Originally, the Crossbolt was part of the handful of blasters featured on a larger image that was leaked in September of 2014. Most recently, the MEGA Cyclone Shock (as reviewed by our friends at SBNC), is out and about, so one-by-one, they are becoming a reality. However, there's a cloud of confusion currently around the Crossbolt. There's really only one photo of it out on the interwebs that simply shows a bullpup style magazine-fed blaster with a gray priming handle on top, a tactical rail on the bottom, and bow arms on either side. Personally, I think it looks awesome, but then I try to figure out how it works.
Crossfire Bow in the ZombieStrike lineup says that too... and it's not actually using the crossbow bits to fire. The only other bullpup-style blaster in the N-Strike or N-Strike Elite lineup currently is the Rayven, but this appears to be a manually-primed blaster. It also lacks any signs of being battery operated like the Rayven (no accelerator trigger for the flywheels or battery box) so that strengthens the idea that this is some kind of plunger-system blaster. Considering the space things are in, there's got to be an arm that sits above the magazine that moves the dart into position. Then there appears to be two jam doors on the top side of the Crossbolt. One is over the magazine well but the second seems to be over the middle portion... presumably where the mysterious internals are. The bow arms are in-line with the barrel too... which toys with the idea that it is, somehow, a functional use of "crossbow action". Suddenly, that idea of it actually utilizing the bow arms to sling a dart forward start to make sense. Does the priming handle simply move a faux string back and forth while plunger internals do all the work? Or could a string-based firing system actually shoot a dart to Elite ranges?
The other bit to the puzzle is availability. With no other photos of this blaster in existence at the moment, and with no sightings or leaked photos showing different angles, it's hard to believe that it is currently listed for sale on the UK site for Amazon. This 12-Dart blaster has supposedly been available since last week... but still no other photos or information exist. The plot thickens!
What say you, Nerf fans?