Howdy, y’all! Alright, so it’s no secret I went to Toy Fair. And no secret I saw the Nerf showroom. And even less of a secret that they sent me a Dart Tag Quick 16! These are scheduled for a Spring release, along with the rest of the new Dart Tag blasters for 2011. It’s already popping up in online stores at $19.99. Shouldn’t be too long now before everything filters in and you can get them off the shelves yourself.

Alright, let’s get to it. The Quick 16!

Right off, functionally speaking this is identical to a Nerf Raider Cs-35. You can see the similarities here:

From Nerf DT Quick 16

In the foregrip, the stock, even the action of the blaster. I say “similar” though because the main attraction of the new Dart Tag blasters is the internal clip.

From Nerf DT Quick 16
From Nerf DT Quick 16

Taking a similar page from N-Strike, the Quick 16 houses its ammo in an internal, attached clip/magazine as opposed to the front-loaded turrets or current removable Nerf N-Strike clips/magazines. The reload is pretty simple; take your Dart Tag darts and line them up with the internals of the clip until they just pop in. If you’re forcing them in considerably, then you’re doing it wrong. Fifteen more times, and you’re good to go. The firing action is identical to an N-Strike Raider CS-35, where pumping the blaster primes the blaster for a single shot or you can hold the trigger down and pump the blaster to engage slam fire.

The blaster’s comfy for me to hold, and I’m 5’7″. Dare I say it I think it feels even a bit more solid and of a stronger plastic than the N-Strike Raider.

I realize I’m drawing a lot of comparisons to the Raider and I wasn’t a fan of the N-Strike Alpha Trooper because of the similarities to a Raider. The underside-oriented internal clip is just enough difference for me that I find this more interesting and worth purchasing even if you already own a Raider.

You reload your darts one at a time, but the tactical implications to me read like this: Pop-pop-pop, cover, reload a bit. And continue. Never unload the entire clip unless necessary, work with a buddy, and keep your ammo handy to reload on the fly.. I’ll probably make a video of this later. The underside placement of the mag gives me the comfort I wanted out of the Trooper, as the included 35 round drum mag on a Raider feels awkward at times, and I also feel a faster and handy reload mechanism. Back to carrying an ammo pouch, and not fumbling with pockets full of mags. Even better, this thing will fire most types of darts. Assuming proper placement of the dart in the clip and the dart is in good condition you should be able to use anything BESIDES STREAMLINE DARTS, which not fire out of a Quick 16. Interesting side note, there are no tactical rails, and none of the N-Strike stocks I tried out would fit the rear portion of the Quick 16. It was wider, and not accepting of the connectors.

From Nerf DT Quick 16

In any event, I really dig the Quick 16 and intend to get the rest of the new Dart Tag blasters. The internal clip is definitely a different way to play, and adds a nice little change of tactics than what the N-Strike mags and current blasters offer right now. I am looking forward to seeing how the new blasters affect the landscape of the NDTL. Even more interesting, the box says the NDTL will be on ESPN this year… VERY INTERESTING INDEED.

Big thanks to Nerf for sending me this blaster! I appreciate getting a look before they land in stores!

Ready, Aim, NERF!

– @VasTheStampede

THE BIG SHOW – Welcome to Toy Fair 2011

Wow. So, I went to Toy Fair. My story is a blog entry in and of itself, but you’re probably not here for pages of witty observation. The saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words… so let me tell by show.

Some initial pictures!

Now for the bread and butter of this site: Foam shooters and other fun projectile toys!

The Hasbro/Nerf Showroom: New NERF DART TAG, a teaser for the NERF VORTEX line, and Nerf apparel were in the Nerf portion, while I saw everything from RC to BEYBLADES, GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, STAR WARS and more!)

