It looks like Rebelle blasters and products will be available earlier than expected! The full line of announced blasters have shown up on Target.com (noticed by VietRooster this morning and posted on /r/nerf) and two of the blasters have shown up on HasbroToyShop.com.
It appears as though the same two blasters (Pink Crush and the Power Pair) are already available for order (on HasbroToyShop they’re listed as shipping 8/26). The others aren’t up on HasbroToyShop, but are listed as ‘On Backorder’ or ‘Unavailable’ on Target’s site.
I’m curious to see if they’ll show up elsewhere soon, and how quickly they can be received after purchase. Based on Target’s DCPI code system, it appears as though the blasters won’t be located in the Nerf aisle, but in one of the Girls’ toys aisle. That’s about what I half expected, I also thought there was a chance that they’d be in the Nerf aisle to cross-promote the ‘boys’ Nerf brands to girls, and vice-versa.
UPDATE: After some searching two of the Rebelle blasters are listed on Toys R Us.com (the Guardian Crossbow and Power Pair), three are listed on Walmart.com (Pink Crush is available now, the Sweet Revenge and Guardian Crossbow are listed, but not available yet), and two are available on Amazon.com (Pink Crush and the Power Pair. It also appears as though you can get them right away from Amazon.
It honestly doesn’t seem like it’s been so short of a time, but there it is. Pocket began Urban Taggers in 2010, and 3 short years later, he’s regarded as the largest blog in the NIC (and rightly so). Now, he’s retiring from the blog scene and going out on top. His opinions and rants have been held in high regards here in the AFoN bunker, and they will be missed. We hope that at some point in the near future he decides to continue posting, even if it winds up being less frequent in his free time when nostalgia gets the better of him.
Either way, we wish him the best, and hope that he receives as much respect in his next endeavor as he did writing about toy blasters. If you’d like to drop by and leave him a comment, you can check out his farewell post here.
Hasbro’s own toy shop online has just posted the N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion for pre-order! It’s listed shipping date is August 1st, so hopefully that means it’s the street date as well (and maybe the Rapidstrike and Revonix too)! Check it out here!
It looks like it’s available on Amazon too, along with the ammo refills!
Like many of the other bloggers in the Nerf-o-sphere, we’ve gotten our hands on the Centurion thanks to our friends at Nerf. Right now, we’re taking a bit of time with it, and trying to bring you the best review we can, so bear with us a bit. We know there have been plenty of un-boxing and review videos, and we hope with a little extra time, we can bring you a great review.
We had intended on bringing you an episode about our Nerf War this week, but since we got our hands on the Centurion, we’ve decided to change it up a bit. Later this week (Thursday or Friday), we’ll be bringing you our next episode, featuring the Centurion. So check back at the end of this week to see our review!
One little thing to whet your whistle, it seems that elite darts fit nicely into the Mega darts. As long as you put them in the correct way (tip first), they will still fire in the blaster. The obvious downside is you’ll get darts that fly only 1/2 to 3/4 the distance of unladen Mega darts, but they will be more accurate than the Mega darts by themselves.
I’ve just heard back from my contact in Nerf, and according to them, the Stockade is indeed coming to Walmart stores in the US. Apparently the date is up in the air, and to be determined by Walmart themselves, so when it’ll actually hit shelves is anyone’s guess. I’ve tried to contact Walmart to see if they can shed any light on the time frame for release, but after a week I’m thinking I won’t hear back.
As for the Elite Spectre, my contact is looking in to it further to see if it will be coming to the US at all, or like the Elite PinPoint Sight, be strictly an Asian exclusive. While I’m hoping that we’ll see it here in the US some time this year, I’m not holding my breath. I would really love to add it to my collection, or at least the awesome accessories that come with it. As for where it’ll be if it comes out, it’s anyone’s guess. I’m not sure that Walmart will have two exclusive blasters, especially with the sparse amount of space the already dedicate to one of the most popular boy’s toys.
I also managed to get an update on the Revonix360 and (what I’m calling) the Vortex “Color Splash” series. They will be coming out this fall, which tends to mean somewhere between August and November this year. Whether they are released before or after the Centurion is anyone’s guess, but my money is before, as they may be the ‘Clear the way’ blasters for the Centurion.
As always, check back frequently for official information on what’s coming out in the world of Nerf, and remember:
So it appears as though many out in the Nerf community were absolutely correct about the big reveal being the N-Strike MEGA Centurion! Still no word as to the exact date of release, other than it’ll be this fall, for a retail price of $49.99 US. Popular Science gets to have the honor of releasing this official information first, so check out their article here!
