I don’t have many details, but I spotted this small post over on Tactical Tag and thought it was definitely worth the share. A few N-Strike Elite Retaliators have found their way onto the shelves of a Toys R’ Us in Duluth Georgia, exactly one month early. The contributor of the photo was anonymous, and we only have the one, so there’s no way of telling if any other blaster was also in stock. Tactical Tag speculates this may just be a mistake caused by an uninformed employee, but then again, Nerf has been known to launch items early before… We can only wait for more info. to become available. I’ll keep you posted! ;D
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.
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!!
The day has finally arrived, the N-Strike Elite line has been let loose into the hands of our best bloggers, YouTube reviewers, and other non-ONC (Online Nerfing Community) media sources. Elite has gone public, and the launch party is being held today in New York. No word on exactly WHAT will be unveiled at the party, but you can bet your last dart that the three spotlight Elite blaster’s will be there; the Retaliator, the Rampage, and that 144 round beast, the Hail-Fire. Affiliates FoamFromAbove and AdultFansOfNerf have both gone to the launch, and will be uploading their findings as soon as they get back (either tonight or tomorrow), so check them out and keep your eyes peeled!