Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster

Last updated date: April 9, 2020

DWYM Score
7.5

Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 65 expert reviews, the Nerf Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster placed 15th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Toy Blaster For Kids for a detailed review of all the top toy blasters for kids.

Expert Summarized Score
7.3
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.1
161 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Exciting high-impact shooting. No need for batteries thanks to spring action. Blasts two rounds with one shot.
- BestReviews
Fires 2 Rounds Per Shot. 2 Round Shotgun Spread. Pump Action
- Nerf Gun Headquarters
The Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 is a tremendous upgrade from Apollo XV-700 which was the first and previous spring-action blaster in the Rival series. If you’re looking for a powerful shotgun blaster that operates without batteries and has uber-cool looks then the latest Nerf Rival Atlas is the best option available for you in 2016.
- Nerf Authority
24 High Impact Rounds. Awesome Design. Fires 2 Rounds At A Time. Easy To Reload
- Nerf Gun RUs
What experts didn't like
Limited fire power and durability compared to some others, and jams are common.
- BestReviews
Lower Range. Lower Muzzle Velocity
- Nerf Gun Headquarters
Well, the cons for this nerd shotgun is pretty clear. Low capacity! For a given magazine only six shots can be fired in all. But this is to be accepted as that is the case of most shotgun models, toy or original. Also Nerf has provided an additional magazine to make up for this. There are also very limited customization options with only a single tactical rail on the top of the barrel. There are no barrel extension slots either.
- Nerf Authority
Ammo Supply. Bulky
- Nerf Gun RUs

From The Manufacturer

Experience intense head-to-head competition with the ultimate power of the Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 blaster! Choose a blaster color and go into battle as the Red Team or the Blue Team. Deliver a double shot with the Atlas XVI-1200 blaster that fires 2 rounds at a time. The blaster has a spring-action cocking mechanism and fires at a velocity up to 80 fps (24 mps). It comes with 24 rounds and an easy-load, 12-round magazine. Experience the intensity of Nerf Rival with the Atlas XVI-1200 blaster! Nerf and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro.

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An Overview On Toy Blasters For Kids

No matter what generation you belong to, chances are you’re familiar with toy foam blasters.  Today’s blaster products combine the safe materials that made them popular in their early years with the latest innovations to make them powerful and fun.

Toy blasters shoot balls or darts at targets that are designed to strike humans without hurting. They’re especially popular with older children, although many versions are safe for children ages 8 and up. Since the projectiles they shoot are soft in nature, they’re generally acceptable for indoor or outdoor use.

If you’re buying a Nerf gun for a young person in your life, pay close attention to shooting power. That’s the element of the gun that will be considered the most “fun.” However, if you’re concerned about safety and indoor use, you may not necessarily go for the most powerful, especially if you have younger children. The Elite line of Nerf blasters is considered impressive, with shooting power of approximately 70 feet per second, although the heavy-duty NERF Ultra One Motorized Blaster can shoot at up to 100 feet per second.

Perhaps more important than shooting power is recovery. Some blasters can shoot rounds in rapid succession, while others have recovery time between each shot. You’ll also find that some blasters need to be reloaded after a few shots, while others will hold 25 or 100 rounds. That means more uninterrupted shooting time, which equals more fun for everyone.

Lastly, decide what projectiles you want to shoot. Some blasters shoot balls, while still others shoot darts. The option you choose will probably be a matter of preference, but you may find your own children prefer one over the other. You should also look into the number of rounds that come with the blaster you choose, as well as the purchase price for replacements since some of those rounds are bound to get lost during the course of gameplay.

DWYM Fun Fact

If you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, you may be interested to know that toy blasters have been designed to tackle post-apocalyptic challenges. The more advanced models for those ages 14 and older have the power to take on the types of foes seen in books like “Hunger Games” and TV series like “The Walking Dead.” While it’s doubtful you’ll be facing off against a zombie any time in the future, it’s comforting to know the toys in your house may just protect your family if things do someday fall apart. In addition to blasters, Nerf has also launched a line of crossbows, including one marketed toward fighting zombies.

The Toy Blaster For Kids Buying Guide

  • No matter the age, toy blaster owners want to know their blaster has power. The NERF Ultra One Motorized Blaster can shoot rounds at speeds of up to 125 feet per second. The average for the Elite line of Nerf blasters is only about 70 feet per second.
  • Distance is important, as well. The BOOMco. Twisted Spinner Blaster can shoot as far as 70 feet, although it does best within 50-feet ranges. The POKONBOY Blaster Soft Foam Toy Gun, 2-Pack can only shoot up to 40 feet.
  • One thing to consider with the NERF Ultra One Motorized Blaster and the BOOMco. Twisted Spinner Blaster is that they can fire all loaded rounds in rapid succession.
  • If rapid-fire shooting is important to you, though, you may find some models bothersome. You’ll notice a slight delay after you pull the trigger before something happens.
  • Extended playtime can make an uncomfortable grip unbearable. Look for a toy blaster with a comfortable grip that will make it easy to play longer.
  • It’s important to note that blasters are better for older players, with a recommended age of 14 and up. The NERF Ultra One Motorized Blaster, however, is rated for ages 8 and up.
  • Stopping to reload can hold you back while you’re in the heat of battle. The NERF Ultra One Motorized Blaster holds up to 25 rounds, which will keep you going for quite a while between reloads. The BOOMco. Twisted Spinner Blaster only has the ability to hold 8 darts. Others hold even less and must be reloaded frequently.
  • Price is a big differentiator when it comes to toy blasters. No matter which one you choose, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget.