After hitting a couple of Walmart stores, I finally found the Elite Spectre REV-5 in stock. The Spectre is a Walmart Exclusive, so don’t expect to happen across it anywhere else. I picked it up for $19.97 not counting tax, so it just sneaks into this category.
As a note, the first one I got was a lemon. I returned it and the ranges listed are from the second blaster, but I felt that it needed to be mentioned that Hasbro’s quality control was not as tight as I would have liked on this product.
The Spectre comes in a nice sturdy box. The box and packaging inside can be opened with a knife or scissors with minimal effort. In the box you should find the Elite Spectre REV-5, the Barrel attachment, the Folding Stock attachment, instruction booklet, and five Elite darts. More darts is always better, but taking into consideration return fire. Five darts should be enough for a minor skirmish or two. After that you may have to buy more due to dart wear and loss.
The barrel extension gives the blaster a more aggressive look when attached, but will limit the ranges to your darts slightly. I believe it is supposed to look like a silencer/flash supressor, with its cylindrical shape and small vent hole pattern. I’m also given that impression considering the box mentions that it’s supposed to be a “Stealth Blaster” for some reason. It could also be a “Stealth Blaster” due to the folding stock. I know that I am not the only person to dislike the flimsy feel to the stock and I’m pretty sure that other people dislike the awkward locking mechanism that was designed into the stock as well. Despite these flaws, I still kind of like this stock. I would never use it for heavy combat in the least, but for casual battles and for purely aesthetic reasons, I’m definitely glad I have it now.
The blaster holds five darts in its rotating cylinder, putting it at a slight disadvantage when compared to the StrongArm (or even the Maverick) in terms of payload. To prime your blaster, just pull back on the priming slider on the top of the blaster until it clicks and you are good to go. Priming the blaster advances the cylinder. The trigger requires about as much pressure as you would expect.
As a rifle, its concealability is a trenchcoat. As a pistol, the concealability is just a coat. Even as a pistol, it is slightly bigger than the StrongArm and noticeably larger than the HammerStrike and Sweet Revenge revolvers. So, if you’re just looking for a good revolver, this is not necessarily your best choice.
I really liked the color layout of the old N-Strike version, but the color palette of the new Elite version. Don’t get me wrong, from a graphic design point of view the new layout totally makes sense to me. It matches the layout of all the other Elite blasters. I just don’t like it very much when it’s on the Spectre specifically.
This is an elite blaster and produces standard Elite ranges. So, in closing, I have the following stats:
- MSRP: $19.97
- Concealability: Trenchcoat (with accessories) or Jacket (without accessories)
- Payload: 5 darts
- Elite dart effective range (with barrel extension): 5 cubicles with a max range of 6 cubicles
- Elite dart effective range (w/out barrel extension): 6 cubicles with a max range of 7 cubicles
- Streamline dart effective range: This blaster will not fire streamline darts.
- Whistler dart effective range (with barrel extension): 4 cubicles
- Whistler dart effective range (w/out barrel extension): 4 cubicles
- Suction dart effective range: Untested, equal to Whistler dart ranges.
Blasters are fired at shoulder height and perpendicular to the ground (not angled to increase range). “Cubicles” are measured in 8 ft increments and rounded down after dart drop is factored in. I did this to emulate office combat conditions. Your height, angle of blaster, quality of darts, among other variables with change ranges significantly.
Check out what other bloggers have to say about the Elite Spectre REV-5
Here are some reviews about the original N-Strike Spectre REV-5
- Review from – Foam From Above
- Review from – Nerf Mods & Reviews
- Review from – Outback Nerf
- Review from – SG Nerf
- Review from – Street Tag Warfare