Is the Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 Worth the Hype? A Review

When we thought the Rival line was out of the game, they gave us the Curve Shot Sub-series. The Curve Shot Series are 3 different blasters, the Sideswipe, the Flex, and the Helix.

While the first two did moderately well as blasters and were great for trick shots, the Helix was a Target exclusive and was marketed by the sellers as the best of the three blasters. It lets you hit targets that would typically be out of range, and the rotating muzzle means you fire rounds in a curve to the left, right, or straight ahead.

This review will take you through some of the features that make these blasters so great, and we will tell you if it is worth your money or just another fad.

What Is The Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000?

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In 2021, the Nerf Rival Helix XXI-2000 was released as part of the Curv Shot Sub-series of Rival blasters. Blasters in the Curve Shot series can fire curved shots literally. This is due to the twist-around muzzle they are loaded with.

This feature, in addition to the blaster’s range, allows you to hit targets you would not be able to reach with other blasters.

The Curve Shot Helix’s internal hopper is meant to hold 20 rival balls, but it can easily fit in 30. It has two sling points located at the top of the barrel and the bottom of the grip. The hopper is easy to load, and the comfortable pump grip means priming your blaster is more fun than you can imagine.

Features Of The Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000

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Rival Blasters are powerful blasters, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the Helix XXI-2000 is a force to reckon with. Here are some of the powerful features that make the Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 such a powerful blaster:

The Curve Shot

This feature is a bit controversial as not everyone likes or knows how to use a blaster with a curve shot. But the Curve Shot effect is undisputedly the best feature of this blaster. If you know how to use it or are willing to spare time to get comfortable, the Curve Shot feature is a fun and effective addition to this blaster.

The curve shots are achieved using rotating barrels. If you rotate the barrels to the left, your balls will curve to the left. Rotate it to the right, and your round will curve to the left.

However, the curve shot is just for fun. It does not offer any advantage in a nerf fight; in some cases, it might not be useful.

For users who are not comfortable using the curve Shot feature, you can leave the blaster in the default position, and it will fire straight like every other blaster.

The Firing Capacity

The hopper of the Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 officially holds up to 20 rounds. This is a lot considering that it is a single-fire, manual, pump-action blaster. Unofficially, the hopper can carry up to 30 rounds, which is impressive, especially compared to other blasters with similar features.

The hopper has two channels, and you can load through the blaster’s top. And to ensure you are not caught off-guard by your round finishing mid-game, the blaster comes with a set of holes on the side so you can see how many rounds you have left.

The firing capacity of the Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 puts you on par with shooters using some of the Rval classics like Rival Artemis.

The Grips

The Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 has a main and priming grip. The main grip offers great functionality. It is large and has a sharp pull. The feel is also comfortable, so even after hours of playing, you still find pulling the trigger easy.

The priming grip is also large. It is textured and designed to make priming easy. However, we found that the priming mechanism is a bit heavy. This notwithstanding, the priming grip is easy to use even after long gameplay.

A Jam Door

The blaster comes with a jam door. This can be found at the top of the blaster. The blaster’s hopper design and the manual priming mechanism mean it is more prone to jams.

To avoid this, keep the blaster level while priming so that the rounds are properly placed in the firing position.

If a jam happens, all you need to do is rotate the wheel backward, and your blaster should be back to normal.


The Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 offers a very smooth performance. It does not come with the slam-fire feature, which puts users at a disadvantage. However, the single-fire feature is smooth and quick. And if your arm is strong enough, you can fire a round every second.

Internal Features

Inside the blaster, you will find some interesting features. It has all the necessary parts, including a direct prime, a safety indicator, a priming indicator, and the loading wheel.


Rival blasters are pricey because of how well they perform. Their large firing capacity is an added advantage. 

However, Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 is affordable, especially in comparison with other Blasters. However, it still offers the same great features that Rival blasters are known for.

The blaster comes with a few let-downs, but overall it offers great value for money.

See also: Unleash Your Inner Shark: A Review of the Nerf N-Strike Mega Megalodon

Pros And Cons Of Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000

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What we like about it:

  • Powerful blaster with fantastic loading capacity.
  • The Curve Shot feature is interesting to use.
  • Comes at a very affordable price.
  • Performs well in the field.

What we don’t like about it:

  • The Curve Shot feature might be useless in most cases.
  • It is prone to jams
  • The blaster does not come with the slam-fire feature.

Final Words

If you’re looking for a blaster that can add a new level of strategy to your Nerf battles and impress your opponents, the Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 is definitely worth considering. With its excellent performance and unique features, it’s sure to be a hit among both kids and adults.

So why wait? Order your own Nerf Rival Curve Shot Helix XXI-2000 today and experience the excitement for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

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