Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tactical Tag: N-Strike Elite Stryfe

Our man Bazookafied checked out his local Toys R Us in Omaha Nebraska and lo and behold, the N-Strike Elite Stryfe's are available there too! He's put together a pretty sweet vid on the blaster- check it out over at Tactical Tag or you can view it after the jump!

N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 4x2: an in depth review

Our pal PsyK in Singapore has gotten his hands on the much anticipated Nerf N-Strike Rough Cut 4x2; check out his detailed review including the internals after the jump. Pretty sweeeeeeeet:D

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rant: Super Soaker.. I want you back

Water guns these days are considered to be the projectile blaster's poor cousin but the funny thing was it wasn't always the case- you could almost say it was the other way around.  Water guns used to be very popular and probably the 'ammo' of choice for most outdoor battle enthusiasts. While the lightweight casual user would just annoy the popular girl in school with his 2 buck squirt pistol bought at a newsagency, whenever there was a water fight to be had, it was like an arms race to get the biggest, highest capacity, furthest shooting blaster one could find. Any dart guns normally were single shot and weren't that exciting.

And while, things are very different now, there's still a part of me that wonders- what happened and can we ever bring back the epic water fight to it's former glory?

More Super Soaker gear

Spotted on the same site as the Nerf N-Strike Elite gear we've been talking of are a few more additions to the Super Soaker line up- a small pistol style blaster called the Flash Blast that neither looks electric, air pressure OR piston, and the "Domination" drum, which looks like the one that comes with the Lightning Storm.

Rant: Offence is the best defence: whatever happened to the shields?

Browsing through the German website, I was once again looking at the image of the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage; it was an old early image of the blaster that was to come with a detachable shield (and a Retaliator stock?!). It really is a shame that Nerf decided to leave the shield out of the final release, as personally I found the Rampage in box to be a tad underwhelming- it provided LESS than the original Raider kit, and the shield just made a whole lot of sense. 

The thing is, shields HAVE existed on other blasters, so what makes them decide to include them on some production models and not others?

Nerf Nation: Officially.. Finally!

You have to wonder if whether the increasing amount of news available on the upcoming line has forced Nerf's arm a lil' into releasing this info NOW, or whether they were always planning on it, but Nerf themselves officially released info on the new Strongarm and Firestrike blasters today on their Facebook page, with upcoming details coming out next week.

"Nation, today we are officially revealing two new N-Strike Elite blasters that will be hitting shelves in 2013 (please note: availability and launch timing will vary by country/state/city): the N-Strike Elite Strongarm blaster and the N-Strike Elite Firestrike blaster! The Strongarm blaster features a six dart revolving barrel and both rapid-fire and single shot capability, while the Firestrike blaster has a red light targeting beam built for precision. BOTH blasters will feature cool N-Strike Elite styling and long-distance performance. More details to come on additional Elite blasters headed to stores in 2013, so check back here next week!"

Nerf Nation via Facebook

N-Strike Elite Rayven Box Art

Spotted on German site "" was a boot load of upcoming Nerf gear- much of which we've covered but I thought this was something cool- box art for the upcoming Elite version of the Rayven-CS-18- updated colours for the blaster and clip.

I find Nerf's product strategy a tad... confusing. While the Retaliator was essentially the Elite version of the Recon CS-6, and the Rampage was the Elite Raider, here we've got an Elite version of the Rayven... called the Rayven, AND featuring essentially the same box art imagery only with the Elite branding layer over it. I assume the original N-Strike Rayven will be replaced by this, as if it's not, I'll guarantee toy stores are going to get very confused very quickly. Given it's an Elite Rayven, I'd assume it'll have a similar spec to the Stryfe.

In any case, I do like the Elite colour palette so bring it on!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Basic Nerf: dual wielding N-Strike Elite Stryfes

One of Basic Nerf's mates got himself two N-Strike Elite Stryfes yesterday and posted a video of his dual wielding exploits:D There's also an unboxing video to have a look at- head over to Basic Nerf for a look see!

Swedish catalogue goes gender neutral

I saw this on Nerfenstein's FB page- I wonder if this could/would ever happen here in Australia, but apparently in Sweden, 'Top Toy' (a toy store with the licence to the 'Toys R Us' name) was reprimanded for gender discrimination in their previous catalogue and therefore have changed things to feature... SHOCK- girls holding Nerf guns.

I actually am surprised this hasn't happened earlier, nor does it look at all out of place. I've always thought the terms 'boys toys' and 'girls toys' were grossly out-of-date (I actually had a collection of first gen Bratz dolls when they first came out I'll sheepishly admit!) so I welcome the change.

Swedish toy firm forced to become ‘gender neutral’ for Christmas catalogue via Daily Mail

Monday, November 26, 2012

Nerf N-Strike Stryfe does California..

No sooner than I posted the Reddit info on the N-Strike Elite Stryfe hitting MN, Basic Nerf gives us the heads up that his mate in California just picked one up too! MADNESS!:D Check out more of the pics below.

