Category Archives: New Blasters

New Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire!

N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire blaster

Early this morning, Amazon Spain leaked a listing for a big bad blaster: the Rhino-Fire. After a good part of the day was spent pouring over the images, trying to see what kinds of features it may have, we received word from Nerf HQ. The Rhino fire is the ‘Mystery Blaster’ that was teased during the recent US blogger hangout with Nerf as well as during this year’s Nerf Event in New York (Check out our video here discussing the party with Foam From Above and ClickClickBamf)

Here’s the blaster blurb we received this afternoon:

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE RHINO-FIRE Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: Fall 14)

Dominate the competition with the biggest, baddest NERF blaster yet! The N-STRIKE ELITE RHINO-FIRE blaster is the first fully automatic NERF blaster featuring rapid-fire, double barrel blasting, an amazing 50 dart capacity and two N-STRIKE ELITE dart drums, turning ordinary battles into extraordinary ones. The epic RHINO-FIRE blaster sends darts soaring impressive ELITE distances of up to 90 feet, and features both a front handle for mobility and tripod to ensure awesome accuracy. Includes 50 N-STRIKE ELITE darts.  Six “D” batteries required, not included. Available exclusively at Walmart.

This blaster is definitely large and looking to take charge! At pretty much $100 this bad boy is certainly the most expensive blaster to date, and that’s most likely a combination of being expensive to make as well as only being available in limited quantities at Walmart and select international retailers (TBD).

We could speculate on exactly how it operates, but we’ll definitely be getting one or two to show you exactly how later this year!

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Nerf All Access 2014

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This morning I returned from this year’s Nerf event. Due to circumstances beyond our control, unfortunately Mr. S was unable to attend this year’s event. But I worked closely with Foam From Above and ClickClickBamf, so everything wound up working out in the end. Right now, I don’t have too much to say about it; I’m working with F2A, CCB, and ShiningFoam to put something together that we can present to everyone.

In the meantime, check out Blaster Labs’ coverage of the event, and we’ll provide our coverage at some point in the very near future. If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below and we’ll answer them if we can!

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Mattel Joins the Battle with BOOMco Blasters!

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We don’t know too much about these yet, but at least we do know they’re coming thanks to reddit user /u/MarcusH26051 posting about the blasters being listed on the website of UK retailer Argos.

A little more digging revealed their website at www.boom-co.com, and a few videos that you can see there (blasterlabs found this link a little before me). In that video, they reveal that the blasters will be out fall of 2014, get about 70 feet of distance and use a special “Smart Stick” dart.

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These darts appear to have an accordion-like neck behind the sticky head, which must help them cushion the hit and help them to stick better. What type of sticky substance is on the tips though, is anyone’s guess at this point. In the video they mostly shoot at targets that are included with each blaster, however the darts seem to stick to almost anything including clothing. It will be very interesting to see what these sticky darts are like, since we’ve seen similar things pop up in the past without much success commercially.

The larger two blasters also have a very interesting attachment on what looks like tactical rails: a pop-up target shield that allows you to ‘capture’ the darts and quickly re-use them. In addition to the blasters, the video reveals they’ll be releasing googles, bandoliers, and some kind of sticky ball to compliment the line of blasters.

We’ve reached out to some of our contacts for some more information, so check back for more information!

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The AFoN Show Episode 53: Zombie Strike Pt. 2

In this episode we talk a bit about the 2014 New York ToyFair and review more of the current Zombie Strike lineup including the Sidestrike, Crossfire, and Fusefire.
You can check out the images of the blasters we’ve been talking about after the break.

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Surprises abound from NY ToyFair 2014

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Toy fair has only been open for a day, and already we’ve seen a number of new and awesome things! Thanks to Vas at Foam From Above for being our primary source of information at ToyFair! Blasterlabs is there as well, and we’re looking forward to their perspective on the products shown as well!

We’ll be providing our analysis of the new products that have been shown at toyfair this week alongside our episode of The AFoN Show Episode 53: Zombie Strike Part 2! So for now, stay tuned to our seasoned Toy Fair Expert, Vas from Foam From Above for your up-to-the-minute information!

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Tek Recon Predator Announced!

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Here it is, the Tek Recon Predator! I have to admit, this thing looks pretty beastly. We reviewed the Havok and Hammerhead way back when they first hit shelves, and I’m cautiously optimistic about this new offering from Tech4Kids.

Here’s their marketing blurb:

The Predator features rapid slam firing, with ranges exceeding 100 feet. It holds up to 100 ‘NRG’ rounds, more than any other reusable ammo blaster. To help enhance the Tek Recon experience, a newly designed magazine that allows for rapid loading firing will be introduced to enhance the battle experience. The Predator comes equipped with six accessories; including scopes and LED targeting technology that can be customized and mounted on tactical rails. ….In addition to the Predator blaster, new accessories for 2014 include different performance ‘NRG’ rounds, like Long and Soft shots. These special rounds come in a variety of colors and provide more customization for the fans.

Now they’re not exactly correct with the claim that 100 rounds is “more than any other reusable ammo blaster”. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire is capable of carrying up to 144 darts when used in concert with 18-round clips.

With this new blaster comes several accessories such as scopes and led lights, as well as a re-designed clip and phone cradle. We’re hoping it isn’t as frustrating as the older version, and actually fits more than just caseless iPhones.

There also hasn’t been any word if they’ve fixed any of the problems that occurred with their first two blasters like poor accuracy or difficult firing. I’m not really sold on their new ammo types either. They still don’t really solve the main problem caused by the old ammo: being super small and hard to find. The new ammo that I’ve seen is yellow and blue (one is a little stronger, and the other softer), and I really don’t think that that color change will make them easier to find.

I’m obviously not a fan of Tek Recon’s offerings, but I’m totally willing to change my opinion if they’ve actually made positive changes to their designs. I’ll be picking this up to review it, at least.

 

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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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