Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator Review

BasicNerf and I figured that you all needed a full review on the upcoming N-Strike Elite Retaliator, and so… we made one! In the video below, Jason gives his thoughts on the performance and “feel” of the blaster, while I give info. on the tactical aspect that comes along with it. We hope you like it!

The break-down The Retaliator comes with several cool accessories that allow you to customize it to suit your needs. Each accessory is actually functional, and definitely not just for show.

The Stock – Many Nerf Stocks lack in the strength department, and players often worry about breaking their stock in the heat of battle. That isn’t a problem for the new Elite Retaliator stock. It features thick walls and a solid butt plate for pocketing into your shoulder. There is no give to this stock, and no fear of breaking.

The Barrel – The new barrel attachment offers a new Nerf feature, rifling. This is where grooves molded into the barrel cause the dart to spin as it exits the blaster. This spinning causes the dart to stay on course, and increases blaster accuracy. BasicNerf’s firing tests have proven that the rifling does in fact improve blaster performance.

The Fore-grip – The Retaliator comes with an assault grip that attaches to the bottom of the barrel extension. This grip makes holding the blaster more comfortable, and makes turning and aiming the blaster quicker and easier.

The 12 Round Retaliator Clip – A 12 round half-clear clip is included when you purchase an N-Strike Elite Retaliator. This clip offers twice the ammo capacity of the blasters predecessor, the Recon CS-6, and features a large window to monitor ammo levels. Very useful for mid-battle ammo checks.

The Pistol Itself – The Retaliator is a pistol, although an extremely versatile one that can turn into an assault rifle-styled blaster. It offers a new, smoother priming motion and an increased dart range of 75 feet. It is comfortable to hold and is compatible with all Nerf N-Strike accessories.

The Super Soaker Awesome Squad!

Alright! Nerf is back on YouTube! No word yet on what sent them under the radar, but they’re back! All videos have been re-uploaded, along with a hilarious new Super Soaker commercial. Check it below if you’re in the mood for a good laugh. 😀

The Super Soaker Awesome Squad!

Alpha Trooper CS-18 is still up for grabs

I’ve heard there’s still some discrepancy as to whether or not the Alpha trooper is still available in stores. And I happened to stumble across a bit of proof to debunk those fears. 🙂 While job hunting today, I spotted three Alpha Troopers perched merrily on the shelf in Target’s Nerf section. Looks to me like the ol’ AT is around to stay.

The blasters were selling for $19.99. Remember that this blaster features slam fire, an eighteen round drum (That might be useful for compacting that 144 dart maximum in the Hail-Fire, it could replace one of those long 18 round clips), one tactical rail and a stock attachment point. For all that, 20 bucks sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me. 😉

Pictures were taken from mah iPhone.

New Nerf Electronics for 2012 – London Toy Fair

So I just found this video showing coverage of Nerfs presence at the 2012 London Toy Fair, and man am I impressed at what I found. Night vision goggles, helmet cameras, walk talkies, all Nerf-made. Check out the video for full coverage of all the new electronics Nerf will be releasing this year.

The New Gear

It looks like Nerf will be releasing a bunch of new gear to accompany its blaster lines. I have a thing for helmet cameras, so I’m pretty excited about what kind of footage members of the Nerf Nation will create using the new Helmet Cams. There are two versions, one with orange accents and one with black, and both come with a built in 1.5 in. review screen and video editing software. Pretty cool, eh?

There were also two versions of digital cameras on display (one 2.1 Megapixel and one 7.1 Megapixel), along with two versions of a flip-style handheld camcorder (one 640 x 480p version with orange accents, and one HD version with black accents), a set of walkie talkies with a range of up to 1,000 feet, and an MP3 player with 2 GBs of onboard memory (about 500 songs).

The biggest items were two versions of night visions goggles (the packaging was different, but the goggles themselves looked the same. I’m sure something extra comes in the larger box version), and a night vision binocular set that also functions as a camcorder.

Come on! Now that’s badarse!

Secret Vortex Blaster and a Promotional Kitten Basket. What could be better? :)

Alright guys, now before I get your hopes up too high, this might be a typo. But I was just on Hasbro’s site and clicked on the “News” section of the Nerf page, and I found this. It discusses the latest Nerf Releases at the upcoming (but undefined) Toy Fair.

“…The standout N-STRIKE ELITE blasters will officially launch on 8.1.12, with the most impressive blaster in the collection hitting shelves on 9.9.12. While fans will have to stay tuned for more details about the N-STRIKE ELITE line, the brand will also be introducing new VORTEX disc blasters, NERF SUPER SOAKER water blasters and more…”

Okay, we knew most of that. But look at what I’ve bolded. “…new VORTEX disc blasters”. BLASTERS! PLURAL! More than one!

