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Nerf Havok-Fire EBF25…This is not a repeat! This is another new FT Blaster.

Hello Everybody, you may recall a few posts back I mentioned that I had acquired a Blaster? A Nerf Havok-Fire EBF25 minigun style foam dart flinging toy? Well I said that I got it because I thought I could modify it and make a nice “Star Wars-y” cosplay prop out of it – the only problem was that it was in such perfect condition I didn’t want to deface or destroy it turning it into a prop. So I figured I’d set up an online shopping account with that big “secondary market” website and I would look to try and buy a second cheap Havok-Fire that wasn’t in such good condition. Aaand….yes well that plan worked out well. I found another Havok-Fire and made a bid for it and again WON! Here is my Stormtrooper door sentry accepting delivery of my latest package…

I think he was hoping the item I bought was a “second hand” to replace his missing one…sadly not. But this package supposedly had my second Havok-Fire in it so I was excited at least. I took my trusty Stanley knife/box cutter and opened the box up and wow was it well wrapped and packed…

Plenty of paper and bubble wrap on this blaster…I could only just make out it was a Nerf blaster! But it was and when I freed it from the packaging I discovered a problem….it too was in PRISTINE condition! Not only that but it was a slightly different version to my original blaster. I found that I couldn’t bring myself to mutilate this example either…I mean look at this…

Now some of you may be thinking…”Hang on this is the same blaster you showed me three weeks ago Tyeth!” but I promise you it isn’t. If you look closely at the barrel you can see that it is slightly shorter -more snub nosed than the original blaster I got and the legs of the tripod are plain grey and not accented in yellow. Here are two pics to show the differences…

Hopefully you can see in the picture with my saber in, that the barrel is a bit longer and the tripod has yellow “socks” on the tripod legs. Otherwise the two are exactly the same and both work perfectly in single shot spring powered mode and the battery powered mode. The two blasters had no corrosion in the battery compartment or any sign of real wear and tear. I just can’t modify these, And I know you still think that the two blasters are one and the same….OK here’s a another pic

New on the left, my first on the right!

I think they just look too awesome together and I definitely wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a barrage of darts from these! And in true Star Wars style there’s only one thing I can say about this…

Copyright Disney/Lucasfilm via YouTube.

I really hoped that this second blaster would have had issues so that I wouldn’t have felt bad modding it but as I say and you can see it is perfect and the really ironic thing about this blaster? I said that I never saw Nerf stuff available to buy in my town….well this second blaster was from a seller that lived in the same town as me, I could probably have walked to collect it rather than have it couriered to me!

So I still haven’t converted any Nerf blasters into props yet but my collection is getting bigger….as is my “problem”….I also saw these available at a local “Bargain Superstore” at a great price and I kinda turned to the “Dart Side of the Force” and bought them too….

These are some really cool “Ball Blasters” that fire soft spongy red ammo balls – at a speed of around 100 feet per second (almost as fast as 12 Parsecs!) They are made by the second big company that make foam blaster toys – Zuru X-Shot. These are also a lot of fun to target practise with and I’ll post a review of them in an upcoming post. I really have caught the “Foam Flinging Bug”.

That just about wraps this post up, thanks so much for checking it out, I seem to be veering away from lightsabers so next week I will be returning with some more unseen saber designs from my Vault – I hope you will return to check those out (oh and I still have around 6 or 7 Katana style hilts too to show off). Whether you are a first time visitor or a regular caller to FTSabersite I appreciate all the support. Please leave the usual likes, comments and even subscribe if you like what you see here – it keeps motivating me to carry on designing and posting. Till next time….

This was a For Tyeth Foam Flinging episode and all images were taken by For Tyeth/FTSabersite and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. The video clip from “The Phantom Menace” is via YouTube and is Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

Nerf Havok-Fire EBF 25: For Tyeth’s Foam Flinging Machine

Hello Everybody and welcome. Today I have something completely different than I normally post and in this one I will be showing you my “fully operational battle blaster” the Nerf Havok-Fire EBF 25 foam dart firing minigun. Now Obi-Wan Kenobi famously disliked blasters and was quoted as saying, “Blasters….(ugh) So uncivilised!” as he used one to finish off General Grievous in the film Revenge of the Sith. But….I recently got into Nerfing and foam dart shooting and it’s great fun. I have always enjoyed doing target practise and as a youngling had an ancient “weapon” called a Bow and Arrow that I used to fire at tin cans and targets hung on trees, then I got projectile firing toys and eventually progressed to firing an air powered gun now and then. And I got pretty good. But as I got older and moved to a high rise tower block I didn’t have anywhere to practise. But now I have gotten into foam dart flinging fun!

