UPDATE: Here’s the Rail Blaster from Buzz Bee. Inline clip, clear door to see your ammo, and rear-loading!
The above shows a hint of things to come for this year’s Toy Fair, like that new prototype from Zuru. Also on the schedule today I have meetings with:
– Precision RBS (Rubber band shooting launchers from Super Impulse) – Buzz Bee Toys (With word on new Walking Dead blasters) – Zuru – K’Nex (and maybe some new KForce builds) – it’s the 25th anniversary for K’Nex today so who knows what they have in store? – Dart Zone this afternoon – they typically don’t have functional prototypes yet at Toy Fair (they save the big news for the summer reveal) but maybe they’ll bring something extra this time. – World Tech Toys – they make some new blasters to hit the market. – Factory Entertainment –Soft Weapons and Tactics! – And a special event for bloggers with Playmates Toys, home of the T-Blasts
New York Toy Fair 2015 in a Nutshell (The Good, the Not so Good, the…. What?) Vas The Stampede
‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.’ – Norman Vincent Peale And there was a lot of shooting (darts, rounds, water pellets, zartz) at this year’s North American International Toy Fair. This makes 5 years now I’ve gone to the show and as always, I come back saying, “wow.” So here’s a quick rundown on what I saw, and some initial impressions.
Quick note: As always, this trip is not sponsored by any of the companies. No one pays to fly me out. This is all out of pocket for me on this trip to ensure I am covering what I want and saying what I need to say. BRANDS: There were a LOT of blaster type/associated brands that caught my eye this year. The Story So Far (in no particular order), followed by a taste/preview of things I liked (+) and/or didn’t like (-). As I intend to give each brand their own post, these tidbits are shots from the hip, what I readily recall.
DOOMINATOR +++++++++ (the amount of +s are completely arbitrary, but may relay my sense of enthusiasm)
Modulus blaster by itself – (it’s a Stryfe, even if you can make additions)
Strike & Defend blaster (Literally, a “Stock Blaster”) +
Rival line ++++++++++++++++
Zombie Strike silly s Zombie Repellant +
Rebelle Codebreaker +
Tek Strike +
Rotofury doesn’t have a stock –
BOOMco Needler – Halo
Halo blasters ++++
One of the new blasters is another triggerless/slam-fire affair –
New airborne toys/planes +
Firetek Styled Zano Bows +
Some additional roleplay items to the “Legends” line +
Firetek Style Sky Ripperz+
XC Shot/Bug Attack (Zuru)
Bug Attack will have included targets for additional hilarity +
New blasters for XC Shot (the ones with clips) were prototypes and not firing –
Increased ranges for XC shot blasters +
Not much new there, as a lot is still in the works. I did get video of the Talon, but Primetime promises some new product in the next few months. They did address some reports about the dart adhesive being problematic, and insist they have since fixed the problem. Comment below if you still find Primetime Toys streamline darts to fall apart, I’m sure they’d be interested to know. The Scorpion was one of their first forays going out of the Airzone line, and they plan to do more.
I mean, seriously. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
With a little working knowledge, I’d be interested to see how the standing K’Nex community excels with these blasters. They’re built with “regular” blaster play patterns in mind, with the intent of being able to withstand a drop/fall/hit like any other blaster currently on the market. DROP TEST HERE.
What makes me a believer? That one of the folks that works for K’Nex made a multi-barreled blaster (that fired on a single trigger pull after priming each individual plunger tube) out of the available kits. It took some work he said, but it worked out.To me, that spoke volumes of the potential of builds in this line. With enough plungers, connectors, rods, who knows what is possible. Also, look forward to their promotion coming this spring, to really find the best K’Nex fans out there!
Marshmallow Shooters Orballistics ammo
ORBALLISTICS.Reportedly going to get 50′ flat, and straight no less.+++
Foam ammo finally. Apparently the feedback was a lot of people didn’t like wasting food, so this is now a thing for their line.
TBD: they had a number of blasters in boxes, nothing to demo. The designs looked like stuff we’ve seen, but if the price point is right (also, they might have some interesting licenses) I won’t discount them out right.
Moose Toys (From what they told me, they have a blaster in the works. Not your typical fare, but I’ll get more info on this later.)
NXT (Maya Group, from the way I see it, this is a reboot of the Xploderz line)
This iteration of water pellet shooters from Maya Group FINALLY HAZ A TRIGGER. After all this time, and the first run with BlasterPro, these blasters get a trigger. I will admit, I had misgivings about previous Maya Group blasters, but these seemed on point. Although, paintballers might see something very similar here (at least, the gravity fed hopper shape on top. +
NXT Generation (Bows, crossbows, etc)
Some of the most solidly-built blasters/shooters I’ve seen, but the ammo to me leaves something to be desired. They require a closer look from me for a determination on this next set.The shotgun I reviewed was a little expensive for what you got, but it’s a new year, with a new line of products. TBD
Ogo Sports (had a few interesting launchers, they might be good for objective-based gameplay) (N/A, as these are more for goals and objectives, and I see them as less for PvP.)
Hog Wild Toys (Power Poppers)
What is becoming a yearly standard, while these blasters are simplistic but freakin’ hilarious. +
Honorable mention, right here! Made me think of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.
By my count, that’s about 13 different brands that made something blaster/launcher-related. There’s a LOT of press release info to go through, photos, and videos but I’ll release them all here! Stay tuned, as I will be releasing more galleries and videos this week (piece by piece, so as to not overwhelm you:) and if you have any questions please leave in the (moderated) comments below!
Curious about other parts of the Nerf N-Strike Elite line like the new bandolier, Tactical Vest, and even the Nerf Vortex Pyragon will price out: Shining Foam went and got the whole listing straight off Nerf’s website. Go have a look!
At first glance, the Hailfire and Pyragon are going for $39.99, the Rampage is at $29.99 (different from the $34.99 listed in the press kit), and Nerf N-Strike Retaliator at $24.99. Good lookin’ out!
Alright, Nerf’ put some fine pics on their facebook page regarding the new Nerf “Gear Up” series of repaints. Let’s take a quick look down memory lane to back in February when I got a close look at the blasters. The new series is just a repaint, nothing new or revolutionary has been done on the blasters, they’re just a snazzy new orange and black tigerstripe paintscheme.
So there you go – a brand spanking new Raider, Recon, Barricade and Maverick for the completionist in all of you! Ready to be unleashed around August 1 at major retailers! This line isn’t supposed to be a store-exclusive like the Sonic Series, so keep your eyes peeled!
Well, by the grace of Nerf I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a media event party that you’ve probably seen publicized all over the place by now. (Nerfhaven, gizmodo, nerfhq, the list goes on). I could prattle on about the showcase of 40 years of products Nerf put on display (no crossbows, calm down), I could tell you about the unveiling of the Stampede ECS and it’s rate of fire and decent range (more to come when I actually get my hands on it), the camo ammo, the vest, or the N-Force Battlemaster Mace… but I have…