Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ahhh... yesteryear - hollaback to Toy Fair 2011

How cool was a display like this?  Not foam, but marshmallows are fun too.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

captain america shield, pictures!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vapor Blaster Day - Thanks Razor! w/the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society

So, wonder what it's like getting pelted with a LOT of water pellet ammo?  Here you go:

Thanks again to Razor for the supplies and giving the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society a chance to run these blasters through their paces!  While foam toys remain the focus, it would be ignorant to not expand one's horizons.

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

fresh from the Nerf Inside Blast series - the Speedload 6!

Watch "Nerf Inside Blast: Dart Tag Speed Load 6 blaster" on YouTube

To be fair, the NDTL has come and gone, and the blaster has been out even longer...
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

SpyNet Briefcase blaster - test fire!

Hey all!  Here's a video of me testing the SpyNet briefcase blaster, unmodded.

The blue bucket is 30' away, the second orange one is 60', and the final bucket is 90' away.  Draw what conclusions you will!  I got it for almost $30 at Wal-Mart.  Pricey?  Yeah.  But a transforming briefcase?  Pretty cool!  In this case, the aesthetics overshadow the performance.  The blaster also has a shield you can mount on the front, but I opted to not use it.

Nerf alive with the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society!

The Chicagoland Dart Tag Society through a game, and people showed up.
Dude was pretty excited to win a free Longstrike, courtesy of Nerf.

Rockin' a classic Crossbow... THAT HE ACTUALLY USES.  UNMODDED.
Foamme Fatales, the CLDTS has 'em.
A prize winner, courtesy of Nerf!
Played it out with the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society again a few weeks ago, the above are just SOME of the pics!  The rest are here:

Thanks to Nerf, I had a clear Deploy and a Longstrike to give away to some folks, and the CLDTS had some shirts from the Nerf Nation giveaway to... well... give away!  As usual we had games of CTF, Zombies, freeze tag, elimination, and the like.  Good times, good weather, good nerf!

If you're in the Chicagoland Area, make sure to check them out:  they play about every two weeks, give or take successive events also held in Wisconsin.  Make sure to check posts at:!

So the word is out, and some of us have known for the better part of a week, but making an appearance at NYCC as an exclusive, the new Bumblebee edition Nerf Barricade Rev-10!

Picture courtesy of the Nerf Facebook page!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Nerf Bachelor party - never too old, don't let anyone tell you otherwise

Found this posted to the Nerf Facebook page - a bachelor party... of Nerf craziness!  Good times, folks.  Don't ever change. :)

Nerf Inside blast - NERF DART TAG QUICK 16!

Heads up, fresh off -
"Get those eyelids opened wide, Nation! We'll be posting details on a new, exclusive Nerf blaster tomorrow around 3pm EST right here on the Facebook Wall. Is it Thursday yet?"

Carrying on with the "Inside Blast" series of videos, here's the latest edition:  Using the Nerf Dart Tag Quick 16!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nerf Dart Tag League 2011 - documentary!

Nerf's little docu-WWON (Wide World of Nerf) sports documentary from the NDTL this year!  Keep your eyes out for Wisconsin's own L. C. of the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society!

Who's training for next year already?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Vapor Day - the gallery!

This was a heck of an event - Razor, makers of the new Vapor line of blasters, provided a bunch of blasters and ammo my way to hold an event with the CLDTS, a local group of folks of all ages who like to get together and play dart tag with other toy blasters.  The gel ammo and blasters were a really different way to play from the usual diet of foam darts, so they decided to give it a try.  Disposable ammo and ammo capacity rivaling anything we've seen before?  Worth a try!

Thus the take-away event happened!  We were able to keep the blasters and ammo, and had some targets to try out before going after each other.  We tried the game types like capture the flag, elimination, and just some plain old shoot 'til we're tired.  We took a swing at HvZ, but without boundaries it usually ended up with a team running out of the park. 

Click the slideshow to go to the full gallery, and count on videos and more to follow!  Keep an eye out for the commercial soon, and for more info on when to buy these blasters keep an eye out on the Vapor facebook page!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Nerf Vortex Q&A - going to the source!


A new video straight from Nerf!  They had users on their facebook page ( and a few would be chosen to be answered directly in a video.  During the #NerfVortexNYC release party, Brian Jablonski (Nerf Design Leader) and Mark Ritchie (Nerf Brand Leader) took some time out from the goings-on to answer the selected questions.  Here you go!

Thanks to Nerf for sending along the video!

Friday, September 09, 2011

NERF VORTEX - 09/10/11 hits tomorrow! GET ON IT!

Final day (at least on this side of the world) before the Vortex was officially supposed to come out!  I've seen them pop up at stores already, have you got yours?

Like the music of the commercial?  Say hello to the band THERE FOR TOMORROW!  

The official release regarding their involvement with the Nerf Vortex brand -


Emerging Band Provides Soundtrack for New NERF VORTEX Collection

PROVIDENCE, RI – August 29, 2011 – Continuing to provide fans with advanced, high-action gear and a complete lifestyle experience, Hasbro, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: HAS) NERF brand has teamed up with alternative rock band There For Tomorrow to herald in the next step in NERF blaster evolution, the VORTEX collection.

The VORTEX lineup officially hits shelves on 9.10.11 and features four new blasters, including the 20-disc, clip fed, fully automatic VORTEX NITRON blaster. All VORTEX blasters shoot discs infused with XLR technology, offering some of the longest blaster ranges in NERF history! To enhance the debut of this unique NERF lineup and complete the VORTEX launch, the brand called on There For Tomorrow’s inspirational and energetic sound to support its commercials and be the latest NERF band. The song ‘A Little Faster’ from their first full length album, A Little Faster, is heard on the NERF VORTEX teaser commercial currently airing across the country and seen on and will be featured in the new VORTEX commercial airing on 9.10.11. The Orlando band recently played at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour and their music will be used in the NERF brand’s TV campaign throughout 2012.

"The VORTEX lineup is the next big thing in NERF blaster evolution and requires a bold, powerful sound to compliment its debut," said Michael Ritchie, Senior Director of Global Marketing for Hasbro’s NERF brand. “We’re thrilled to be working with such a talented group like There For Tomorrow, whose lyrics and style embody the unbridled spirit and excitement the NERF brand is known for.” 

“We want our music to empower fans to express themselves and have the confidence to pursue what they love. The NERF brand encourages these same ideals with their awesome gear and the supportive attitude of the NERF NATION community and we couldn’t be more thankful to be working together,” said Maika Maile, lead singer of There For Tomorrow.  

For more information on or to hear music from There For Tomorrow, visit To keep up with the latest NERF news, visit or join NERF NATION on,, and 

Monday, September 05, 2011

Check out this vid from the Chicagoland Dart Tag Society - edited by IttyBittyPond!