Saturday, July 31, 2010

NERF OFFICIAL VIDEO - STAMPEDE RELEASE NYC

Need another look at the Nerf Stampede? Nerf released a tidbit of what they recorded from the event!



-VasTheStampede

Shoutouts to: Adult Fans of Nerf, Nerfguns.org, Nerfhq, and Nerfhaven!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

In the meantime, while the NDTL sorts itself out...

http://business-tech.findtechnews.net/2010/07/27/nerf-hasbros-play-in-the-toy-arms-race/

An interesting tidbit of information regarding Nerf today, and where it's been. Take a gander!


-VasTheStampede

Monday, July 26, 2010

Done and Done!

Nerf Dart Tag is done for 2010 in Chicago, IL. Wait for official word announcing the winners!

Congrats to all who entered and played, and stay tuned here for additional pictures and video!

Next Stop: PORTLAND, OR - August 12-15!


Thanks, it's Nerf or NOTHIN'!

-VasTheStampede

Friday, July 23, 2010

On my way to the ndtl in chicago!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What an adventure... for the Nerf Stampede ECS

Well, if you've coasted the net and this blog chances are you've seen Hasbro/Nerf threw a shindig at Stout's in New York City to celebrate not only the past 40+ years of Nerf products but to herald the coming of the much-speculated 09/09/10 blaster - the "Big Blast" which is now officially called the "Stampede ECS-50".



I could tell you about the trip; from the hotel, to the transportation, or whatever but you want to know about the blaster.

Let's answer some quick questions:

Why?

Ever since the NDTL last year, I've been in touch with people who handle PR for Nerf. This resulted in an invitation to this media-only event. Media-only meant the attendees were adults, so the location of the bar (Stout's) was fine. Were this the NDTL, a bar would be... odd.

What?
The Stampede! Older Nerf products from the last 40 years (including Super Soaker that is now a brand of Nerf) like the Blast-A-Matic, Nerfuls, and even the Brainball (it was a brain-shaped football).

Shoot, pictures tell the tale:









Cammo Ammo:



MORE PHOTOS:
http://picasaweb.google.com/110890746836784809541/FFA_NerfReleaseJuly2010?authkey=Gv1sRgCM2fiILXuK_OWw#

Anyway. Ok, I posted some initial impressions of the Stampede before but let me expand a bit.

NERF N-STRIKE STAMPEDE
$49.99

- The first fully automatic NERF Clip System blaster to date (the vulcan was EBF, Magstrike was AS, and RF-20 doesn't use clips).
- Pop-out bipod, which doubles as a handle
- Removable shield
- The NERF N-STRIKE STAMPEDE ECS blaster also comes complete with one six dart Clip and three extended Clips which hold 18 darts each

Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com beginning 9.9.10.

(Thanks to Nerf for the run-down!)

There are multiple tactical rails along the top and around the muzzle for your other n-strike accessories. Personally, for laughs I like to use the tactical red dot sight.

You can expect 25-30 feet range-wise for any Nerf blaster right out of the box, and the accuracy's going to hurt a little bit based on the usage of streamlines (you can see a video of how the Stampede fires here:. Then again, are you really looking for something to shoot laser straight with the inherent nature of using a Nerf blaster? And hopefully out of 18 shots SOMETHING'll work. It felt a bit faster than the vulcan too, but when I can test one more thoroughly I'll make sure to check that.

The blaster holds comfortably size-wise but as you'd expect with something that uses six "D" batteries has a noticeable heft after holding it up at shoulder-height for a few minutes, bipod or no bipod. Also, don't expect to use the bipod laying prone using the 18 round magazine; it juts out further than the bipod extends.

The N-strike blasters are notorious for stuff slipping loose (sights on the rails, the flip clips) while running, but I don't think this is the case with the bipod and shield. Dare I say it I tested them thoroughly during the event, and everything held together pretty solidly.

Reloading was easy as pie this time around; previous blasters like the longshot, longstrike, deploy, raider, and vulcan all had a manual action in their reload cycle. The Stampede lets you drop a magazine and throw in a fresh one, no manual mechanism involved. This significantly decreased the reload time between magazines and the user error that would happen sliding a bolt or priming arm back and forth.

