Enjoy a couple pics of the Nerf Rhino-Fire – will update this post with better quality photos and a few initial thoughts on the blaster tonight.
Back the weekened before Thanksgiving, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTag) rocked the city with a weekend of toys, games, gift ideas, innovation, invention, and creativity. This year was no exception with a bigger feeling to it, and some of the best brands I’ve come to know and enjoy seeing year after year.
Razor, Spin Master Toys (seriously, the Tenkai Knights building sets they brought were amazing innovations in construction sets), Mayfair Games, Bananagrams, and local favorites like Floppets were all on the show floor, bringing the humor for everyone. That being said, here are my galleries from the weekend.
PlayChic – The fashion show for the weekend, that combines a famous fashion designer’s touch with the inspiration of a toy or game at the show. Joan Severance, inventor of the txTylz game, was on hand even to lend her talent to the show.
Full album is here!
Aaaaaaand pictures from the ChiTag Show floor 🙂
The above sites provide a proper listing of all the Black Friday deals to expect at Toys R Us! I consolidated the Nerf deals here, but the articles have a bunch of other great offers on Transformers, Skylanders, Kids electronics, and so much more. I am assuming these deals apply in-store only and in the U.S. but if I find any Cyber Monday deals I’ll be sure to post those as well. Take note, and happy hunting!
Toys R Us Black Friday Nerf Deals – wanna see? (All deals are limit 2 per guest)
THURSDAY 5PM – SATURDAY CLOSE (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
Nerf Rebelle Guardian Crossbow – $11.99 (40% off)
Nerf Rapidstrike CS-18 – $27.99 (20% off)
Nerf, Hello Kitty, or My Little Pony Walkie Talkies – $9.99 (50% off)
Nerf Rebelle Sweet Revenge – $9.99 (50% off)
Nerf Vortex Pyragon or Praxis Blaster – $14.99-$19.99 (Save $20)
Nerf Dart Tag – $24.99 (doesn’t specify much more than that…?)
FREE Dart Tag Jersey when you buy any exclusive Nerf Dart Tag Item (save $20)
Batman, Hello Kitty, My Little Pony, or NERF clock radio: $19.99
So, first saw Atamaii‘s video pop up on Urban Taggers and here we are, ZOMBIESTRIKE. FROM NERF. At least through 2014. Here’s the video followed by some screencaps of interest from the video (edited to properly link Atamaii’s web site in addition to the youtube channel and clarify screen caps came from Atamaii’s video) –
Alright, so what have we got here?
|The ZombieStrike Sledgefire|
|Unsurprisingly, reminiscent of the triple shot. Obviously, the “shell” isn’t in.|
|Hammershot, I imagine it would fit in the SWEET REVENGE holster as well, but only one way to know for sure.|
|SIDEstrike/holster. Accomodates the Firestrike as well apparently.|
|It… well, fires darts and has dart holder storage. No surprises. Still want one.|
|Fuse Fire. Jury is out until I can try it.|
|Ricochet. Small sidearm, supposedly a new Scout for people to use.|
|Targeting set (that’s the Vantage/Srike Blade in the front)
Look! A new Jolt, and it has ammo holders! Sweet!
|Targets. Zombie Targets with the Targeting Set.|
|Z-Bombs. Looks like they were taken after the water bombs from Super Soaker
but retooled a bit. I see a saw blade(?), a brick, that rocket looking thing
and what could be a proper football. Also, you see the pouch to hold them.
|The pouch for Z Bombs.|
|A “Starter Kit” and the bandana.|
|NERF MACHETE (AGAIN)|
Unfortunately, it looks like everything is under glass. A few more Target exclusives it looks like beyond the Hammer Shot and Sledge Fire, and I’m pretty sure I saw “Jan ’14” as a release date for some of those things above. There’s a very good chance that this stuff will be out even before the New York Toy Fair, so cross your fingers that a good amount of this will be ready in time for the holidays even!
TL; DR –
SledgeFire – I’m wary about how the shells are going to work and play, but I’ll be able to judge better once I actually have it. I just hope the shells will also be sold in a mission kit.
HammerShot – Now, please.
Crossfire Crossbow – See above.
Nerf Machete – See above and above.
Z bombs – So, instead of socks…? But I like the idea of a foam brick to toss around.
Sidestrike/FuseFire/Ricochet/Targeting Set – I’m a little eh, but will reserve excitement for seeing them firsthand.
ZombieStrike Blade – It’s…. a Vantage. While I do like seeing N-Force ideas are not entirely out the window just yet (they did say it would be supported at last year’s party, so nice to see them come through in a way.)
Also….. NERF MACHETE.
Overall, I’m really looking forward to the line and can’t wait to try them out. Between the Hammer Shot and the SledgeFire, that’s a good amount of innovation from the start. If the Crossbow is comfy and the Machete robust, I will be a happy camper.
The Nerf brand’s been busy this year, releasing a whole bunch of things. The N-Strike line had a couple of repaint offerings, in the Gear Up and Whiteout series
along with additions to the transparent green Sonic Series (Barrel Break, Barricade, Longstrike, and Stampede)
Ultimately, if you know someone who HAS GOTTA catch’em all, then go nuts on the repaints. Performance-wise I didn’t notice much difference from the original releases so there’s nothing new feature-wise here. The real draw is following Nerf’s “it looks cool!” policy because I’ll admit, the neon green and whiteout paint jobs look pretty darn cool.