Last year I did obtain some Nerf blasters that I intended to modify and turn into Cosplay props but I haven’t gotten round to doing any modifications as I couldn’t get spray paints and supplies etc due to lockdowns….unfortunately in that time I have sort of gotten attached to how the blasters look as they are and kinda want to collect them normally. So back to today I want give you all a full look at my latest acquisition the Nerf Havok-Fire EBF 25. This was a gift from Mrs Tyeth, who found it in a Salvation Army Charity shop (aka a Thrift Store in the US) in the village where her mother lives. Mrs T thought it was complete but it did have it’s ammunition box missing (fortunately I found a reasonably priced replacement one online). It was otherwise in immaculate condition and awesome. SO enough talk here are a few pictures…

This thing is a BEAST of a blaster, based on a chain/belt fed heavy machine gun. The foam darts are stored and loaded via a flexible chain link belt that has 25 cylinders which each hold a dart (hence the abbreviation EBF 25 – which stands for Electronic Belt Feed 25). And once loaded and blaster primed it is FULLY AUTOMATIC. It keeps firing and reloading for as long as you pull the trigger and have ammunition to fire. Here are a few close up pictures and images of the blaster and it’s ammo box…

In the first pics you can see the handgrip section with the trigger and if you look above where the trigger is you will see what looks like a switch – well this is the fire mode selector. In the OFF position the blaster is idle but you can load a dart one at a time by pulling back on a lever bolt then pull the trigger to fire one dart – then repeat the process. This mode doesn’t require batteries (it takes a whopping SIX D-Cell size batteries which weigh a ton)….BUT flick the mode switch and it will….hang on I have something to show you later! The last pictures show the ammunition box and ammo belt that clips onto the side of the blaster, and there are two orange handles (the cone shaped bits) that are the loading/cocking levers. OKAY….OKAY….Enough talk….what happens if you load this blaster with 25 darts, pull the lever back, aim and fire?….THIS IS A FIRING TEST!>>>

That my friends was the Havok-Fire shooting 25 foam darts in 9 secs or at a rate of 3 darts a second! It is an amazing bit of fun and bear in mind this blaster was produced and released in 2008 so it is 14 years old and still functioning! Some Havok-Fire owners modify their blasters by installing more powerful batteries so it fires even faster and connect 2,3,4 and even more ammo belts together to feed more darts. If you were to face this in a Nerf Foam War it would be intimidating! As you can tell I kinda love this blaster, and you can even take the tripod off and attach a sling belt so you can carry the blaster just like Rambo or Dutch in Predator…and spray your opponents with foam darts!

FOR TYETH FUN FACT: NERF is an acronym which stands for Non Expandable Recreational Foam which describes the material that the blaster’s darts are made from! Nerf and Nerfing later became the terms used to identify the hobby as a whole and not just to describe Hasbro Toys products.

So basically I have been bitten by the Nerf Bug (well I suppose it’s better than catching COVID). I still plan on modifying some of the blasters I have because now lockdown restrictions in the UK have been relaxed I can get out and obtain the parts/supplies I need. This particular blaster though I am keeping original…though if I can find another one cheap on Ebay then I might be tempted to give it a “Sci-Fi look” makeover. You will have noticed that just in front of the blaster I had a lightsaber on display too….just so you don’t think I have been turned to the Nerf Side of the Force ok! That lightsaber will feature in a post here very soon as it is extremely precious to me.

That I think just about wraps this post up I have run out of darts of information to share with you about it. I hope you enjoyed the slight change of pace and subject matter, but I wanted to show lightsabers and blasters can exist and live together nicely…Thanks so much for checking this post out and for all of your support. New viewers or regular visitors you are all appreciated. Please call back for more saber designs, Lego creations and now Foam Flinging Frolics in future!….Till next time…..

