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Nerf Vortex pre-launch event NYC


This week at La.venue in New York, Nerf held a media only event to preview the Vortex series of blasters to launch on 09/10/’11 and we at AFoN were privileged enough to get an invite.  Last year at the event kicking off the Stampede we were blown away with the attention Nerf gave to showcasing the blaster, as well as celebrating 5o years of Nerf fun.  This year, the event took on an energy as unique as the Vortex line itself.  Impressive displays showcasing the all stars of the N-Strike series as well as the N-Force, Dart Tag and Super Soaker lines adorned the entry to the event as well as a big screen playing Nerf commercials. Continue reading Nerf Vortex pre-launch event NYC


Nerf Vortex NYC Media Event Quick Update

Mr. S and I were fortunate enough to be invited to New York again this year, and the party was a great! That was a hell of a time! Mr. S will have a full wrap-up later, but I just wanted to let everyone know what’s coming.

Let me say, that we were both blown away by the amazing Vortex line of blasters! Not only do they have great ranges, but they are accurate and have revolutionary launch systems that can’t even compare to the N-Strike Line (save for the Nitron, which uses flywheels, but even that has elements that make it amazing).


Check back later this weekend for a preliminary review of the Vortex Blasters, and details of the wonderful event!


Nerf Vortex Vigilon Review

The Vortex series is set to launch on 9/10/11, and we at AFoN have a special invitation to attend the pre-release media event in New York.  In preparation for the event, our friends at Nerf have gifted us a little sneak peak with the Vigilon, the first blaster in the series.

The Vortex series is unique in many ways; not only do they use a completely new ammo in the Vortex disc, they utilize an innovative new firing mechanism.  I was expecting the discs to feel like a cut down ballistic ball, man was I wrong.  The discs are composed of foam wrapped around a squishy rubber or plastic center making for a sturdy, bouncy thing that really looks like a mini frisbee.  Continue reading Nerf Vortex Vigilon Review


Gear Up series Overview

It’s that time of year again!  Time to prepare for the next anniversary release from Nerf.  Last year we were told to “Clear the way!” for the 09/10/’10 release of the Stampede ECS 50 blaster.  The clear the way series took come of our favorite blasters and stripped them down, showing off their innards for all the world to see.  This year Nerf is asking us to “Gear Up!” for the unleashing of the Vortex series of disk launchers on 09/10/’11.

Thanks to our friends at Nerf we have the opportunity to give you a preview of three of the repainted blasters from this limited edition series.  The Gear Up series consists of the Raider, Maverick, Barracade and Recon blasters featuring a new two tone grey, black and orange color scheme with diagonal stripes marking parts of the body.  Continue reading Gear Up series Overview


Nerf Dart Tag Quick 16 Review

From what I’ve seen so far 2011 may be the year of Nerf.  The gem of the lot to date in my opinion is the newly designed Dart Tag series blasters.  This series is a marvel of reinvention, the built in clip design has gifted the lightning fast game of dart tag with the fastest reload time offered on modern blasters not in the Clip System.  My only problem with the series as a whole has to do with jams.  I have had some bad luck with what can only be described as double loading, where a second dart tries to load on top of the dart that is already in the chamber when the blaster is cocked.  This has only happened as a result of children or inexperienced Nerfers playing with my blasters but has had the ultimate end of ripping the dart apart.  That being said it’s time to get to the review, I bring to you the Dart Tag Quick 16.

I have one quick thing to say about the Quick 16.  Slam fire is awesome!  The N-Strike Raider CS-35 is possibly my favorite blaster and it has been quite saddening to have nothing quite as cool in the Dart Tag arsenal.  My prayers have been answered by this 16 round beast of a blaster.  The paint apps follow those seen on the Speed Load 6 which is expected and looks just as good.  Also as I had thought the redesigned trigger that I commented about in my last review is carrying along to the rest of the blasters in the series which makes me happy. Continue reading Nerf Dart Tag Quick 16 Review


Nerf Vortex Video 2

A second video for the vortex blasters has shown up, and this one’s a bit clearer than the previous, but still in the same ‘secret video’ style. This one shows the smaller blaster, as well as a comparison of the new blasters to the ‘Gear Up’ blasters set to come out just before the Vortex line. It also shows more of the Discs themselves. The discs are actually shaped like Frisbee, so they are actually able to generate lift, and therefore fly farther with less power. In the video we can actually see the disc hit a paper cup, and deliver a satisfying pop, knocking the cups off the ledge.

I have to say, I’m looking forward to them quite a bit more than after the first video. I’m also looking forward to the next video (which I assume will be next week).



Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6 review

If you’re anything like the staff here at AFoN you’ve been waiting very impatiently for the release of the newly redesigned Nerf Dart Tag blasters.  We are very happy to inform you that they’re finally here!  I bring to you the Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6.

It has been a while since we’ve seen anything new on the Dart Tag side of the Nerf coin, and it’s nice to see something fresh for 2011.  The Speed Load 6 is an interesting blaster, and is the first I’ve seen to offer the built in clip.  I have to say, the quick load build in clip is an amazing feature that offers dart tag players self contained dart storage and possibly the fastest reload time among similar blasters including clip system blasters from the N-Strike series.  An amazing feature that was discovered while testing this blaster, and something Nerf has not revealed about the blaster is that it has a Slam Fire feature Continue reading Nerf Dart Tag Speed Load 6 review


Nerf Vortex Revealed

On the Nerf Nation Facebook page, they’ve posted a video of the new Nerf Vortex Blasters! While the video is edited to have the appearance of a ‘Secret’ video that we’re not supposed to see, we can tell what the Vortex line shoots: foam disks.

