It comes packaged with eight X-Series Darts.
The Rotator is a revolver-style blaster that holds up to eight darts at a time. Its cylinder is rotated clockwise on trigger pull, making a loud clicking noise upon pulling back the trigger all the way due to the release of the hammer. The priming rod extends down through the handle of the blaster, similar to a Nerf Triple Torch, Jolt EX-1, or Triad EX-3. A slot to load darts is seen on the left side of the cylinder. The cylinder itself is too short to be compatible with Nerf brand darts, making cross-compatibility somewhat difficult. Shortening Nerf darts using some sort of cutting device will allow them to become compatible, but this method is not recommended.
A guard is seen over the hammer on the blaster, which can still be pressed down by placing one's finger on the side of the guard. The hammer activates when the blaster is fired, but serves no functional purpose and is purely for aesthetics.
When pulling the trigger back, the blaster fires before the cylinder rotates when pulling the trigger very slowly. This could increase the chance of dry-firing, so it is recommended to pull the trigger at a rather quick pace.
The Rotator X-8 has been released with the following color schemes:
- Light orange, teal, and orange
- Orange, black, and yellow
- Huntsman (tan, gray, and red)
- Clear-X (clear plastic, lime green, and orange)
- Air Zone Rotator X-8 Revolver (white, black, yellow, and orange)
The Rotator X-8 is notable in that it has some modification potential and quick and effective air restrictor removal results. When the rather large air restrictors are successfully removed, the performance increases to at least a thirty foot minimum, meeting range claims on the blaster's packaging.
- The shell of the Rotator X-8 makes it an incredibly popular choice for painting and steampunk designs; as a result, it is in relatively high demand for dart blasters for that reason alone in steampunk and cosplay communities.
- A French brand called Mondo released a knock-off of the blaster titled the A-Force X-Rotator. This variant is commonly confused for the actual product, however the difference is that the Rotator X-8 has not been released in the red color scheme seen with the X-Rotator. As well, just as the Air Zone line is exclusive to Toys "R" Us, it is possible that Mondo have some sort of French license to market the Rotator X-8 under their own brand.
|The full image gallery for Rotator X-8 may be viewed at Rotator X-8/Gallery.|
- ↑ jerm781 (2011-06-02). Lanard Rotator X-8 (Video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2016-03-14.
- ↑ therealnerfJoker (2015-10-09). [REVIEW] Total Air X-Stream Rotator X-8 Revolver Unboxing, Review, & Firing Test (Video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2016-03-14.
- ↑ therealnerfJoker (2013-03-04). Rotator X-8...sucks before mod...ha (Video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2016-03-14.
- ↑ Mondo - 18407 - Jeu de Plein Air - A-Force X-Rotator. Amazon. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31.
|Total X-Stream Air blasters|
|2003||Blast Bazooka • First Shot|
|2004||Fire Shot • Triple Shot|
|2011||Ballistic Shooter • J.A.M. Blaster • Rotator X-8|
|2013||Ballistic Shooter X-8|
|Unknown||Ball Blaster • Big Salvo • Blast Bow • Clip Shot • Cosmic Thruster • Cranking Cannon • Disc Blaster • Double Barrel • Hand Cannon • Max Shot • Quick Shot • Pop Dart • Pop Shot • Rapid Fire Rev Shot • Ring Accelerator • Shell Shock X-6 • Shot Gun • Slam Shot Rocket • Slingshot • Sonic Bazooka • Speed Loader • Stealth Shot • Twin-Barrel • Zip Shot|
|Auto Scout • Boomstick • Commando 12 • Huntsman 50 • The Judge • Pillager X12 • Swiftstrike Crossbow • Tracker Longbow|