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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Engadget lets slip the Elite Cam ECS-12

eliteCamComing out of the gate this week is the N-Strike Elite Nerf CAM ECS-12. It appears (thanks to the pictures’ file names) that this blaster was released a day early by Engadget, but we’re not mad. This awesome looking rifle-like blaster has an integrated video camera in stead of a scope.

This is a semi-automatic blaster in a similar vein to the Stryfe, with a black acceleration trigger below the firing trigger. The stock is both immobile and not-removable, and it requires 8, yes 8 AA batteries. There are 4 batteries for the motors and 4 for the camera.

It’s another blaster set to come out in the fall this year, and has the highest price of any Nerf blaster before it at $75. It does come with a 4gb SD memory card, and that will hold quite a bit of the video and pictures taken by the 0.3 megapixel, 20fps camera.

While the price tag is high and the camera quite poor for something so costly, I do have to admit that it is an awesome looking blaster!

Go check out the full article at Engadget.

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UK Nerf’s Toy Fair lowdown

321253 Nerf Demolisher 1[2]Over in the UK, Toy Fair is over, and UK Nerf has a write-up covering what they’ve seen at Hasbro’s closed-door booth. Of course he couldn’t take pictures, so along side the pictures we’ve seen he treats us to a description of what he’s experienced.

The Thunderbow doesn’t work like I had previously assumed; it apparently works somewhat like the Heartbreaker bow. When the string is pulled back the top arm comes back and once pulled back all the way, you release the string and off the Mega Dart goes. It seems to suffer from the same drawback problems that the Heartbreaker bow does, where if you don’t pull it back all the way you get shortened ranges.

The Agent Bow’s arms don’t flex like normal bows, but instead the string is made of some sort of latex or silicone like material. I’m very curious about this, since it makes it somewhat similar to the ever-popular Zing bows.

The Demolisher is quite the interesting blaster and while it is semi-auto now, it may become full-auto before it’s released because of the popularity of the full-auto Rapidstrike. The launcher underneath indeed does not come off, just like it appears in the pictures we’ve seen. It also sounds like it gets pretty decent ranges despite having a very simple method of operation. When you push the slide forward it primes the launcher and it launches on the pull back.

There was also a mysteriously empty stand in the booth, and when asked for information, the Hasbro attendants were mum on what was there. It’s speculated that it is a fairly large Elite blaster based on the size and position of the stand, and it sounds as though more information will be unveiled at/before ToyFair NY (Feb 16-19).

I don’t want to give it all away here, go check out his article here for more detailed information!

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Promo photos from UK ToyFair 2014 surface

01_Nerf_Rebelle Agent Bow_318776_001We managed to get a few new promo images and descriptions thanks to UK Nerf from the 2014 Toy Fair. Apparently he won’t be able to actually visit today, the first day of the fair, but he will be going tomorrow. So check out their site tomorrow for more up-to-date information.

Here’s the promotional description for the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow:

Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)

The Nerf Rebelle Agent bow is perfect for high-profile missions that require accuracy and skill. Release the string and watch as the first ever Nerf Rebelle foam-dart arrows soar up to 85 feet across the sky making a whistling sound! For added precision, the Agent Bow features an electronic glowing red dot that provides better aiming accuracy with every shot.
First of all, let me say that the arrows are weird. They remind me quite a bit of Green Arrow’s quiver full of different arrows. I wish Hasbro had a DC License so they could make one for Green arrow with little fists on the end. But I’m sure we’ll see one for Hawkeye at some point in the future. I’m really glad we’re finally seeing some real bow-powered blasters come out. I hope that this makes the Rebelle line even more successful!
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We’ve got a couple more images of blasters we’ve already seen. As you can see in the Demolisher image it appears as though the grenade launcher is indeed affixed to the blaster, and is not removable. This one actually looks to be an image of the production version too. We’ll have to wait for images or video to surface from the fair to be absolutely certain, but I think it’s not going to be able to come off. We can also see that the banana clip is not clear on either side, more than likely to hide the empty space in the bottom for the spring mechanism.A6563 Zombie Strike SlingFire[2] 326596 Nerf Thunderbow[2]
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Nerf N-strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 unveiled

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Another Monday, another blaster! Introducing the (prototype) N-strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1! This blaster has been unveiled by Popular Mechanics in it’s prototype form, and it’s amazing!

They say that this is a prototype blaster, so we can’t be certain it’ll look exactly like this on release. But I would say that since they’re willing to show it, it’s pretty close to what we’ll get in our hands.

The article says that it uses Mega darts in the lower barrel, but as you can see they aren’t really Mega darts so their terminology is a bit off. I would think they’ll be called Mega Missiles or something similar to that. But without actually having it in my hands, who’s to say that it can’t fire Mega darts? The hole on that missile looks like it could be pretty close to the hole on the Mega darts.

Beyond the missiles we see a wonderful 10-round banana clip, which is something the fans have been wanting for a long time. Of course since this is N-Strike the clip will be backwards compatible with previous blasters, and previous clips will be compatible with this blaster. The Demolisher will retail for $39.99 and looks to be another flywheel blaster, which doesn’t make me mad as I’ve had good luck with flywheel blasters so far.

This blaster appears to be customizable up the wazoo with at least 3 tactical rails, a shoulder stock attachment point, and a barrel extension attachment point. There’s no word yet whether the under-slung missile launcher will be detachable but it really doesn’t appear to be from the picture above. The Popular Mechanics article does mention that there will be ‘laser sights for the foam sniper in you’ so we have yet another piece of information telling us we’ll see more accessories. That’s wicked sweet; I want.

This blaster will apparently be at ToyFair UK (probably ToyFair NY too), so we’ll get to see more of it then. Aside from the color, this has got to be the blaster that most of the NIC had been asking for. I know I can’t wait, it looks sweet! We’ll try to get more information and get back to you as soon as we can!

UPDATE: We just got the official description from Nerf:

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE DEMOLISHER 2-IN-1 Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 14)

Take NERF shots to the next level with the 2-IN-1 blaster that dominates both MEGA and ELITE missions! The DEMOLISHER 2-IN-1 blaster is impressive in size and power firing up to 100 feet, featuring semi-motorized blasting, a 10 dart banana clip, and all new missiles.  Connect NERF scopes and lights to the blaster’s top Tactical Rail System and set sights on some of coolest NERF shots performed. Blaster includes two missiles and 10 N-STRIKE ELITE darts.  Four AA batteries required, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

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Nerf Mega Thunderbow Announced!

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Announced via Mania.com as an exclusive, the Nerf N-Strike Mega Thunderbow is the latest blaster to be revealed for Fall of 2014. Though the pictures are computer generated, we can assure you that this is indeed a real blaster.

NERF N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW Toy

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 14)

Awesome NERF MEGA performance transitions from blaster to bow with the addition of the N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW toy. The bow’s dynamic arms and traditional pull back system can fire five NERF MEGA whistler darts in a row up to an amazing 100 feet.  Includes 10 MEGA Whistler darts and holds up to five NERF MEGA darts at a time. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com

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It appears as though drawing the string back pulls the arms back, and fires the bow much like a Snapfire/Crossfire combo. I have to be honest and say that I’m apprehensive about this blaster, because bow-type blasters in the past haven’t had the best performance. But I’ll reserve judgement until I’m able to get my hands on it and see whether it can really get close to 100 feet like it claims.

I’m certain that we haven’t seen anything yet. There are more blasters to be revealed in the coming months, including this year’s ‘big bad blaster’ like the Centurion, Hail-Fire, and Stampede of years past. Check back for information

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