The Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster was released in the fall of 2014 under the Nerf Rebelle “Secrets and Spies” sub series. This review will cover every facet of the product, including its design, features, pros and cons. It will also include performance-testing data, tutorials and photos. Through our research, you will be able to easily determine if the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster is the right toy for you to purchase.
Main feature of the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
Undoubtedly, the real bow action is the main feature and selling point of the product. It’s a perfect starting point to get your feet wet in the sport of archery. Although the look of the product is complex and real, the assembly process is simple. Just snap the two sections together, tighten a screw and you are ready to go. There is one point, though, that must be emphasized: the bow arm is not designed for disassembly. Once you attach it, you cannot take it off without disassembling the entire bow.
To use the toy, simply take one arrow and carefully glide it though the opening in the center of the bow. Grab the fin of the arrow, pull it back with the bow string and release the string to fire the arrow. Remember to carefully aim the arrow so that it does not catch on the bow itself as it’s released.
Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster hands-on impressions
During our test of the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster, our impressions were very positive. The bow itself is lightweight, well-designed and balanced. It’s initially a bit awkward when putting the arrow in the blaster and adjusting it as necessary, but that will become smoother with practice.
The tension and pressure when holding the string are similar to that of a real bow. There is a lot of force, and it requires a bit of strength to hold it and aim. We did find that the arrow can get caught on the string at times, but we will provide you with a tutorial a little later that will teach you how to get the best experience and fully maximize your range with the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster.
“Secrets and Spies” on the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
The Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster comes with three features to compliment the idea of “Secrets and Spies”: the Red Dot Sight, the Secret Message Arrow and the Quiver.
1. The Red Dot Sight
There is a battery storage box on the handle of the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster. The bow itself does not require batteries to fire; the Red Dot Sight feature is the only reason the (two AA) batteries are needed. The red light, which will help you with targeting, will turn on when you press the trigger on the front of the bow.
Don’t expect the light to be able to project onto the target like you may have seen in spy movies. The red light simply projects onto the transparent plastic piece at the front of the blaster, and it actually makes you shoot above the target. The only way for it to work is to make sure to line up the red dot with your target. Feedback from other users stated that sometimes the red light sight does not work when you press the trigger. If that happens to you, it is probably due to a mechanical defect in the contact plate. Try to pull the string back and press it again.
Overall, this feature is not necessary to use, especially since the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster requires an upturned angle when firing to achieve maximum distance. We suggest that you buy batteries to try out this feature. If you don’t like it, remove the batteries.
2. The Secret Message
This feature is somewhat dull; you just use a red decoder to decode the messages on the end of arrows. The messages are trivial words and can easily be read with the naked eye without using the decoder.
The messages are “LOL,” “RUN!” and “NICE!” The idea of sending a message with an arrow with a bow is awesome, but this Secret Message and decoder is unimpressive. It is just a design feature, and it serves no functional purpose for the bow and arrow. This feature will probably not hold your attention for very long.
3. The Quiver
The Quiver is the most straight-forward and practical feature among the three. It’s a clip that provides storage for three arrows and attaches to your clothes pocket or to the body of the bow. The quiver is perfectly matched with the bow and makes the entire product look more complex and professional.
The best features of the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
The product is designed well. It’s not cheap and junky like some similar toys. The bow body itself is sturdy. The paint job is unique and draws attention. In fact, the product is popular among young girls because of its curvy and streamlined-shape design, and because of its pink and purple colors. The string has good tension, which gives it a satisfying “twang” and vibration when released. And the arrows shoot surprisingly far with an amazing whistle sound as they cut through the air.
The product is definitely an outdoor toy. It requires a lot of space, which also means a lot of exercise for the user, which is never a bad thing. Users can easily and safely learn the firing principle themselves, and they can have fun experimenting as they try to find the angles that can achieve the best distances. It’s an affordable toy that can not only be fun, but can help your child decide if he or she is really interested in archery.
