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!
In this episode, we review the Mega Magnus.
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Here it is, boys and girls: the newest blaster coming to shelves near you Fall of this year! The Nerf Zombie Strike Slingfire is the latest addition to the Zombie Strike line, continuing the unique designs of the Sledgefire and Hammershot before it. There’s no telling yet whether this is the big release of 2014 (I think it may be the Rapidstrike of this year) but it certainly is a blaster that we’re eager to get our hands on.
NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE SLINGFIRE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)
Zombie hordes are no match for the ZOMBIE STRIKE SLINGFIRE blaster! The blaster’s lever-action allows for quicker reloads on the run and DIY-style designs lend an authentic feel to any NERF zombie attack. Blaster comes complete with one six dart clip and six ZOMBIE STRIKE darts which can be fired up to 75 feet. Features the NERF Tactical Rail System customizable with NERF N-STRIKE scopes and accessories, each sold separately. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.
Riding on the coat-tails of this announcement, we’ve got a special treat coming Wednesday in the form of our next giveaway! In honor of our 50th episode of the AFoN Show, and the 5-year anniversary of the Adult Fans of Nerf blog (this June) we’ll be giving away 2 Elite colored Pinpoint Sights! Check back Wednesday for more details on how you can win one of these blue beauties!
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.
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.