Battle of the Ads Winner Unveiled

Nerf announced the Grand Prize Winner for the latest Battle of the Ads campaign. Jude Pedoh (sorry if I’m misspelling that) landed the victory with his video “Hey Dude!”. The short shows that Nerf is for everyone, not just one sect of people or another; It’s also very well edited, and I can definitely see why the video got top spot. Congratulations Jude. 🙂

Also, the rules said that I wasn’t allowed to publicize them until after the contest was over, but here is the rough draft and final version of my submission, “Time for Battle”. Hope you enjoy them; tell me what you think!

SUBMISSION

ROUGH DRAFT

 

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The Nerf Bicycles

Cost is $109.99 from Toys R Us.

When I first saw this, I thought it was a one-of-a kind made only for use as a display at the 2012 New York Toy Fair, but recently while browsing the Toys R Us site I’ve been proven quite wrong. 🙂 Below are some pictures and links to the new 2012 Nerf Bicycles. I haven’t seen too much about them, and they’re really cool if you ask me, so I thought I’d put it out there for all my wonderful Shinies to see.

The larger of the three bikes is called the Dynacraft 18″ BMX Nerf Bike, and it boasts a bright N-Strike yellow coloration with orange accents. It features full suspension (springs on the front and rear wheels to absorb shock) and even, get this, has a docking port for a Nerf Maverick REV-6. Yeah, freakin’ awesome right? I don’t know if it’ll fit the new Strongarm (I’m guessing it will), buy nearly every Nerfer has a Maverick lying around somewhere. :]

This picture comes from Vas the Stampede over at Foam From Above.

For the parents reading this, here’s a quote from a mom who already got one for her son;

“My husband said it was easy to put together. My son loves it and the shocks are helpful when we all go riding in the park. It’s a little taller than we expected. We measured other 18″ bikes and this one sits a little higher. My 6 yr has some trouble getting on but he’ll grow into it. The bright color is great for finding you child quickly. Great tires and its helpful for his transition to hand brakes to also have pedal brakes.”

Got that? This bike is best for taller kids with long legs, is made tough, so it won’t break when your little adventurer is off battling the bad guys, and is equipped with BOTH hand and peddle brakes. It also comes with training wheels to help him (or her) learn how to ride. 🙂

There’s also the 18″ Nerf BMX Bike and the 16″ Nerf Extreme Boys Bike, though they aren’t nearly as cool and don’t have suspension. They also cost about the same as the above bike and I can only seem to find them available in Europe.

The 2012 Battle of the Ads

Nerf is currently hosting a competition for the best fan-made Nerf ad. The grand prize is $10,000, several second prize winners receive the full (current) N-Strike Elite lineup, and about 150 more people will win either a Nerf Swarmfire or Nitron. The contest ends either on August 22nd, or when 5,000 videos have been submitted, whichever comes first. So get those cameras rolling, and take the challenge! I did!

Yep, while I’m not allowed to show you my submission until after the contest is over, I can show you a sneak peak. 😉 If by chance my video gets featured on the Battle of the Ads website, show me some love and help it get a good rating! I can’t wait to see what you produce yourselves!

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.

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.