Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Nerf Fest 2018 - Tour visit in Hodgkins, IL



Nerf Fest rolled out of Illinois over the weekend, and last I heard they were near Indiana! I stopped by the Hodgkins, IL stop and went to see what was up.





The staff was friendly, but if you are expecting to see anyone who works for the Nerf offices, they aren't on this tour. You won't get a lot of info on upcoming releases or talk shop, the road teams aren't prepped for that.

They are familiar with the new product (in this case I saw a Hades, the Nerf blaster rack, Evader, battle camo stryfe, split strike, Infinus, Apollo, and Surgefire), have small freebies, including a blaster poster of Nerf releases through the years, darts, a button, and I even got some sunglasses. You can also sign up for Nerf Perks (and there's a code for more points), see Nerf Dog toys, the Laser Ops pro, some licensed party supplies, and I think a charging station.

All that being said, I have questions.

Where was the press release? Apparently one was made but myself and other fan sites would have loved to learn about this ahead of time to push it. But only the local news apparently was made aware for each stop. I guess it boils down to what the goal of the tour was, brand awareness and demos for People of Walmart as opposed to straight up attendance numbers that could be brought in from fan sources. Missed opportunity to get large crowds and compelling images.

No free blaster giveaways? Even a spinning prizw wheel or raffle would have been nice to give away a Jolt or Triad. You got darts sure, but the thinly-veiled push to buy blasters was a bit awkward. For a free shirt you go into Walmart and buy over $24.88 of Nerf goodies, show  your receipt, and pick your shirt from 8 different syles. Staff remained engaged and took pics, talked to the crowd, they did a fine job. I don't think they had enough backing, prepping, and supplies.

The fandom is a small population sure, but NerfNation could do better. Ultimately, each stop is only a few hours so they couldn't have a huge setup but after years of seeing things like this I really wish the fandom would be involved or represented somehow on events like this.

Still, I am glad I went and hope they do this again. As for the $14.88 I spent on a BattleCamo Firestrike.... That's a rant for a different day.


Friday, September 07, 2018

Nerf Fest Mobile Tour dates through Select Parts of the United States

NerfFest is a thing! 500 Walmarts around America to be Visited by Nerf Mobile Tour. The tour is already underway, but here are the remaining dates and stops.





Just what the title says! Walmart and Nerf are partnering up to bring Nerf Fest at various locations (see the images above.) They don't hit every state, but maybe you'll be near one? They'll bring the new blasters (not sure which ones) to try out, definitely Rival from what I heard. Be ready to see the Prometheus I would guess! There will be some promo items (while supplies last) it sounds like, such as a promo shirt after you spend $25. The stops in Illinois are coming up, I'll be checking it out I hope!

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Nerf News: New Nerf Ghost Ops, Nerf Mega, Nerf Zombie Strike! Nerfers101 with the pics!

Nerfers101 sent these over! Images of new blasters - the Nerf Zombie Strike Quadrot, the Nerf Mega Bulldog, and the Nerf Modulus Ghost Ops Shadow.

She had a big day filming content with Nerf at the Nerfnation Show, so watch for that soon!

Let's look at the new blasters.

Nerf Ghost Ops Shadow (Springer!)

Nerf Mega Bulldog


Some things to note....


  • The Shadow looks like it has a ton of tactical rails. Springer, internal clip?
  • The focus of the Mega line seems to be additional little slides/clicks/transformations.  The Tri-Break needed it's break, the Thunderhawk has that barrel shroud, and now the Deploy-ability of the Bulldog.
  • The quadrot looks cool...? At least it looks easy to holster.

    The holidays will definitely make for an interesting buying season, with all the blasters on shelves and no Toys R Us. Happy hunting!


More info as it comes out, but check out Nerfers101 if you haven't already!


Thursday, September 06, 2018

NERF NEWS: Epic Games/Fortnite to Partner with Hasbro/Nerf to make blasters!

