Thursday, February 27, 2014

New York Toy Fair - High Res videos! (UPDATED 03/01/2015!)

Bookmark this page! I've got a couple of those "High Quality" videos posted, and will update this as I continue to make more.

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.



NERF COMBAT CREATURE RC Robot
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2014)
NERF battles mobilize when combined with remote-controlled COMBAT CREATURE robots! Using the handheld remote, fans can activate the all-terrain, 6-legged mobility, shoot Nerf darts up to an impressive 45 feet and use the aiming elevator and 360 degree rotation to hit their targets. Battle friends and activate rapid-fire blasting to shoot up to twelve NERF darts in a row, changing the direction of each shot to keep advancing robots at bay. 6 AA batteries required, not included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.




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!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New York Toy Fair - The Nerf Aftermath

Nerf Writeup from the American International Toy Fair in New York City, 2014
Vas The Stampede

Nerf N-Strike Elite, Nerf Rebelle, Nerf Sports, Super Soaker, Zombie Strike, Mega, 3rd party licensed electronics, Oh my!

(update!) Here's a video of the Nerf Slingfire -


THE GALLERY:



2014 marked my 4th year attending the American International Toy Fair in New York City. I can't believe it either, honestly. To walk that floor with all the brands, bigwigs, and toys, there's almost nothing else like it. FAIR WARNING - I have a LOT to say in this post, so there's a lot of reading (and some pics!) so more after the break -

Monday, February 24, 2014

Nerf Cam ECS (CS?) 12 POV Camera Footage - F2A First look

Nerf Cam ECS (CS?) 12 Footage is live!  This looks a bit better than the engadget post from a month or so ago, in that the video isn't as pixelated (seemingly) as one might expect, and the camera seems to be insulated from the flywheels whirring much better than before.




And ICYMI:

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE NERF CAM ECS-12 Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 14)

Epic NERF shots live on way past the initial blast with the N-STRIKE ELITE NERF CAM ECS-12 blaster! Giving NERF fans the innovation and connectivity they crave, the NERF CAM ECS-12 blaster allows them to capture and share footage of epic battles and missions. The first NERF blaster to feature a built in camera, the NERF CAM ECS-12 blaster sends N-STRIKE ELITE darts flying up to an impressive 90 feet, records awesome NERF missions and lets NERF fans display them instantly on the playback screen or download them to share with friends for major bragging rights. Blaster includes a 4GB memory card which can hold up to 2,000 photos or 3 hours of video, 1.77” color screen, 12 dart clip and 12 N-STRIKE ELITE darts. Eight AA batteries required, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New York Toy Fair 2014 Overview - Tek Recon Predator






Tek Recon was a bit of a find for me last year at Toy Fair. A year after the Kickstarter and subsequent release, what have they been up to? The Tek Recon Predator.



STATS:
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Ammo Capacity: 100 (50 rounds on each side of the magazine)
  • Range: 100'
Features:
  • Removable stock, sight(s), LED light on the front (all picatinny compatible)
  • New style magazine (Interesting note, the Havok magazine will work in the Predator, but the Predator magazine is not backwards compatible)
  • New style cradle, a lot more robust than the original. This one features a HUGE metal screw to fix the mobile device holder in place.
Old style cradle
New style cradle
 The prototype fired using the pump grip (edit: there will be trigger this time, the Predator will only fire using the pump grip. The trigger shown in the picture is for the light) and it had some heft. The rubber end of the stock was great as before, so no complaints there.

As has been the case from the beginning, the folks at Tek Recon I spoke with (Harold, Steve, and Graeme) were all receptive to my critiques to the Hammer Head and Havok, and reminded me that information like that is important to their design process. As their first foray into blasters, they realize there's work to be done, and they welcome it. For the record, did you answer their request for suggestions on Facebook?

