Hasbro Pulse Con revealed the Halo Needler as the next item available through Nerf LMTD! Good times, 6 AA batteries, ammo tracking, and a speedswarm mechanism. I took some screen grabs during the presentation, see below.
I have some thoughts, but will save those for now. In the meantime, enjoy the news!
Beware the pink must, as they say.
NERF LMTD HALO NEEDLER
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: August 2022)
The NERF LMTD HALO NEEDLER blaster captures the look of the blaster from the HALO video game franchise! Imagine yourself as one of the Banished or Covenant and get ready to battle the UNSC! This NERF dart blaster recreates the blaster’s distinctive design with flexible needles that light up when you grip the handle! Fire the darts and watch the needles go dark to simulate how they launch from the blaster in the game. Other light-up accents add to the exciting visual presentation. This fully motorized blaster unleashes 10 darts in a row from the rotating, 10-dart drum. Includes 10 NERF ELITE foam darts. Switch to display mode to illuminate the blaster and showcase it on the included stand. Includes a game card with in-game content in the HALO INFINITE game.* Eyewear recommended (not included). Requires 6x AA 1.5v alkaline batteries (not included). Includes: blaster, 10 darts, unassembled display stand, game card, and instructions. Available now for pre-order on Hasbro Pulse, Amazon, GameStop, Entertainment Earth and Big Bad Toystore.
(Ages 8+ / Approx. Retail Price: $1,499.99 / Available Now on KidKraft.com, Walmart, and Wayfair)
Combine the classic KidKraft playset with NERF and you get the KIDKRAFT NERF COMMAND BASE BATTLE FORT – the ultimate site for epic blaster battles! Kids can be in control of the backyard with this action-packed multi-tower playset. Storm across bridges, ladders, and gangplanks to gain the best vantage point. Exit quickly through the escape trap door and stockpile blasters and darts in the battle prep area or pulley crate. With spinning targets to test their skills, kids can plan missions and practice their aim to become a battle expert.
KIDKRAFT NERF GEO STRIKE HEADQUARTERS
(Ages 8+ / Approx. Retail Price: $599.99 / Available Now on KidKraft.com and Walmart)
A top-secret hideout for surveillance, planning and training, the KIDKRAFT NERF GEO STRIKE HEADQUARTERS is a geodesic dome that lets kids spy on the competition with a hidden periscope and then plan their defense. Three entrances allow for undetected advancement and hiding crucial transportation. Walls with stationary, spinning and stacked cup targets give trainees multiple opportunities to practice their aim. Kids can also store blasters and darts inside so they’ll always be ready for battle. But, look out! If the satellite is hit, communication could be lost! Shelter from the elements, the competition (or parents) in this bunker—a beacon of fun in the backyard. Practice, plot and play for hours!
KIDKRAFT NERF SCOUT DEFENSE POST
(Ages 8+ / Approx. Retail Price: $599.99 / Available Now on KidKraft.com and Wayfair)
Brace for battle and defend your territory with the KIDKRAFT NERF SCOUT DEFENSE POST! This elevated fort-like structure has 360-degree fun for backyard battles. Kids can guard themselves with the shield, crawl through the tunnel and hideout inside. Store blasters and darts in handy built-in storage hooks and a mesh bag so they’re ready for battle. Make blaster battles a true challenge with spinning and spring-loaded targets to release the flag when captured! Rock climbing, rope rappelling and belly crawling complete the obstacle course vibe. The backyard becomes a riveting adventure any time you scale the NERF SCOUT DEFENSE POST by KidKraft
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $41.99/Available: 10/1/2021)
When you’re ready to make your NERF battles bigger than ever, gear up with NERF MEGA XL blasters, featuring the largest NERF MEGA darts ever! And when these monster-sized NERF MEGA XL darts fly through the air, they make a whistling sound. The competition will see and hear them coming — and will know that you’re in this battle to win big. The NERF MEGA XL BOOM DOZER blaster has a 6-dart rotating drum to bombard targets with 6 darts in a row. Load the drum, pump the priming handle, and press the trigger to fire 1 dart. The blaster is designed with smash-into-action details which let everyone know that you’re changing the size of the battle! Includes 6 Official NERF MEGA XL whistler darts. Eyewear recommended (not included). Includes: blaster, 6 darts, and instructions. Available at Target on or around 10/1.