Shortcomings of the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
The product comes with only three arrows, which is definitely not enough. You will have to retrieve your shots often. The arrows are made of three parts: the tip, the tube and the end. They are all plastic and can break. The tip has the chance of breaking if too much force is put on it when pulling the string. The tube, though made of relatively hard plastic, will break if you step on it. The end is soft and can easily bend or tear during rough play.
The bow cannot shoot straight and far with a damaged arrow. The only way to avoid damaging the arrow is to play with it gently. Additional arrows can be purchased in sets of three, normally for less than $10, and sometimes for less than $5 (during promotions on Amazon). Note that the refill pack will not have the Secret Message words on the ends of the arrows. The arrows may also come in colors different from the originals.
Some external feedback we have received on the product has been that the string on the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster broke after two to three months of playing with it. In order to prevent the string from accidently dragging out and injuring the user, the string covers are tightly locked with screws and strong glue. It is almost impossible to replace the string without breaking the plastic fasteners.
Performance tests on the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
The product advertises a firing range of up to 85 feet. We performed comprehensive tests on the range, accuracy, reload time and the rate of fire of the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster. According to the results shown in the following picture, the range is up to 102 feet at an approximately 30 degree angle. The average range is 66 to 70 feet with a flat shot, and 96 to 100 feet with an angled shot, which are awesome distances for such a product.
On the other hand, accuracy is an issue. Accuracy tests showed that an arrow has about a 45 percent chance of shooting straight and about a 55 percent chance of going left or right because it is interrupted by the body of the bow when firing.
Another downside is that because the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster is not equipped with a clip system, slam fire feature and tactical rail, the loading process takes longer, and the reload time and rate of fire will not be as good as other Nerf products.
How to Achieve Maximum Performance with the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
In the best case, the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster can shoot more than 102 feet with a clear whistle sound and a beautiful curve. To do that, your arrow end must be in line with the sign on the middle of the bow. Once it’s in line, use just two fingers to hold the string and the arrow, turn the bow upward to roughly 30 degrees and release the string gently with minimum interruption between the arrow and bow.
Also, your front arm and wrist should be as straight as possible. It is not very easy for younger kids, so it might take some time for them to learn how to do it.
Most frequently asked questions about the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster
Is the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster only suitable for older children?
The recommended age for the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster is eight years old and up. Since the string requires a bit of force to completely pull it back and hold it to aim, we don’t recommend this product to children under five. Five- to seven-year-olds should be able to reload it and pull the string, but it may be a bit of a struggle to aim it or reach the maximum distances. When measuring the cost versus the performance, we recommend the manufacturers suggestion of eight years old and up.
Is the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster safe to play with?
The product is relatively safe because it has several designs and measures built in to minimize the risk of injury. First, the bow has a moderate design that limits the draw strength, the velocity and the speed of the arrow being shot. Therefore, the power is fixed by design. Second, the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster uses soft tips, which will soften the impact and minimize the risk of injuries.
The only safety concern is the string. As stated earlier, the tension and string are similar to that of a real bow. If you pull it all the way back and release it, the powerful tension will cause projectiles to be launched with a lot of force, which could cause an injury.
Conclusion: Is the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster worth its price?
In my opinion, the product is worth purchasing at a price below $30. The Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster performed as advertised, with real bow action and long-distance shooting. It also comes with the “Secrets and Spies” features, is designed well and is safe. It’s a good choice as a substitute for a real archery set, and I am proud to recommend it.
- Real Bow Action
- Range was approximately 102 feet, more than advertised
- Color scheme is awesome and can draw attention from females
- Low-cost choice as a substitute for a real archery set
- Three Secret Agent features
- Whistle sound from the arrows when cutting through the air
- Only comes with three arrows
- The bow arm cannot be disassembled
- Nearly impossible to replace the string
- The arrows can bend and break easily
- Difficult for children under eight to coordinate