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.

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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!

The New Nerf Vortex Pyragon Demo Video

Here it is! Man I’ve been waiting for this thing for months, and am still saving specifically for THIS blaster. The Vortex Pyragon!

Nerf Vortex Pyragon Demo Video

This blaster is essentially a Praxis combined with a Raider. Keep in mind that this blaster now has the second highest ammo storage of ANY nerf blaster (unless you load down something with a few raider drums). I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these! 😀

The Nerf Vortex Pyragon is scheduled to release sometime in August of 2012, and will retail for $39.99.