The Atomic Shield Popper from Hog Wild is an innovative blaster that capitalizes on Hog Wild's classic ball poppers and adds rapid fire, multi-ball action. To load, simply put the six balls into the tube. Then pull back on the tethered ball, let go, and let fly. A built-in shield also deflects incoming fire.
This is a great way to encourage lots of active, creative play and a new twist on a classic play pattern. The package says it shoots up to 40 feet, but we were lucky to get half that on repeated trials. However, distance isn't what this is all about. It's about sneak attacks and blasting and all the kinds of wild games you can create with your friends.
One of the things that's smart about this toy is that the balls can be picked up by putting the opening of the tube on top of them and pushing gently. This also means that if you're running around with the blaster, the balls aren't going to fall out.
The Shield Popper is for ages 4 and up.
While the box (and parents and us) warn against firing at someone's head, chances are some kids are going to play that way. While we always advocate being careful, the balls don't hurt when you get hit with them. They don't fire with that much force.
This is sold as a single unit, so you'll need to purchase a couple for blaster battles.
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