Promotional freakin’ kittens. Awesome!

Now here’s where the theory falters. The 2012 Toy fair has already come and gone. So unless this article was indicating the 2013 Toy Fair (no specific Toy Fair was mentioned), then that extra “s” is just a typo. Keep in mind, the article was written on February 9th, 2012, five months ago.

But that brings us into the question of the day. The Nerf Vortex line of blasters has been doing really well, especially with the new Pyragon coming out, and I expect more blasters in the series to be released too. So tell me guys, do you think this is just a typo and far-flung speculation? Or are there more Vortex blasters waiting for us around the corner? Also, if there are new Vortex blasters, what do you think they will be like? It’d like to see one that can fire two discs at once myself.

Here’s the link to the original article.

Inside the N-Strike Elite Launch Party, with AFON

Mr. K and Mr. S of AFON have DEFINITELY delivered this time. As many of you know, they were two of the guys invited to the N-Stike Elite launch party that occurred in New York this past weekend. They took footage of the highlights at the launch, and now they’ve edited it all together to show you all the Nerfy goodness that went down. Pictures are great, but video is even better! Check out their hour long special below. It’s certainly worth the watch.

Summary – Ladies and gentlemen, we have dart hoses

Alright, So if you’ve ever wanted to burn through 25 darts in 4 seconds, AFON is about to make you very VERY happy. Matt and Travis were able to get their hands on all the new blasters, and they got plenty of video to show them off to you. Not only were there great shots of the Retaliator and Rampage, but they give us an exclusive look at the Hail-fire and even give us a demo of the Pyragon.

First up on the Hail-Fire; the guys show us the clear (and very open) jam door. I really think the clear idea was a great one by the Nerf engineers, because it just oozes practicality. Now players won’t have to wonder if they have a jam or are just out of ammo. They can easily see a jammed dart, and that makes for faster fixes and reloads.

Next they show us the clip carousel. It can store up to eight straight clips, or two 25 dart drums with straits placed in between. No word yet on how many 18 round drums or 35 round drums it can store yet, but they do give their thoughts on the subject. They also coined the idea of putting eight 18 round quick-reload clips into one Hail-Fire, using flip-clip attachments to mount eight MORE 18 round quick-reload clips, and then attaching ANOTHER Hail-Fire onto that! Pretty cool idea, except that the blasters would be trying to spin the clips in opposite directions. :p

And then they showed the rate of fire. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the video. That thing CHEWS through ammo! The guys loaded one up with a couple 25 dart Rampage drums, some standard 6 round clips, and maybe I saw an 18 round reload clip, and that thing is a HOSE! The Hail-Fire empties a 6 dart clip in just over a second, an 18 rounder in about three, and a 25 dart drum in just over four seconds. Believe me when I say the darts were practically touching tip to tail when they left the blaster. It looks like whatever new flywheel tech the Hail-fire offers keeps the motors from slowing down after each dart. There’s also a massive firing bar that helps with the propulsion.

Next up was the Pyragon. Mr. K and Mr. S didn’t delve too much into it, but we got a very nice shot of Mr. K emptying the 40 round clip in six seconds. *whispers* I think Mr. S can beat ‘im. *winks in Mr. S’s direction*. The drum the Pyragon uses to store it’s ammo is comprised of four smaller clips that rotate within it. Mr. K showed us that  we don’t have to manually switch to another inner-clip when one is emptied. It’s all automatic.

All in all, AFON is friggin’ awesome for getting us this footage and giving their very well educated opinions on them. Check their blog out. They definitely deserve it.

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Woo! Go AFON!

Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade

Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade

So this is just my curiosity coming out; What do you guys think about the Stockade? I think Nerf is waiting to see how well the original Elite blasters will sell, and then they’ll decide whether or not to release the Stockade. They may be doing the same thing with the Elite Jolt and the Firestrike (Elite Nitefinder), who knows?

The Stockade is the successor to the N-Strike Barricade. No word yet on the range, but I’m sure it’ll be 75 feet. I say that because it’s a flywheel system blaster (just like the Barricade), and I’m sure that whatever new flywheel tech has been put into the Hail-Fire will be in here too. This blaster has a 10-round, auto-rotating ammo drum and I believe it’s semi-automatic. It also comes with a removable stock that can house up to 10 extra rounds of ammunition (5 on each side). It also looks like a beast!

So what’s your opinion? Do you love it? Or should it stay under wraps?

Side note: I personally think this would make  a GREAT sidearm. It just needs some sort of loop to attach a D-ring or strap onto it. I think the new Elite bandolier would look awesome with it. Just my opinion.

