With summer now in full swing, let’s take a look at some of the best Nerf Fortnite toys to keep you active (outside, please).
The hot (hot!) summer weather is official here and it’s the perfect time for everyone to get active outdoors. Ever since I was a kid, there’s been one mainstay line of toys with me for each summer: Nerf toys.
They’ve changed looks over the years, but one thing about Nerf toys has remained the same: it’s still fun to lob plastic darts at people, and even more fun when they fire back.
I recently had the opportunity to trial the new line of Nerf Fortnite toys (re: I shot them at my significant other), so I want to offer my thoughts on each of them for your summertime consideration.
Nerf Fortnite Microshots
Nerf and Fortnite have partnered up to deliver three different Microshots weapons: the Llama, the TS and the RL. These single-shot weapons are compact by design, making for easy storage. With two elite darts bundled with each Microshots weapon, there’s less of a mess to clean up, too—for which I’m eternally grateful.
The most hilarious thing about the Micro Llama is that, to the unaware, it really doesn’t look like a dart gun. This allows you to sneak up on the unsuspecting, fire a shot and then hightail it out of there afterwards (my girlfriend has now banned me from using these in the kitchen…!)
Nerf Fortnite SP-L
The Nerf Fornite SP-L is designed to resemble the Fortnite blaster, and it’s a fairly faithful recreation. Beyond that, the SP-L is a high-performance toy that gets great range for Nerf darts, has a sturdy grip and comes with an easy-to-load spring-powered dart system. You can only load three darts at a time, so it’s best you bring some extra Nerf darts with you before beginning any long battles.
The SP-L also comes with a detachable barrel, which seems to be mostly for style points. Since the SP-L has a standard barrel attachment filter, you can also attach other Nerf barrel extensions to the blaster shoulder you see fit—although the Nerf Fortnite SP-L is a beast on its own. This is a great all-around Nerf pistol, with style and functionality at a great balance—unlike me, who tried to do a Matrix-Style dive with it. Don’t be like me.
Nerf Fortnite AR-L
This is it. The holy grail of Nerf Fortnite merchandise. The blaster-inspired, battery-powered Nerf Fortnite AR-L is most comparable to a Nerf Stryfe, with the caveat of some minor design changes and a purposeful resemblance to the assault rifle from Fortnite.
The weapon has an accelerator button below the trigger, and pressing this will rev up the motor so you can go full-auto and rain down darts upon your enemies (or people trying to peacefully watch TV). The toy features a 10-dart banana magazine, which makes reloading quick and easy to keep you in the fight. While the handgrip itself feels a bit small for a 27-year-old shooting Nerf darts at his significant other (oops!), overall it’s perfectly fine for its target demographic: Fortnite players like me!
A really neat piece to the AR-L is that it features a standard Nerf rail at the top, which means you can add on other Nerf attachments to the rail if you happen to own some. This means that the Fortnite-style weapon can take advantage of existing Nerf attachments, lending a nice degree of versatility to the tie-in item.
All-in-all, the AR-L Blaster is a nice Fortnite tie-in with comparable specifications to one of the best Nerf Elite Blasters (the Stryfe). If you’re looking for a high-performance Nerf toy that has a decent range, quick reloads, and a recognizable Fortnite shape, this is the one to pick.
Nerf Fornite HC-E
The hand cannon from Fortnite has arrived, but this time it deals out squirts of water instead of foam damage. It’s the smallest of the Fortnite supersoaker line, but that doesn’t mean the appropriately-named hand cannon feels compact in nature: this thing has size and an intimidating appearance. In short, it looks cool.
The HC-E holds 218.8mL of water in its frame, which means that you can get quite a lot of shots off before you need to reload. The water pressure of the squirts was pretty light, making it a great option if you want to play with Super Soakers without getting everything super wet.
I chose not to do that, and now I’m also banned from using it in the living room.
Nerf Fornite TS-R
For shotty fans there’s the Nerf Fortnite TS-R, a tactical shotgun uses water instead of shells ‘n’ slugs.
The massive shotgun stores a full litre of liquid, which means you’ll have enough water per reload to keep yourself in the fight for a good amount of time. And no, don’t replace the water with milk bags, you monster! Each refill nets you almost fifty pumps worth of shots, and each one packs some seriously good punch behind it! I was able to knock over a house plant, which explains why I’m locked outside and writing this from a local café.
Outside is definitely the best place for a Super Soaker of this calibre.
Nerf Fornite RL
I didn’t know what to expect when dealing with a literal bazooka, so the Fortnite RL was a real treat. It operates like the retro soakers of old: by plunging in the tip to a water source, you can extend the middle section of the Fortnite RL to fill it with water. This makes it completely lose its recognizable bazooka shape, but the net gain from this is you now have a short, strong burst of water ready to launch at somebody. Like real-life bazookas, this is a one-shot, one-opportunity kind of weapon, so you’ll need to find somewhere safe to reload between bursts.
I don’t know how soaked you can make a person with a burst from the Fortnite RL, because my girlfriend took one look at it and just said “Don’t”, and I’m not going to mess with that. Some things are stronger than bazookas, man.
With a solid selection of Nerf Fortnite dart blasters and Nerf Fortnite Super Soakers, this ambitious collaboration is one for the ages. The toys range in size from small and light to huge and powerful, so there’s plenty of versatility in this collection for Fortnite gamers.
At the end of the day, so long as you’re playing safe and having fun, it’s all good and that’s what summer is all about.