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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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Zuru: Flying Bug Attack Review (Clipfed, target shooting goes insect)



Zuru Launches new Flying Bugs with Flying Bug Attack kit
(Samples provided, but opinions remain my own)

Flying Bug Attack Single Pack

X-Shot Flying Bugs
Take down REAL flying targets with the NEW X-Shot Flying Bugs range! The latest addition to
ZURU’s hugely successful dart blaster range X-Shot Bug Attack which takes the action to the next
level with real moving targets. To get your bugs flying, simply place the bugs onto the motorized
launcher, press the pedal down with your foot and release to see the bugs soar in the air as you try
and take them down before they land! Featuring the exclusive new X-Shot Swarm-Seeker blaster - a
rapid fire blaster that can shoot 10 darts in rapid succession with an innovative side-loading clip
system! The X-Shot Flying Bugs Single Pack includes 1 Swarm Seeker blaster, launcher, 2 flying
bugs, and 12 darts (SRP $19.99). The Double Pack includes 2 Swarm Seeker blasters, launcher,
3 flying bugs and 24 darts (SRP $29.99). Ages 8+, Available July 2018.

STATS:




Includes: 12 zuru darts, 1 clip, Swarm Seeker blaster (aka Predator, according to the Zuru site), 2 flying bug targets, and 1 launcher.
Batteries: Requires 4 AA batteries (for bug launcher)
Range Claims: 90 ft
Other notes: Clip is compatible with the Zuru XShot Regenerator blaster, and those clips work with this pistol.

And Zuru is hot off to the races with their newest addition to the Bug Attack line, this time incorporating a helicopter/flying bug target to use with their blasters. The target is easy enough to use; you step on the pedal (video is still being worked on, that will be added in later), rev the rotors on the bug, release, and it flies off so you can shoot it down. The bugs banged into walls and the flying pattern isn't the easiest to follow, so maybe this will be great fun for target shooting, and higher in difficulty level.



The blaster itself is called the Swarm Seeker. It's a 10 shot clipfed blaster, and the clip is a typewriter/harmonica sideways orientation. Not my favorite placement on a pistol (as I would want to holster it) but the grip is comfortable for me and I didn't have any jams after firing 3 clips full of ammo. I also launched a few proper Nerf Accustrike rounds from the blaster, and didn't experience any jams using another brand of ammo. Accuracy from the blaster was pretty decent too, and while some Zuru darts did veer off from a straight line that was the exception more than the rule. As with all Zuru/XShot darts, these are also shorter darts than Nerf or most other brands.

The range I got from the Swarm Seeker (video coming later) went anywhere from 40-60 feet. Some of my shots were angled as well, but for a pistol that's not too bad and for a stock blaster fresh out of the box that's about what you would expect. The most telling thing about the blaster was that it had some decent accuracy.

Zuru dart is second from the left.

If I had any strikes against this blaster it's about the choice to orient the clip sideways. As previously stated, holstering it with the clip loaded is tricky, and the other option is to keep them separated while running around and THEN loading the blaster when you use it (if you decide to keep it as a sidearm). That seems inefficient. I also didn't notice a slamfire feature on the blaster, and while that's not a dealbreaker, I wouldn't have minded having it there.

The clip does make loading faster though (as opposed to one chamber at a time on a front-loading blaster) but only as long as you have loaded clips. Currently the only way to get any additional clips is thrifting, trading, or buying a Regenerator/another Flying Bug Attack kit. Zuru currently does not sell these clips (or the magazines for the Bug Attack Crossbow) separately.

Considering Zuru's past prices, $19.99 for the single kit itself is a deal. If you consider that a Strongarm on Amazon or most other pistols are about $12 for something that has less shots on a turret, that's an even better price. If you want to consider the Nerf Recon Mk II, which is a small (when no attachments used) clipfed blaster, it is certainly a lower price but you don't get the additional value of the launchpad and target, especially if you lack Nerf wars near you regularly. This is certainly a good set for a parent to get their kid(s) with the additional targets, which may keep the darts from flying at siblings and/or furniture. Even more intense players may dig the pistol, which I found comfortable to grip and fire, if not keep as a sidearm. Definitely worth a look once these are widely available later this Fall. Big thanks to Zuru for getting me these samples, and looking forward to more!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Overwatch X Nerf press release! Nerf this, #Nerfnation

Everyone loving the Nerf Vortex releases? How about this news?




HASBRO JOINS BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT’S OVERWATCH® IN THE FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE AS MASTER TOY LICENSEE

Hasbro to Create Wide Range of Overwatch®Play Experiences

PAWTUCKET, R.I. & SANTA MONICA, CA – MAY 21, 2018 – Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced that they have signed a licensing agreement with Blizzard Entertainment to become the global master toy licensee for the Overwatch® franchise. Hasbro will create a wide range of play experiences including NERF products, games and more, based on the growing Overwatch® universe and its characters. 

Overwatch is a highly-stylized team-based action game set in Earth’s near future. Featuring 27 playable heroes with unique powers and abilities, Overwatch immerses players in intense multiplayer showdowns where they must band together to keep the world safe from rising conflict. Overwatch is also the basis for the Overwatch League®, the first major global city-based esports league, featuring teams from Asia, Europe, and North America.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Blizzard for the Overwatch franchise,” said Samantha Lomow, senior vice president, Hasbro. “The roster of bold, diverse characters, and a passionate following of more than 40 million players have inspired our teams to create an amazing product line that will not only appeal to the passionate Overwatch fan base, but also attract new fans into the Overwatch universe.”


The fight for the future will reach a new stage in January 2019, when Hasbro releases Overwatch® blasters in its NERF Rival line. Additional product categories will be launched Fall 2019 in the US and international markets. 

I have a slew of questions out to Nerf, stay tuned! 

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