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Minnesota Based 3D artist.

AFoN Show on Temporary Hiatus

Hello out there Nerf Nation!  We wanted to take a few moments to formally announce that Mr. K and I are putting The AFoN Show on a temporary hiatus due to our busy hectic career schedules.  Both of us have decided to take advantage of great new opportunities in our individual careers which have been very demanding on our time.  Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you all :)  We will be returning with new awesome episodes in late June so please be patient as we get our lives back in order :)

Keep Nerfin’ !!!!!!

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Giveaway Winners and The AFoN Show Episode 52: Fall ’14 Lowdown

Greetings Nerf Nation!  Deliberations are completed and after hours and hours of discussions we have finally found the winners of our Anniversary Giveaway.  We were quite impressed with the inspiring and well thought out entries you all sent in.  There were a few ideas that followed common themes which in all honestly we kinda expected, and it’s nice to know that so many of you share similar views as to the direction you would like to see Nerf go.  It took a while but two bright shiny entries floated to the top, here they are in no particular order:

The Elite Mega Pilum submitted by James Zhu- The concept for this single shot pump action Mega Dart launcher is simple and elegant in execution.  As seen in the picture below, “It has a trigger set very far back on the blaster and rear Nerf stock attachment point and comes with a faux wooden stock.”  But that’s only where the fun begins; the top tactical rail attachment is described as being inverted similar to the rail on the Titan that the Scout slides into.  “This allows instant integration of Pilum onto any tactical rail equipped blaster once its stock is removed.”  The Pilum took a popular discussion piece and gave us a practical application for a dual purpose blaster.

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The Elite Mega Executioner submitted by Matthew Corrigan – One common thread between the entries was removable dart cylinders.  The concept for the Executioner goes one step further and truly makes that mechanic the focal point of the blaster.  “The barrel has a break in the end of the cylinder to have it pulled out. The break release button is located or the left side of the blaster.”  The cylinder holds 5 Mega Darts and can be slit out when empty after the break so you can reload with ease.

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Congratulations Matthew and James!!  You should be receiving your Elite Pinpoint Sights (one for each of you) in good time!  We want to thank all of you for participating in our Giveaway.  We hope you had fun making your entries.

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Introducing the Nerf Zombie Strike Doublestrike!!

News of this little guy surfaced yesterday on other sites, so we are a little slow on the draw, but here’s our first look at the Nerf Zombie Strike Doublestrike.download_20140204_120042

At first glance this blaster looks like a pretty typical two shot derringer pistol.  the Doublestrike’s unique feature is its hammer priming mechanism like that on the Hammer Shot.  It appears as though the Doublestrike will fire one dart at a time each of its two barrels, hinting at a dart sensing mechanism similar to the Elite Roughcut/Triad.  Size wise it appears to be somewhere between the N-Strike Scout/Zombie Strike Side Strike and the Elite Triad.  From the pic and description, we here at AFoN are excited for this addition to the Zombie Strike line.  Being able to truly dual wield blasters now, prime and fire one handed is proving to be a fantastic development in Nerf’s ever growing arsenal of awesome.

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE DOUBLESTRIKE Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 14)

When zombies are on the loose, double dart firing power is a necessity. Load two ZOMBIE STRIKE darts into the DOUBLESTRIKE blaster, pull back on the hammer mechanism, and fire to unleash both darts in a row! Blaster includes two ZOMBIE STRIKE darts. Available at most retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

More will be said on this blaster as new info comes on the scene so stay tuned here for more info and opinions on your favorite new blasters.

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AFoN Anniversary Giveaway Update

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As of 12:00 am CST this morning we have stopped taking submissions for our 50th episode Anniversary Giveaway.  Thank you all for your time and effort in preparing your entries!  It’s going to be a lot of fun going through them :)  We are currently deliberating and all that fun stuff and will be back to you soon with and update.  As promised we will announce the winners along with our new episode of The AFoN Show next week!!

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Final Hours for accepting entries!

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That’s right folks, there are only a few short hours left to get your submissions in for our Anniversary Giveaway!  Get your entries in by 11:59 pm CST tonight (Wednesday January 29th 2014) for your chance to win one of two Elite Pinpoint sights.  For complete contest details go here.

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Nerf MEGA Summer Bash Event Teaser

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Hey there Nerf Nation!  Mr. S here.  I know I know, I haven’t exactly been posting on here lately.  Bad me :(  I thought I’d give you guys something to talk about in regards to last night’s awesome Media Event, the MEGA Summer Bash.  As you can probably guess from the name the focus of the event was on the Nerf MEGA Centurion.  It’s been all over the internet with mixed thoughts but, all things considered this blaster has some great points.

The size is impressive, at something like 6 inches longer than the LongShot.  The color scheme is sleek and pretty stylish (although Mr. K wishes it matched the Crimson series more).  The ammo has caused some controversy, but in my opinion it’s not too bad all things considered.  I would love to talk more about the Centurion but all things in due time.  We have a lot of info to cover and updates and detailed descriptions will be coming soon.  Please bear with us.

I also wanted to quickly touch base on the two blasters that kinda stole the show for many of the other guests in attendance.  There were four “shooting galleries” setup this year; obviously the Centurion, the Elite RapidStrike, the Vortex Revonix 360 and the much awaited Rebelle line of blasters.  It was a great opportunity to get our hands on these other blasters that we have been seeing online for quite some time now and run them through their paces.

