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?

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nerf Zombie Strike Scravenger Video Review and Writeup is live!



Taking a look at the new Nerf Zombie Strike Scravenger! (And a bit of a trick shot in there) Please make sure to like and subscribe for more videos! Going to a Nerf war this weekend, so there'll be plenty to post. (Sample provided, but opinions remain my own)

BASIC STATISTICS:

Cost: $49.99
Includes: Blaster, 2 magazines, barrel attachment, tactical rail light, sight/magazine holder attachment, stock attachment, and double jolt blaster that fits into stock. My blaster also came with 26 elite streamline darts.
Available: Now
Ammo: Darts (Elite Streamlines and similar ammo)
Range:  About 30-40' flat, maybe 50' angled. Nothing earth shattering here.
Special features: The slamfire switch! Set it, and the lever fires the blaster, you don't have a 2-step motion of priming with the lever and then using the trigger. Triggerless firing as an option, not the rule. The blaster storage on the stock is pretty awesome too, and should make a nice addition as an option to any other stock/blaster out there.

The Nerf Zombie Strike Scravenger is a $50 upgrade from the Slingfire in a couple of ways. The slamfire switch is one additional feature, while tactical rails and additional accessories to add onto your blaster is an overall addition to the Zombie Strike line. Make room for the Chop Stock and the Twin Slice accessory packs, due out later this year.

Firing Observations:
Right out of the box, there's no noticeable uptick in range from this or any Zombie Strike blaster I've seen before. It fired pretty reliably though, so no complaints there. The darts it comes with are Nerf elite streamlines, and those are notorious for flying any which way they want.

Design Notes:
The blaster really does need a stock on there, otherwise it feels super unbalanced and is a bit awkward to hold in the hand. I would like a larger lever, and maybe a thicker arm for the lever too. As with the Slingfire, the arm is rather thin and feels a little wobbly. The design on the Buzz Bee Sentinel is currently remarked as being superior by a few other players I've asked. If Nerf continues to make lever blasters like this (and I hope they do), I hope that's one change they make.

As I said in the video, the grips on the lever are nice, but they made flipping the blaster a bit more difficult. I would say the grips weren't necessary, and a smooth handle for the lever would be preferred. Otherwise, the trigger and lever all work accordingly, and despite those nitpicks the functioned, though I feel it could be improved.

It's interesting too that Nerf left the slamfire switch on the right side of the blaster only, making a little bit less of a fluid motion for a lefty user. I don't know the internals to see how feasible that would be, but users take note that this may not be the most lefty-friendly blaster. The Jolt maintained it's simple pulldown design, so that has no such issues.

The stock attachment point is also placed in such a way that Modulus accessories will lock on upside down. It's interesting that this worked out that way, and for whatever reason just be aware of bit of info.

Otherwise, the junk aesthetic and everything that's come to be the trademark of the Zombie Strike line remains intact. This line introduces a Modulus-style accessory/roleplay element to the Zombie Strike world that wasn't there previous, being able to take a blaster and customize it (through play, not modifications like the Nerf community) to an extensive level physically. With the Twin Slice and Chop Stock (DISCUSSED HERE) coming later this year, there will definitely be some accessories to try out on the new tactical rails.

BOTTOM LINE:

Is it worth the $50? Of all the new releases, this is probably middle of the road compared to the other blasters out there. If you really want the Slingfire but wish it had slamfire, then this is your blaster. If you wanted to add on more lights or accessories to your Slingfire but can't, this is for you. The fact is Nerf is definitely going for the wallet with their pricing this year, and depending on your interest in this hobby I can say a few things:

Nerfers - wait. Save it unless you really want a slamfire blaster. There's the Hades out there too.
Parents - Again, this isn't a cheap blaster. It's aged for 8+ unlike the Rival lines, it has an extra blaster (for added value), the extra magazines, and overall works as a good starter kit/gift for a Nerf blaster and if you haven't bought any before this covers a lot of extras you might have bought along with it anyway if you're giving this as a gift.

All that being said, it's a solid blaster with a function that adds a new dimension to an older blaster. It would be a different kind of dual-wielding, and the slam fire does make firing a little faster, at least for me. Even if you have a Slingfire, this could be worth checking out just so you have additional Stock Options for a backup blaster and so you have that slamfire in a pinch. Hope this helps!


Saturday, July 07, 2018

Zach King's #NERFNATION SHOW: Super Soakers, Jamie Costa, and CtF (Oh my!)



These little rundowns of The #NerfNationShow are kinda fun, it's a good reminder that while yes there's a huge fan base of Nerf modders and other special interest play groups out there, there's always the larger population of casual players who just want to have fun.

So this week's episode involves Zach King and Co. getting a shipment of Nerf Super Soaker blasters, and Jamie Costa as a ref, there isn't much in the way of skits really (unlike last week) but definitely a lot more actual gameplay, sort of. Two teams use Super Soakers to tag each other out, and ultimately capture the other team's flag. Maybe a Super Soaker group can chime in on how they do Capture the Flag?

We see a lot of new Super Soakers in the video, and the Nerf Splashmouth seems to get the most looks in the video, especially showing the dump feature. They don't name or price any blasters in the video itself, and Zach King does some of his usual magic, but it's definitely another structure and format different from the previous episode, and the episode before that. The new Laser Tag system was recently announced and should be coming out soon, I would expect that to show up in an episode in the near near future.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

#NerfNationShow Episode 2 rundown! Zach King Tours the NERF FORTRESS



Zach King teased it earlier, but episode 2 of the Nerf Nation Show rolled out last week! It looks like they're trying to do a video every Friday, and there was just a bit more structure to the episode. This episode ran about 5 minutes, and it looks like there will be blaster features (obviously, it's a marketing tool and commercial. Kind of like an episode of Transformers back in the 80s), Zach mentions challenges (possibly in future episodes), and a running sketch about a robber being foiled.