I have faith that Nerf will be able to turn a cheap 99 cent store disk shooter toy and make it in to something of quality and awesomeness! I believe that there may be more videos and pictures to come, which I will post here.

Check out the video for yourself!


Clear the way for 9-1-10! A preview of the Nerf Clear Series Blasters

The N-Strike Clear Series Blasters are on their way, and thanks to our partners at Nerf we have the opportunity to give you an adultfansofnerf.com exclusive first look at four of these attractive blasters.

We greatly appreciate our partnership with the fine people at Nerf, without their cooperation and generosity much of the awesome stuff we put on AFoN wouldn’t be possible. You can only imagine our surprise when an unexpected package appeared riddled with N-Srtike logos and a big sticker on top exclaiming “Clear the way for 9-1-10!” I gotta give it to our partners at Nerf, they’re creative at everything they do, even packaging. Not only was the shipping box ornately decorated, but the bundle inside was held together by two bandoliers and instead of packaging peanuts the “precious cargo” was secured by Clip System darts(how cool is that)!

I’m going to get some generalities out of the way before I get to the reviews. These blasters look great; the clear plastic used for this series of blasters is very attractive, and doesn’t change the overall weight and feel of the blasters. Being able to see the inner workings of the blasters is a great feature, especially for some of the more complex pieces. Some of the core components of each blaster remain their usual orange plastic, which is ok since these are meant to be functional blasters and not simply display pieces.

N-Strike Nite Finder EX-3 – The Nite Finder is a cool little blaster. It has good power and range in a compact package. The red Light Beam site on the Nite Finder functions well as a tactical light for night play and if you can calibrate it properly it can be fairly accurate a closer range. All these things are true for the Clear Series blaster as well. This doesn’t surprise me at all considering the fact that the Nite Finder has the most simplistic innards of the blasters added to the Clear Series. The Nite Finder comes with three sucker darts, which is just enough to compliment the two storage slots under the Light Beam, while keeping one dart in the chamber.

N-Strike Maverick REV-6 – The Maverick is has become the most recognized Nerf blaster of the N-Strike series. Even people that wouldn’t consider themselves Nerf fans own Mavericks(though they might not know what it’s called other than a Nerf “gun”). This well weighted sturdy six shooter fires with good range and power for its size. This is not the first time we’ve seen a clear Maverick if you were lucky enough to find one of the Gamestop exclusives or from their short stint at Walmart. I will say I’ve had more frequent issues with misfires and power problems with the Clear Series blaster compaired to the regular Maverick, but not all special edition products can be perfect.

N-Strike Recon CS-6 – I’ve always found the Recon interesting. I like the idea of customizing the blaster for different conditions. I credit the Recon for the idea of removable butt stocks, but it may not have started there(I don’t know for sure). The Recon’s inner mechanism has been so well made that it has led to many new and awesome Clip System blasters. The Clear Series Recon is just as impressive. They made everything clear, even the rail attachments! Functionality hasn’t really changed from the regular blaster to the Clear Series, range and power remain the same.

N-Strike Deploy CS-6 – The Clear Series Deploy gave a couple problems, the clip wouldn’t fit into the blaster easily and the cocking mechanism doesn’t always lock after loading. That being said I do like the clear Deploy. As I said in my full review, I have a weakness for things that transform and the Deploy definitely delivers. When everything works, this clear blaster works almost as well as the normal version. Power is decreased a little, and as a result so is range. I can live with this as I’ve always seen the Deploy as a short to mid range blaster. I did learn one thing from the Clear Series Deploy; from seeing how the spring in the butt of the gun which controls the “deploy” feature functions, I have decided that in order to keep the spring from losing it’s.. springiness(?) I’m going to store my blaster in its fully deployed form. If it’ll work the way I think I’m not sure, but it’s a decision based on observation, and I like that.

All in all I’m satisfied with the Clear Series Blasters, they are well made, feel almost exactly like their colored counterparts, and come with all the accessories you’d expect. When they launch in August I’d recommend getting them, if for no other reason than to say to your friends “dude! Check out my clear Nerf stuff!”


Announcing the N-Strike Spectre REV-5!

Some of you out there may have already seen this blaster as well, but now it’s official! The good people at Nerf have just released this image and some information to several Nerf Fan Sites out there, so finally we can introduce it to you out there who haven’t already seen it. This blaster will be available in October of this year exclusively at Wal-Mart Stores! The Spectre REV-5 combines features of the N-Strike Maverick REV-6 and N-Strike Recon CS-6 blasters in one tacticool package. Its a 5-Dart capacity blaster that comes with a folding shoulder stock and a “silencer” barrel attachment (why a blaster that comes with sonic darts has a silencer is beyond me though).

We at AFoN are extremely excited to have another new blaster to look forward to this year in addition to the blaster to come out on 9-9-10.  Though we have to wait a little longer for this one than the others, we’re excited for the new stock and barrel attachment.