I'll revisit some of these points when I have a unit at-home; but these are my initial impressions. I understand that $50 is a lot, but hopefully the points I've provided make a good case. I personally look forward to swinging around with two of them at the same time each with a 35 round drum magazine. Also, remember what it sounds like each Stampede is coming with:

-shield
-bipod
-ammo
-3 18 round magazines & 1 6 round magazine (probably looking at 54 darts)
-The Stampede

So it's still a pretty sizable bunch of items you're getting.

Anyway, if you have any questions feel free to comment. Whew!

-VasTheStampede


P.S. - THANK YOU HASBRO AND NERF FOR HAVING ME THERE AND TO THE STAFF ON ALL FRONTS FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sharing the linkage... someone else's take on the party in New York!

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?art_aid=132235&fa=Articles.showArticle


From mediapost - Kelly Samardak!

Yeah, I'm "Foam Guy".

ANNNNND HER PICS

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Nerf Stampede Release in New York! - Part 2!



More video! This time with a bit more Stampede action.


- VasTheStampede


p.s. - Thanks Monique!

Nerf Stampede Release in New York!



-VasTheStampede

Friday, July 16, 2010

Photos!

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...

PICTURES!



Enjoy! If you have questions, please comment below or fire off an email at: Foamfromabove@gmail.com


-VasTheStampede

So... A blurry photo of the stampede. Better ones and video to follow!

orward to sharing more!
k range wise by a couple of feet and it definitely fires more reliably. pretty heavy as it uses six d batteries but the foregrip helps! Really looking f
Just a preview... We got a look at the 18 round magazine in the stampede and the shield. Right off i think the stampede might outperform the vulcan stoc

N force

Another shot of the mace @nerfnation

The stonewall shield set @nerfnation

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nerf tac vest @nerfnation

Ok my stampede cell phone pics really suck so just wait for the full update later. Hah!
pede videos didn't come out so well my phone.
roducts from previous decades. I'll have more video and pics when i get home but my pics for now are from my cell. Apologies but it was dark so my stam
releases. That's what we saw... we got a firsthand look at the stampede. No troopers or barrel breaks but lots of other stuff and even some past nerf p
So real quick... tonight myself and a few other nerf guys from the net to be named properly later hit new york city to attend a media event for nerf new

Here we go!

Time to go to work @nerfnation!

Ready steady

Keep your eyes peeled here tonight and tomorrow... Good info coming!

On my way...

Testing!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Testing... To new york!

Monday, July 12, 2010

EPICNERF2

Big news later this week; but in the meantime!



EpicNerf style, in Oak Lawn, IL!

-VasTheStampede

EPICNERF 3 - PHOTOS!



- VasTheStampede

Friday, July 09, 2010

Trial Run! - FFA Dogtags!

Run up some dog tags to giveaway at wars and things where people find me; have a look! I don't have a lot of them right now, but if there's enough interest I'll do a larger run and start looking at how to price them out. At the moment, they're a bit more interesting to me than using regular ol' business cards :)



Let me know what you think, or better yet come find me at a war or other Nerf event! For instance, NDTL-action!

- VasTheStampede

EBAY AUCTION!

So, the activity group EpicNerf (of which I am a part) is looking to raise some dollars in order to provide darts, obstacles, and loaners as well as travel to other Nerf events! Snake51886 is taking care of a bulk of this initiative and looking to sell some stuff:

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Guns for Sale!
Hey guys,

I just put up some old and awesome Nerf Blasters in near mint condition on ebay. By purshasing and bidding, you support our entire nerfing group. The money we make from these sales help to provide, blasters, darts, cover, and refreshment at our events!

Nerf Powerclip Buy it Now

Nerf Powerclip Auction

Nerf Arrowstorm Buy it Now/Auction

All three blasters and completely stock and not modded. They all come from a smoke free and pet free home! Thanks guys!


Snake51886
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Thanks you all!


-VasTheStampede

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