Friday, February 05, 2016

K'Nex K-Force Blasters Continue at New York Toy Fair (ICYMI)...

K'Nex K-Force continues into 2016! The construction set blasters introduce turrets and motorized blasting with the new crop of blasters coming out later this year.





K-10V Building Set
Build your own K-FORCE Build and Blast K-10V blaster that fires up to 75 feet! Set features 83 pieces including, K'NEX rods and connectors, 1 blaster chamber, 1 quick fit grip, 1 preload ring and 5 foam darts. Customize and create your own K-FORCE blaster or combine with the K-FORCE Build and Blast Mini Cross Building Set (set sold separately) for an awesome downloadable combo build! All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $14.99. Ages 8+. Available Spring 2016.


 K-25X RotoShot Blaster Building Set

Get ready for rotating blaster action with the new K-FORCE K-25X RotoShot Blaster

Building Set from K’NEX! The K-25X RotoShot blaster allows you to construct an incredible blaster, and then fire off 5 shots without reloading! Set includes 1 NEW RotoChamber, 5 foam darts, 1 quick fit grip, 1 preload ring and downloadable instructions for 4 additional custom blasters and targets. Models can be built one at a time. Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $39.99. Ages 8+. Available Fall 2016.







Super Strike RotoShot Blaster Building Set 

Rotating blasting fun is what you will get with the new K-FORCE Super Strike RotoShot Blaster Building Set from K’NEX! The Super Strike RotoShot blaster allows you to build an amazing blaster, and then fire off 5 shots without reloading! Set includes 1 NEW RotoChamber, 5 foam darts, 1 quick fit grip, 1 preload ring and downloadable instructions for 4 additional custom blasters and targets. Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. Models can be built one at a time. All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $39.99. Ages 8+. Available Fall 2016.








Flash Fire Motorized Blaster Building Set

Blast darts as fast as you can with the K-FORCE Flash Fire Motorized Blaster Building Set! Build your blaster and then load the clip with up to 10 darts, and the new motorized rapid fire chamber will fire darts as fast as you can pull the trigger! Set includes 1 motorized rapid fire chamber, a 10 dart clip, 10 foam darts, 1 quick fit grip and downloadable instructions for 6 additional custom blasters and targets. Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. Batteries required, but not included. Most models can be built one at a time. All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $49.99. Ages 8+. Available Fall 2016.






 
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Nerf Fall 2016 - The Story So Far (ICYMI)

New Nerf blasters announced in the last week or two... and they're BIG. Really Big. If you haven't seen'em yet, sit back and take in 7 blasters coming from Nerf this Fall that will get your attention. (Info and pictures provided by Nerf unless otherwise indicated).





NERF DOOMLANDS DOUBLE-DEALER Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Defend the barren landscape with the possibility of taking down targets two at a time with the DOUBLE-DEALER blaster.

This high-capacity blaster features two clear 12-dart clips, clear top design with visible firing mechanisms, and boasts pump-action firing with slam-fire capability. Each pull of the DOUBLE-DEALER blaster trigger fires two darts simultaneously! Includes two 12-dart clips and 24 DOOMLANDS darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.


Picture taken from the Popular Mechanics article

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE BRAINSAW Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2016)

For the ultimate zombie hunter, the NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE BRAINSAW Blaster offers two ways to repel the hordes! Fire up to eight ZOMBIE STRIKE darts at the undead, and then finish the job with the spinning foam saw blade. Includes eight ZOMBIE STRIKE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.




NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HYPER-FIRE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Surprise your targets on the run with the fastest-firing NERF blaster! The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HYPER-FIRE Blaster fires an impressive five darts per second on unsuspecting targets. With full-auto rapid-fire speeds and a high capacity 25-dart drum, the HYPER-FIRE Blaster will dominate the NERF battlefield! Includes 25 ELITE darts. Requires 4 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.




NERF MEGA MASTODON Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2016)

You can dominate NERF blaster battles with the first-ever motorized MEGA blaster! The NERF MEGA MASTODON Blaster boasts incredible rapid-fire speeds to send MEGA Whistler darts screaming through the air with an integrated 24-dart drum. Bring the MEGA Mastodon into action to overwhelm targets with its imposing size. Use the shoulder strap for easy maneuvering to be ready for NERF battles anytime, anywhere. Includes shoulder strap and 24 MEGA Whistler darts.

Requires 6 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.













NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TRI-STRIKE Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Blast away the competition three ways with the NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TRI-STRIKE Blaster! Customize the performance for each battle with ELITE slam-fire action, MEGA pump-action blasting, or a missile launcher for extreme firepower. Includes 10 ELITE darts, MEGA barrel with 4 MEGA darts, and missile launcher with 1 missile. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.







NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS BATTLESCOUT ICS-10 Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Dominate the battlefield and record every victory with the NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS BATTLESCOUT ICS-10 Blaster!

Featuring a high definition MODULUS camera, this 10-dart integrated clip-fed blaster captures the excitement of every mission. Share videos and photos of battles with friends to see who has the best shot! Includes detachable 720pHD camera and 10 MODULUS darts. Requires 4 “AAA” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.


Picture taken from the popular mechanics article

NERF RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 Blaster
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Send a barrage of NERF RIVAL foam firepower flying toward the competition with the RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster.

The first fully automatic NERF RIVAL blaster, the high-capacity KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster, boasts a 40 round magazine for battle domination. Available in red or blue, each sold separately Includes 40 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Requires 6 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

Don't forget! I'll be checking out New York Toy Fair in a couple of weeks, and hopefully these blasters will be fully functional. Stay tuned for info and pics from the show!

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Monday, January 25, 2016

New Nerf blasters posted on Popular Mechanics! (Brainsaw, Double-Dealer)

Have a look at the new Nerf Zombie Strike Brainsaw and Nerf Doomlands Double-Dealer!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year! Bring on 2016!

Happy New Year, everyone! (Pictured: some highlights from the past year)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nerf Recon Mk II 2.0 addresses compatibility issues, releasing soon!


Quick update: got info from the #Nerf team that a "new" version of the Modulus Recon Mk II is coming out, that will not have the same clip compatibility issues as the earlier release. I don't have one (yet) so this wasn't a big deal for me, but if you did buy one already, contact Hasbro Customer service as they should be ready to help you out in resolving any questions. 

http://www.hasbro.com/customer-service/

Saturday, September 05, 2015

#ForceFriday - Blasters to Bull's Eye them Womp Rats back home

#ForceFriday Brings Licensed Blasters to the Front Lines
Vas The Stampede
ICYMI: Force Friday came and went, bringing with it a slew of new Star Wars toys to herald the revitalizing of the franchise when "The Force Awakens"  in theaters. I snagged a few pics on my instagram but here's the official info and word from Nerf's press releases (provided by the Nerf folks themselves, except for the lightsabers that I had to grab from ScienceFiction.com. I put a few darts through the blasters too, so there are some thoughts below as well. (All product was paid for on a shopping run, Nerf did not provide samples of these, just the information and images.)

 "STAR WARS NERF FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER BLASTER
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99/Available: Fall 2015)
The fight to restore order to the galaxy comes home with the first-ever STAR WARS NERF blasters! Battle against the Resistance with this blaster that comes with a removable sight and three NERF darts that fire up to 65 feet!" 

Simple enough; the blaster's a single shot pistol, has a tactical rail on the top, and is easily pocketable. If you have a Firestrike already there's not much new here, except it's colored like the First Order Stormtroopers. The range claim is a bit high too, holding the blaster parallel to the ground achieved maybe 30-40'. Angled (VERY angled, as was the case with all these blasters) I was able to get maybe 50'. Good for close quarters but at $12.99 you might find other offerings for similar prices that have higher ranges.

"STAR WARS NERF CHEWBACCA BOWCASTER
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2015)
The fight to restore order to the galaxy comes home with the first-ever STAR WARS NERF blasters! Battle against the First Order in the style of your favorite Wookiee with this blaster that features a removable scope, real crossbow action and five NERF darts that fire up to 65 feet!"

 This blaster... left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I didn't own the other Chewbacca bowcaster from the 90s(?) so I was excited for it, even moreso because it seemed based on the Diamondista, which is one of my favorite blasters from the Rebelle line. However, this blaster was no Diamondista. It has a tactical rail (for a binocular style sight, included) and an ammo holder for the side. The ammo holder only installs on the one side though which is fine for me as a righty, but I wonder about left-handed users. The biggest complaint about this blaster is the size though, when you think Chewbacca you think a sizable two-handed blaster. The size on this blaster fit more for a pistol than the Bowcaster, at least in my mind. 

The worst part of the blaster though, was how it shot. Licensed products in general worry me, and past licensed products of all types (video games, blasters, etc.) were terrible. And when the blaster fired, it fired fine. Angled it would hit 60+, around 30-40' aimed parallel to the ground. BUT, the darts would sometimes spiral when they launched. And this misfire happened a lot more than I remember it happening with a Diamondista. Maybe it's the dart quality, the weather, the phase of the moon but the reliability of this blaster firing was noticeably low. While the Diamondista is only $10 ($4.98 elsewhere) that's an acceptable risk, but for a $25 blaster that carries the roleplay idea of one of the main heroes of a major franchise.... I expected better. This one I'd say wait for the sale.

