Monday, April 25, 2011

Meet the Blasters: New Nerf Dart Tag video!



New Nerf Dart tag video featuring the new blasters! Although, I don't think they showed off the Sharp Shot. Which one are YOU going to pick?


Nerf or Nothing!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Super Soaker event in Florida!

Looks like Nerf/Super Soaker took it to the public this weekend! Make sure to check out: http://facebook.com/nerfnation - http://tinyurl.com/42unfx8

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nerf Vortex Release #2!



Nerf released another look at its upcoming Vortex line this past Monday! The video above is what we saw on facebook. The highlights on this vid were: another look at the "Gear Up" N-Strike repaints, another look at some of the Nerf Vortex blasters proper, and highlights the single-shot pistol entry of the Vortex line.



Urban Taggers
already has a pretty good writeup up of the video, for anyone curious. I'll put up a few of the screen caps I've grabbed as well though.

Family photo - Gear Up Series
From Nerf Vortex reveals!


Family photo - (Some of the) Nerf Vortex line:
From Nerf Vortex reveals!


You can see what might be the Nitron, the Praxis, and one other blaster. The Nitron name was revealed the last video, and the Praxis is pretty much the blaster that was test-fired the last video as well. The blaster at the top has the integrated clip, while the other two blasters (one of which is at least pump-action) use a removable clip system for discs. Note, the stock!

Also, it's a little fuzzy but Nerf's confirmed on their facebook page that the Vortex line will indeed have tac-rails and can accomodate your favorite scopes/sights/lights.

Annnnnd the test-fire! Here's the pistol, which could be the Proton or the Vigilon but it hasn't officially been announced yet which blasters are which. The video starts like this:

From Nerf Vortex reveals!


and you can spot the discs, and the muzzle of blasters. As expected, the muzzle of the blasters is going to be flat to accomodate the discs. How this might affect handling ergonomics and holstering, it's simply too early to tell without having one in-hand.

From Nerf Vortex reveals!


Here we see the priming mech/loading slide for the pistol. What I like about the vortex line so far is the release switch being situated near the thumb. To me I can see that being a lost faster mechanically to hit that, reload, and resume firing. That's pure speculation, but we'll see. The priming arm takes out the slot where you load the disc, primes the blaster, and hitting the switch returns the assembly back into position.

From Nerf Vortex reveals!


Very interesting stuff, I think. And the accuracy wasn't bad either.

One final shot of the integrated clip blaster:
From Nerf Vortex reveals!


The last blaster, that has the Stampede-like foregrip.

From Nerf Vortex reveals!


Hopefully next week, we get to see what that one looks like in full functioning awesomeness!


See ya next time!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Nerf 2011 Commercial - Dart Tag Line




Hooray! New Nerf Dart Tag commercial, courtesy of Nerf.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Thinkgeek? Hi! Nerf!

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More cldts!

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Freeze tag!

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Ready to go today!

Almost set gear up and head out, games today!
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

FFA_Stampede Test



Action using my Nerf Stampede (stock) against the CLDTS! http:/cldts.blogspot.com

Weekend weekend weekend

Ah, hitting the field with the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society today! cldts

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

VORTEX - The Day After the Disc

Ok, are we good? You all had enough time to let it all sink in?

The Nerf Vortex big reveal has come and gone, we've seen the video and there's promise that as time goes on, we're going to see more. More photos, more videos, and more general info. In the midst of all that we still have the N-Force Vendetta double-sided sword on its way, and the Gear Up series in August. And then... 09.10.11. Vortex in all its disc-firing glory starts coming out in stores.

So what did I think of the video? What are my opinions on the Nerf Vortex blasters?

I'm intrigued. New clip system, new ammo style, and the shells look pretty cool too. The colors seem a darker color scheme I think than any previous N-Strike line, with its red and green majority, to add to the "N-Strike Vs. Vortex" business.

