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I think I’m going to break out what I saw at Nerf over a post or few; let’s start with the Nerf Rebelle: Secrets and Spies line.
While I make use of the publicity photos, check out the photos in our own set, found here – https://plus.google.com/photos/100536445002797324243/albums/5981279248972558625
|Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow|
|Not actual size of darts; this was part of the display.|
Fresh from the London Toy Fair, UK Nerf posted a press release from the London Toy Fair. Besides the already revealed blasters, there was one more, the Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow!
Ages 8 years & up·
Available: Autumn 2014
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.
Started getting some messages, and heard about this –
|“NERF N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW|
Awesome NERF MEGA performance transitions from blaster to bow with the addition of the N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW toy. The bow’s dynamic arms and traditional pull back system can fire five NERF MEGA whistler darts in a row up to an amazing 100 feet. Includes 10 MEGA Whistler darts and holds up to five NERF MEGA darts at a time. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com
So there you have it, a 2nd surprise info drop from Nerf (leading up to the UK Toy Fair, and eventually New York.)
I’ll admit, I’m going to hold back judgment though given this Air Zone Extreme Power Bow blaster from some time ago –
I’m sure Nerf’s taken the design and jazzed it up (especially shooting Elite Mega darts and all) but until the blaster’s in my hands there’s just not much I can comment on. I’m intrigued to check it out though,
I don’t think I see a trigger or a tactical rail on the blaster… so… “dynamic arms… traditional pullback…” interesting.
Overview of Zing Toys
Vas The Stampede
Zing Toys – Reviewing and taking a closer look at the Zing zCurve Huntress Bow, the Zombie Slayerz Bow, Air Storm Z-Tek Bow, Legends Longbow, Zoom (Zomp) Rocketz, and Sky Ripperz. Thank you to Zing for all the samples!
This is probably going to be a HUGE post, so how about some pictures?
|zCurve bow: Zombie Slayerz, Huntress, Air Storm, and the original green.|
|Zoom (zomp) rocket|
|Zartz of various types.|
|Zing Sky Ripperz|
HUNTRESS & ZOMBIE SLAYERZ (zCURVE BOW VARIANTS)
Includes: zCurve Bow, 3 Zartz (the arrows; 2 long range and 1 suction cup type)
The Huntress and Zombie Slayerz are new skins for the old zCurve, and that’s that. Still the same great bow, but but with a new look. Regrettably, no included arrow holder like they used to years ago.
Next, the zTek bow/Legends Longbow
The zTek bow is a bit smaller and doesn’t feel as powerful as the zCurve, but the ammo holders and overall feel of its own merit work pretty well. I t doesn’t feel like the bow has the same pull as the zCurve, but it is still pretty powerful and feels very sturdy and durable, what I’ve come to expect from Zing.
Price: Approximately $29.99 (estimate, prices were all over the place online)
Includes: zTek Bow, 3 Zartz (the arrows; 2 long range and 1 suction cup type, compatible with zCurve Bow and variants)
Interestingly, the zTek and Legends Longbow have the same feel. They also both have ammo holders in the same spots on either bow, the same enclosure for the rubber bands (the zCurve bands are exposed), and all fire the same ammo. The Legends Longbow seems to be a variant on the zTek bow. Either way, the ammo holders on the bow arms are nice to have.
Also, this part gets missed with the Zing bows I think – while you have the ability to pull back as far as you can (to hit upwards of 200+’ with zCurve bows) some caution must be recognized in the operation of the zing bows. Recommended directions state to NOT pull the bow all the way back, even for target practice. But people will want to anyway, and shoot at each other/targets with full strength. Use caution and be responsible.
Next, there are the Zomp (Zoom) Rocketz – Zimple enough.
Air bladder connected via hose to a tube where a rocket is slid on and then propelled via air when the bladder is stomped on. They say 200’+ is possible, but I had a hard time getting to even 170′. I would like to try having 30or 40 of them, and seeing what happens when everyone stomps at once. Being able to have different angles to aim the rocket is a neat little feature, and some kids would especially get a kick out of this, I think. Nerf game wise, this might make for a good objective with the right rules set.
And one of my favorites from the Zing line, the Sky Ripperz. Possibly upwards of 200′ with these, and so simple yet so powerful. A handle with a rubber loop is all that’s used in launching these, and hooking the rocket onto the tubing.