Main event: the new Nerf Vortex line as the centerpiece!
Find prices and more on my previous post here: NERF VORTEX BREAKDOWN
“XLR” disc technology = increased ranges and a new clip system. The discs are made of a plastic disc with a foam rim. The discs fly pretty well, but they do carry in a high wind outside. Honestly, so do darts. How much of this is a problem for you is up to you.
Yes, this also means yet ANOTHER ammo type to start collecting in large quantities, but for what it’s worth the discs are not only soft, but they seem pretty durable. The guys at Adult Fans of Nerf did an informal “stomp test” at the release party, and the discs did not squish very badly at all. The clips with the Praxis and the tactical kit have a 10 round capacity, but the Nitron comes with a 20 shot clip (2 of them if you can find the special Wal-Mart only package.)
The increased ranges are pretty awesome considering previous Nerf offerings, albeit there have been reports of some user issues. Some key points to keep in mind are to not be a spaz when using the blasters. Make sure you perform a complete motion manipulating foregrips, triggers, slides, or other priming mechanisms when using the blasters. Moving too fast is what causes mechanisms to grind. It’s a new dimension to add to gameplay, and maybe worth your time this holiday season. Aesthetically and ergonomically speaking, I really enjoy using the Praxis. The stock is a little flimsy compared to the Raider’s, but the pump-action and general feel of the blaster is very comfy. The pump-action makes aiming a little more consistent than with bolt-action or pull-back blasters for me, so this works for my playing style. The only problem is what I have with N-Strike blasters, reloading the clips can slow down the action at a game when you run out. Little details like the thumb-release on the Proton and the Praxis are those indicators that Nerf did go the extra mile in designing the blaster’s exterior.
Questions? Comments? Let me know, otherwise see you next time for my overview of the N-Force line! Also find me on twitter: @vasthestampede!
Man! Here we go with what’s out and my thoughts on some blasters currently out there on the market to give people a heads up on what to think about when looking for a toy for your kid. As I work mostly out of pocket, I can’t provide an opinion on EVERYTHING, but I’ll do what I can. As Nerf’s been one of the more forthcoming companies providing samples and info, here they are.
2011 was HUGE for Nerf. They released something for all their current lines: Dart Tag, N-Force, N-Strike, and their newest addition to the Nerf blaster family, the Vortex.
Nerf Dart Tag used new blasters in their tournament this past summer, and the line got a revamp. The Swarmfire, Quick 16, Sharp Shot, and Speedload 6 are what the Dart Tag line looks like now, and they’re all pretty good additions. Quick note: STREAMLINES DO NOT FUNCTION IN DART TAG BLASTERS. THEY DO NOT FIT THE BARRELS PROPERLY.
The Swarmfire is a battery-operated turret blaster, loaded up to 20 darts at max capacity. It was surprisingly strong right out of the box, definitely on the high end of the 30′ you could estimate for ranges on this blaster. While reload is a pain in the butt, the rate of fire and range balance it out. You can find it for $29.99 at most retailers. It comes with ammo, removable stock, and runs on 6 “C” batteries (not included.) It can fire pretty much any type of dart, but streamlines I’ve seen have the worst performance.
The Quick 16 is my favorite blaster of the Dart Tag line. I’d already done a review of this blaster earlier, for your reference here it is: FOAM FROM ABOVE – QUICK 16!
$19.99 at most retailers, and between the ergomonics and the solid construction, is a fine gift.
The Speedload 6 is what you could say is mid-level blaster, having only 6 shots before emptying. At $12.99 is not a bad price, but considering you get similar ranges and 7 more dollars will get you 10 more shots per reload it’s a toss up which blaster you want to get. Ultimately what it boils down to is whether you like the slide priming mech on the back like a Nerf N-Strike Recon, or the foregrip/slam-fire action like an N-Strike Alpha Trooper or Raider. Depending on your preference, that should determine your final decision. I like the Speedload’s heft, but it is definitely a tough blaster to holster and use as a sidearm.
The Sharp Shot is the pistol-type blaster of the Dart Tag line. Not much to report, it’s a single-shot blaster that has a slide on the back of he blaster you use to prime it. It comes with 3 darts, and costs $7.99. If you’ve seen one pistol, don’t expect too much different out of this.
There are some additional bells and whistles, like individually sold eye protection vision gear in orange, black, and white at $4.99, and a separate “official” jersey just like you’ve seen in the Nerf Dart Tag League videos and commercials, for $15.99.
A good start so you can purchase though is the two-player starter for $29.99. It comes with darts, two Sharp Shots, two pairs of vision gear, and a couple of dart tag jerseys (different from the ones sold separately). If your kid’s looking for a friend to play with, this is a good way to have supplies to get started!
So, wonder what it’s like getting pelted with a LOT of water pellet ammo? Here you go:
Thanks again to Razor for the supplies and giving the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society a chance to run these blasters through their paces! While foam toys remain the focus, it would be ignorant to not expand one’s horizons.
Have a great day!
So hilarious. And girls can get in on the action too!