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!!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
- 1 Fast-Load Sleeve
- 10 Orange Dart Tag Darts
- 10 Green Dart Tag Darts
I’ve had the opportunity to play around with the Fast-Load Sleeve and put it through the proverbial ringer. I spent hours jogging around my living room like a spaz watching as every dart I stuck to the Fast-Load Sleeve fell to the floor. “If dart tag is supposed to be a fast paced game” I thought to myself, “shouldn’t a device meant to speed up the re-loading process at least hold on to the ammo long enough for you to use it?” I have to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this product, there was a strong chance I was going to be disappointed. Though my prediction was correct, and the product performed as I expected, the product isn’t a total waste of money.
The Fast-Load Sleeve looks sharp, comes with plenty of darts and it’s comfortable. Now, I have smaller wrists than some grown-ups so comfort will vary depending on the age and build of the user. If you’re a dart tag player that doesn’t move around a lot, or very quickly, then this product might work better for you. There is also the possibility that the product I received was sub-par, and better iterations of the Fast-Load Sleeve are out there. If there are readers out there that own the Fast-Load Sleeve and have had success with it, please post comments.
Final opinion of the Dart Tag Fast-Load Sleeve:
As it stands right now, I wouldn’t recommend the Fast-Load Sleeve. Aside from personal comfort, the product failed to serve its primary function: securing spare ammo for use in-game.
- 1 Flip Clip connector
- 2 Clip System clips
- 18 CLIP SYSTEM darts
Being a Clip System fan, I felt it was time to try out the Flip Clip pack that I always see taunting me from the store shelf. I figure it was a better option than becoming a “black tape commando.” I gotta say, the Flip Clip is everything I expected it to be.
Truth be told, there’s not much to say about the Flip Clip. It does exactly what you’d expect it to do. The Flip Clip holds any two standard Clip System clips snugly together, you really have to pull to get them apart. It’s a simple, functional piece. The 18 Clip System darts that come with the Flip Clip were just enough to finally fill up my ammo crate!
My final opinion of the N-Strike Flip Clip:
There’s really not much to dislike. It’s functional, effective, and looks really cool in use. If you like Clip System blasters, the Flip Clip is worth every penny.
N-Strike Flip Clip: 5 out of 5
Accessories: 5 out of 5
Overall rating: 10 out of 10