Monday, August 23, 2010

Nerf Dart Tag League 2010 Chicago - Day 2!




Pretty self-explanatory, some of the hijinks from the Nerf Dart Tag League stop in Chicago from a few weeks ago. En route to the World Championships in LAS VEGAS, NV in October... here's what to expect. It was nuts, it was crazy, it was Nerf. Were the Nerfinators able to repeat?

Find out in the next update!

-VasTheStampede

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NERF LINEUP RUNDOWN PT 1 - N-FORCE!

Courtesy of Nerf, here's some tidbits on what's out and what to expect!


NERF N-FORCE
New additions to the NERF N-FORCE line are designed for the ultimate in fantasy play and hand to hand battle – NERF style!

The 2010 N-FORCE collection includes:




NERF N-FORCE WARLOCK Axe Toy
(Ages 8 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Now)
Enhance your N-FORCE collection with the mighty NERF N-FORCE WARLOCK Axe toy. At 30 inches long, the flexible yet durable foam axe is designed to enhance any fantasy battle. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

From FFA_NerfReleaseJuly2010


NERF N-FORCE Mace Toy
(Ages 8 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2010)
March confidently into fantasy battle with the impressive N-FORCE Mace toy. The N-FORCE Mace stands just under 30 inches tall and sports a durable foam exterior. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

From FFA_NerfReleaseJuly2010


NERF N-FORCE STONEWALL Shield Set
(Ages 8 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2010)
Protect yourself from attack as you strategically advance on your opponents with the NERF N-FORCE STONEWALL Shield Set. Equip yourself with the N-FORCE STONEWALL Shield and the Mini Sword to prepare for your next fantasy challenge or quest. Newly designed, the Mini Sword is small and lightweight. The STONEWALL Shield features hook and loop fastener straps for easy adjustment. Each set includes one N-FORCE STONEWALL Shield and one N-FORCE Mini Sword. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Continuing for 2010: (already out!)

NERF N-FORCE Sword
(Ages 6 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Now)
Master your hand-to-hand battle skills with the first introductions in the NERF N-FORCE line. Standing 32 inches in length, the flexible, durable, foam N-FORCE Sword is unlike any NERF product before them. The NERF N-FORCE Sword is available in blue at most major toy retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.. Each sold separately.



NERF N-FORCE MARAUDER long sword
(Ages 8 years & up/Approximate Retail Price: $17.99 Each/Available: Now)
At 40 inches long, the N-FORCE MARAUDER long sword is both longer and wider than the previous N-FORCE Sword to help you march into any mission feeling confident and cool. Available in black at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. Each sold separately.

-VasTheStampede

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quick bit: The Nerf N-Strike Alpha Trooper CS-18!

From FFA_Alpha Trooper


We're looking at the Alpha Trooper CS-18 from Nerf's N-Strike line. It can be yours for $20, and is a Target-only exclusive (at least US-wise as far as I know.) Info on this was released months ago, and only recently has the blaster finally hit stores.

Stats:
- Slam-fire mode, like the Raider CS-35
- No stock, but stock from other N-strike blasters (the Raider, for instance) can work.
- Comes with an 18 round drum magazine

Some shots:

From FFA_Alpha Trooper


From FFA_Alpha Trooper


From FFA_Alpha Trooper


My Take:

I will admit, I knew it was going to be similar to the Raider, but this was ridiculous. The shell, with the exception of the pumphandle and the magazine location, were too close for my tastes. It felt like I spent $20 for the same blaster. Even with the (IMO) better underside location of the magazine it really did feel like another Raider.

Now now, don't worry, some members of EPICNERF looked, altered, and battle-tested Troopers and told me there are some other notable differences. The performance right out of the box rivaled and possibly surpassed the ranges of a stock Raider. After some alterations, it was even better. The jamming wasn't a problem, and the new pumphandle allowed for a Recon-style priming motion, in addition to the pump-action if that was your preferred motion. Not to mention the one-handed priming action, a la Linda Hamilton in "T2".

Now, if you don't own a Raider already, or are a collection completionist and have to have the 18 round drum, then this is for you. If you're left-handed, you too will benefit from this blaster as the magazine release button is on both sides of the blaster. The lower cost, the 18 round drum is certainly less bulkier to handle than the 35 round drum, and holstering this blaster may be easier for you without the front grip that the Raider has. Dare I say it, this might even outrange a Raider so ultimately the decision's up to you, foam fighter.

PHOTO GALLERY:


Feedback? Questions? Comment below, or shoot me an email! FoamFromAbove@gmail.com


-VasTheStampede

P.S. - Yes, it came with ammo ;P

Friday, August 06, 2010

NDTL2010_Chicago! (Nerf Dart Tag League, 8-12 year old division)

Hey hey! Look what I posted today:

Day 1 from the Nerf Dart Tag League action in Chicago, at the Dew Tour! This is the 8-12 year old group; 13-17 year old video will be up soon!


-VasTheStampede

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

NDTL - Chicago! The Pictures!

Day 1, 8-12 year olds:

WINNER: NERF NINJAS!

From NERF DART TAG LEAGUE 2010 DAY 1




Day 2, 13-17 year olds:

WINNER: NARF!

From NDTL 2010 DAY 2 - 13-17





Congrats to the winners, thanks to Nerf for being so cool letting me snap photos! Still working on the video, but it'll be up soon!

-VasTheStampede

Monday, August 02, 2010

Results are announced! - Chicago Regional NDTL winners!

NDTL Winners are now up at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/NerfNation!! My own pics and videos will follow once I see they've put theirs up.


-VasTheStampede

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