Nerf’s upcoming Rebelle series is the first ever blaster series aimed at girls. Consisting of four blasters and a collection of accessories, it is a rather small line in comparison to its contemporaries but nonetheless a great risk for Nerf. Its success or failure could very well determine the future of girl-oriented Nerf guns for years to come.
The Pink Crush is at the lower end of the series, with a projected retail price of about ten dollars. It comes equipped with a tactical rail – a slot on the top of the blaster which allows various accessories to be attached – and several collectible darts. There is room to carry four spare darts tucked behind the crossbow-shaped guard around the barrel along with the one in the chamber.
The aesthetics of the Pink Crush are designed to resemble a miniaturized crossbow, complete with a pink shield in the shape of a bow mounted to the front of the blaster. Functionally, it is identical to other pistol-type blasters like the Firestrike and Nite Finder EX-3, using a direct plunger to create the air pressure needed to fire its darts. The direct plunger system involves a handle in the back of the blaster that, when pulled back, fills a sealed tube with air. When the trigger is pulled, the plunger snaps forward and forces the stored air out through the barrel of the blaster.[easyazon_block add_to_cart=”default” align=”right” asin=”B00CS0F0IM” cloaking=”default” layout=”left” localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”126p86-20″]
The Pink Crush is advertised to fire up to seventy five feet, meaning it can easily match or exceed other comparable blasters. Darts are loaded manually into the barrel, giving it a rate of fire of one dart every two seconds – equal to other direct plunger blasters, but about half the speed of a blaster like the popular Maverick REV-6. That is not to say that anyone equipped with a Pink Crush will be at a disadvantage, for the slower rate of fire is made up for in a massive range advantage of between forty and forty five feet!
No longer will girls have to sit out of Nerf wars. With the Pink Crush and other Rebelle blasters, they’ll have all the equipment they need to defeat the boys on the block.