The RapidStrike was the favorite of many attendees and for great reasons.  This blaster is pretty awesome.  Its has been compared to the Stampede here and there, and there are many similarities between these blasters.  I’m not going to say much right now but I will say a couple things to make the wait all the better.  First off, CLEAR CLIP!!  I’m not talking the half and half elite clips that we’ve seen before, or the see through orange clips either, this is a full on clear clear no color clear 18 round clip.  It looks pretty sweet!  Second, it is full auto and does fire faster than the Stampete.  No burst fire, and Slam Fire functionality is still faster, but for what it is, the RapidStrike has what people want.

My personal favorite of the show was the Revonix 360.  I am a huge fan of the Vortex line, with the Pyragon at the top of the list.  The Revoinx has the potential to knock the king from its thrown.  I wasn’t so much paying attention to how many discs the Revonix can hold, but it has a sufficient capacity for my wants.  The main feature I wanted to mention is something that has been mentioned before, but is so much cooler having actually used it.  I’m talking about the ability to reload on the fly.  This is such an interesting feature for a large capacity Vortex blaster.  It is actually really easy to reload and you can do it really fast, one thing to note is that the blaster revolves the cylinder after every shot so if you’re out, don’t fill up one full “clip” in the hopes of getting to unload it all at once (personal experience).

I’m only going to touch briefly on the Rebelle line.  We have so much info to go through regarding this line of blasters specifically designed for girls.  The concept is solid, and it’s good to see Nerf branching out and shaking hands with the clamoring female fans who wanted something more marketed for them.  The Rebelle line has some great offerings.  We had a chance to try out the HeartBreaker Bow and the Guardian Crossbow.  I have so many comments about this line, but that’ll wait for now to take up its own separate article.  Don’t worry gals, it’s not gonna be a hate fest :)

The last piece of information I’m going to leave you with involves a blaster that we posted about recently.  The Elite Spectre has been confirmed to be coming stateside!!  We are unsure as to the when, but we have information that it will be the second exclusive to grace the shelves of Walmart.  We are so looking forward to the chance to see this guy close up.

So there you have it, a teaser of awesome things to come.  There are so many awesome things we want to talk about, so stay tuned for an episode of The AFoN show with all the great awesomeness!

 

Our flight was cancelled, so we have to deal with that, so our updates will be delayed at least until we figure things out. Sorry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster Review

It’s time for another review from outside the world of Nerf.  With the release of the movie The Dark Knight Rises coming to theaters soon, it’s probably time we talk about the Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster that is in stores now.

This is the second Mattel Batman Dart blaster I’ve had the opportunity to own and test out, and the quality isn’t all that bad.  As far as plastic goes, the overall construction is solid, although the trigger feels a little loose especially when not primed.  The dart construction(comes with 3) is very similar to a Nerf Sonic dart.  Quality of foam in the body of the dart is pretty good, however the tip seems to b glued onto the body in a way that could lead to falling off after time. Continue reading Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster Review

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Spy Net Briefcase Blaster Review

It’s about time we finally give some face time to the other brands that make contributions to fun with dart blasters.  There are some pretty cool things out there that aren’t made by Nerf, and sometimes they get forgotten.  We here at AFoN enjoy dart blasters of all brands, and here’s one of my recent favorites; the Briefcase Blaster from Jakks Pacific’s Spy Net line.

I’ve always liked the concept of a briefcase machine gun, and this is about as close as I’ve ever seen in toy form.  In briefcase mode, all of the blaster bits are hidden save for the priming handle.  It looks pretty cool, albeit a little small in scale for an adult.  The handle is large enough for adult hands and overall the briefcase has good weight.

Now let’s talk about ammo.  The Briefcase Blaster comes with a 6 round clip and uses darts that are almost exactly the same as Nerf’s Streamline or Clip System darts.  Though the clip itself is made out of a slightly thinner plastic than Nerf’s clips, it is still sturdy.  It uses a stronger spring, which holds the darts firmly but does compress them over time. Continue reading Spy Net Briefcase Blaster Review

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Light it Up series Lumitron Review

Hey guess what, it’s the Lumitron!  Nerf added a new blaster to the Light it Up series recently, and while it’s basically a repaint of the Vortex Praxis it has those wonderful little features that set it apart from its darker green counterpart.

Let’s talk about the paint on the Lumitron first, because this is the only real thing that sets the Lumitron apart from the Praxis.  I’m going to call this new almost neon green color shared by the Lumitron and Rayven “Light it Up Green”, I like the hue more than the darker alien green of the Vortex series and think it looks really sharp on the Lumitron. Continue reading Light it Up series Lumitron Review

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Dart Tag Speed Swarm Review

I know we’re all a little bit sad about Nerf’s recent Facebook announcement of no NTDL for 2012, but there’s still good stuff being released for the blaster line so it’s not a total loss.  The first 2012 Dart Tag blaster I have to review for you today is the SpeedSwarm.

The Speed Swarm is a beefy 10 round pistol.  It feels like you’re wielding a futuristic version of Hellboy’s Samaritan.  The overall weight of the blaster makes it a little off balance, mainly attributed to the battery load.  However, since the SpeedSwarm only uses 6 “AA” batteries the weight could be a lot worse.  The blaster fires at the pull of the trigger with no on/off switch.  Because of this there is a half second or so delay from initial trigger pull to first round firing, but this is really not that big of an issue as the SpeedSwarm unloads pretty quickly(as seen on The AFoN Show). Continue reading Dart Tag Speed Swarm Review

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