The first proper look they showed off was a pistol with an integrated clip, and what looked like a pistol on the ground. After showing the integrated clip opening, the video moved on to the firing test of... something? I think it was the "Nerf Nitron" firing, and uses a removable clip, foregrip, and I believe I saw tactical rails. Pump action seems to be the priming mech of choice on this as well. What I noticed most? The range! And for a disc, that seemed to fire pretty sraight out of the barrel. Normally you can expect a disc to curve a little even indoors (as far as I've seen) and that wasn't the case. Revolutionary "XLR" tech? Haha, I think that might stand for "eXtra Long Range" but that's unconfirmed. Either way, it looked pretty cool.

Here's the thing, some of the chatter ragging on the Vortex series is about the discs, how streamlines fly better and aren't as affected by the wind as drastically as discs will be.

Are you all on crack?

I've seen my fair share of stock darts get blown all over a park and knocked off course by feet because of the winds here in Chicago. It's a moot point. Real ammo, foam, it doesn't matter. The wind interferes with all kinds of ammo in different ways, and that's just fact. Streamlines already were notorious for being inherently inaccurate, why are they all of a sudden flying straighter than a ruler it seems? Never mind the discs have a wider surface area, so to me that says they'll have a better chance of grazing their targets. I figure the discs might resemble what they did with the ammo of the N-Strike Disc Shot, a tougher type of foam core.

The blasters look cool, as I've come to expect from these latest tacticool offerings from Nerf with N-Strike and the Nerf Nitron looks pretty sleek.

So, to sum up:

1) Nice appearance
2) Pistol, middle blaster w/integrated clip, rifle kinda blaster w/removable magazine, there has to be a fourth I'm missing. Unknown capacity, but if the discs are skinnier than darts these might have a higher ammo capacity than N-Strike by quite a bit.
3) Nice ranges from what I can tell, a lot more than they've allowed with darts.
4) Not worried about the discs being blown off course. Nerf ammo generally does anyway.
5) I've heard the terms "serious Nerf war" and "fun to just play around" tossed around a bit. THESE ARE TOYS.

I'll definitely do a more in-depth study of these blasters once September rolls around and hopefully I can get my hands on them promptly once the release - but I'll hold off any total judgments until I actually see them for myself.

Monday, April 11, 2011

NERF VORTEX REVEALED! FIRST LOOK AT THE "NITRON"



It's live! http://facebook.com/nerfnation

Check the "Nerf Vortex" tab. The video features a rifle-looking blaster, with a clip, that fires discs. What you see might be called the Nitron and I think I see a pistol on the ground as well. Enjoy the video, and I guess we'll see more popping up on the Nerf Facebook page as time goes on!

SO, you have clip system blasters vs. disc-clip system blasters? Not gonna lie, that range looked pretty long. And the ammo seemed to fly pretty straight.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

04/11/11 - DAY OF REVELATION - NERF VORTEX

"Listen up, Nerf Nation, we know you’re anxious to find out everything you can about the new Nerf Vortex. 9.10.11 is just too far away, and we don’t want to keep you waiting.

Here’s the deal. On Monday April 11th we will reveal information, photos and a video of the entire all-new Nerf Vortex line – exclusive to fans of the Official Nerf Facebook page. Think of it as a huge “THANK YOU” to each and every member of Nerf Nation. RSVP now to get all the latest updates, and be sure to tell all your friends to “Like” the page so they don’t miss out!

Once you see what we have up our sleeves, you’ll be counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds til you can Gear Up for 9.10.11. The latest in Nerf evolution has arrived."

So remember: http://facebook.com/nerfnation for all the Nerf Vortex news on 04/11/11 (does 4/11 = 4-1-1 = info? Probably a happy coincidence, and that's U.S.-wise!)and pics! Yes, video too. See you there, Nerf Nation!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

NERF VORTEX REVEAL - ONLY ON FACEBOOK

Got a facebook account? Like Nerf? Make sure to check their page, and hit that "Like" button!

