Traditionally, 9-9-12 is the date Nerf have been publicising for the official launch of their new products/lines; in this year it's the N-Strike Elite gear and namely, the flagship Hailfire. We in Australia tend to get products.. whenever it's convenient for distributors so I was curious to see what it'd be like to be here in the US on the day that's such a big deal for Nerfers everywhere. So on the 9th September, I went and checked out a Target located down in Los Angeles to see what was on offer in the blaster aisle..
I admit I was a tad underwhelmed. Maybe I chose a quiet Target..
The aisle wasn't that big, but it carried an interesting scattering of old and new gear. I noticed some Rayvens, Lumitrons, Vigilons and Praxis's. Then there were classic N-Strike gear like some Mavericks and Nite Finders. And then I got to the Elite stuff.
Interestingly, the most expensive blaster was the Swarmfire- more so that it was the original orange trigger Swarmfire rather than the new and improved one which I thought was weird. There was one lone Hailfire in the whole store- maybe they'd sold out by the time I got there, and it was priced pretty reasonably at 34.99 (plus sales tax- something I always get surprised by in the US). I was disappointed to not find any of the new Lazer Tag gear; hoping I do come across them before I leave.
No vests, but they have the Hailfire upgrade kit ammo packs, and various elite dart packs on offer. Prices were not bad.
Also some scatterings of well respected N-Strike like the Alpha Trooper and Barricade; a lil but not a great deal cheaper than in Australia.
Super Soakers- most of them were here- spotted the Thunder and Lightning Storms, the Electro Storm and the Point Break.
The were really plugging the Nerf Fire vision gear, but I will be interested to see how popular these are. Various attempts in the past to have light up balls have come and gone, and these ones require you to wear headgear- novel concept but I don't see parents thinking running in the dark being a good idea regardless of how well u can see the ball.
So that was it for Nerf. Really? I'm not sure what I was expecting, but probably more stuff than that. Anyway, checking out what else was on offer..
Checking out some of the new Buzzbee line we've heard all about- I admit in person they don't look so exciting and while quite cheap, I couldn't bring myself to buy them.
The Overlord is a motorised belt blaster that I guess is to take on the Vulcan but it's got a really boring form design and.. brown and beige? Ugh.
The Rangemaster is everyone's favourite Buzzbee blaster atm. It's huge, and it shoots quite well apparently, but doesn't fit into my kinda play patterns.
Now, Xploderz by the Maya group have been busy- check out these new blasters- still without triggers, but I thought the light up/glow in the dark models were pretty novel. More so that the new 'Tracer' ammo actually glows too, meaning dem squishy ballz now glow when they hit your targets! Wheee!
Ammo also comes in red balls too, adding a more diverse element to game play.
Soo, there you have it folks back home, there's my trip to an LA Target on 9-9-12. I'll keep checking out toystores as I find them:)