Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NERF Rhino-Fire received!

Enjoy a couple pics of the Nerf Rhino-Fire - will update this post with better quality photos and a few initial thoughts on the blaster tonight.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nerf Cycloneshock & Zombie Strike FlipFury from Nerf


Nerf 2015 Blasters - Zombie Strike FlipFury & Mega CycloneShock.
By: Vas The Stampede

2015 is coming! Nerf provided the following images on the Zombie Strike FlipFury and Mega CycloneShock, and more importantly, the "ok" to publish!


The full details are out on Amazon, and following soon on the Nerf social spots - keep your eyes open!

Much as I would love to comment on the pictures, I am going to relent. I prefer to save my observations for a blaster I actually own and judge by my own experience with it. But, enjoy the pics and see you again soon!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Marshmallow Shooters Dressed up as the Ghostbusters - Happy Halloween!

Marshmallow Shooters and the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary - in Time for Halloween!
Vas The Stampede

Happy Halloween! Back at Toy Fair I saw that Marshmallow Shooters had managed to get the Ghostbusters license, and while I normally don't like repaints, I thought the Ghostbusters scheme (Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and all) looked pretty great. It fit, with the lines and the shapes of the Shooters being very reminiscent of the Ghostbusters own proton pack.



As it so happens, 2014 is also the 30th Anniversary of the original Ghostbusters film franchise, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis (rest in peace), Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson. Thirty years, a sequel, a cartoon series, a comic book, and many other forms of media later, the franchise still has a huge following and is even in talks to get a reboot for a new generation of Ghostbusters.

Marshmallow Blaster - MSRP: $28.00 (final price depends on vendor)



Marshmallow Shooters was kind enough to send along some samples of their "Stay Puft" Ghostbusters Shooters, and they look just as good as I remember. The Shooters are functionally the same, as they tend to be with every new skin. Same ranges anywhere between 30'-40' depending on the shooter you have, whether it is classic, or the blaster. I've always enjoyed the satisfying "POP!" from shooting the blaster, personally.

Some new products are the orb "Slimeball" and the "Snap Dragon"

Orb "Slime Ball"- MSRP: $16.00

Snap Dragon (note, the ammo holder in the handle) - MSRP: $11.00


And I don't remember seeing Straight Shooters before, but they're blow gun type shooters -


Not pictured in Ghostbusters colors:

the Mini Bow, the Bow & Mallow, and the Double Shooter (I have a firing video of the original Double Shooter here).

Gameplay wise, I've used Marshmallow Shooters to great hilarity during games, usually resulting in someone running up and stealing my ammo for a snack or trying to catch my ammo mid-air (NOT RECOMMENDED.) And while I've found a lack of separately available hoppers/inline cartridges affecting my reload time (as I have to stop, detach, reload, and then keep firing) the Marshmallow blaster is probably my favorite (followed by the Snap Dragon) because it doesn't require a tube to to load and fires pretty well. The Snap Dragon is not vulnerable to marshmallow build up (as happens with the breech loading shooters) interfering with the functioning of the blaster and the ammo holder is a really nice touch.

All the same, a great look from Marshmallow Shooters for the Ghostbusters. If you're a fan of the movies (and even if you're not and want Marshmallow Shooters) these would be a fun buy... now who ya gonna call?


Monday, October 13, 2014

ICYMI Monday - Wal Mart Rhino-Fire Exclusive

ICYMI (In case you missed it) Rhino-Fire Available for Preorder at Walmart!
Vas The Stampede


Post by Nerf.



As previously reported the Nerf Elite Rhino-Fire is on its way to the U.S. as a Walmart exclusive. If you happened to miss the news, it is now AVAILABLE for Preorder at Walmart, and ships out NOVEMBER 15, 2014. Click HERE to get to the Walmart site if you are interested at owning this piece of heavy foam artillery.

The price seems to be down from the originally reported $99.99, now priced at $89.97. And knowing how some things work in some areas, these might even show up on some shelves before the street date.

As far as I know, the exclusivity might only pertain to the U.S. I don't have any solid information about any other countries. Also, yes there are a number of firing videos out there, but I prefer to have the product myself. Also, those are/should be preliminary videos, and may not reflect the performance of the on-shelf toys.

Anyway, who is excited about this blaster? Gizmodo got a look at it for themselves, and now the rest of us have to wait for now. Personally, I'd like to see how 35 round drums perform in the blaster, and I hope the drums make it a little easier to run with than the chains did on a Vulcan.


