The NERF Rebelle Wingspeed Bow, designed especially for girls (although the blue, black and white colourway makes it less obviously gender-specific than some of the other overly pink/purple products in the range), will enable your tween and teen would-be Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen (renowned for her archery prowess), to enjoy competitive outdoor play in a whole new way.
Aimed at girls aged 8+, the Wingspeedpromises to channel their ‘inner woman warrior’. It’s lightweight, with a relatively sturdy carrying cross bar to experience ‘bow action’. With an arrow launch of up to 24 metres (although it’s debatable as to whether this range is achievable for younger girls, but more likely used by older teens), it’s ideal for getting girls outdoors and running wild.
The promotional ‘blurb’ suggests that the Wingspeed Bow will reveal “the beauty of strength and power”. However, our DD found it incredibly difficult to draw the bow, as the elastic was too taut to pull back with enough vigour to shoot the arrows more than a few metres, making tactical ambush activities more of an aspiration than actionable reality particularly for younger girls. This may well be purposeful on the part of the manufacturer, to prevent unfortunate accidents (it is also noticeable that the arrow ‘bulbs’ contain a hole to reduce their aero-dynamic properties), yet it markedly and disappointedly would reduce the thrill of the ‘hunt’, with older and/or stronger girls more likely to get more arrow strikes and emerge victorious.
With neatly folding arms (that open as impressively spanned 'wings' giving the Nerf Rebelle Wingspeed Bow a bird of prey appearance when extended), in repose it is compact and sleek, light and easy to carry, akin to a futuristic weapon cum small shield.
It's a great alternative to the ‘glitz and glamour’ of pink and purple popstar/princess themed products that dominate the tween market and many girls’ psyches. Encouraging older girls outdoors to run wild and free, promoting 'pack play' into the bargain, what’s not to like about the Wingspeed?
However we're not sure it would hold sustained appeal - it's the type of product that would be great to buy for an event (such as a birthday party, a sleepover that involved more than just 'staying over' or as a holiday activity. It certainly has the novelty factor!