Zach does the grand tour of the "Nerf Fortress" as they're calling it, and it is a pretty sweet setup. Some highlights are the panic room, the fireman's pole, and a zipline. There are a number of portals to blast from and multiple routes to get around, so how they battle in it will be interesting. No inflatables that I saw yet, like the ones from the initial preview videos.

According to Nerf's Instagram, if you tag #NerfnationShow to a pic of your own Nerf Headquarters/Fortress, you'll get a chance to be featured. Not quite the scale of Zach King's but it's a nice touch to think they'll give you a shoutout. But how are you liking "The Nerfnation Show?" As the product is financed by Nerf, mods will most likely never be part of the programming. It'll be skits, glitz, and commercial, but Zach King's illusion and "magic" setups keep it neat and entertaining. Another episode could be out Friday, guess we will see what happens next.

SHÜ - Covert Dart blaster on Kickstarter

Nerf-Compatible Covert blaster in the works on Kickstarter!



Shu's the brainchild of Jericho game and Foxhound Urban Adventures owner Shannon Bruzelius, who runs Foxhound Urban Adventures out in California:



Many years ago I ran across Foxhound and Jericho as an interesting gametype, and connected with Shannon over email. I am glad to see they are still going strong. The Shu blaster does serve a very practical need, as running around public streets with Nerf blasters or other conspicuous action props draws unnecessary attention and can very much jeopardize a game and the safety of players. Shu at first glance just looks like an oversized cell phone, which is considerably less visible than most Nerf blasters. The power seems comparable with a Jolt, and considering the gameplay, the range is perfectly geared to what they do. Additional development could lead to 60-70 FPS, but only at the success of the Kickstarter. With money from their campaign, they hope to produce more and hopefully fulfill a need that Assassin, Elimination, and any other clandestine game type demands.

They have 18 days to go, and a few prototypes are out there but the goal still has much work to be done. Make sure to please check out their page, and hope you can support this design! Good luck to them!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Nerf Prometheus Unboxed (and with 100% more firing demo!)

Opening up the Nerf Prometheus, firing/range video coming soon (the outdoors isn't terribly cooperative today.)

Sample provided by Nerf! Opinions remain my own!








NERF RIVAL PROMETHEUS MXVIII-20K Blaster (Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $199.99/Available: Fall 2018) Head into battle blazing to take on the competition with the NERF RIVAL PROMETHEUS MXVIII-20K blaster! This blaster features the new ADVANCED ACCELERATION SYSTEM which allows it to fire at a rate of 8 high-impact rounds per second! This blaster also holds a whopping 200 high-impact rounds in its easy-load hopper. The PROMETHEUS MXVIII20K blaster is fully motorized with a rechargeable NiMh battery for endless fun. Package includes blaster, 200 highimpact rounds, rechargeable NiMh battery, charger, two flags, shoulder strap and instructions. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Enjoy! Make sure to like and subscribe!


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Zach King's NerfNation Show Goes live! (#NerfnationShow)



YouTuber/Magician Zach King announced some time ago that he would be producing "The Nerf Nation Show" and here it is:



And.... there you have it.

- This particular episode was a little over 4 mins. long.
- Covered Jared's Epic Nerf Battle
- Showed off the Judge and the Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus
- Running. So much running.
- Preview of the set they'll be using.

In previous videos, eagle-eyed commenters noted the Delta Trooper was in the arsenal and he shows off other new blasters in the series preview. There were a few good shots, it was nice to see JT in there, and Zach King is good on camera (not surprising considering his own channel and history) so it's a decent start of sorts? I would have liked more of an idea of what they're going to do with each segment but at least the production values are there and as I caught myself watching his magic videos for extended time future videos could be just as compelling. I'm not quite sure what the format of the show is going to be, but there's only one way to find out! Are you going to tune in again for the next episode?

And some actual Nerf news:

Nerf Perks
·         Be one of the FIRST to get the Nerf brand’s newest blasters. Starting July 1st, Nerf Perks members can use their points to redeem for any of the Nerf brand’s NEW blasters. Go to NerfPerks.com to redeem! Not a member? No problem! Sign up for free at nerfperks.com and start earning points! Open to US Residents 18+.
·         Members and non-members can use code NERF18 to get an extra 200 points to help you on your way to earning some awesome rewards.
·         Eligible Blasters include: Modulus Evader, Mega Thunderhawk, Elite Infinus, Elite Delta Trooper, Zombie Ripchain, Zombie Scravenger, Rival Prometheus, and Rival Hades

Nerf Fest
·         Get ready, because Nerf Fest is coming! All of the fall Nerf products will be hitting shelves on Monday, July 16th!

Street date for the new blasters is July 16th. New releases been spotted in Mexico and elsewhere (and the Delta Trooper is in the hands of some people already) but the samples should be coming out soon.

The Prometheus and the Hades by far were favorites, but I am really curious how the Mega Thunderhawk is going to be. It underperformed in my opinion at New York Toy Fair, so hopefully they made some adjustments since then and it's going to fly! The harmonica clip on that blaster isn't my favorite feature but the build itself was super solid, and the sliding barrel sheath(?) feature was pretty neat.

Nerf Mega Thunderhawk

Nerf Rival Prometheus

Nerf Rival Hades


Make sure to keep tabs for the next entry! By then it should be something from Buzz Bee. Or Zuru. Or maybe Nerf! And don't forget to keep tabs on my social channels as well.

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