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.

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