In this episode, we review the Zombie Strike Ricochet and Ripshot Vortex Blasters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
We 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.
In this episode we talk about the newly released Ultimate Nerf Blaster book!
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!)
Hey there Nerf Nation! Mr. S here. I know I know, I haven’t exactly been posting on here lately. Bad me I thought I’d give you guys something to talk about in regards to last night’s awesome Media Event, the MEGA Summer Bash. As you can probably guess from the name the focus of the event was on the Nerf MEGA Centurion. It’s been all over the internet with mixed thoughts but, all things considered this blaster has some great points.
The size is impressive, at something like 6 inches longer than the LongShot. The color scheme is sleek and pretty stylish (although Mr. K wishes it matched the Crimson series more). The ammo has caused some controversy, but in my opinion it’s not too bad all things considered. I would love to talk more about the Centurion but all things in due time. We have a lot of info to cover and updates and detailed descriptions will be coming soon. Please bear with us.
I also wanted to quickly touch base on the two blasters that kinda stole the show for many of the other guests in attendance. There were four “shooting galleries” setup this year; obviously the Centurion, the Elite RapidStrike, the Vortex Revonix 360 and the much awaited Rebelle line of blasters. It was a great opportunity to get our hands on these other blasters that we have been seeing online for quite some time now and run them through their paces.
The RapidStrike was the favorite of many attendees and for great reasons. This blaster is pretty awesome. Its has been compared to the Stampede here and there, and there are many similarities between these blasters. I’m not going to say much right now but I will say a couple things to make the wait all the better. First off, CLEAR CLIP!! I’m not talking the half and half elite clips that we’ve seen before, or the see through orange clips either, this is a full on clear clear no color clear 18 round clip. It looks pretty sweet! Second, it is full auto and does fire faster than the Stampete. No burst fire, and Slam Fire functionality is still faster, but for what it is, the RapidStrike has what people want.
My personal favorite of the show was the Revonix 360. I am a huge fan of the Vortex line, with the Pyragon at the top of the list. The Revoinx has the potential to knock the king from its thrown. I wasn’t so much paying attention to how many discs the Revonix can hold, but it has a sufficient capacity for my wants. The main feature I wanted to mention is something that has been mentioned before, but is so much cooler having actually used it. I’m talking about the ability to reload on the fly. This is such an interesting feature for a large capacity Vortex blaster. It is actually really easy to reload and you can do it really fast, one thing to note is that the blaster revolves the cylinder after every shot so if you’re out, don’t fill up one full “clip” in the hopes of getting to unload it all at once (personal experience).
I’m only going to touch briefly on the Rebelle line. We have so much info to go through regarding this line of blasters specifically designed for girls. The concept is solid, and it’s good to see Nerf branching out and shaking hands with the clamoring female fans who wanted something more marketed for them. The Rebelle line has some great offerings. We had a chance to try out the HeartBreaker Bow and the Guardian Crossbow. I have so many comments about this line, but that’ll wait for now to take up its own separate article. Don’t worry gals, it’s not gonna be a hate fest
The last piece of information I’m going to leave you with involves a blaster that we posted about recently. The Elite Spectre has been confirmed to be coming stateside!! We are unsure as to the when, but we have information that it will be the second exclusive to grace the shelves of Walmart. We are so looking forward to the chance to see this guy close up.
So there you have it, a teaser of awesome things to come. There are so many awesome things we want to talk about, so stay tuned for an episode of The AFoN show with all the great awesomeness!
Our flight was cancelled, so we have to deal with that, so our updates will be delayed at least until we figure things out. Sorry!
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.
It’s time for another review from outside the world of Nerf. With the release of the movie The Dark Knight Rises coming to theaters soon, it’s probably time we talk about the Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster that is in stores now.
This is the second Mattel Batman Dart blaster I’ve had the opportunity to own and test out, and the quality isn’t all that bad. As far as plastic goes, the overall construction is solid, although the trigger feels a little loose especially when not primed. The dart construction(comes with 3) is very similar to a Nerf Sonic dart. Quality of foam in the body of the dart is pretty good, however the tip seems to b glued onto the body in a way that could lead to falling off after time. Continue reading Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” Triple Barrel Grapnel Blaster Review