NERF MEGA XL BIG RIG (HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $20.99/Available: 10/1/2021) When you’re ready to make your NERF battles bigger than ever, gear up with NERF MEGA XL blasters, featuring the largest NERF MEGA darts ever! And when these monster-sized NERF MEGA XL darts fly through the air, they make a whistling sound. The competition will see and hear them coming — and will know that you’re in this battle to win big. The NERF MEGA XL BIG RIG blaster features XL dart blasting for big battles! Load a dart into the front of the blaster, move the slide to prime, and pull the trigger to send the dart whistling through the air. The blaster has onboard dart storage to keep darts within reach to reload fast. The blaster is designed with smash-into-action details which let everyone that you’re changing the size of the battle! Includes 3 Official NERF MEGA XL whistler darts. Eyewear recommended (not included). Includes: blaster, 3 darts, and instructions. Available at Target on or around 10/1.
“Hasbro announced details of an all-new NERF product in honor of the 35th anniversary of the iconic film Aliens– the Nerf LMTD Aliens M41A Pulse Blaster, which is now available for pre-order via GameStopand Hasbro Pulse in the US, and EB Gamesin Canada. The limited edition blaster features two different kinds of darts – Elite Darts, which can be fast-blasted rapidly in a row, and NERF Mega Darts, with a Pump-Action Blast. The Nerf LMTD Aliens M41A Pulse Blaster includes a removable 10-dart Elite dart clip, 10 Nerf Elite foam darts, 4 Nerf Mega foam darts, and an LCD dart counter.”
“The blaster will make sounds for: firing when loaded, firing when empty, adjusting the dart count, and blasting mega.”
GET HYPE! I didn’t see this happening. Apparently there’s a branch at Nerf called “Nerf LMTD”, and given it was their department that made this happen, where does it end? What intellectual properties are next? NECA to my knowledge still has Aliens related properties, so what kinda magic did the legal team manage, and what’s next?
Blade Runner, Gears of War, Dead Space…. what else? Does a deal with Call of Duty mean getting a Nerf M1 Garand? Much like the multiverse, seeing this just opened a lot of other doors! One of the most popular expressions I ever get from the Hasbro team was “not outside the realm of possibility”, and the realm of possibilities just got bigger. The Aliens announcement is one of the craziest most hype things I’ve ever seen from Nerf yet, and that it’s a blaster is fantastic. Not sneakers, not a video game, but a blaster.
And the blaster might not be anything spectacular in terms of performance. It’s flywheeled, potentially full auto, so it might be on par with a Rapidstrike or Hyperfire. The magwell might not accommodate anything beyond stick mags (no drums!) and stock performance of elite darts lately gets to be 40′-50′. The mega launcher may hit 30′-40′.
And that’s ok. I usually don’t fall for the “but it looks cool, right?” mentality in blasters, but it gets a pass here. Because it’s the FREAKIN’ ALIENS SPACE MARINE CARBINE. WITH SOUNDS. So yes, Hasbro, take my money.
It’s funny, because the day this got announced there were the usual “ho hum, cool it’s a rapidstrike with a master key. We’ve already BEEN DOING THIS. TRY AGAIN” comments in the ether.
To those folks, uh, have some fun. Not everyone is buying 3D parts or spending hours modding in their workshops, if they even have one. This blaster saves me about $200 by NOT buying the airsoft version, and I get the Aliens carbine I always wanted. Not all of us surf through YouTube to get news and mods because we have other things we’re doing. Here, we have an out of the box, sound making, licensed rifle that connects us to one of our favorite films. You don’t like it, move on, don’t buy it, but don’t try to kill my buzz.
Either way, I’m excited and it sucks that this won’t be out ’til 2022. In the meantime, we have the Amban Phase Rifle from The Mandalorian to look forward to.
BLAST INTO THE SUMMER WITH THE CONQUEST PRO All the power of the Conquest Pro Ultimate Dart Blaster can be in your hands in time to do Summer 2021 right. This blaster will be available online at Walmart.com at the beginning of July and in stores starting July 15th. The 20 piece set is priced at $39.97 and includes:
1 Conquest Pro™ Ultimate Dart Blaster
1 15-Round Half-Length Pro Dart™ Ammo Clip
15 Half-Length Adventure Force™ Pro Dart
2 Pop-Up Tactical Sights
1 Muzzle Brake
As for accessories, we hear you! An add-on Adventure Force Pro Blaster Ammo Clip Refill Set will be available online only. This set is compatible with Nexus Pro and Aeon Pro and priced at $9.97, including 2 12-Round Half-Length Magazines, 1 Half-Length Magazine Adaptor, and 12 Half-Length Pro Darts.