As previously reported, there aren't just new blasters but ammo types as well in the works. These will either affect rate of fire or range, so we'll just have to see. As it looks, Tech4Kids is still strongly behind Tek Recon to bring the best experience for the players. Judging from Toy Fair, their energy into the brand is on the right track, and I'm looking forward to seeing this in the Fall in its Final Form.

Monday, February 17, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: NERF TEK STRIKE STORMSHIELD (New York Toy Fair)

Nerf Tek Strike! Stormshield & App from Eyespy Toys Uses Bluetooth Tech to score hits, track power ups, and more. First shown at New York Toy Fair!













Say Hello to... Nerf Tek Strike. A shield/LCD readout attachment for your tactical rail on Nerf blasters to track hits/scoring, and apparently upgrade weapons/darts. I saw this during Day 1 of New York Toy Fair, and I was really intrigued. There was a prototype available, but these folks are on a good track to figuring out a new way to play. More details after the break.

Nerf New York Toy Fair - Nerf Rebelle!

I think I'm going to break out what I saw at Nerf over a post or few; let's start with the Nerf Rebelle: Secrets and Spies line.
While I make use of the publicity photos, check out the photos in our own set, found here  - https://plus.google.com/photos/100536445002797324243/albums/5981279248972558625


Nerf Rebelle Agent Bow
  NERF REBELLE AGENT Bow
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)
The NERF REBELLE AGENT BOW is perfect for high-profile missions that require accuracy and skill. Release the string and watch as the first ever Nerf Rebelle foam arrows soar up to 85 feet across the sky making a whistling sound! For added precision, the AGENT BOW features an electronic glowing red dot that provides better aiming accuracy with every shot. The NERF REBELLE AGENT BOW comes with three secret message foam arrows, a separate decoder, and a detachable quiver. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. 

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NERF REBELLE DIAMONDISTA Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 14k)
Even top spies love to be stylish while on a top secret mission. The NERF REBELLE DIAMONDISTA crossbow is a must-have for spy situations that require elegance with an edge. The crossbow sparkles with studs and glitter to ensure you’re ready for every fashionista mission. Simply load the dart blaster, pull the string back and press the trigger for realistic crossbow action, sending darts up to 75 feet. The NERF REBELLE DIAMONDISTA blaster comes with a separate decoder and three darts, including two “Secret Message” re-writable darts. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

 

 NERF REBELLE MESSENGER Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 14)
The best spy missions need to be carefully executed and planned and the NERF REBELLE MESSENGER blaster allows for stealth action. Send secret messages to your friend that no one else can read! Simply write your message on the dart with the special pen hidden in the blaster handle and then launch your message up to 75 feet! Since the text is only visible through the decoder and a special red lens on the blaster, nobody else will know your next step! This 3-shot blaster includes a recipient double decoder, concealable invisible ink marker, and 5 “Secret Message” darts. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. 



 

NERF REBELLE RAPID RED Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 14)
Mission: Spy Showdown. The NERF REBELLE RAPID RED blaster is the must-have accessory for the quickest spy around. This high-capacity motorized blaster features a 12 dart clip for rapid-fire action with darts soaring up to 75 feet! Not only will you have a super quick NERF REEBELLE blaster, but the RAPID RED blaster also features an integrated decoder to quickly access any secret messages sent your way. The NERF REBELLE RAPID RED blaster comes with twelve darts including six “Secret Message” darts and a separate decoder for your friend. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.





NERF REBELLE SPYLIGHT Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 14)
Keep your spy missions going, anytime of day! The NERF REBELLE SPYLIGHT blaster features a detachable flashlight to put the spotlight on your targets or to help you light up the scene as you conduct your mission. Featuring a 6-shot rotating barrel, you will be ready to take fire at any time and sends darts up to 75 feet! This blaster also features a secret compartment in the handle that stores two darts for unplanned last minute shots! The NERF REBELLE SPYLIGHT blaster comes with an integrated decoder in the barrel, separate decoder, and six darts including three “Secret Message” darts. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com. 