Blaster and lightsaber happily co-existing!

“Nerf Havok-Fire EBF 25: For Tyeth’s Foam Flinging machine” is a For Tyeth/FTSabersite article and all images/video were created by For Tyeth/FTSabersite and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. “NERF” and “Havok-Fire EBF 25” are Trademarks of HASBRO Toys.

“The X-Saviour” Saber – A K26 Saber for Captain Xavier

Hello Everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of For Tyeth Editions where I take an idea for a lightsaber and see if I can build it and if not, I discover what I can build. This isn’t quite my usual intro but a slight parody of the intro to a series of videos I have watched on YouTube since getting interested in NERF blasters. The YouTuber and NERF fanatic is named Captain Xavier and he is both informative and very funny and he has a series of videos where he takes various foam dart blasters and dismantles them to see if they can be “upgraded” with more powerful springs. The springs that come in dart blasters can sometimes be inefficient and so the NERF community discovered a variant of spring called K26. This replacement spring gives varying results and sometimes the spring won’t fit inside the blaster being tested/upgraded but Captain Xavier tries anyway and makes it fun to watch. You can check out the Captain’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/CaptainXavier

Or check his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/CaptainXavier

Captain Xavier also posted a video showing his NERF battle shield and a melee sword but…it had an Obi-Wan Kenobi handle! He’d converted a Hasbro lightsaber, sooo I thought what if I designed a saber for him and fitted a K26 spring? How would it look?….Maybe a bit like this….

Captain Xavier is well known at NERF wars and get togethers for his black and orange colour scheme so it seemed fitting to replicate that on this saber. Also as his current melee sword is a Thin Neck Kenobi style hilt I came up with a similar configuration. Now I had come up with a saber and in the pics above you can see a length of coiled spring – in fact a piece of K26 (which some don’t know refers to Kyber 26 😎) but where could I use the spring on a saber? Well, if you have sharp eyesight you might just have seen part of a spring on the thin neck between the handgrip and the emitter! I think the Captain would be pleased I incorporated K26 but I can do better as this hilt has a few “surprises”….here is an inside view of the saber and it’s workings….

Upon removing the upper handgrip shroud you discover the K26 spring extends through the hilt and helps contain the power of the blinding white blade! The Kyber spring helps focus the energy of the blade by coiling round it like a snake forming a containment cage. But it gets better still as, when you unscrew and slide the lower hand grip and pommel downward, a crystal chamber is revealed – pretty neat. I think this is an impressive saber, but I know the Captain likes to have a pair of whichever weapon he is using (he has two NERF Stryfe blasters like me!) so I made a second matching hilt. In this final batch of pictures you’ll see a few detailed close ups and I know if I ever got to build this people would try stealing it so to personalise it I added a Captain Xavier logo to the pommel…fully 3D modelled! Here’s the last gallery…

The first picture shows the hilt in both open and closed configuration, whilst picture two reveals the crystal chamber arrangement with the two tone metallic finish – you can also see the cut-out windows that allow the crystal to shine out when the hilt is closed. Then finally, the last two images show off an ever so slightly simplified Captain Xavier logo attached to the pommel cap. And this logo is again a fully formed 3D part. The pommels should clearly identify who these were designed for if the colours don’t.

That just about wraps up this edition of For Tyeth Editions and for those of you keeping score….this saber can indeed take a K(yber) 26 spring! I hope everyone enjoyed this design and I really hope the Captain likes it – I am just sorry it isn’t a viable creation that I could build. I am grateful to him for imparting his knowledge in a fun entertaining way and I’ll finish here by adding his social media links again so you can all check out his work: The Captain Xavier YouTube channel can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/c/CaptainXavier whilst his Facebook page is located here: www.facebook.com/CaptainXavier

Thanks to everyone for your visit today and the continued support I receive for the site, you are all very much appreciated. Please comment, like and subscribe if you like what I do here and spread the word about FTSabersite. I have a whole “Batch” of new saber designs straight out of Blender this week for my upcoming posts so I hope you return to check those out too. Till next time…..

“The X-Saviour” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design, designed, modelled and rendered in Blender 3D by For Tyeth. The design and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. All other Trademarks and Copyrighted names, logos and related material belong to their respective owners.