The grand reveal of the Nerf "Vortex" line (not even shown at Toy Fair)is going to be revealed for a little while on the Nerf Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/NerfNation

Videos, pics, and more! Revealed when?

APRIL 11th. Just enough time to get us ready to "Gear up" and keep waiting for the latest in Nerf material.

Remember, hit up Facebook, find the Nerf Facebook page, and then hit that "Like" button. Tune in April 11th, and the new Vortex info should be there! Woo!

Personally? I'm inviting everyone :)

Monday, April 04, 2011

FULL RELEASE ON: THE NERF DART TAG LEAGUE 2011!

Hasbro’s 2011 NERF DART TAG World Championship Searches for Top NERF Athletes in the First Ever Players’ ‘Draft’

The NERF Brand Teams Up with ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Calls for Entries Starting Today as the Completely Redesigned Blaster Line for the Popular Action Sport Hits Shelves

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hasbro, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: HAS) NERF brand announced today that the annual, much-anticipated NERF DART TAG World Championship will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, FL., August 19-21 at Walt Disney World. For the first time, players from across the United States will have the chance to be “drafted” to the World Championship where they will challenge fellow athletes from around the country and battle for NERF fame and $25,000 per team, per age group.

“The major changes to the 2011 competition, our alliance with ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and completely redesigned DART TAG equipment give this unique sporting event the spotlight it deserves and make the NERF DART TAG experience more accessible to our diverse community of NERF athletes across the country.”

To be considered for the DART TAG ‘draft,’ prospective NERF DART TAG athletes are invited to visit WWW.NERF.COM and explain how they embody the ‘It’s NERF OR NOTHIN’’ motto and why they have what it takes to be a DART TAG Champion, and answer a series of questions regarding their athleticism, favorite NERF blasters, and playing style and strategies. On “Draft Day” - August 1st - fans will find out if their responses have landed them a spot in the 2011 DART TAG roster. Recruits will then travel to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to compete in the NERF DART TAG World Championship, held on August 19-21. Players will be divided into two age groups, 8-12 and 13-17, and then into 16 regional teams.

"The NERF DART TAG World Championship has experienced tremendous growth during only a few years. There are already nearly 15,000 athletes registered for the NERF DART TAG league and it has inspired us to revamp the competition and open it up to our increasing fan base," said Kelly Stone, Director of U.S. Marketing for Hasbro’s NERF brand. “The major changes to the 2011 competition, our alliance with ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and completely redesigned DART TAG equipment give this unique sporting event the spotlight it deserves and make the NERF DART TAG experience more accessible to our diverse community of NERF athletes across the country.”

For more information on 2011 NERF DART TAG tournament rules, eligibility, registration forms, and the NERF DART TAG World Championship, visit WWW.NERF.COM.

The NERF DART TAG experience will also be enhanced this year with an updated collection of competition grade jerseys, blasters, and accessories created for ultimate game play. Featuring greater dart capacities and performance, the 2011 DART TAG lineup allows fans to train at their ultimate level as they prepare for the NERF sporting competition of the year. The new NERF DART TAG line hitting shelves today nationwide includes the following:

NERF DART TAG SWARMFIRE Blaster

The first fully automatic DART TAG blaster in the collection, the NERF DART TAG SWARMFIRE blaster, will change the game of DART TAG forever! Players can launch a powerful stream of up to 20 darts, keeping opposing teams at bay. The NERF DART TAG SWARMFIRE blaster is suitable for ages eight years and up, requires six "C” batteries (not included) and will be available for the approximate retail price of $29.99.

NERF DART TAG QUICK 16 Blaster

Whether you’re getting ready for an offensive or defensive DART TAG play, you’ll be able to stay calm and collected with the new rapid-fire NERF DART TAG QUICK 16 blaster by your side. The NERF DART TAG QUICK 16 blaster sends an intense stream of darts towards the opposition and features an integrated clip system making reloads quick. The blaster includes 16 Velcro Tip DART TAG darts, is suitable for ages eight and up and will be available for the approximate retail price of $19.99.

