The new Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVII-20K Blaster is not a nerf gun that you want to be standing in front of. Sure, it only fires Nerf’s yellow Rival rounds, but it fires them at up to 70 miles per hour (102 feet per second). Even if they are only foam balls about the size of a bouncy ball, they’re still going to sting at that speed.
The Prometheus might be compared to the real world mini gun. With a 200 round hopper, the Prometheus can fire eight rounds per second, meaning you’ll empty out all 200 rounds in right around 30 seconds. The unit works off of a rechargeable NiMh battery. Available at most major toy retailers as well as Hasbro’s online toy shop, the Prometheus will run you around $200.
Nerf’s introduction of the Rival round as a departure from its original foam darts might seem like an attempt to appeal to the older paintball or airsoft demographic. If it is such an attempt, it’s a wise move on their part. Expanding their market will only help the bottom line, and bringing out products like the Prometheus will appeal to the more mature player. And let’s face it, with such a hefty price tag, you’re going to have to appeal to that group. Fortunately, the Prometheus looks like a lot of fun, whether you’re overwhelming opponents with your superior fire power, or just plinking away at targets.