Now obviously we’ve known about this blaster’s existence for some time, but due to our affiliation with Hasbro as an official Nerf news source, we couldn’t post any information until they were ready to release it. But we are hella excited for this blaster! A brand new range with brand new darts, but N-Strike Elite Style? Yes, please!
I’ve seen some discussion online about the Centurion, and most of what has come up is either “How does it work?” or “I hate that it needs new darts”, and honestly I’m curious about the internals as any modder (curiosity is in my nature). Things come to mind like “Why does it need almost 2 feet of draw distance?” and really get me looking forward to what they can do with something like this, because there’s no way in my mind that they’re going to do a single blaster in a new series and call it quits, especially when it uses something that could be so versatile. And that’s something that we’ll probably talk about in a future episode of the AFoN Show. Now that the series is outed, we can share all of our speculation on what they can do with it.
As for the poo-poo’ers of the larger darts, I think it follows the same logic that if they do one blaster like this, they’ll do others. There will most certainly be dart refills available readily once the blaster is out. The wall of the darts do concern me a bit, but my thought is that they’ll wind up being similar to the arrows of the Big Bad Bow in sturdiness.
Overall, I think this will be a great addition to the family, and will probably be just the start of Nerf ‘Heavy weapons’ that will make gameplay more diverse overall.
Just for kicks, I made the image below. This is a scale size comparison between the new Mega dart and some other ammo options.
Recently I was contacted by the author of an official Nerf tome to come out later this year. His book is officially licensed by Hasbro to go over Nerf Blaster and some of Nerf’s history for younger kids (8 & up). It’s not going to be an encyclopedia, but more like this book. Still, pretty cool! I’m excited for it, as it’s supposed to contain a bit of information on future blasters that won’t be released until the book is published.
The first-ever official NERF book, a stunning visual guide to the iconic blasters–from the very first ones ever made to a sneak peek at the blasters of the future! Packed with photos and facts, this comprehensive tour of NERF blasters features a high-energy design, kid-friendly format, and an exclusive set of 6 specially designed (and highly collectible) foam darts incorporated into the cover.
In the tradition of the LEGO Star Wars Visual Dictionary (more than a million copies sold), this is the definitive guide to the iconic NERF blaster, and a book that all NERF fans will want to own.
A hardcover, full-color collector’s volume, NERF: The Ultimate Blaster Book presents each blaster in a fully illustrated, detailed spread that provides a complete array of technical specifications (range, capacity, propulsion type, etc.), the story behind the blaster, and callouts explaining its special features. Sidebars offer factoids, activities, and more. And with 6 exlusive, collectible darts included in the front cover of every book, this lavishly illustrated book is the ultimate NERF must-have!
Check it out over on Amazon!
Image courtesy of BrickForge
Are you an Adult Fan of Lego as well as an Adult Fan of Nerf? Then you might want to check out one of BrickForge’s latest offerings: a Dart Tag accessory pack! They’re offering two different packs, to allow you to construct two different dart tag teams (figures not included). They are both $6 a piece, which is a bit high when one is talking about a few accessories, but these are high quality and made in the US in smaller batches. The packs are:
Dart Tag (Delta Team)
- Maverick Hair
- Dart Tag Vest – Black w/ Medium Orange Crosshairs
- Medium Orange Darts (x2)
- Bow Striker – White
- Multi Arrow Pack
- Canister Gun – Bright Light Orange
- ‘Foam’ Sword – Lime Green & Medium Orange
- Automag – Lime Green
Dart Tag (Alpha Team)
- Hero Hair
- Dart Tag Vest – Black w/ Lime Crosshairs
- Lime Green Darts (x2)
- Shotgun – Bright Light Orange
- Bow Striker – Bright Light Orange
- Multi Arrow Pack
- Canister Gun – Lime Green
- ‘Foam’ Sword – Rust
It also looks like they’ll be offering a pair of Super Soaker accessory packs in the future as well, though as of the writing of this article, they’re not available on their store. Check them out, as well as their other awesome offerings at BrickForge.com.
Wired has a fantastic article that was just recently posted which reveals a bit about how blasters are designed, how long it takes, and also a few hints about what we’re in for next year! Check it out here: http://www.wired.com/design/2012/09/how-nerf-became-worlds-best-purveyor-of-big-guns-for-kids/