NERF DART TAG SPEED LOAD 6 Blaster

The NERF DART TAG SPEED LOAD 6 blaster helps keep the intensity of DART TAG game play at an ultimate high. With a new top reloading system and cool, sleek design, players on both teams will have to stay on their toes to keep up with all the fast-paced action and rapid return fires. The NERF DART TAG SPEED LOAD 6 blaster includes six Velcro Tip DART TAG darts, is suitable for ages eight and up and will be available for the approximate retail price of $12.99.

NERF DART TAG SHARP SHOT Blaster

Get ready for a DART TAG game wherever you go with the NERF DART TAG SHARP SHOT blaster. This new, lightweight blaster features a carabiner styled clip which can be hooked on belt loops allowing players to always be at the ready for when a battle breaks out. The NERF DART TAG SHARP SHOT blaster includes four Velcro Tip DART TAG darts, is suitable for ages eight years and up and will be available for the approximate retail price of $7.99.

NERF DART TAG 2 Player Starter Pack

Experience the thrill of the NERF DART TAG League tournaments right at home with the complete NERF DART TAG 2 Player Starter Pack! Featuring two DART TAG SHARP SHOT blasters, two sets of DART TAG VISION GEAR eyewear, two DART TAG starter jerseys, and eight Velcro Tip DART TAG darts, the NERF DART TAG 2 Player Starter Pack has everything you and your friends will need to get started. DART TAG jerseys available in either orange or blue; sold separately. The Starter Pack is suitable for ages eight and up and will be available for the approximate retail price of $29.99.

NERF DART TAG Official Competition Jersey

An essential element of the DART TAG arena, each NERF DART TAG official competition jersey, available in orange or blue, features target panels on the front, back, and sleeves, as well as mesh side panels to keep teams cool in the heat of battle. The NERF DART TAG official competition jersey is available in size Small or Large, is suitable for ages eight and up and will be available for the approximate retail price of $15.99. Each sold separately.

NERF DART TAG VISION GEAR Eyewear Assortment

Your DART TAG uniform isn’t complete without NERF DART TAG VISION GEAR eyewear. The new NERF DART TAG VISION GEAR assortment includes one pair of VISION GEAR eyewear (choose from orange, black, or white), allowing players to pick the best look to suit their team’s style. Featuring a new flexible rubberized coating to keep players comfortable during play and hinged arms for battles on the go, the NERF DART TAG VISION GEAR eyewear assortment is ready for a DART TAG game anytime, anywhere. The NERF DART TAG VISION GEAR eyewear assortment is suitable for ages eight and up and will be available for the approximate retail price of $4.99. Each sold separately.

NERF NATION can be followed on www.Facebook.com/NerfNation, www.YouTube.com/Nerf, and www.Twitter.com/NerfNation.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 300 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 230-acre facility features the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group to develop ground-breaking on-air products like Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom, as well as development of its new 3-D television channel. In addition, the complex features 56 high-definition cameras (42 robotic, 10 hand-held and four studio) and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, that can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex. The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Broadcast Center that features eight edit bays and links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, Conn., New York and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.wdwnews.com for press releases, photos and videos. Follow us on Twitter at @DisneySports.

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Saturday, April 02, 2011

NERF DART TAG LEAGUE 2011 - the game has changed!

NDTLWC 2011. The ndtl news and registration is up on the need website! Checkit! Things are different this time around, for sure. Full break down later!

NERF DART TAG LEAGUE 2011 - the game has changed!

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Free item: received!

First the shirts, now I finally got my free NF and darts from the supercharge your gift card promo! Thanks, nerf!
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NERF VORTEX TEST FIRING

SERIOUSLY

Or not :) April Fool! In other news, my blog's been bought out by Bill Gates, and I will be giving up the tech life to live in Fiji.

FOAMME FATALES

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