Nerf Fortnight AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is part of a long line of Nerf products; therefore, you can take parts from other Nerf blaster guns and use them on the Fortnight AR-L Elite Dart Blaster. What many Nerf enthusiasts may notice is that the magazine where all of the darts are kept is curved and sort of asymmetrical. If this is a problem for your eye, you can take the magazine from other Nerf dart blasters, and it will fit perfectly into the Fortnight blaster. You can also use darts from other blaster guns in this blaster as well. It should be noted that there are several Nerf-like darts on the market that are sold at a variety of prices. For Nerf products, it is recommended only using Nerf brand darts as they are the only ones that are truly designed for Nerf toys. Parents who have purchased other brands of darts that are similar found that the darts got jammed in the blaster or did not shoot as far as the on brand darts did.
The Top Rail

The Top Rail

One of the design changes made to the Fortnite Dart Blaster that is different from other Nerf brand dart blasters is that the top rail is slanted up towards the front barrel of the blaster. Because the rail is not in a 180 degree flat line, you will need to make some adjustments when shooting the blaster, however, if you are still able to line up the back aim and the front aim, you should find that there is no problem. Some users of the blaster did not even notice the slant on the rail, so the design of the Fortnite should not hinder you being able to still reach targets or have a clear view of where you are aiming the darts while using the blaster.

The top rail is also designed standard on all Nerf blasters, therefore, if you have parts or apparatus that you want to use from other blasters on the Fortnite blaster, you can take those parts and place them on this rail. You can use other viewfinders or aims on this as you would use them on your other blasters. It should be noted that the front barrel is not interchangeable, so if you have another other Nerf blaster barrels that you want to place on the Fortnite, you will not be able to use them.
Safety

Safety

As with any toy that has parts that shoot out, there must be a high level of safety taken when playing with the toy. The Nerf Fortnight AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is a toy that must not be used to hurt other people. The darts shoot out of the gun at around 63 feet per second, so even though they are made of foam, they can damage a person’s eyes. Never shoot the darts at a person’s face ever. Also, do not shoot the darts at anyone at a close range or at a target at close range as the darts may ricochet off of something and hit another person.

For younger children, it may be in a parent’s best interest to always be around when their child is operating the Fortnite Dart Blaster in order to teach the child how to properly use the blaster and how to use it safely.
The Darts

The Darts

The darts of the Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster are soft foam darts that sail out of the gun. The darts or so lightweight that they don’t shoot out straight, but rather are launched out of the gun where they will take a wobbly journey to their target. The darts are completely made out of foam and the tips and body of the darts are hollow, which makes them even more light than they already are. The darts come in two packs of ten, and each magazine holds about ten darts, so you will have two full magazines of darts when you purchase the toy. Since extra darts can be purchased on their own, you can buy as many darts as you wish and buy as many magazines as you wish so that you always have a full magazine when you are playing with the blaster. The more darts you have, the more extended your play can be, but remember that someone has to pick up all the darts after they have been shot.
Price

Price

The price of the Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is priced moderately for a toy of this kind. It is not the cheapest toy on the market, but it is not that expensive either. It may be out of the budget for some parents who feel that the blaster is unnecessary to own, but for those parents who feel the blaster is a good toy to have, the price is right on point for this type of toy. The toy comes with the darts already included, however, the batteries are not, so there will be an extra expense of getting batteries when you purchase the blaster if you don’t already own AA batteries. The price is right for the parent who thinks this blaster will be a good toy for their child.

Conclusion

The Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is perfect for the child who likes to play games that include hitting a target and working on their aim and hand/eye coordination. Many parents who have purchased the Fortnite for their children have found the blaster to be safe and easy to use and load. Many Nerf products are known to be able to stand up against the roughness of children and this blaster is no different. With so many benefits such as using your entire body to aim, point, and shoot, your body gets to work in sync, which helps with other physical activities like sports. Although a blaster may not be the first toy for some parents to choose for their child, for those who are okay with it, the Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster is a great and entertaining gift for the child who wants to run wild or meticulously work on their sightlines to hit a target quickly and use their brain to play and think fast.
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