|Screenshot from Massacre 5|
Cue my rant. Follow the jump to read on.
There's a very real problem for me with this blaster though, to the point of disrespect. Being that my blog is Nerf and Laser Tag based, I'm usually a fan of seeing projects that blur that line. Instead, the Talos crosses a line that just makes looking at the blaster a very uncomfortable experience for me.
The main issue here is that an excellent laser tag blaster was sacrificed to make a Nerf Blaster. You might say "But Bazookafied, don't you gut Nerf Blasters to make Laser Tag Recasings?" When put that way, I seem very biased in my distaste for the Talos, so I took some serious thought as to why something like the LTX DMR is completely acceptable to me while the Talos makes me reach for a barf bucket.
I've always made it clear that I enjoy Laser Tag more outdoors because of the great ranges it gets and Nerf indoors because of their shorter ranges and the factor that ammunition and projectiles bring with them. When I do a recasing for a laser tag blaster, I generally do this so that the blaster can be aimed better. Laser Tag is a very precise and accurate game, so having something with a sturdy stock, tactical rails with sights and scopes on, and a means of holding your blaster steady for a well-placed shot is an important key. Nerf Blasters, especially recent stuff like the N-Strike gear, has proved to be an excellent candidate for building laser tag blasters into because of their features that lend themselves well to accuracy. For a blaster like the Laser Challenge Virtual Paintball pistol, it's odd-shaped design doesn't do the lens (that can hit targets up to 1100 feet) justice, so dropping it into a more accurate shell makes sense. The LTX DMR utilizes that lens and is a great platform for being accurate with it. The internals for the Stampede that was used for this project were not in good condition, so I gutted it and we use those internals as spare parts for other Stampedes that are still functional.
Almost every blaster that I gut is either already broken or has parts that could serve as replacement parts for other broken Nerf Blasters or modification projects. Nerf Blasters are also generally cheaper than Laser Tag blasters, so I'm not as heartbroken taking the guts out of a 20 dollar Recon to drop a 40 dollar Laser Tag blaster into. There's more to my concern with the Talos than just weighing in the cost though.
For those who don't know, the Talos is built off of a Tag Master Blaster. This is a legendary laser tag blaster that was part of Tiger Electronics' Laser Tag Team Ops line. It can achieve ranges of up to 800 feet with it's lens setup and can even fire a foam rocket that, upon impact, fires off shots in a 360 degree radius, making the TMB a blaster to be feared at nearly any range. It's also an increasingly rare and valuable blaster with an excellent system at it's core. A Sensor on top of the blaster houses several TSAL sensors that can register hits from any angle and, in general, the blaster is comfortable to use and performs great. You could say that the Tag Master Blaster is the Laser Tag equivalent a Crossbow for a Nerfer.
Which brings me to my main point of this rant. Turning the Tag Master Blaster into a Nerf Blaster, gutting it of it's components that made it an excellent laser tag blaster, is like turning a Nerf Crossbow into a dollar store disk shooter. The Talos has, in this sense, disrespected this wonderful blaster. Now then, I'm sure it's maker didn't realize this folley (or at least I hope he didn't), but ignorance is not always bliss. I hope I've explained why the Talos makes my stomach turn.
In conclusion, be careful what you mod out of respect to something you might not understand. If the Talos were built from ANYTHING else, I'd probably be a fan of it. Or had they kept the Laser Tag side of things functional, that would've been great too! If it still seems like I'm biased towards Laser Tag, it's probably because I still am. If I were given the choice to choose, it'd be a no brainer. I love the outdoors and I enjoy shooting at stuff without making a mess. Laser Tag fits both of those needs perfectly.