Launch Party Aftermath

Rockin’ the Hail-Fire and some cool N-Strike Elite swagger!

The Nerf N-Strike Elite launch party gave us some great photos of the new gear! There were the expected things, like that awesome new Hail-Fire, but there were new things too! The pictures show us everything from kickin’ shades to fluorescent clips, so read on, get pumped, and don’t let the party die! 😉

First up is the Retaliator. This picture gives us a close-up look at the blasters profile (side-view). We can now see that the new clear clip has the N-Strike Elite logo printed on it, along with a reminder to only load 12 darts in it. Those new features will help solve the problem of not knowing how many darts you have loaded, and then crumpling your darts when you try to put too many in. The new clips are also great for mid-battle ammo-checks.

On the Retaliator itself we see the new sliding handle. The sawtooth top-grip will help players load their blaster quicker, and it will act as an attachment rail for any Nerf tactical rail accessory, including the Stampede shield. That grooved triangle behind the vent decals looks like  a perfect thumb rest too, textured to give excellent grip while in the field. This blaster is symmetrical, so both righties and lefties will enjoy these features.

Here the Retaliator is in it’s 50-cal. pistol form. The barrel attachment is rifled, meaning that the tube the dart flies through has spiraling grooves molded into it. These grooves make the dart itself spiral, greatly increasing its accuracy (think of how straight a spinning football goes). This will help players get better grouping of their darts, and hit their target easier.

Next up is the Rampage, an upgraded form of the Raider. This blaster features a new 25 dart drum and is the only Elite blaster with built in Slam-fire capabilities. I really like the new drum; it’s a happy medium between the 18 round Alpha Trooper drum and the 35 round Raider drum. Also, because it’s symmetrical, I think it’ll get in the way less than the other drums, meaning faster, smoother operations of blasters using it. In the Rampage, it just seems to mesh better than the old Raider drum, and I think there will be less distraction on the player, because their blaster won’t keep trying to fall to the left.

The biggest of the blasters is the Hail-Fire, a semi-auto blaster with a dual flywheel propulsion system. It features a possible dart capacity of 144 darts when using 8 18 round quick reload clips and uses a rotating clip dome to lock new clips into place when others have emptied. This picture shows us that it is compatible with all N-Strike clips; the 6 round standard clip, the 12 round Retaliator clip, and the 18 round quick reload clip. Looks pretty cool with them loaded in that stair-step fashion, doesn’t it? 🙂

Here Vas the Stampede from FoamFromAbove shows off the new N-Strike Elite Tactical Vest. Notice how the orange on the blaster and the clear clip on his vest seem to glow under the black lights. Fluorescence baby, beautiful radiating, photon wavelength lengthening fluorescence!

All these blasters and gear were thoroughly tested out in an indoor arena, so much so that an arena wall fell down. So don’t worry about any “oh they won’t be as good as the hype makes them out to be” because they have definitely been put to the test, and they all passed with flying colors (blue and orange to be precise).

Mr. K and Mr. S of AdultFansofNerf were also invited to the party. They recorded their experience, and will be posting it soon. They posted on their blog that they even got their hands on the new Vortex Pyragon, so keep your eyes peeled for their documentation of the event. I’m sure it’ll be a blast.

Keep Nerfing everyone! And get your foam on!!

Cover photo courtesy of Instagram, with the remaining photos derived from Techcrunch.

Prayers for Pawpaw

Hi guys, this is just a quick request of mine. My grandfather has had a motorcycle accident and is now in the ER. He has a broken arm, but that’s all I know. If you’re religious, a prayer for him would be appreciated. His name is Chet Lambert.

Thanks,

~ Michael

Update                                          

Pawpaw was driving home on his 3-wheeled motorcycle. On the way, a large truck was pulling out of a subdivision onto the main road, and was turning left trying to beat 2 other cars so they wouldn’t be in front of him. The driver didn’t look left, and pulled right out in front of Pawpaw. Pawpaw hit the truck with his motorcycle and flew over the handlebars. His forearm and wrist is broken, along with several nasty scrapes over the rest of his body. As far as I’m aware, the truck driver is fine.

We’re all at the hospital now and Pawpaw has been admitted into surgery. He’s been laughing and smiling the whole time, teasing the nurses and making jokes. The nurses are having a blast with him, blowing him kisses and smiling at him constantly. I’m glad he’s still his happy, extravert-y self. 🙂

nurse ~ “Do you have any children?”

Pawpaw ~ “Oh yeah! I have a daughter with four legs!”

nurse ~ “Oh. I… I haven’t seen that before.”

Pawpaw ~ “She’s a miniature pinscher” ^_^