If you haven’t already read about it here or here or even here, the Alpha Trooper has made an appearance in Elite colors in the latest Argos catalog. I said in our speculation videos that I didn’t expect them to make a new Alpha Trooper, but obviously I was wrong. I did say I thought it would be an exclusive blaster if it did come back, and it appears as though I was right in that case. I’m willing to bet it will once again be a Target exclusive here in the states, but time will tell.
Another interesting little tidbit that was released along with the Alpha Trooper would be the Dart Tag Stinger. As you can see below it’s a blaster that comes with another target, and is about the size of a jolt (perhaps slightly larger). I wish that I could see a better picture than this to get a better idea of the blaster’s details. I’ve always been a fan of the Dart Tag line, and I believe that this blaster could signal the eve of an Elite Dart Tag lineup.
I mean, for a ‘sport’ blaster line, they’ve been woefully underpowered and prone to issues. If they could combine the power and accuracy of the Elite line with Dart Tag, I believe they could make something of Dart Tag as a sport. If you haven’t seen it already, there are rumors floating around that the Dart Tag lineup will see a revamp in 2013, and then this blaster shows up in Elite Blue! My bet is that this means that the Dart Tag lineup will have Elite power and accuracy (but probably not range since the dart tag darts aren’t as light or aerodynamic as Elite Darts). We shall see, but I think 2013 is going to be an interesting year for Nerf!
I’ve managed to get my hands on most of the Elite lineup that we know about, but the Diatron still eludes me, as well as everyone else. But still, later today, as our friends at Nerf have told us, they will be officially announcing the Rough Cut 2×4 and Vortex Diatron on the Nerf Nation Facebook page. One can assume that the release dates will still be soft, as they’ve seemingly been with the other blasters.