The Desolator is probably the blasters in Doomlands’ subtheme, Impact Zone. This subtheme includes a mainly white colour pallette, on the other hand with regular Doomlands’ generally yellow/orange colour pallette. The Desolator can often be when compared to cheaper and simpler Elite Stryfe, as both are compact semi-auto flywheelers. Being when compared to Stryfe is in no way a bad thing however, as the Stryfe is among the finest & most popular modern blasters. Being in comparison to an excellent blaster is a very important factor, living up to expectations is another. Does the Desolator surpass its expectations?
Everything incorporated with the Desolator.
Front of the box.
Back of the box.
Pretty standard open style box, nothing of particular interest here.
The Desolator Blaster
Right side of the Desolator.
Down the top.
Top tac rails and flip-up jam door.
Sling point on underneath of the handle.
Sling point below the muzzle.
Up close of the translucent panel on the proper side.
The Desolator is a lovely, compact blaster. It really is packed with all types of aesthetic details like texturing on the grips, faux screws and what appears like a fluid pipe system. With just how Nerf’s being reducing on aesthetic details (I’m looking at you Recon MkII), it’s always nice to visit a blaster intricately detailed out-of-box. As with other Doomlands blasters, the Desolator includes a translucent window using one side to show a number of the workings of the blaster. In cases like this it’s a window showing the magwell and the flywheel cage, though unlike with springers there’s hardly any to see here.
One minor complaint I really do have may be the inconsistency in width. The majority of the Desolator is fairly chunky, and unlike the Stryfe, is symmetrical generally. Behind the trigger however, it gets thinner, to the main point where the stock appears strangely thin and out of place. It’s in no way flimsy, but it is quite odd.
Up close of the foregrip, right side.
Left side of the foregrip.
Up close of the handle and trigger area.
Hand on handle.
Up close just behind the handle.
The foregrip is among the Desolator’s more distinct features. It’s a smooth, curved piece that’s well shaped and textured, and in my own judgment is among the finest looking & most comfortable foregrips, with one caveat. The motors in the flywheel cage protude out the left side, so necessitates a protruberance to safeguard the motors. The box protrusion cuts in to the foregrip, specifically the bottom-left cylinder. As a right-hander, this cylinder pokes straight into the palm of my left hand, which is quite irrating and just a little uncomfortable. Having said that, it’s definately not the most uncomfortable grip I’ve felt.
The Desolator’s handle runs on the unique ribbing design that Personally, i don’t like. I find the edges to become a little sharp and uncomfortable, certainly way more compared to the more traditional smooth N-Strike/Elite handles. Having said that, I’ve no issues holding the handle and actuating the key trigger, rev trigger or mag release. My biggest complaint is really with the ribbing pattern just behind the handle. This ribbing is irritatingly sharp, and sits directly on the gap between thumb and forefinger.
Looking at the stock.
Showing the thinness of the stock.
Battery tray in the stock.
The stock is another feature which makes the Desolator look so distinct. In actual use however, it includes a number of flaws. The foremost is its length, which is pretty short. Personally, i am ok with it, however could have much recommended if it were longer. This is simply not a concern with the Stryfe, which accepts various stocks, letting you select the best suited stock length. Additionally, the stock is quite thin, so when viewed from above it looks quite strange. This causes the butt of the stock being quite narrow and sharp, making the Desolator less comfortable to shoulder. Personally, i feel that the stock could have been far better if it were just a little longer and thicker.
The battery tray is inside stock, accessible from the proper side. It requires 4 AAs as usual.
Up close of the magwell.
Mag loaded in the magwell.
35 drum loaded in the magwell.
Looking inside magwell.
The Desolator’s magwell is pretty stylised and sharp, though functionally is no dissimilar to that of the Stryfe. Despite its design, it really is with the capacity of using any Nerf mag or drum, like the 35 drum pictured. Inserting and removing mags is normally smooth and easy, and the mag release is simple to actuate. The main one complaint I really do have pertains to a lock near the top of the magwell. This lock disables the flywheels and main trigger if no mag is loaded. While a good safety feature, additionally it is extremely stiff and makes inserting mags a bit harder. Naturally this lock is easily removed, making the mag removal and insertion completely smooth.
Desolator next to a Stryfe.
The Desolator is more like the Stryfe than just being truly a semi-auto flywheeler. As these images demonstrate, their overall layouts and dimensions are incredibly similar. Functionally speaking, both have no factor, the Desolator is actually simply a Stryfe with a set stock. The main one difference I will explain though may be the foregrips. The Stryfe includes a tac rail to accomodate foregrip attachments, as the Desolator includes a curved foregrip. Personally, i find the latter to be a lot more comfortable and better looking than some of Nerf’s foregrip attachments.