Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review: Lazer Tag LTTO Drone IRT-2x

Lazer Tag IRT-2x. Bring out your inner Woo.
The Lazer Tag LTTO (Lazer Tag Team Ops) Drone IRT-2x was brought out to compliment the Deluxe model but can be used on its own. Again, not available in Australia, and also discontinued, it was a shame given how incredibly cool they are to play with..

Friday, July 23, 2010

Rant: Australian Customs

Toy Story Nerf gun. To infinity..but not Australia.

It's quite likely that Nerf's new range of foam blasters will be delayed with their release in Australia; man we still don't officially have the Deploy here yet. Some of us can't wait that long. Soo.. while doing some research on importing Nerf guns into the country from the US and HK, I stumbled across a whole section to "projectile toys".. and a list of some projectile blasters in the past have been banned.. like the "Buzz Lightyear Nerf gun" in 2005. Of ALL the guns to be banned, that one got the red flag!!!

Preview: What is Foam Strike?

Foamstrike. Takes "air pressure" to a whole new level. Nice hat.

Had this sent to me; I've never heard of "Foam Strike" before, but there's something about this blowpipe that I find kinda appealing:) I've made a statement that I only buy Nerf, but I was intrigued by another foam dart player on the market so I did some Googling...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Preview: Nerf N-Strike new releases for 2010

Nerf has released four new N-Strike guns for 2010 that are enough to get any Nerf collector jumping up and down like a crazy man in excitement. The stealthy looking Spectre REV-5, tonka tuff looking Alpha Trooper CS-18, the bad-ass looking Barrel Break IX-2 and the all important flagship Stampede ECS.

Good news is most of them are already out in various parts of the world. Bad news.. not Australia:( I've got my networks in Hong Kong and the US onto it for me so here's hoping I'll still be able to pick 'em up..

Monday, July 19, 2010

Game: Humans vs Zombies

Humans vs Zombies. Or Humans vs Solid Snake.
I'd never heard of this before until recently until a friend referred me to the site. It's a massive game of tag, much like the "Assassin" game played in universities. And again, there's a Nerf gun element to it.

Humans vs Zombies official site

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Review: Lazer Tag LTTO Deluxe Tagger

Lazer Tag LTTO Deluxe Tagger. sets your VCR too.
Lazer tag never really took off in Australia, but that's not to say I didn't work around that:)  Hasbro's Lazer Tag Team Ops (LTTO) line from several years back brought all the cool elements of Lazer Tag from the 80's back into a home environment...but were only available in the US. Sooo.. after a crazy early morning impulse buy on Ebay, I ended up with 12 of these LTTO Deluxe taggers..

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pricewatch: Target Big Toy Sale 22nd July

Target's big toy sale of the year has some decent Nerf gear for fantastic prices. I've got most of the stuff already, but the big one for me is the first time I've seen the Rapidfire AS-20 so I ended up going in today and picking one up at $39.95 instead of waiting for the sale. Why? Because you crazy Nerf die hards always beat me to it on the day!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Titan ASV-1

Nerf N-Strike Titan ASV-1. MEGA Missile...
The Nerf N-Strike Titan ASV-1 is a bit of a "WTF is that for?" and in Australia it currently only comes in the Unity Power System pack, along with the Hornet AS-6 and the Scout IX-2 blasters. It is a pretty gutsy bazooka/launcher type unit that uses air pressure and uses it's own type of ammunition, a big foam "mega" missile. And you only get one in the pack, so use it WISELY! (It also came in a Incredible Hulk green colour scheme and was called the "Hulk Abomination Blaster but this kit didn't include the Scout IX3)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rant: Toy Guns- they're just that:)

The thing about toy guns is they're exactly that- toys. Not supposed to harm, not supposed to cause injury,and are all about make believe and pretend fun. Most people in the world don't actually have the experience or the will to fire off real guns, nor are they so inclined to do so. Guns kill. Nerf.. doesn't.

Review: Nerf N-Strike Scout IX-3

Nerf N-Strike Scout IX3. Small..Tuff.
Part of the Nerf "Unity Power System" (because I haven't seen this gun sold individually in Australia), The Scout IX-3 is a pistol-like blaster that uses a cocking slide system not dissimilar to the tried and true Maverick, but loads from the barrel like the Nite Finder. For something so simple it's actually the coolest gun of the three (in the Unity)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Review: Nerf Dart Tag Furyfire

Nerf Dart Tag Furyfire. Colour scheme courtesy of the 80s
Nerf's current Dart Tag gun is the Furyfire; a beefed up 10 round barrel tagger that gets its cues from the N-Strike Maverick. Dart Tag guns come in different colour schemes to the N-Strike line and the Furyfire is no different; comes in a very sexy fluoro green or orange paint job, depending on whether you pick them up individually or in the original two player set(in which case you get both)

Review: Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25

Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25. Get back to the chopper!
The Vulcan was 2009's BIG thing in Nerf and really made the world (not just Nerf diehards but anyone who visited a toy store) realise that Nerf ain't just cutesy lil foam balls no more:) It's the gun your friends stare at and say things like "HO-LY FARK what the hell is that?" or "OMG I want THAT one"..