In the end, the Zing Toys may seem a bit pricey initially, but definitely well worth it for the quality construction and time you’ll spend perfecting your technique and your aim (hopefully outdoors when possible!) Also, with the Hunger Games “Catching Fire” in theaters, wouldn’t you want to tap into your inner Katniss? In Nerf games we count these as large ammo rounds to eliminate/break shields, so implementation is what you make of it. I personally am a big fan of Zing’s products and whether I would use these on the field or not, target practice is always fun. In the end, the choice is yours but whatever color your bow, may the odds be ever in your favor.
FULL PICTURE GALLERY IS HERE:
Thanks for putting this out there, Nerf Canterbury! (https://www.facebook.com/NerfCanterbury) they posted this promo video for Nerf Rebelle, and the girls have as much of a game face as the boys do! (Though admittedly, a little surprised at the lack of acrobatics that N-Strike Elite tends to have, I know for a fact there are a large number of girl parkour practitioners out there, Luci Romberg for instance).
In any event, to further contrast the Rebelle line, (although maybe Vortex doesn’t fall in this comparison) the girls are running through a wooded area, not the factory setting N-Strike Elite gets to use. Draw what comparisons you will *coughHungerGamescough* but here’s the video with a hint of things to come. All the same you have a break down of the upcoming line, the standard slo-mo shots and the continued promise of similar power. Naturally, we’ll only really know for sure once these hit shelves.
Fantastic video from the The Toy Spy walking the wall at New York Toy Fair, learning about the new Nerf Rebelle line coming later on from Nerf.
The Heartbreaker Bow, Nerf Alpha Girl Mission Kit, Crossbow, Pink Crush, and Sneak-Attackers are all on the way, so keep your eyes open, ladies! Nerf’s been doing the research for 2 years with 1200 girls (per the video) and this is what they developed.
Heads up! So once upon a time, I shot some test videos of Zing Toys’s Zcurve Bow, and ZX Hunter Crossbow. They were pretty cool! I’ve always been a fan of the original Nerf Bow N Arrow, and even the Big Bad Bow and seeing these things piqued my interest. In addition, thanks to some fine people at Zing Toys, I was able to get some samples of the rest of the line. They’ve rebranded Zcurve under the name “Air Storm” with a new color scheme, but same simple awesome functionality. Let’s have a look:
|The original, Zcurve bow. On the left is the new “Air Storm” version. Approx $19.99|
|The small arms, Pop Rocketz – $4.99 and Zing Shot – $9.99|
|ZX Hunter Crossbow! (my fave, cause I love crossbows) – $19.99|
|Zip Bak Bow|
The toys are each banded with a different type of surgical tubing, except for the pop rockets which is a squeezable bladder that launches the rocket when compressed. Would I count it as large ammo? Hell yes. Would I count it as a melee weapon? Hell yes. There you go, Call of Duty fans… you have a ballistic knife. Sort of.
I like the bright orange, and you can kind of see the transparent look of the plastic. It’s pretty neat, and a bit more interesting than the camo/red blaster lineup they ran after the bright green sets. Very spacey, but if you got these already you’d be buying the same shooters, just in a new color. Is that wrong? Not when the toys are this great.
Enough jibber jabber, I shot some video:
|From Zing Toys testing|
|From Zing Toys testing|
|From Zing Toys testing|
|From Zing Toys testing|
|From Zing Toys testing|
Biggest surprise out of the bunch? The Pop Rocketz. Did not think those little things would have that kind of power (50′!), but damn they do. Angled, the Zcurve has hit upwards of 200′, and the smaller Crossbow and Zip Bak are really comfy and perform respectably. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like the Zcurve toys lost any power, they still feel/shoot the same with these new color jobs.
Definitely give these a try where ever you can find them. Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us… but don’t look in the blaster aisle! These were in the same spots you can find Backyard Outdoor Safari, hula hoops, and other toys like that. My guess is since these are more outdoorsy type toys. You get three rounds of ammo with each of these, but it’s nice to note that the Zip Bak and Zcurve both shoot the same arrows (called “Zarts”), while the Zing Shot comes with 3 balls, the Pop Rocketz has 3 rockets, and the ZX Hunter has three small suction cup zarts.
Hope this was helpful! With the “Hunger Games” out now, it looks like there are a whole bunch of new people looking to take up archery. If you aren’t ready to jump to a proper bow and arrow set, these should definitely be on your radar. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpUcTC5ev74 – look at how she moves with a bow! Holy crap!
Take it easy!