Every now and then we get lucky- really lucky with our intel. We spend a whole lot of time scouring the world for any intel we can get on new blasters... but sometimes.. intel comes to us. Courtesy of a loyal reader who chooses to remain known merely as "Macross" and who says they are "very well connected in the toy world" and "a big fan of Urban Taggers", we have been very lucky to have the opportunity to get our hands on the brand new Nerf Vortex Nitron.. even if it was only for under an hour:) Here's what we can tell you..
Thursday, June 30, 2011
|I just found this pic on the net. cool eh?|
Urban Taggers: Apartment Warfare is the product of almost every friend I had coming over to my lil' inner city apartment, and would say "what is THAT?" to the Vulcan EBF I had on display in my living area. They may have been teachers, lawyers, IT professionals, whatever; the moment they saw that blaster their eyes lit up and they were back in roleplay imagination mode:)
Anyway, there's not much else to this post other than thanks again for reading and look forward to the next 12 months ahead! After the jump we've just compiled from the net a quick pic spam of.. Nerf birthday cakes. Just because:P
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
We had a look at the latest Target catalogue for their upcoming toy sale at the end of July and we're pretty excited about one thing; the release of Wow Wee's laser tag line Light Strike in Australia. Although the prices are a tad on the exi side, they're not really any surprise to us and it's good that the attachments are also coming out too that were showcased in the promo material.
Since the first press releases and promo vids, we've had mixed feelings about Light Strike- on one hand we're hell keen on them, mainly because it's good to finally see higher end home laser tag finally making it back to our toy store shelves (the Hasbro/Tiger Electronics Lazer Tag Team Ops and Phoenix LTX's officially never made it to Australia and Laser Challenge just never made it off the ground) but on the other hand the jury's still out on whether this new system will be any good compared to our trusty (imported) LTX's.
Light Strike boasts many features that they claim are "firsts" (some of them aren't entirely accurate, such as health meters) and they've definitely put in a lot of work in their design as far as functionality is concerned, so we're looking forward to picking up a few in a few weeks time and really giving them a solid workout.
As Nirvana says: "when the light's out, it's less dangerous, here we are now, entertain us" :P
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Shadow Hawk is the bees knees of the Max Force line up, boasting impressive 100 feet distances in a very schmick looking package. They've become quite readily available in Australian toy stores nationwide- we take one out for some testing and I can safely say you've never seen a spit wad go so far..
Monday, June 27, 2011
We've managed to get our hands on a sample of the new Nerf Vortex ammo. It's a very light weight foam ring that surrounds an equally lightweight plastic cap. I'd say they're much the muchness weightwise to a foam dart.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Toy blasters to rival Nerf have come and gone, so how good are these glorified spit wad shooters, really?
Thanks to Jason for showing us this: 2 guys, 3000 Nerf rounds vs a zombie horde of 400..vid courtesy of Rooster Teeth
Can Two Dudes Really Survive Against a Horde of Zombies via Kotaku
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Firstly, the cheapest prices I've seen for Stampedes at 48.87 and Longshots for 34.83, new 100 pack darts for under 20 bucks and Barricades, Recons and Deploys for 23.66. Finally we see the release of the tactical vest in Australia for under 25 bucks..but check out the new Whiteout series Nitefinder, AND it's under 8 dollars! They're also sporting a clear Vulcan for 50 bucks.
Finally we've got the new Max Force gear- 68.84 is the cheapest you'll see a Shadow Hawk, Maximizer for under 30 bucks is a bargain and that's the first time I've seen a Max Force ammo belt..
Props to OzNerf and the boys from the Canberra + Southern NSW Dart Tag crew for the heads up:)
|This Machine Pistol takes it's cues from the Barricade- and then.. mashes them up:)|
I stumbled across this interesting (albeit rather ugly) line of blasters while taking Jerm from Nerf Mods + Reviews's lead and had a browse on the internet for some alternative toy blasters perhaps not seen in the western world:) Now, it's pretty common to see a knock of Nitefinder or Maverick, but I have to admit these pieces from "Arsenal Toys" were unique enough to catch my eye.