The Vulcan is a fully automatic, 3-rounds-per-second 25 round belt fed beast of a foam dart gun. Running on 6 D cell batteries, but also has a manual primer to shoot single shots if you need to (or ran out of batteries). It comes with the belt and an external ammo box to clip to the side of the gun. It's so big it needs a handle on top of the gun for you to hold on to.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6

Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6. Size matters.
The Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6 is the serious Nerfer's weapon of choice. It has been around for a few years and was considered to be the longest Nerf gun ever made before the newer (and performance-wise inferior) Longstrike came out. Although it is currently discontinued, it still sells in many toy stores Australia-wide (because we always get the old discontinued stock!) and it's considered a real find if you can get your hands on one.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Raider CS-35

Nerf N-Strike Raider CS-35. Tonight you sleep with da fishes.
The Nerf N-Strike Raider CS-35 was the first gun to come with a massive 35 bullet drum, with cues from a gangster tommy-gun. In Australia, it was also the first Nerf N-Strike gun to come in another colour other than yellow. If blue and orange is more your cup of tea, the Raider is the gun of choice:)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6

Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6. Ultimate poser rifle
The Nerf N-Strike Recon CS-6 would have to be one of the more infamous guns of the N-Strike range. Both loved and hated at the same time, it was considered to be awesome in concept but pretty poor in performance.

Personally, I was quite looking forward to the Recon CS-6: it was the first customisable blaster that came with a magazine style clip system for bullets, introducing the new Streamline foam dart. The other big selling point was the "build your own blaster" sales pitch- coming with a detachable barrel, stock, 'tactical' light and aiming sight. Whooooo hoooo I thought.. sounded pretty cool...

Monday, July 5, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Firefly REV-8

Nerf N-Strike Firefly REV-8 Unique. Definitely.
The Nerf N-Strike Firefly REV-8 is a weird gun. I'd resisted getting it several times, simply because I wasn't really a fan of how it looked. I was also not sure if "glow in the dark" foam darts was really a selling point for me. And.. again.. I really wasn't a fan of how it looked.

When I finally picked one up, I have to admit.. it's pretty cool. The revolving barrel supports 8 foam micro sucker darts; it comes with 8 glow in the dark white darts I might add. And although the gun itself looks rather odd and bulky, it's actually quite comfortable to hold and the back of the gun makes for a makeshift stock in your shoulder/chest.

Review: Nerf Elimination Set

Nerf Eliminators. Nerf addiction starts soo small..
These little fellas were what started me off on my foam dart gun journey. I ordered them from an online e-tailer which came in a pack of four tiny single shot guns (which on the forums seem to be merely called "Eliminators") and brought them into the office one morning; the pack actually comes with game instructions which were loosely based around the old university game "Assassin".

What was SUPPOSED to be a stealthy crafty game of cat and mouse ended up being thrown out the window and we were left with a four way shoot out (the good, the bad, the ugly and.. the boss) that escalated to all out foam dart madness. Not bad for 40 bucks:)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Rant: It's Nerf or Nothing?

Airzone Quickload. Shoots anywhere but straight.

When it comes to foam dart blasters, I only ever buy Nerf. I made the mistake a few months ago by trying to give Airzone a chance (a Toys R Us brand I think made in licence from Buzz Bee or Lanard or something) and was pretty disappointed with the results. $39.95 AUS for a blaster that was as powerful and accurate as a beanbag.

Review: Nerf N-Strike Reflex IX1

Reflex IX-1. Size doesn't always matter:P
Eliminators are almost impossible to find these days, but what seems to have taken their place are these awesome babies, the Reflex IX1. I got mine in a Toys R Us 6pack, but they also come in two packs (with a tech target) and recently you can buy them individually as well in some places in the U.S. They are small and lightweight, pack a decent punch for their size and good to have on you as a secondary "boot" pistol.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Nitefinder EX-3

Nitefinder EX-3. Office wars piece of choice.
The Nerf N-Strike Nitefinder EX-3 is Nerf's entry level foam dart gun and is featured in many office dart wars all over the world:) It is a single dart shooter, using a traditional pull back cock and fire mechanism like your old dart guns from when you were a wee-tacker. Here ends the similarities though, because the Nightfinder packs a real punch straight out of the box.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Review: Nerf N-Strike Maverick REV-6

Nerf N-Strike Maverick REV-6. Yeee Haww!
Nerf released the Maverick a few years ago and it's still considered the most recognised, and probably the most popular foam dart gun used in office cubicle 'wars' today.It's main selling point is the fact that it is a revolving barrel 6 shooter, which other than it being fantastic for emptying foam darts in quick succession at your adjacent cubicle mate, is just high on the "that's cool" factor. It's distinctive styling resembles something out of a video game while also being easy to stick into the top drawer of your desk.