Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster Review

The Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster is a blaster that manifests in a bow and arrow form. It holds up to four Nerf darts at a time and is designed to provide considerable impact.

For a draw-and-shoot bow and arrow blaster, it is capable of firing over impressive distances.

It also comes with a ‘Message Dart’ and a decoder that can be employed to reveal secret messages written onto the dart.

Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)

It may not be something that would help a serious Nerfer out in a skirmish but is delightful in its novelty nonetheless.

This blaster features manual priming action, which although it makes for a large disadvantage in a Nerf War, is perfect for roleplaying purposes.

Overview of the Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow

Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)

The Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster measures at 2.36 x 25 x 11.73 inches in dimension.

It weighs in at about 1.65 pounds and is labeled as a blaster that is meant for those that are at least eight years of age, as younger users may find the bow difficult to draw.

It was released in Spring 2015 as part of Nerf’s Secret & Spies sub-series but has since been discontinued.  However, you can still get yourself a Rebelle Strongheart Bow in select second-hand websites and stores.

Included in the purchase of a Rebelle Strongheart Bow are three Collectible Darts, one Message Dart, and one Message Decoder.

The blaster uses a smart air restrictor system, allowing you to fire off all four of its darts without reloading.

Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)

The smart air restrictor system detects which barrels are loaded and which are empty, and will skip any unloaded barrels till it reaches the next available dart.

Nerfers have experimented with this system and realized that you can take advantage of the system to fire more than one dart at a time.

If you load the darts improperly into the barrels, the system will fail to detect any loaded darts and discharge air out of all its barrels at once.

The Rebelle Strongheart Bow is advertised to shoot up to 75 feet and comes in two different color schemes: purple and pink.

The purple bow features pink accents while the pink bow features light blue accents. Both feature highlights in black, gray, and orange.

Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)
  • Strongheart Bow blaster fires up to 4 darts without reloading
  • Real bow action
  • Fires darts up to 75 feet
  • Includes Message Dart and a decoder to reveal secret messages
  • Includes 3 collectible darts

The renown of the Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow

The Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow is not one that is renowned amongst more serious Nerfers.

Instead, it is often referred to as the perfect Nerf Blaster for young girls itching to get into the Nerf action and all its collectibles.

Its design is sleek and stylish, and its color schemes are bound to attract a certain degree of attention.

Its manual priming mechanism in terms of drawing and shooting also provides for great fun and unique experience.

Overall, the renown of the Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow is one birthed out of its promise of fun rather than performance.

Other areas where the Rebelle Strongheart Bow performs

As far as bow blasters go, the Rebelle Strongheart Bow performs exceedingly well in terms of range and rate of fire but ends up being rather mediocre when compared to more serious Nerf blasters available.
Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)

Although the blaster is more widely known for its greatness as a casual toy rather than for its prowess on the field, the Rebelle Strongheart Bow can fire over considerable distances, where the advertised range is up to 75 feet.

Its rate of fire is also rather decent, with four barrels and a mechanism that allows for surprisingly fast shooting.

Does it live up to its hype?

The Rebelle Strongheart Bow not only lives up to whatever little hype there is surrounding it but surpasses all such expectations.

The most commented-on feature of the Rebelle Strongheart Bow is its design and how it empowers children to let their imagination run wild and engage in immersive role-playing with the blaster in their hands.

It has also been reported to be the perfect bow blaster for the indoors, with firing power that is not too strong as to hurt or end up breaking fragile objects, but strong enough that the user gets a rush of adrenaline as the shot flies across the room.

Although the Rebelle Strongheart Bow rarely fires as well as it is advertised, it still managed to fire a decent thirty to forty feet, which is consistently divergent from its marketed rate as far as Nerf Blasters go.

However, one must note that although the Rebelle Strongheart Bow does exceed expectations, that there was not much hype about the item in question, to begin with. 

This makes it the most powerful bow in the Rebelle line.

With its color scheme, along with the underlying theme of Secrets and Spies, this nerf blaster is the perfect illustration that Nerfs are not only meant for boys and that girls can enjoy waving a blaster around and firing shots at her friends and family as well.

Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)

Thus, expectations should be managed carefully if you are considering the purchase of this item.

The flaws of the Rebelle Strongheart Bow

As for its flaws, the Rebelle Strongheart Bow has many in the eyes of any serious Nerfer. It becomes clear that the Rebelle Strongheart Bow is better positioned as a childhood toy than a collectible from the Nerf product line.

Reliability has also been a reported flaw of the Rebelle Strongheart Bow, where though the mechanism rarely jams, it at times fires its shots in a rather sloppy manner if the darts had not been properly inserted.

There has also been much unhappiness with regards to the included Message Dart and Message Decoder, with many reporting that both these items were flimsy and not very durable and did not provide for as much of a novelty as they were marketed to.

For its pull, the Rebelle Strongheart Bow features a rather small pull, and adults are likely to only be able to fit up to two fingers in it, making it rather awkward to hold and fire.

Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)
  • Strongheart Bow blaster fires up to 4 darts without reloading
  • Real bow action
  • Fires darts up to 75 feet
  • Includes Message Dart and a decoder to reveal secret messages
  • Includes 3 collectible darts

Verdict

And without further ado, our verdict on the Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster.

In terms of performance, the Rebelle Strongheart Bow is clearly one of the best bow blasters in the market.

Nerf Rebelle Strongheart Bow Blaster (Purple)

The four barrels is a much-enjoyed feature of the bow, and the power of the Rebelle Strongheart far exceeds its predecessors.

But with that being said, although the Rebelle Strongheart Bow remains lacking in capacity and practicality, it is great at serving its purpose, which is giving you a sleek blaster in the form of a bow and arrow, and a perfect prop for roleplaying purposes.


But when compared to trigger-type blasters, the Rebelle Strongheart Bow falls short in all the aforementioned areas, where four barrels are not considered to be effective, and the power of the blaster can be rated as lackluster.

In terms of accuracy, it does the best it can but fails to deliver. The bow mechanism behind Nerf blasters has yet to reach a level of reliable accuracy and the Rebelle Strongheart Bow is no exception.

The smart air restriction system that it employs is a very useful feature of the Rebelle Strongheart and allows for smooth firing with no interruptions that may impede immersive roleplaying.

For those seeking performance blasters, the Rebelle Strongheart Bow is an easy skip, as it is incapable of delivering high-performing metrics in the common aspects of range, impact, accuracy, and durability.