The string does take a good deal of muscle strength to pull back to allow the arrow to be ejected at any amount of speed.If the string is not pulled back enough the arrow will fail to eject or will only eject a little with a less than interesting result.
The bow comes with an on board stash of "arrows", Nerf foam that slides into the front of the bow. They do NOT have suction cup ends, which we were a little sad about. Therefore, they are not darts meant to stick to anything. They merely fly and land where ever the bow is pointed towards. They are soft and most likely would not cause considerable amounts of damage if accidentally shot at someone. Providing general training techniques and guidelines to the user is important. We instructed our daughter to NEVER point the bow at another person, not even if the arrow was not notched. An empty bow is safe but still does not imply safe playing techniques.
Our BzzAgent kit came with a package of arrow refills. This was handy because a few of the arrows flew astray and were never seen again. The fact that other accessories are available is nice. We thought about purchasing the arrow holder belt but have yet to find one in our local Wal-mart.
Overall, the Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow is a great little toy. A much needed toy for a young girl who is growing up around lead female characters such as Katniss Everdeen. My daughter is a huge Hunger Games fan and enjoyed imitating a strong female lead character.
The NERF Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow was received for free from BzzAgent for an honest review.