Here it is! Episode 38 covers our adventure at the Nerf Mega Bash! (For some reason this wound up being low quality, we’ll try to get a higher quality version up as soon as we can!)
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.
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.
Check out this Kickstarter project! The ‘NH1′ is a tactical rail attachment that allows you to attach a flashlight or laser to your blasters! You can get one for only $10! Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1445775830/nerf-gun-accessory-holder
This, sadly, is another disappointing Sakar product with the Nerf name on it. About 6 months ago, this popped up online in vague pictures and descriptions as the ‘Nerf Blaster Cam’. I managed to find one earlier this week, and well, a blaster cam it is not. It’s just a shitty camera (320×240 video resolution, and 1mp photo) that Sakar has been allowed to put the Nerf logo on.
I know that many were excited when this product popped up on Kmart’s website; I know I was! The good news: it’s now available! The bad news though, is that it’s nothing like the flashlight shown in the picture above or the one in the description!
I bought one last week online, as I was unable to find them in my local Kmart, and I was excited for the new accessory, even though it was made by a company other than Hasbro (Sakar, like all of the other electronics . However, as you can see in the picture below, it’s not the accessory we thought. Though it’s an okay LED flashlight, it is not at all able to attach to a blaster without the aid of adhesive tape.
When we attended this years’ party, we had an opportunity to learn more about Sakar making these Nerf Branded electronic products. The story, I’m sad to say isn’t that great. Basically marketing saw an opportunity to make money off of just the Nerf name, and allowed Sakar to make accessories that would cost way too much for Hasbro to invest in making. It seems as though they were given some guidelines and set off. Nerf’s own design and engineering team has very, very little say in these products at all.
I understand the reasons why Hasbro doesn’t directly produce these types of products, but I almost wish they weren’t produced if they’re just going to be these crapgadgets. And most of them are poorly designed as well. The flashlight, though is a pretty good design compared to the other products put out. But then again, from what I was told it’s based off of a design from one of the Nerf Designers (which was used without his knowledge, I believe).
I’m still looking for that elusive Tactical Rail Camera, in the hopes that it’s at least able to attach to the tactical rails as promised.
We’ve posted about Random Hat’s venture in to creating 3rd party accessories before, and now they’re on Kickstarter.
From the email:
Through Kickstarter, we are beginning a campaign to fund our little project. We need to raise at least $20,000 to bring our first accessory, the Tactical Rail Clip Holder into full production. This funding will go fully to making our first accessory a reality and getting it to your doorstep! Sales from the initial run of the clip holder accessory and any money left over from our Kickstarter campaign will go to fund all of the other accessories in the future.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture, so we need to raise at least $20,000 to get anything at all. But you won’t be backing us for nothing! Anyone who donates at least $25 will get one of the clip holder accessories before they go on sale on our website, and the rewards only get better from there!
Check out the Kickstarter page for the Tactical Rail Clip Holder:
Normally we wouldn’t post things like this, but we don’t see 3rd party blaster accessories as any kind of modification. A company called Random Hat, LLC is working towards creating a line of accessories for Nerf Blasters that covers accessories not already made by Nerf. We have to say that we like this idea, and the prototypes that they’ve already made have promise!
But they need your help to continue to make progress. So please take this survey: http://randomhat.net/survey/index.php?sid=32316&lang=en and give them a bit of information on the Nerf Nation!
It’s a little early, but since I was given this information today, I’m going to release it today! This coming Spring, Super Soakers are truly being pumped up a notch! If you thought Nerf’s redesign of the Super Soaker line last year was awesome, this year they are continuing to raise the bar! I am extremely excited for these!
Introducing the Spring 2011 Super Soaker Lineup!
Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm Water Blaster
Severe storm warning: the blasting capability in the NERF SUPER SOAKER THUNDERSTORM water blaster, the first ever battery powered SUPER SOAKER, will send rivals running for cover. Fire a continuous stream of soakage, no pumping required! For lightning-fast reloads on the go, use the new NERF SUPER SOAKER CLIP SYSTEM refills. Requires 4 “AA” batteries, not included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. (MSRP: $14.99)
Nerf Super Soaker Tornado Strike Water Blaster
Soak your opponent twister-style with the mighty NERF SUPER SOAKER TORNADO water blaster. The unique rotating barrel twists the stream of water as you blast, creating a spinning helix of H2O power. Reload on the go using the new CLIP SYSTEM refills. The NERF SUPER SOAKER TORNADO water blaster comes equipped with a detachable stock. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. (MSRP: $19.99)
Nerf Super Soaker Scatter Blast Water Blaster
There’s nowhere to hide from the ultra-wide spray of the NERF SUPER SOAKER SCATTER BLAST water blaster. Simply slide the pump forward to load and pull back to release the power of five blasts of water, up to 25 feet! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. (MSRP: $9.99)
Nerf Super Soaker Point Break Water Blaster
Ready, aim, soak! Always be prepared for a water fight with the compact and portable NERF SUPER SOAKER POINT BREAK water blaster. Using pump to fire action, surprise your friends with a steady stream of soakage. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. (MSRP: $6.99)
Nerf Super Soaker Hydro Cannon Water Blaster
Blast your enemies from up to 35 feet away with the massive power of the NERF SUPER SOAKER HYDRO CANNON water blaster. Simply pump to pressurize then pull the trigger to let loose a massive burst of water. Customize your HYDRO CANNON water blaster with the detachable shield accessory, included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. (MSRP: $24.99)
Nerf Super Soaker Clip System Refills
The future of soaking has arrived! Several NERF SUPER SOAKER water blasters are now equipped with clip system technology, allowing you to refill and reload without stopping the soaking action. NERF SUPER SOAKER CLIP SYSTEM refills feature an integrated belt clip for easy transport. Compatible with multiple water blasters in the NERF SUPER SOAKER line. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. (MSRP: $3.99)