Preview: Elite Alpha Trooper cs-12range test versus Original Alpha Trooper CS-18

Fired a few darts from my original Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18 and the new Nerf N-Strike Elite Alpha Trooper CS-12, and here’s what I got.  From where I was standing, the original shot about 30′, while the Elite Alpha Trooper hit around 50′, at a pretty flat angle.  Full review is being worked on!

Where the blasters lay denotes the cluster; original closer to camera than the Elite.  The one Elite dart near the original was a ricochet that bounced back.

Nerf ProShop and Target Range: Images!

EDIT:  A far more comprehensive and informative piece (from an actual UK Nerf blogger) at My Last Dart!

Remember this article?

Thanks to the folks at Paragon, I have a couple of images to share!  I’ll update with more info, but don’t have that much time at the moment (remember, I do have a day job.)

I’m back!  Now I’m not too sure about how much I can say, but here’s the story so far:

  • No plans for this in the U.S. yet; only UK, Europe and South Africa.
  • 1st Nerf attraction of this sort opened up November 9, you can find it in Westfield Merry Hill.  Name of the thing is called “Quest”.  If you find pics, send’em!  Post on the Foam From Above Facebook page!
  • There will be any number of components; notably a Nerf-only toy store/Pro Shop, Shooting Range, and Arena (the arenas should start popping up around March 2013, again in the UK.
  • Definitely a “try before you buy” setup, and there is going to be something they’re doing to make visiting worth your while, and even more worth your while to keep coming back 🙂  Again, not sure what I can say about that at this point in time. 

The pics above show the shooting range (up to about 6 meters, about 20 feet).  No pics on what the arenas are going to look like, but I will say there are going to be a couple of versions, depending on what kind of location you’re in.

Either way, this is super exciting!  Official arenas, all-Nerf stores, target ranges, the works.  It just saddens me that much like the Stockade and Iron Man Firefly, this is going on overseas first.  Hopefully there’s a company out there willing to take this project on to bring it to the U.S., though maybe between having paintball and airsoft so readily available, maybe it was considered a tall order to start here?

Here’s the best part; all the material is official and Nerf-licensed, so if you’re looking for a true Nerf event/game, this is it.  I imagine it would only be Nerf products/ammo, but ultimately the quality of a dedicated field/play space just might outweigh the lack of modded blasters and other off-brand stuff, no?  The Nerf Dart Tag League seemed popular plenty, why not a store?  What’s to say a number of storefronts couldn’t band together in a proper Nerf League?  The potential seems strong here.  Nerf supporting the use of its brand in a competitive setting.  I remember countless posts on forums in the past about setting up a Nerf arena/proshop/whatever… and here we go.  It’s all set, and we just need to find it and hope it happens in our area.  Well played, Across the Pond.  Enjoy your jump on the U.S. in having this initiative there first.

Nerf Hailfire spotted! Target in IL

Got this on my twitter feed:

Looks like the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hailfire is already popping up on some U.S. store shelves!  This was at a Target for $39.99.  Have you seen’em yet?  Guess it’s close enough to the 09/09/12 release date.  Or not.

I’m supposedly getting a sample, for a more in-depth look, but I do have a video posted already:


Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator and Rampage Range/Demo follow up videos

Thanks for stopping by!  I had some more time, so I took the Nerf N-Strike Retaliator and Rampage out for some additional testing.  I wanted to look at performance depending on using original streamlines vs. Elite, original Nerf N-strike blasters vs. Elite, and so on.  I decided to just make one gigantic video, but have no fear!  The link to each pertinent section follows.  And yeah, I kept the Retaliator barrel on for its firing.  I’ll do another vid without it soon, but in the meantime:

Handy dandy timing break down for the video-

  • Rampage w/Elite darts and 12 round magazine – 1:33
  • Rampage w/original streamlines and 12 round mag – 2:09 
  • Nerf Raider w/12 round mag and original streamlines – 2:51 
  • Nerf Rampage w/12 round mag and Firefly Tech darts – 3:02 
  • Nerf Dart Tag Quick 16 w/Dart tag darts – 3:23 
  • Nerf Clear Recon (stock) w/Elite darts and 6 round magazine: 3:46
  • Nerf Elite Retaliator w/6 round mag, Elite darts – 4:21 
  • Retaliator w/18 round magazine (Nerf Stampede’s), Elite darts – 4:36
  • Nerf Elite Retaliator w/35 round drum mag and Elite darts – 4:51

There’s still more to do, such as checking the ranges and accuracy without the barrel (personally, I like the looks so I kept it on) and a general opinion on the Elite line.  But, that’s another blog post.  As for today, enjoy seeing what the blasters shoot like 🙂

Now that the video is done, I’ll be updating this post in a few minutes with pictures as well.  Stay tuned!

The blitz begins… more press kits being sent out!

BasicNerf’s got his:  here’s his unboxing.  Something different; the t-shirt!  I’ve already got my Nerf Nation shirt, but they didn’t send along the Elite t-shirt.  I’m thinking they’ll be in NYC, when I get to the Nerf N-Strike Elite Launch event.

I’ve got more videos in production of the Elite line, don’t fret!  Also, did someone say Nerf N-Strike Elite Launch Party?

Let’s revisit the past:
Nerf Stampede Launch – 2010

Nerf Vortex Launch – 2011

Nerf Elite Launch – 2012

See you tomorrow!

Nerf N-strike Elite: Rampage

Neat lil’ shot for the night- Rampage with a Lightning Storm stock 🙂

Who likes box art?  I’ve got box art 🙂  And some other shots too.

As you can see, the head of the Elite dart is a little bigger, has a smaller hole, and a (for lack of a better term) more streamlined form. 

Darts that come with the Nerf N-Strike Rampage

Shot of the Nerf N-Strike Rampage

I know some of you saw this; it’s a preview of things to come: new tac vest, Nitefinder Elite version, annnnd… a smaller blaster inside that pocket…?
Well hey!  That looks like a Jolt to me.  Anyone else thinking that?  Elite Jolt, cause the original wasn’t nuts enough.

Box art

Don’t fret!  N-Strike old skool and N-Strike Elite is all interchangeable.  I’ll make a video of this to showcase but old does work with new and vice versa.  The Elite ammo flies fantastically out of both types of blasters though.

Nerf Kid for Rampage.  He looks srs.

Yup!  Straight-mags sold separately, and with ammo to boot.  If the individually sold drum wasn’t your thing, this will hopefully make your day.