Sunday, April 29, 2012

Have a look at the Nerf N-Strike Hailfire!

Watch "Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster Teaser Video" on YouTube

Back from Anime Central, what do I see?  A new video from Nerf regarding the Hailfire!

So Elite ranges, 144 max capacity?  Rotating ammo rack, flywheels, etc.

Interesting concept, but the real test is seeing how this plays in the field.  The Vulcan suffered crap ranges, low reliability, and a decrease in mobility for the user.  If the Hailfire addresses these issues in a huge blaster... See you in September!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

From Anime Central - cosplay!

Fine job, spartan.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hectic - Internet, Drama, etc.

There's been a lot going around about Hasbro's alleged use of strongarm lawyers on Urban Taggers... here's their statement off the Nerf Facebook page -

"We appreciate the opportunity to provide the following statement concerning Hasbro’s investigation into “leaked” IP information regarding its NERF brand products. As with anything, there are two sides to every story. While we cannot comment on the details of any ongoing investigation, Hasbro takes all circumstances of its stolen and leaked IP very seriously and will continue to investigate sources of unauthorized information and products as it relates to its brands.  We would like to clarify one of the inaccuracies that has been reported. While a local Hasbro Australia marketing team did reach out to the Urban Taggers website to engage in promotional activity for which it required its address, it was completely unrelated to the confidential global investigation being conducted on Hasbro’s behalf by independent investigators looking into sources of leaked IP information. Hasbro greatly values and appreciates its fan communities and is very proud of its strong relationships with many bloggers and sites that cover our brands and products."

That is all I'm going to post on the matter.  Comments are closed, and this is not another forum for people to air grievances.  I'm still a fan of theirs, and will continue to cover their products on this blog.  Hell, it's how I even got started from writing about blastfires to eventually making it to Toy Fair.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Well hey, free stuff! Here's a giveaway! Courtesy of Zing Toys

Recently,  I did a review on Zing toys products (scroll down to see it).  Did you like what you saw?  Did you see the potential in the Zing line?  Well, how would you like a chance to win one of those items (or two)... for FREE?   At approx $25 USD, Zing Toys is willing to give away a prize pack! 

Here's what you do - on Facebook, "Like" their page - and find the announcement for this contest from Foam From Above.  Make sure to check around, including hitting the settings to see comments from EVERYONE.  Comment WITHIN THAT POST, and on April 30, I'll randomly pick a winner from those posts.

Happy hunting!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

C2e2, Humans vs Zombies

Put my body on the line yesterday putting down the horde at HvZ during C2e2!  Rolled for a sock, slid to escape a tag, and this is what happened.  Carpet is bad, kiddies.

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Thanks Floppets, a look from C2e2!

Floppet, heard of them?  Awesome little velcro clips, with fantastic designs.  Like The Guild?  They made Guild themed Floppets!  More pics later, but heeeeere's a teaser.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Zing Toys on tap - looking at the Air Storm versions! (Zcurve, ZX Hunter Crossbow, Pop Rocketz, Zing Shot)

Heads up!  So once upon a time, I shot some test videos of Zing Toys's Zcurve Bow, and ZX Hunter Crossbow.  They were pretty cool!  I've always been a fan of the original Nerf Bow N Arrow, and even the Big Bad Bow and seeing these things piqued my interest.  In addition, thanks to some fine people at Zing Toys, I was able to get some samples of the rest of the line.  They've rebranded Zcurve under the name "Air Storm" with a new color scheme, but same simple awesome functionality.  Let's have a look:

The original, Zcurve bow.  On the left is the new "Air Storm" version. Approx $19.99

The small arms, Pop Rocketz - $4.99 and Zing Shot - $9.99

ZX Hunter Crossbow! (my fave, cause I love crossbows) - $19.99

Zip Bak Bow
The toys are each banded with a different type of surgical tubing, except for the pop rockets which is a squeezable bladder that launches the rocket when compressed.  Would I count it as large ammo?  Hell yes.  Would I count it as a melee weapon?  Hell yes.  There you go, Call of Duty fans... you have a ballistic knife.  Sort of.

I like the bright orange, and you can kind of see the transparent look of the plastic.  It's pretty neat, and a bit more interesting than the camo/red blaster lineup they ran after the bright green sets.  Very spacey, but if you got these already you'd be buying the same shooters, just in a new color.  Is that wrong?  Not when the toys are this great.

Enough jibber jabber, I shot some video:

From Zing Toys testing

From Zing Toys testing

From Zing Toys testing

From Zing Toys testing

From Zing Toys testing

Biggest surprise out of the bunch?  The Pop Rocketz.  Did not think those little things would have that kind of power (50'!), but damn they do.  Angled, the Zcurve has hit upwards of 200', and the smaller Crossbow and Zip Bak are really comfy and perform respectably.    Thankfully, it doesn't look like the Zcurve toys lost any power, they still feel/shoot the same with these new color jobs. 

Definitely give these a try where ever you can find them.  Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us... but don't look in the blaster aisle!  These were in the same spots you can find Backyard Outdoor Safari, hula hoops, and other toys like that.  My guess is since these are more outdoorsy type toys.  You get three rounds of ammo with each of these, but it's nice to note that the Zip Bak and Zcurve both shoot the same arrows (called "Zarts"), while the Zing Shot comes with 3 balls, the Pop Rocketz has 3 rockets, and the ZX Hunter has three small suction cup zarts.

Hope this was helpful!  With the "Hunger Games" out now, it looks like there are a whole bunch of new people looking to take up archery.  If you aren't ready to jump to a proper bow and arrow set, these should definitely be on your radar.  - - look at how she moves with a bow!  Holy crap!

Take it easy!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Fresh from Nerf's facebook/youtube, Nerf N-Strike Elite reveal!

Nerf just put up a video a blaster from their upcoming Elite line, debuting Fall 2012!  Say hello to the Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator.

 Key points:
- 75 ft.
- New dart style (supposedly)
- Removable/interchangeable stock, barrel; tactical rails, and 12 round mag
- Kinda reminiscent of a Recon, honestly

And there you have it!  One reveal down, a couple more to go.