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I know the weather has been a bit iffy recently but getting the children playing outside as much as possible is something I’ve been attempting to do.  Of course you can’t always just stick them in a garden and expect them to entertain themselves.  A toy or two is always a good idea and keeps the fun lasting much longer.  It’s typical that when you get hold of the perfect outdoor toy the heavens open and pour continuously for days.

My children had a basic bow and arrow set a while back and loved it.  I thought it was about time we upgrade and so I introduce them to the X-SHOT Flying Bugs Blaster.  It made a great treat as they do a super job of doing homework and practising piano when mummy asks, at least some of the time.  The Bug Blaster available from Smyths is a bargain at just £19.99.

What’s In The Box?

Swarm Seeker (gun)

Motorised launcher

2 Flying Bugs

12 Darts

10 Dart Capacity Sliding Clip

How Does It Work?

It’s very easy to use.

Simply load up the sliding clip with darts and slide this into the swarm seeker.

Place a bug onto the motorised launcher (don’t forget to put 4 x AA batteries in it first).

Pull back the loading mechanism at the top of the gun to get the dart into place.

Press down the pedal on the launcher for a few seconds then lift your foot.

The bug will rise into the air and whizz away.

Quick shoot!!!

The rapid fire blaster shoots the darts super fast just make sure you aim carefully.

What Did Mummy Think?

I loved that you get a good amount for your money.  These seem to be a cheaper alternative to Nerf guns yet just as much fun. They are easy to get hold of.  I also saw a least one of the other guns from this company in my local Asda so I’d assume other supermarkets will stock them making them easily accessible.  I loved that even if we lost some of the darts I can get more from Argos.  We lost a few when playing with the swarm blaster so of course I wanted to see how much it would cost to get some more in.  Argos have 2 100 packs for £15 which is pretty reasonable.

The X-SHOT Flying Bugs Blaster is targeted at ages 8+ so perfect for my girls.  It’s a great way to not only get children outside but to also get them running around and getting some excise in a fun way.

What Did The Children Think ?

The children of course loved this and even though little man wasn’t able to use the gun himself he still got to get involved by collecting the bullets and flying bugs.  My eldest age 9 found this easier to use. My 8 year old daughter did struggle a little at the start to load the gun but it came with practise.


What Did The Cat Think?

Poppy the cat decided she wanted in on the fun.  She used to have a smaller toy with a ring that would go flying off similar to the flying bugs so when she saw those in action as well as the darts she was there like a shot.  She would hide and pounce when either would come into close proximity.  If the kids ever grew out of this – like that’s going to happen she has first priority!

See it in action:

Have you tried any of the X-shot toys before?


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35 thoughts on “X-SHOT Flying Bugs Blaster”

  1. Well, though I am not a mummy nor do I have kids but I love it and I would love to play with it too. Kids seem to have a great time with it.

  2. This is a great idea and gets children to practice and aim properly. I love the cat pic – must be wondering why is this not a bird?

  3. I know my 11 year old would absolutely love this. The thing is though, his almost 3 year old brother would too and he is a much better shot! 😀 Looks so much fun! 🙂

  4. Looks like a great inexpensive and fun option for a summer activity. My young grandson is still loving just blowing bubbles. lol

  5. This is the first time I have heard of X Shot toys. This definitely reminds me of nerf guns which my kids love. I like that this is cheaper than nerf guns. My kids would have a blast with this toy.

  6. This looks so incredibly cool, definitely something Jack would enjoy. I wouldn’t be surprised if I find this on his birthday or Christmas list!

  7. My daughter loves these kinds of blasters. She always has such a lot of fun with them. I will have to see if I can find them here. It looks like a lot of fun.

  8. That sounds like a really fun toy. My son would hound me for one if he saw it, but he’s only 4 so he’ll have to wait!

  9. This looks brilliant and I know three little people who would happily have a go at this! I think this might be worth adding the list Christmas list of ideas!

  10. Oh wow this looks like so much fun!! My eldest would love this, right up his street and it’s his Birthday this month so keeping this in mind

    Laura x

  11. I hadn’t seen this in the shops before but it looks fab! I think Oscar would love something like this for Christmas or his birthday 🙂

    Louise x

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