STAR WARS NERF FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER DELUXE BLASTER
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2015)
The fight to restore order to the galaxy comes home with the first-ever STAR WARS NERF blasters! Battle against the Resistance with this blaster that comes with a 12-dart clip, slam-fire action, removable sight, detachable stock and twelve NERF darts that fire up to 65 feet! 

This blaster was up to my expectations. It comes with a 12 round magazine, tactical rail sight, and a detachable stock. Colored as the First Order Stormtroopers, the main weapon to fight the Resistance. Whether stormtroopers will shoot better this time around remains to be seen, but if they're using streamlines I have a good feeling for the Resistance fighters. The blaster reminds me of the Alpha Trooper in the way it feels and shoots... which isn't necessarily a good thing. The Elite Alpha Trooper's pump felt a little flimsy for me, and would sometimes release the magazine I had in the blaster. It just didn't feel like a very robust build and definitely not like the Rampage or Raider even. Some aesthetic touches such as the "armed" vents on the side are nice though. I am not sure how left-handed people are going to like using this blaster though, with the magwell and mag release buttons positioned only on the left side of the blaster. Also, the jam door is connected to the pump, so you can't open it whenever. I don't like that, but maybe it's a small complaint. HOWEVER, the first one I bought broke using slam-fire and I had to return it for an exchange. So far the other one hasn't had any issues, and fires pretty well.

Range-wise, the blaster hit maybe 40' at least while aiming parallel to the ground, but definitely needed an angle to hit 60'+. Not surprised at that. Is it worth $40? Depends on how much you like Star Wars, need a slam-fire blaster, or.... like Star Wars? I took advantage of the promo price Toys R Us had, so I was fine with the price I paid for it. If you already have an Alpha Trooper or Rampage, you may want to pass. Personally I am still happy with it, as I always wanted a Stormtrooper blaster and am happy that dart shooters from Star Wars are finally out and hitting over 20-30'. If these do well, I look forward to more as the franchise expands.



STAR WARS NERF DART REFILL
(Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2015)
The fight to restore order to the galaxy comes home with the first-ever STAR WARS NERF blasters! Choose your side – Resistance blue or First Order red – and blast into battle! Each refill pack comes with 18 foam NERF darts compatible with all STAR WARS NERF blasters, sold separately.

The dart heads are transparent! Not much to say, just additional dart types which are pretty nice. 18 darts for $9.99.... that's.... uhm.... definitely not the price you get for other packs though. How much do you really want to shoot blue or red darts?


STAR WARS® BLADEBUILDERS FOAM LIGHTSABER ASST (The bottom 3 lightsabers in the picture above)
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Introducing a new way to wield a Lightsaber! New Foam Lightsabers provide movie-accurate looks with a soft foam material for amazing fun. Each Lightsaber is compatible and combinable with other BLADEBUILDERS Lightsaber components (sold separately). Choose from YODA, DARTH VADER, and LUKE SKYWALKER. Each sold separately.

FINALLY! Lightsabers I can use for combat and not worry about bending/scuffing the plastic. The foam is more consistent with pool noodle foam though, and less the smooth foam used for the old N-Force line. The handles are hollowed out to use with connectors for the Blade Builder set, so you have options and configurations to choose from! For $14.99 you can definitely find cheaper foam swords, but they're not lightsabers. I gladly paid the price for the aesthetics. And yes, you lose the light-up function and the hum of the sabers, but now you can duel with the best of them! (Which is NOT recommended for play.)

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Happy Force Friday! Nerf First Order blaster pics!


#ForceFriday Kicks off the New Hope for Star Wars (toys)

Thanks to Graham B on Facebook, we have these initial pics for the new Nerf Star Wars First Order blasters! I haven't gotten these myself yet, these pics came from Graham.

Enjoy the pics, commentary to follow.












Not sure which UPC this is for (based on the order the pics were sent to me this is for the deluxe blaster.)

The range claims are approximately 65', which is INFINITELY better than most licensed products in the past. The Deluxe  blaster seems to have slam-fire and use n-strike mags, definitely something I will test though. The smaller pistol has the same range claim, but no mag usage. Interesting stuff!

UPDATE: the $79.99 price tag looks to be from an Australian source. Less price in the U.S.

HOWEVER, $20.99 for a pistol (probably single shot) & $79.99 for what is basically a Rampage? Dangit, Nerf. (See update!) For $10 more that's a Rhino-Fire. Son of Nerf Herder, I hope that's an error of some sort but I won't know for myself until I hit the stores in the morning. That's pretty exorbitant in my opinion, even if it is a licensed product. But Nerf can get away with it, because fans like myself are going nuts right now in anticipation. Heck of a trick. In the meantime, happy hunting! And may the Force be with you, always.




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