Cartaya's Revenge : The New Nerf Stryfe, in living Color!:

Reddit: N-Strike Elite Stryfe makes it to the shelves

Images courtesy of Reddit user Brstieren
Word has it on Reddit that the N-Strike Elite Stryfe has already been spotted on shelves in a Toys R Us in Minnesota (similarly the eBay dude selling his Stryfe is from MN too) - even if it was an accident, that does suggest the Stryfe is comin' real soon:D One of the contributors 'Brstieren' posted some photos of with different attachments. More pics after the jump.

Stryfe spotted in Burnsville MN via Reddit

Hasbro Australia: Official release dates for N-Strike Elite gear

Well, official word from Hasbro Australia has come in on official dates for all of the upcoming Nerf N-Strike Elite gear we've been discussing. For most of us, this stuff can't come soon enough. The general trend is they normally do start popping up a month or two at least before the official release, so here's hoping:D

Nerf N-Strike Elite Firestrike : Feb 2013
Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm : Feb 2013
Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe: Mid 2013
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4: May 2013
Nerf Vortex Diatron : Mid 2013

SG Nerf: Nerf N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4 in Malaysia!

Image courtesy of CJ Kaj Id S /Facebook
Oooh, Rough Cut 2x4 buzz a plenty circulating the net this morning; we've received bootloads of emails and msgs but most of which I saw on SGNerf.  Apparently the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rough Cut IS available retail in Malaysia! Alongside the video we posted earlier, pictures have surfaced on Facebook of the Rough Cut 2x4 in Malaysia from various sources. 

Image courtesy of CJ Kaj Id S /Facebook
Even complete with internals:

Image courtesy of Phang Kuok Sing/Facebook
SG Nerf's got a pretty good round up of the N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4 intel. Check it:)

SG Nerf: Nerf N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4 in Malaysia!:

eBay: N-Strike Elite Stryfe spotted

One of our readers Cal spotted an N-Strike Elite Stryfe now for sale on eBay!! Somehow I don't think it's going to stay on zero bids @ $40.00 for long... :P The fact it is in box does hopefully mean release is very soon...

YouTube: N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2X4 firing video

You can find intel from anywhere- here on YouTube channel 'Wan Zafirzan' , Some kids in Malaysia have posted a firing video on the upcoming N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4. Looks bigger than I was expecting, and slam fire is now confirmed! Thanks Laurens for the heads up!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Amazon UK: Upcoming N-Strike Elite AND Vortex for preorder

 Amazon UK just put the Nerf world into a tailspin this morning by listing most of the upcoming N-Strike Elite blasters on their site, complete with glorious images; we're loving the fact the new round of N-Strike Elite blasters are all totally new designs and all VERY cool indeed.

On top of this, a first look at the much speculated Vortex Diatron, sporting the same colour schemes as the Pyragon. Also shows this new "Multishot MADNESS" feature logo on the packaging that's also featured on the Rough Cut.

So now the question remains: Which one(s) are on your hot list for the new year and why? More images of the N-Strike Elite gear and official blurb after the jump.

Thanks to all the emails we got on this, we'll give it to L Corijns for being the first:)  

Friday, November 23, 2012

YouTube: N-Strike Elite Jolt range tests

YouTube channel "RandomShadow09" has a comparison video of the original N-Strike Jolt and the upcoming N-Strike Elite version. Check out the vid after the jump:)

YouTube: N-Strike Elite Firestrike range tests

Another from RandomShadow09, this time the upcoming N-Strike Elite Firestrike gets a range test.. Vid after the jump.

YouTube: N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 range tests

Posted on YouTube, "RandomShadow09" has a great video on the upcoming N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3. Looks pretty sweet... Thanks Greig for the intel! Vid after the jump.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baidu/UK Nerf- More Elite goodness

Brought to our attention by Nerffan, and spotted originally on Baidu and then UK Nerf are some N-Strike Elite pics. You can see up the top there's a Firestrike, but with a GREY trigger- however below is another Firestrike with the blue pinpoint sight. You can also see up top the size difference between the Jolt and the Triad- so all of those who were saying "No, the Triad IS the Elite Jolt"- well you can see it's kinda bigger..

Monday, November 19, 2012

Blue Pinpoint Sight availability

Pinpoint sights? You know I LOVE Pinpoint sights:D Neil from the Canberra and Southern NSW Dart Tag crew got the official word from the horse's mouth- being Hasbro Australia regarding the upcoming much discussed Elite colourschemed Pinpoint Sights:

"...We will have the new blue Pinpoint Sight available in Au and NZ though in really small numbers. They will be tied to a gift with purchase promo in early 2013. We only have 2400 pieces available for AU and 1000 for NZ...."