Prime Time Toys: (POWERSTRIKE 48, QUICKFIRE 12)


and an honorable mention to TOOBERS AND ZOTS, while not a foam dart shooter/projectile brand, definitely have a product worth looking into if you have a lot of roleplaying/cosplay elements in your games. They’re a construction set of foam pieces that interlock and wrap around together to make fun shapes like hats and swords and in one case, even wings 🙂

Also, some interesting roleplay/game type stuff at BACKYARD SAFARI/ZILLIONS I took a look there and have some ideas 🙂

RAZOR SCOOTERS (@RAZORUSA) – c’mon, they’re action sport toys. I had a lot of fun with their stuff!

Someone new to me, MOBO CRUISERS. Basically I saw this and went, “OMG OMG A BIG WHEEL FOR ADULTS”






I have a soft spot in my heart for seeing “The Maxx”





GUND (soft plushie toys, awesome watch for their GRIDIRON FANATIC)

OHIO ART (AIR PICKS – seriously these things are pretty cool)

Hey all! Vids from toy fair are up on youtube:

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Well, how about that? The new Dart Tag blasters are live on!

Because we’re not about reinventing the wheel at FoamFromAbove, I’ll link the blog posts. Urban Taggers let the cat out of the bag weeks ago (months?) regarding the new Dart Tag items in 2011 (the new type of clipped blasters, jerseys, etc.) and SGNerf has been pretty close behind.

Check out their blogs, they’ve got all the details including pricing. Or you know, just head over to NERF’s main site. and check the online store.

Great work by Urban Taggers and SGNerf! Keep your eyes open for the new stuff!

Don’t forget, it’s Nerf or nothin’!

Alright, big announcement in regards to FoamFromAbove…

Alright, I’ve been writing this blog for about 5 years, most of the entries happening in the last year. When I started this project, it was to get me writing again, and I chose something I enjoyed and knew a bit about. I liked shooting nerf blasters with my friends, and had my fair share of stock wars with my buddies. Besides that, there were also the reviews of blasters I owned.

Then came the Nerf Dart Tag League, and fortunately it landed in Chicago. This led to me contacting Nerf, which to me has exploded into a trip to NYC, products to test and look at, and Nerf fun to spread around to the current group I play with.

So what’s the point? What’s the big news?

I’m going to Toy Fair, in New York City this February. With a media pass.

Which to me, is the big time. It’s a toy industry-only conference where a lot of toys for 2011 from all over the industry will show up before they hit stores. Buyers make their orders for the following year, and this is a lot of stuff involved with the holiday shopping for 2011. The news about the Stampede initially broke at one of these events, as well while it was still under its code name, “Big Blast”. Nerf showed early photos on their facebook page, and that’s where the clear blasters were first put on display. The N-Strike tac vest first popped up there as well last year.

And I’m going to be there, this year. After five years of blogging on/off, it’s come to this. A lot of Nerf news has already come out before this event, but it’ll pretty much be the first official news on US shores. The big press releases come out from this event.

Now, this trip isn’t compensated by Nerf or Hasbro, like the other media event in NYC. This is going to be all out of my own pocket, and for those that don’t know FFA is a one-man show. But I enjoy doing it because I never totally grew up and enjoy running around with silly blasters with my friends and other like-minded individuals.

But yeah, here’s the thing for you dear reader. I would never have gotten this pass if not for you visiting my site. For that, I thank you. In the meantime, if there is anything you want me to ask people from Nerf when I go there, please leave a question in the comments below. I obviously will not be able to take ALL QUESTIONS. I am going to select a few, and try to get answers. Any question involving a crossbow rerelease will not be taken, hehe. But anyway, I’ll leave it at that for now. With this event being next month there’s plenty of time for you all to figure out stuff to ask. So, fire away and see what sticks. I wouldn’t have this opportunity without readers, and so this is a way of me being able to represent you as well, sort of.

Thanks again, and I look forward to your questions. And be realistic, they obviously won’t disclose everything, much less have at-length discussions regarding the use of inverse plungers etc. They also won’t respond to questions in-depth about modding, opting to just say they don’t support it. But yeah, take a shot and I’ll see what I can use. Thank you, so so much.