They seem to be using originally designed shells and a more innovative thought process in the design than the standard knock off. Have a look at the images after the jump.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
We've been lucky to get some pretty nice up close and personal pics of the upcoming Nerf N-Strike Gear Up colour scheme Raider CS-35. It's a nice looking piece of kit- the orange is the same colour as the standard streamline ammo clips and with the black stripe and light grey accents, the Raider admittedly does look very schmick indeed.
Personally, this is the only blaster in the Gear Up line I'm interested in. More pics after the jump.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Jakks Pacific's Max Force line of blasters has started to make it into the hands of fellow blaster affectionatos- they've finally made live their official website with all the info of the new range. I found a few broken links, but on the whole it's got all the info you need about them.
From what I can tell, the Crossbow and Maximizer are very much identical other than the extra tension in the crossbow string which apparently gives it the extra 5ft kick.
Max Force Toys official website
Monday, June 13, 2011
In a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" moment, check this music clip at 2:57 from the movie "Take Me Home Tonight" with Topher Grace and the ever lovely Teresa Palmer (whom I plug cos she's Australian). Ooh. Vulcan..
Admittedly it's a lil' quiet on the blaster scene this week:)
One of our favourite Nerf blogs, SGNerf have covered the Singapore Nerf Dart Tag Tournament over this weekend; it's nice to see all the new Dart Tag range in action. I really think it's a shame they haven't elected to do this in Australia (although admittedly by the rules I'm too old to play anyway!) as i'm sure it'd be quite popular.
Check out more pics on their blog.
Check out more pics on their blog.
I was especially liking these promo images of the new Vortex line:
Singapore Nerf Dart Tag Tournament 2011 - Event Overview via SGNerf
Official Dart Tag National Tournament Singapore page
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Featured on the Oz Nerf Forums, "Oxymoron" picked himself up a Max Force Shadow Hawk and has given a pretty indepth review of the blaster, right down to the internals. He's given it a pretty decent rap- check out all the images and his thoughts after the jump.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I'm not one to advocate violence- but this video I guess could be considered kinda cool. Still, it's great commentary on that argument of the effects of playing with toy guns and the media have on our young impressionable children:P Drug deals, terrorists and meth labs? Sheesh.
Friday, June 10, 2011
|Max Force Soft Splat Ammo packs|
What's good to see is the fact they're stocking ammo refills.. which is kind of important given the nature of the Max Force disposable 'spit wad' projectiles:)
|Max Force Maximizer|
|Max Force Shadow Hawk|
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
One of our readers, Mr Raccoon has found some interesting UK prices for the upcoming Nerf Vortex series of blasters.
The Proton will be £13.00 and it will include 3 discs (http://www.thetoyshop.com/ActionToysAndFigures/NerfDartTag/Nerf-Vortex-Proton/EPN462697)
The Vigilon has a built-in capacity of 5 discs and it will retail for £18.00 (http://www.thetoyshop.com/ActionToysAndFigures/NerfDartTag/Nerf-Vortex-Vigilon/EPN462705)
The Praxis will include a ten disc clip and will retail for £25.00 (http://www.thetoyshop.com/ActionToysAndFigures/NerfDartTag/Nerf-Vortex-Praxis/EPN462713)
The Nitron will retail for £44.99
eBay Australia. On closer inspection the seller is the e-tailer General's Toyporium, so you could probably just hit their website up too, but if eBay's more your thing, get your orders in early:)
|The Max Force Shadowhawk manual|
We got our hands on some scans of the official manuals of the new Jakks Pacific Max Force blasters. They do a pretty good job with their art departments; packaging looks sweet and the artwork of their manuals are pretty schmick. Reports so far are these blasters definitely hit their distances, if not sometimes prone to misfires (mainly due to lacking in soaking the pellets first). More manuals after the jump.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Sometimes.. fame just gets to you... :P