The Nerf VORTEX Pyragon, Now on Store Shelves!

YAAARRR!! Thar she blows!! Hoist the mainsail and man the oars! Capture the mighty beast we must!…    YAAAARR!!!

So my soon-to-be-favorite-blaster-of-all-freakin’-time hit shelves today. The Pyragon was publicly launched this morning with the Nerf N-Strike Elite line, and well, here are some pictures of this massive white whale of a blaster! 😀

Call me Captain freakin’ Nemo, but I WILL have this blaster!

Up until recently people have been wondering if the 40-round Vortex drum was designed specifically for the Pyragon, or if it’s a universal Vortex clip. Welp, the box says it’s universal. That means that if you feel like switching things up for a battle, or if you’re in a war with a no-rapid-fire rule, you can still use this massive clip in either the Nitron or Praxis. Nice move Nerf.

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Nerf Vortex Pyragon // Pictures from Vas

Vas the Stampede from Foam From Above has received his Nerf Vortex Pyragon! He gives us high def. pictures of this unreleased blaster, and mentions future releases on the box art. I’ll just get out of the way and let the pictures do the talking. 😉

This thing looks like a beast, and I can’t wait to use it against some zombies.*cough cough* Nerf, send me one! *cough!* This is also the first pic. we have of the Pyragon with a stock attached, which makes it look even bigger and tougher.

Notice in the thumbnail that the Refreshed Nitron comes with an extra 10-disc clip, and the new Vortex Shield. That, up until now, was unconfirmed. Way to go Vas!

Vas also goes over the drum mag in more detail than we’ve had before. We now know that each interior clip is numbered, and your remaining ammo can easily be monitored by using the large, rear window. This blaster has GOT to be one of (if not THE) most powerful blaster yet. Way to go Nerf!!

The Nerf Vortex Praxis // Sonic Series

A few mysterious shots of the box art have popped up before, but they were unconfirmed until now. Nerf has officially released the Sonic Praxis, and it’s on store shelves right now (I’m assuming). Here’s a shot of the new blaster when fully assembled, and equipped with a Lumitron magazine.

I’m not tottally convinced on the color, but the inner glowing effect does look nice. I’m sure it would be a blast to run around with it at night and pretend you’re firing radioactive ammunition at your friends. 🙂

Blaster internals are identical to the original Nerf Vortex Praxis. The blaster uses a shotgun pump priming system and a torsion spring to launch disc-style ammunition up to an advertised 60 feet (though wind can make them go further). The blaster also sports a tactical rail, bandolier attachment points, and a symmetrical clip release system. Upon purchase, the box includes a stock and one 10 round vortex clip.

Photos from NerfSG and Nerf Mods and Reviews.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage Review

BasicNerf and I have completed the next episode of our N-Strike Elite Reviews. Jason brought his good looks and the blaster, I brought commentary and editing. Check out the video below!

The N-Strike Elite Rampage has many of the same features as the Raider CS-35, its predecessor. It is a pump-action shotgun-styled blaster that features slam fire capabilities, along with several attachment points for accessories. However, nearly all its features are upgrades to what the Raider offered. It is more powerful, more accurate, and more comfortable than the Raider could ever hope to be. Full discussion of the blaster is below.

The Drum – The blasters 25 round Elite drum is an improvement over the Raiders 35 rounder. It is sleeker, and symmetrical. This means that it does not impede vision as the 35 drum did. It also is more economic in the fact that it does not jut out to one side while docked in a blaster with a vertical clip bay. This makes it beneficial to right handers and lefties alike. BasicNerf also believes it to be a smoother, faster alternative than it’s predecessor when it comes to chambering the next round.

The Barrel – While not removable like the Retaliator, the Rampages barrel is rifled, meaning greater dart accuracy will accompany any user of this blaster, regardless of dart type used.

Attachment Points – the Rampage has two accessory rails running along it’s back. Any Nerf N-Strike,  N-Strike Elite, or Super Soaker tactical rail accessory can be equipped here (including the Stampede shield in either location). The blaster also offers a stock hold. Again, any Nerf stock may be equipped. Lastly, the handle of the Rampage features a D-Ring attachment point. A bandolier strap is suggested here.

Extra Ammo Housing – The handle allows a single, final dart to be stored within it; perfect for that last ditch effort to get you out of a pinch or secure victory for your team.

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage, available August 1st for $29.99.

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 New N-Strike Elite 18-Dart Quick Reload Clip

Hello all! This is a quick opinion-seeking post. As many of you know, the new Nerf 18 round clip (the one being released in the Elite line) has one solid side (on the left) and one clear side (on the right). Cool right? Well, here’s where the opinions come in. My thoughts are that the clear part would be more useful on the left side of the clip. Reason being that in a Nerf war or HvZ event, most people are right handed, and will be pocketing their blaster into their right shoulder. When they look down at their blaster, they would be seeing the left side of the clip (the solid side). So in order to use the functionality the clear side offers, the player would have to un-pocket their blaster and turn it on its side so they could see the clear section of the clip. BasicNerf tells me that this isn’t a big deal, and I trust him, but I can foresee that “let me check my ammo really quick” scenario leading to someone being either stunned or zombified!

On the bright side, any section of the clip being clear is still an improvement over the old, solid Stampede clips. And you have to admit, rather than either emptying your clip to know you’re out, or taking it out of your blaster and counting the number of darts you have left through a TINY little window, checking your remaining ammo now only takes one second. Un-pocket, flip & check, Re-pocket, done. Also, now we can get 18 round clips without buying a huge Stampede or ordering them online! That in itself is just plain awesome!

So what do you think? Is the lefty-favored aspect of the new clip offsetting to you, or does the sheer fact that you can now buy them separately and the faster ammo check feature make up for it? I’m leaning towards the positive side of the argument. Leave your own opinion in the comment section below!

The new N-Strike Elite 18 round clip will launch with the Elite blasters this August. It will include 18 rounds of Elite ammunition, and will retail for $9.99.

Watch BasicNerf’s unboxing of the new clip here.

Nerf ALSO releases all prices for every piece of N-Strike Elite Equipment :)

I’m personally looking forward to the Elite Bandolier. It’s even my school colors!

Nerf has just posted the prices for all N-Strike Elite gear on the official Hasbro site. Now you can start thinking about how much you want to spend, and what exactly you can get for that amount, so start planning your new armory now! :] It looks like there are several pieces in the Elite line that we didn’t know about before, like the Elite bandolier and Elite Tactical Vest. There are also different sized packages of Elite darts shown and even the price for the new Nerf Pyragon. You can also click “where to buy” to figure out exactly where the blaster you want will be in stock.

Here’s the official link.

And just in case the link decides to stop working (like the new Elite blaster video links, grrrr) here are a few screenshots showing all the new gear. Bon appetit. ^_^