With the release of Nerf's Elite 2.0 line, the stryfe seems to be phasing out with them selling upwards of $50 on Amazon. Unfortunately for the modding community the stryfe was the basis for several upgrade parts and cosmetic kits designed specifically it. Although the Swordfish doesn't come with a flywheel cage or electronics, it does have expanded channels for wires, screw posts for submicro switches, and has a full auto kit designed for it, making it an amazing replacement for the stryfe and great starting point for new modders. The only thing really keeping this from being a truly perfect shell is the small battery tray that was made to work with aa sized batteries. Even the Out Of Darts tiny 2s lipo has a hard time fitting well in the tray with the extended cover. Thankfully with some trimming, it does fit and shell cutting comes with the hobby so it isn't a deal breaker. The only other grip I have with the shell is how squeaky the pusher is when pulling the trigger. I recommend lubricating the moving components of the blaster to make it feel smooth.
Overall, the Swordfish is worth it to anyone that wants to get into modding. The blaster is comfortable, easy to mod (just as the stryfe was), and has several ways to customize the blaster to your needs. You like the kriss vector kit? It fits the Swordfish! You like full auto blasters? There's a kit for the Swordfish! Wanna give short darts a try? The stryfe short dart adapter and pusher arm work with the Swordfish too!
This is by far my favorite dart blaster. I ordered the up grade and full auto kits and it tears through my 35 round drum in seconds great purchase.
I love this blaster!
I ordered with the “Upgrade Kit” and it is a great starting point for anyone who has not done a full flywheel+cage+motor swap before.
I always found the grip of the Stryfe to be awkward. The Swordfish feels better in hand.
The Swordfish is great for tinkering and just experimenting. Easier to open and being transparent you can see if something (like wires) is amiss before you open the shell.
Buy the Swordfish, I recommend it highly.