Epic Games/Fortnite X Nerf teamup!
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Got this from my Inbox:

Hasbro will be announcing the news via press release next week, here is some further information about the partnership:
·         Hasbro has partnered with Epic Games to introduce NERF Fortnite blasters and MONOPOLY Fortnite.
·         The MONOPOLY Fortnite game, which brings a battle-building twist to the iconic Fast-Dealing Property Trading game, will debut at most major retailers globally Oct. 1, 2018.
·         The NERF Fortnite blasters (avail. Spring 2019) will immerse fans into the player-versus-player action of the game, letting them play out the Battle Royale in real world settings with blasters and accessories that emulate the onscreen battles Fortnite is known for. 


So it's crazy enough that Nerf landed the Overwatch blaster license for Rival  but now they have Fortnite too? And don't forget, G.I. Joe is due for a revival soon if I heard some whispers at Toy Fair right.

So the big question for me is that some of the phrasing up above doesn't have me sold entirely on the blasters for Fortnite being darts or Rival. Key points being:



  • They would have said Rival. Also, Overwatch is already there.
  • They don't mention blasting power or any mention of darts either.
  • "Real world settings" tells me Augmented Reality. A la Laser Ops Pro.


  • HERE'S WHY:



  • Laser Ops Pro is the new hotness. During the call earlier this summer, they had plans to support Laser Ops Pro through 2019 at LEAST.
  • Again with the real world settings. It sounds like there's a lot of programming to do, or it's already in an app waiting to go. Fortnite has a mobile app already, Nerf has their matching system and network all set to go with Laser Ops Pro. Complete with in-game power ups. Might want to keep an eye on your apps to see if any patches/updates are coming.
  • "Emulate the onscreen battles" they say. Again between power ups and abilities of an app, maybe putting together a defense house, collecting materials, and getting that potion aren't so off the mark for gameplay.
  • The single player light on the blaster is purple. LIKE THE STORM! #illuminati

    That's all I got here for this, we'll see maybe by Toy Fair or hopefully later this year. Thanks for visiting!

  • Friday, August 03, 2018

    Nerf News: Overwatch Nerf Rival D.Va Blaster revealed!


    BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH® D.VA BLASTER AT CHINAJOY IN SHANGHAI 

    Blizzard and Hasbro to Bring Gear from Overwatch’s Iconic Characters to Life through
    NERF RIVAL Brand Blasters

    SHANGHAI – August 3, 2018 – Blizzard Entertainment arrived at ChinaJoy, China’s Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference, with a special reveal for fans of Overwatch®: a sneak peek at theNERF RIVAL OVERWATCH D.VA blaster. Designed in the style of D.VA’s signature accessory in Overwatch, the blaster is not only true to the game, but also a fully functional NERF blaster.

    The D.VA Blaster is the second in the series developed in a collaboration between Blizzard Entertainment and the NERF Rival brand to bring iconic Overwatch accessories to life. Fans of the team-based action game will enjoy custom NERF RIVAL rounds with the Overwatch logo that are specifically colored for each blaster. The blaster holds three NERF RIVAL rounds, and blasts at a velocity of up to 80 feet per second. It will come equipped with a spring-action mechanism, a ready indicator, and a safety lock, and it even features D.VA’s signature bunny charm.

    The NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH D.VA blaster will launch in 2019.

    With a player base of 40 million, Overwatch’s wide appeal continues to drive a robust merchandising program with brands like NERF. Blizzard Entertainment first teased this collaboration on Twitter on May 16; further details were unveiled during a panel discussion at Comic-Con International: San Diego by members of the Overwatch development team, including a look at the first blaster in the series: the NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH REAPER WIGHT EDITION blaster.

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    REVIEW AND TEST: NERF MODULUS CHRONOBARREL (Extensive testing)



    NERF MODULUS CHRONOBARREL:
    MSRP: $14.99
    Range: NONE (but it does go to three digit FPS readings)
    Attaches to Modulus barrel points, not usable with Nerf Rival ammo or Nerf Mega ammo (or 3rd party ammo that matches those dimensions - darts only.
    Nerf Perks value: 0 (not listed as a product for points, yet.)