Have a great week! I've got a few more posts to put up this week as well, so stay tuned :)

- Stampede

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review: BOOMco Stealth Ambush

 BOOMco Stealth Ambush product review - 
Vas The Stampede



Basic Stats:

Stealth Ambush by BOOMco

MSRP: $39.99
Range: approx. 60'
Includes: 17 Darts,10 round clip, blaster, shield, stickers, and BOOMco Smart Stick target
Available Now



The BOOMco Stealth Ambush is a different type of blaster for a couple of reasons. First, it is solely slam-fire, there is no trigger. Also, it has a "hidden" turret that launches three darts, and flips out 2 wings that act as ammo holders. The turret is primed with a handle on the back (don't prime it with the turret extended, only when concealed). There is a lock on the back that also supposedly locks the turret in until you need it, but more on that later.

The blaster:

The main barrel and the turret seemed to get 30'-40' flat, but definitely around the 50' mark and beyond with an angle to the blaster. It felt a little heavy on the back handle, but still a mobile blaster to swing around quickly if you need to adjust your aim elsewhere.

Unlike other slamfire-style blasters I've used in the past, the back handle moves to engage the firing mechanism, including the release for the hidden turret. What I've found with this style is it threw my aim off just a bit, and might take some getting used to. Also, the lack of a stock means I can't brace the blaster against my arm with the inherent shaking and moving that happens when using slam fire. Now, it is possible to not rapid fire the darts and be more controlled (especially with a 10 round clip) but in the heat of a game that sometimes just isn't possible. Be prepared to spam, and spam often, which seems to be the role of the blaster in the lineup.

That being said, the blaster also comes with a 10 round clip. That may be a low amount for folks who like to shoot more per reload, but it also accepts the 20 round clips sold separately (and with the Rapid Madness). So you can definitely expand your loadout for more ammo. While it means you have to carry clips in addition to darts, the BOOMco clips are pretty small to begin with, and if you use the BOOMco bandolier that's at least one not carried in your pocket. But, that's a play style question better answered by the player.

The Stealth Ambush also comes with a Smart Stick target shield, as most BOOMco blasters do. It mounts to the top rail on the front barrel, releases via a push-button, but ultimately I preferred my sights open and clear, and removed it as I do with other shield attachments. I will admit though, the blaster almost lends itself to being fired from the hip as opposed to at shoulder level with the sight, so some users may find the shield useful.
 
Troubleshooting (yup, a pun) -

The lock switch in question. In "locked" position here, flipping down is "open" position

I admit there was trouble with the hidden turret. The locking mechanism wasn't 100%, and the turret would pop up unexpectedly after a few shots. It happened almost after 3 or 5 shots from the main blaster, but sometimes it would stay in place firing an entire 10-shot clip. For $39.99, if a blaster has a feature, I would expect it to work properly and consistently. I hope that the one I received was the exception in that regard, and other Stealth Ambush blasters on the shelves are in fact locking and releasing as they should. The main barrel fired great though, no jams, misfires, or anything else. And while yes I lost accuracy going full blast with the slamfire, it still fired reliably.

Wrapping it up, is this worth the $40? If you are loving the BOOMco line so far, then you may like the extra fire control afforded in this semiauto blaster as opposed to the Rapid Madness. However, be aware that I can't vouch for the reliability of the turret or how accurate the blaster will be (though with more practice, that may work itself out). But the slamfire feature is fast, smooth, and does not jam. The darts and the clip design seem to reinforce that. Universal clips are always a good thing, even though they incur an additional cost and gear to carry than just packing darts and a front loading blaster. Ultimately though, that is a call the buyer has to make, and hopefully this review has been helpful! Questions? Comments? Let me know below (with comment approval) or shoot me an email via the contact form.







Thanks again to BOOMco for the sample, I continue to look forward to what they have coming next!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ICMYI: Nerf Perfect trick shots is live!



Grabbed from the SI-exclusive post, Nerf  & Dude Perfect crowdsourced a bunch of trick shots from Nerf Nation to compile into the above video. It released on Sept. 15th, featuring the Demolisher, the Mega Thunderbow, and a lot of Coke & Mentos. Did it cut the mustard? Was this truly #nerfperfect?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Nerf Fall 2014 Kit Arrives!

Thanks Nerf for the new supplies, expect some new reviews coming soon. Check the full gallery here.



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