N-Strike Elite Retaliator: Range tests

Soooo.. our man Neil (from the Canberra and Southern NSW Dart Tag crew) and I several weeks ago were in the unique position of being able to do some comparative range tests with the new N-Strike Elite Retaliator - in it's many guises, from the original stock N-Strike Recon, the Australian grey trigger version, the US orange trigger version, and an orange trigger version with it's AR removed. First orange cone is 10 metres for reference (32ft)

It has been an absolute SAGA getting these up- we had to actually shoot these videos multiple times as the blue darts are a @$%#! to come up on video; we finally got a decent-ish view after 3 sessions of doing these range tests.  Then, youTube was causing me grief with the video format.. all and all.. almost a month later.. here we are:)

The plus side, is we can now say we've tested it to death so can really say results shown here ARE pretty consistent. We'll leave you to make up your own mind for now. Videos after the jump:)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Baidu: Elite Triad Internals

Spotted on Baidu, here's what the inside of the upcoming Elite Triad looks like; I thought it might just be a single shot with two dart holders, but this does suggest it shoots from all three barrels? I could be wrong though, internals mean not a whole lot to me:P

Cheers J.B for the lead!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Twitter: Brandon Perea- Nerf commercial actor

Just to make it official, the news we posted below all can be traced back to.. well everywhere:) Model/Actor Brandon Perea tweeted from the set of a Nerf Evolution (what is this?!) commercial with links to instagram and to his own personal website. No need for conspiracy theories or lawyers here folks, it's ALL good and found online for the general public to see:)
thebrandonperea via instagram
@brandonperea via twitter

Instagram: More Strong Arm and WTF goodness:P

Soo... here's what you can find on Instagram:) Spotted by no other than our main man Neil from the Canberra and Southern NSW Dart Tag crew...

Rumours: Strong Arm and... WTF!

This is some pretty cool intel; one of our readers was browsing Tumblr and stumbled across some photos of an actor who apparently does Nerf commercials... the first image, we can identify as the much anticipated N-Strike Elite Strong Arm..

 Here's a pic montage of the dude.. but hang on.. have a look at the blaster in the right hand image... Ok let's zoom in..

Oooh.. I'm thinking that's a pump action grip? Whoo hoo it's speculation time!

Cheers Collin for the lead!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sly Dev- for those who like to accessorise

So the Pyragon has definitely been my favourite Nerf blaster of the year and I've loved the way it looks with the black painted stock and Pinpoint sight, but sometimes you just get greedy and want..more. The whole "it'd be really cool if there was a tactical rail on the SIDE.."

I'm sure I'm not the only person in the world to have thought this, and this is where our friends at Sly Dev come in. In case you haven't heard of them, Sly Dev is a nifty lil' Australian company that sells very reasonably priced attachment pieces made from a 3D printer that you can glue onto your blaster, allowing you to add more attachments. They come in a variety of colours and are really well made and designed. Check out some of the pics after the jump or visit their site.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Arts + Crafts: Aliens style ammo counter kit

This is just awesome- our local hero for mods, Mr Wolfe from Combustible Props kindly helped us (and by help I mean did it all himself)  install a VERY cool Aliens style ammo counter kit, courtesy of  our friends at German site  We were pretty impressed-it's a very polished, well made piece of kit- the counter can be configured to countdown any sized clip, and resets on removal. And check out the flashing of the muzzle.. imagine this with some firefly darts..

I asked Mr Wolfe to mount the counter to the side of the stock Stampede ECS to show you how it looks and works in raw form; but it could be integrated in a variety of different ways on your blaster depending on your own tastes and amount of time you want to put into it. Check the kit out on Blaster Parts or hit up Combustible Props on Facebook if you have any questions on the install. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

YouTube: Fox Lounge blaster goodness

Brought this to my attention from our man Jason, we've got all sorts of toy blaster goodness with celebrities happening on the Fox Lounge; check it out and lemme know what you thought it was that caught my eye about this... :)

NERF branded attractions coming to the UK

Well, it was bound to happen. I reckon there's a good chance we've all at least one time in our Nerf life thought "you know what would be a really cool business idea? Setting up our own Nerf themed indoor/outdoor arena"..

Well looks like someone's taken it further and made it a reality- have reported that UK company Paragon Entertainment have just entered a licencing agreement with Hasbro for the rights to build and operate Nerf themed attractions in the UK.

"Under the terms of the license, Paragon will design, build and operate Nerf attractions which will consist of purpose-built Nerf action arenas and Nerf blaster target ranges, with additional concepts in development. These attractions will also include a retail space where visitors can buy their favourite blaster"

Apparently first cab of the rank will be at the Westfield Shopping Mall in Merry Hill due to be opened by the end of the year?

 PARAGON ENT. ORD 0.1P (DI) : Licensing agreement with Hasbro via

Rumours: Triad with grey trigger

The N-Strike Elite grey triggers are featured on Nerf gear destined for Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Brazil and China. China I hear you say? Well spotted on Baidu is the upcoming Triad EX-3, but unlike the previous photos, this one's got the grey trigger...