 


NERF REBELLE Arrow Refill Pack
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $8.99Available: Fall 14)
Always have extra arrows on hand with the NERF REBELLE Arrow Refill Pack! Each refill pack comes with 3 colorful whistling foam arrows that soar up to 85 feet each. Load your bow (sold separately) and make your mark! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.


Not actual size of darts; this was part of the display.
NERF REBELLE SECRETS & SPIES Dart Refill Pack
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99Available: Fall 14)
When the mission calls for secrets to be sent and shared, the NERF REBELLE SECRETS & SPIES Dart Refill Pack has everything needed to create secret messages. Each refill pack includes 8 re-writeable darts, a pen, and a message decoder for friends to discover the secret messages. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Enjoy! I'll get together a more detailed breakdown later this week.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nerf Showroom - New York Toy Fair 2014


New York Toy Fair! Just finished up, and I have a lot to go through! I still have VMD, Tek Recon, Zing, Marshmallow Shooters, and a Tek Stryke to do!
In the meantime enjoy some of these photos. High quality pics will be up tonight. HQ video has to wait until I get home, but I will post what I took from my iPod touch using the Nerf cradle, and my phone as well. Check my instagram! "Vasthestampede".

Saturday, February 15, 2014

F2A Exclusive Images! Nerf New York Toy Fair 2014!

Fresh from the Nerf Showroom at New York Toy Fair! Thanks to the Toy Spy for these exclusive images! I visit the Hasbro showroom tomorrow when the fair opens, so expect more coverage including videos/photos/and more pictures! Click on the pics for more info from the press releases/previous reveals. I expect to have a proper press release on the Attacknids/Combat Creatures after tomorrow.

Once again! These pics came from Toy Spy! I'll have my own info up later this week. These images came from a separate event, and Toy Fair itself doesn't start until tomorrow.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Cam CS-12 and the Nerf Demolisher! (click for more info)
 


Nerf Combat Creature Attacknids

Nerf Zombie Strike Slingfire (click for more info)
 Some of the initial feedback is people LOVE the Nerf Zombie Strike Slingfire's action - it just feels good to use and fire.

Nerf Elite Mega Thunderbow (click for more info)
 I am not even gonna lie. The Nerf Mega Thunderbow looks like a huge friggin' blaster.

Another shot of the Attacknids
Make sure to check out Stitch Kingdom on instagram and tumblr
Here is a picture of the Guardians of the Galaxy blaster, Star Lord Battle Gear!

Friday, February 14, 2014

REVEAL: Tek Recon Predator for 2014! New Blaster! (New York Toy Fair)

Tek Recon broke out at last year's Toy Fair with it's app, new styled, reusable rubber ring NRG ammo, and promises of high capacity and high ranges mixed with video game FPS action. The Hammer Head and the Havok generated a lot of buzz via Kickstarter and E3, with some astounding community outreach there and through Facebook.

That was the past though, and now for New York Toy Fair 2014, Tek Recon brings you... the Predator. They sent out a press release around this AM, and here are some highlights!



From the press release -
 
"The Predator features rapid slam firing, with ranges exceeding 100 feet. It holds up to 100 ‘NRG’ rounds, more than any other reusable ammo blaster. To help enhance the Tek Recon experience, a newly designed magazine that allows for rapid loading firing will be introduced to enhance the battle experience. The Predator comes equipped with six accessories; including scopes and LED targeting technology that can be customized and mounted on tactical rails. ....In addition to the Predator blaster, new accessories for 2014 include different performance ‘NRG' rounds, like Long and Soft shots. These special rounds come in a variety of colors and provide more customization for the fans."

So there you have it. The special rounds of varying styles that dartblaster.de showed, and a new blaster. I'm guessing I'll get a look at the new cradle too. Should make for an interesting Toy Fair and year in blasters overall. Thoughts? I got some clarification, and they're referring to this being more rounds than any other Tek Recon blaster, as the Hailfire has a max of 144 rounds.