    HOWEVER, it's not just a device that reads FPS. It also functions as an ammo counter, a feature long-used in mods and 3rd party accessories. Nerf now has their own plus a chronograph for $15, and the reliability is pretty neat. The shortcomings are simple; the device can only be used in stock form on Nerf Modulus blasters. A Nerf Rampage or Slingfire couldn't use it (which now makes the creation of the Scravenger a bit more obvious). Despite that, the device reads reliably, is reasonably low profile, and does what it's supposed to do. The red screen isn't the easiest to read like a blue digit on a black readout, but you make do when the price is right.

    There doesn't (nor should there be) any range benefits to having the barrel on, just information for a player when they have to swap a magazine. Again it is a shame the device only works with darts, because it goes to three digit counts on the ammo side as well. It would be a bit handy for the Nemesis or Prometheus, too. For $15 one can't really be too picky though as there are already a number of bigger, more feature rich products. If you want those, they're out there. For cost-effective, quick solution, this is available as well, limits and all. Considering Nerf's penchant for dribbling out improvements or design tweaks in future builds, maybe a Rival and Mega sized dart counter is ready for the future, we just might not be ready for it yet. If you need a chrony and just can't afford a big kit, this is for you. If you want a quick ammo counter, this will also take care of you one way or another.

    Thanks for reading!

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    NERF Rival x OVERWATCH Reaper Wight Edition blaster revealed! (SDCC 2018)

    Blizzard Entertainment arrived at Comic-Con International: San Diego with a surprise reveal for fans of Overwatch®: a sneak preview of the NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH REAPER WIGHT EDITION blasterDesigned in the style of Reaper’s signature accessory in Overwatch, the blaster is not only true to the game, but also a fully functional NERF toy.

    The Wight Reaper Blaster is the first in the series developed in a collaboration between Blizzard Entertainment and the NERF Rival brand to bring the iconic Overwatch accessories to life. Fans of the team-based action game will enjoy custom NERF RIVAL rounds with the Overwatch logo that are specifically colored for each blaster. The blaster will hold eight NERF RIVAL rounds, which it can propel at up to 90 feet per second. It will be equipped with a spring-action mechanism, a ready indicator, and a safety lock.

    The NERF RIVAL OVERWATCH REAPER WIGHT EDITON blaster will launch in 2019.



    Discuss! Image direct from Hasbro, not a screencap from the video!

    To compare (taken from this site - https://www.artstation.com/artwork/44V84)-



    Nerf's made a pretty big move at working on Overwatch styled blasters. The game is still running strong in eSports circles, has a large user base, a large cosplay community, and a continually growing entity on all fronts. Just recently, a new hero was announced so the game continues to provide content, and the constant "nerfs". It took a lot 

    Overwatch logo'd ammo? Color-specific? Could be collectible, if that's what you like. No telling still on the price, but here's hoping it avoids the price of some licensed goods as the Boba Fett or Deadpool Nerf Rival sets were at first.

    Functionality wise, some folks are hoping for a hammer style prime. My guess is sliding pump-action under the barrel. There's a chance that hammer could be a pull handle for a priming arm, but I hope that isn't the case. It says 8 round magazine, and I'm thinking it loads from a door by the hammer, where that little piece sticks up. 

    Another theory (but maybe the least likely, considering the performance) is the blaster shoots two rounds simultaneously like the Nerf Rival Atlas. The barrels could be the indicator, but considering the performance of the Atlas on the second shot, I hope that's not the case. Give me 8 good shots at 90 fps and don't worry about multishot lackluster madness.

    Ultimately, we won't know until it hits prototyping, and by then it will hopefully be February if something hasn't leaked by then. I don't have much hope for the price to be reasonable, BUT there's a good chance (as with the Deadpool blasters) that these blasters will be released in non-Overwatch skins for a bit lower price as well, that will just take time. What do you think? Play of the Game or utter Defeat?

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