BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster Review

BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster Reviews
Our rating: 5 stars

Boomco Rapid Madness BlasterBOOMco guns are the latest big thing, and the BOOMco Rapid Madness Blaster will be a stunning gift for any child.

It’s air pump powered so no batteries are needed – a bonus for parents – and it comes with 30 darts and a target. The darts are soft but are designed to stick to the target, and the gun is big but not heavy, perfect for kids. So how does it measure up in practice?

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BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster Features

Boomco Rapid Madness Blaster boxed* Air-powered gun
* 30 darts included
* One 20-dart charger clip
* One Smart Stick target
* No batteries required
* Age range: 6-14 (we think 8+)

BoomCo Blasters: BoomCo Rapid Madness Review

BoomCo blasters have stormed onto the market recently, rivalling Nerf guns for popularity with kids.

The Rapid Madness blaster is powered by an air pump, so you pump it and then shoot. You can choose to fire one missile at a time or empty the whole clip in seconds. If you choose single shot, you’re more likely to have an accurate shot, and it can fire up to 50 feet.

The BoomCo Rapid Madness gun won a place on Hamley’s list of top 10 Christmas toys 2014. It’s a cool-looking, mighty gun, but not heavy. All the same we think it’s probably better for kids aged 8 and over rather than the 6+ age range stated by the manufacturers, just because a lot of 6-year-olds might have trouble holding and using something of this size.

Boomco Rapid Madness Blaster with boyThe darts and target are made of special material so the darts will stick to the target, but won’t stick to other things. This encourages kids to shoot at the target rather than anything else, which is great for the peace of mind of other people and animals that might be wandering past, and also stops the darts getting lost so much if they are all around the target.

With some guns, it’s difficult to know exactly where you hit the target, unless you have someone standing there as a referee. The Boomco blasters’ special ammunition that sticks to the target allows kids to see exactly how well they did.

Obviously these ‘darts’ are soft and relatively safe, but they can hit you pretty hard at close range. Wearing goggles to protect the eyes is recommended, and it’s really an outdoor toy. Your glassware and ornaments will be at risk if kids are allowed to use it inside the house.

It comes with 30 darts but there’s no spare clip. To save time, you might want to order an extra charger so that one person can be preparing a clip while the other is shooting. You can also buy more darts and targets, if required.

This ‘semi-automatic’ toy gun can fire a clip of 20 darts in seconds, with a range of up to 50 feet, or select single shot mode for accuracy in hitting the target. It’s not only young boys who will enjoy the BoomCo Rapid Madness blaster. Girls, teens and even adults will have fun with it too. In fact, it’s a great gift for all the family over the age 6 minimum.

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Our rating: 5 stars

Published 24 November 2014

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