Tuesday, April 15, 2014
There have been plenty of reviews already on this book, but what's one more? Licensed by Nerf and developed/researched for some time by Mr. Marunas (note the shoutout to the collectors/other sites out there, which includes Adult Fans of Nerf) he went to Hasbro HQ and the internet to gather what info he could and consolidate the information as best he can. But with as many companies that owned the Nerf brand (Larami, Park Brothers, and so on) over the years, that's 40+ years of history in foam.
Now right off, this is a kid's book. It's intended audience is for the 8+ crowd and even though there are mch older players everywhere, this book is for kids! There's a brief history of the brand from the beginning, but this is in no way an omnibus of the entire armory of Nerf blasters from day 1. He mentions the early days, the creation of the foam ball which led to the development of the first blaster and some of the various types of ammo (including the first mega darts) from over the years,but the majority of the book's blaster listings are for N-Strike blasters from 2004 to the present.
The book does include six exclusive N-Strike Elite camo darts in the cover as well, in case you need to protect yourself while reading. :)
The book explains different types of Nerf ammo, both discontinued and current. Mega Darts to Vortex discs, and everything in between. Each chapter separates the blasters by "classes" such as Light, Medium, Heavy, accessories, each page giving the technical specs of some blasters. It doesn't go into exhaustive detail about different paintjobs/schemes (unless you count the Lumitron vs the Praxis, which is listed here, and the red strike series gets a shoutout next to the Longshot.) It also introduces common lingo/terms to someone who may not be familiar with blasters, explaining direct plungers, priming a blaster, and so on.
Either way, this technical info is good for the kids and their parents to help them understand the different types of blasters and why a dart tag dart won't work inside an N-Strike magazine. Ranges don't differentiate angled/flat, but the release date info and measurements are nice little touches and trivia.
The best part for ME, as an older Nerf enthusiast, is the timeline and design process pages.
The above page even explains the "Javelin" hullabaloo. These pages are by far the most intriguing thing about the book for me, having met designers and wondering about just how they conceive the ideas and test these blasters, and how long it takes to hit production. To know where we're going, I like to see where we've been.
The book carries on its "intro to Nerf" feel by also including a few pages of gametypes -
OVERALL, is this worth the $20? part of me says the older fans have nothing to get out of it besides a couple of pages. BUT for the kids, the future of the hobby, this is a good buy for them. Big bold pictures, easy to follow, and darts. It'd be a great gift for the upcoming Easter baskets (if you celebrate) or just because they are all about their new active way to play. Also, the book sells, it'd show there's a market for it, and there could be more like this in the future!
Either way, borrow your friend's, have a quick look at the book store (they still have those, right?) and give this at least a glance. If you get it for your younger relatives, you can always borrow it.
Take it easy!
Monday, April 14, 2014
|Gratuitous glamor shot of the ZipStix.|
|The ZipStix Mega Pack - $21.95.|
|ZipStix Dual Pack - $6.95.|
|The Setup! Stack your cones and then bring them crashing down when you launch the ZipStix though them (or try to launch them over, whichever tickles your fancy). In use, the kicker ramp from the Stunt Pack. Flip it for another angle to use!|
|Box art for the Stunt Pack - $10.95|
|Different designs for a good number of ZipStix, you can make a whole collection of them.|
|Cones for targets, ramps for added hilarity.|
|The best part is, make up your own rules as well! Maybe you don't want to to use the cones?|
|Step 1: lock a ZipStix into the launcher.|
|Press on the end of the ZipStix to make it curl up just a bit, getting it ready to launch, then let go to see it fly!|
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Just a heads up! The Nerf Spring 2014 line arrived (some of it, you will see the other bloggers posting their reviews), VMD Cannon Commando, and Attacknid are being worked on, as well as Tek Recon and some randoms. Thanks for hanging in there, and be back with the word on them soon!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Proper news broke on Reddit - MarcusH26051
ANYWAY, here we go.
"Twisted Spinner Blaster - BOOMco. Blasters - Mattel 2014"
“Rapid Madness, Twisted Spinner, Farshot & Clipfire - BOOMco. Blasters - Mattel 2014”
Much EXTREME, such stunt. Wow.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Not the Nerf Attacknid coming out this Fall 2014 (for $79.99) but a much larger version! If there's one thing to take away from this video, eye protection is always important. (Although, when the darts are the size of pool noodles, maybe a full mask might be good.)
This version is the current original version out there, and the Nerf version will have a few differences. Click Click BAMF did some initial investigative work, so have a look there as well!
I also posted a quick look at an Attacknid I purchased on the Foam From Above Facebook Page - get some initial thoughts there.
|"Nerf AttacknidFall" - Trekkieb47 (www.youtube.com/trekkieb47)|
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
So, there are some constants to New York Toy Fair, and Marshmallow Shooters is another one of those brands who keeps chugging along. Every year there's something new, and this year they revealed a few things. Now, in my opinion they most famously have many repaints of existing models, but given the circumstances, I don't mind in this case. They landed the Ghostbusters license, so the next round of Marshmallow Shooters are going to look fresh out of 1984 (Happy 30th Anniversary to "The Ghostbusters" and it's a sad thing that Harold Ramis had to pass away this year. As a fan of his work, I couldn't believe it when I first heard it. But that is a whole different blog post. If you missed out on the original Ghostbusters pop guns back in the day, maybe these will take the edge off. But at the very least, it'll be for a new generation.
|Ghostbusters paintjobs for Marshmallow Shooters|
|A concept image of an upcoming Marshmallow shooter. Think... scattergun. Scattermallows. Something like that.|
|A Beaver Blaster. Not only will it shoot Marshmallows, but it is supposed to also have a foam ball.|
A commonly seen push-pull style of rocket, but they also have a few other tricks up their sleeve:
|These rockets glow in the dark.|
|Some of the smaller handheld launchers.|
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Nerf Tek Strike Writeup is HERE:
And look, a genuine demo video, showing how the hit registering works. I was pretty amazed, to be honest. Yes, it's different, yes, you have to aim for the shield, but nothing is written in stone and to be able to track hits? Heck yes I'll try this out.
My time with the Nerf Zombie Strike Slingfire. You might even have an idea of the range/accuracy, as I used a GoPro for part of this video.
Now, if only they had 2 of them.
I'll continue to embed videos here, so make sure to come back to this page!