Anyway, thoughts? How have you liked Tek Recon thus far?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

REVIEW: TMNT Dojo Training Weapons

Review: TMNT Foam Dojo Training Weapons! Leonardo's Katana, Donatello's Bo Staff/spear, Raphael's Sai, Michelangelo's Nunchaku

By: Vas The Stampede

Thanks to Playmates for the samples to review, all opinions are my own

MSRP: Approx. $17.99 (what I saw on some Target listings)
Material: EVA foam
Raph's sai are the only 2 pack; all others are single

Raphael's Sai (Not entirely sure why each only has one prong, looks a bit more like a jitte.  Uh, thanks Google!
Donatello's Staff/Spear; Leonardo's Katana
 
Mikey's Nunchaku - Zing bow used for size comparison


































































I'll be honest, I'm a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and it gladdens my heart to see the Turtles back in all their resplendent, pizza eating glory. When I was around for the 90s run, we didn't have the foam weapons like the above; our toy TMNT weapons were made of hard plastic. While it built character, it also wasn't particularly safe for household items or limbs.

BUILD/AESTHETICS:

Nowadays though, the TMNT Dojo sets are made of soft foam, on par with any Nerf N-Force weapons and I think they're a bit tougher against scuffing/gouges/odd bruises.  NOW THEY SAY ON THE TOY TO NOT STRIKE AT PEOPLE/ANIMALS/OBJECTS but things happen, and when they do your TMNT weapon should be ok taking incidental contact. Don't actually go fighting ninjas with these.  Zombies maybe, but that depends on who is calling the shots. :)

Little touches like bandages, chips in the blade to show battle-damage, add to the look of the toy.  And, hey, branding.
One thing I really like about the weapons are the little details and definitely cartoony nature of their look.  I would have liked to see Donatello's staff a little longer to differentiate itself from Leonardo's Katana, but hey, it's built for a kid.  Raphael's sai handles are a good size for even adult hands, and I had no trouble whipping Michelangelo's Nunchaku around like a proud amateur who watched the original movie plenty of times.  Fellow 'chucker, indeed (for the record I'm 5'7")



Again, these weapons are constructed from a soft foam, but that's no reason to start wailing away on anyone with these. Pretend you're a ninja sure, but leave the vigilante justice to the pros.

While in the store, I did test out Donatello's staff with the Deluxe Turtle Shell; it held in the holster quite nicely and was a good fit. I did have some difficulty getting it back out and I'm not sure the other weapons would holster as nicely. Also, while I said the foam is durable I think the plastic from the latch in the Deluxe Shell would wear away the handle on the Dojo sets. The plastic versions would probably be a wiser decision to pair with the Deluxe Shell for the mutant on the go.

COST: 

The weapons might be considered expensive, at almost $20 you're looking at a bit of an investment to recreate your favorite Ninja Teens but you are getting a quality toy roleplay product. I wouldn't take these to a LARP but to raid the Technodrome or infiltrate the Kraang, you're in good shape. The decision to change the shape of Raphael's sai was an odd one for me, but maybe that was in the ability to package 2 together, unlike that Wolverine claw nonsense which was ONE PER PACKAGE. 

Overall though, I really like these and for your up and coming Ninja Turtle fan these are good for costuming and playing pretend. If you are in that older market, You may get a good kick of nostalgia or jealousy because you wish you had these when you were bruising yourself and your friends with this. Questions? Comments? Let me know!

Turtle power!

image from www.nick.com





Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Incoming: Nerf Zombie Strike Double Strike

Dartblaster.de saw this at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, here's the press release from Nerf!

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE DOUBLESTRIKE Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 14)

When zombies are on the loose, double dart firing power is a necessity. Load two ZOMBIE STRIKE darts into the DOUBLESTRIKE blaster, pull back on the hammer mechanism, and fire to unleash both darts in a row! Blaster includes two ZOMBIE STRIKE darts. Available at most retailers nationwide and Hasbrotoyshop.com.

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