One Small Step for Man…

Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon.

Saw this video on Jason’s blog, thought it was awesome, put it here for all the shinies to see.

Over the weekend Neil Armstong passed away. For those of you who haven’t heard the name, Armstrong was the mission commander of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing. Leading fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, he became the first human to set foot on the Moon and is one of only twelve individuals who have done so in the history of our planet. He also was a Navy officer, served int the Korean War, and was an aeronautics test pilot. Armstrong was, and still is revered as a hero to the common man, because he showed everyone that if you try hard enough, you can do amazing things. Rest in peace Neil.

Commander Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins leave Earth for the moon in their Saturn V Rocket, the only vehicle to ever launch humans beyond standard low-Earth-orbit flights.

The Apollo 11 mission provided us with the first picture of Earth floating in space. The photo shows Earth as a very literal, small blue ball of life, surrounded by empty blackness. This photo prompted the eco-wave. Once provided with a visual stimulus showing us “This is the only home you have. Take care of it.” green technology began to flourish, including more efficient energy production and alternative energy research.

Neil Armstrong steps out of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander and becomes the first human to ever set foot on the moon.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin plant the US flag on the lunar surface.

After launching off the lunar surface, Apollo 11, along with all three astronauts, reentered Earth’s Atmosphere and, using parachutes and flotation devices, landed in the Pacific Ocean, where it was then retrieved by the USS Hornet.

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins aboard the USS Hornet after being retrieved from the North Pacific Ocean. The Hornet then carried them and their spacecraft to Pearl Harbor, where they were then airlifted to the Johnson Space Center.

One last thing Shinies… leave your mark on history, okay? 🙂


The ShiningFoam Armoury

What’s up Nation? Yesterday I published a video promising you an armory video (a few of you have been asking for one), and today I deliver! My Nerf collection is certainly smaller than some others, but it’s organized! :] I may be getting something else soon; if I do I’m sure you’ll find out, and if the armory changes a great deal I’ll make an update video. Hope you like it!

Nerf Vortex Mini Pocket Footballs // a.k.a. GRENADES!!!

The other day I was in Academy Sports & Outdoors and noticed something very interesting in the Nerf section. Academy wasn’t stocking the new Elite line yet, but they had some of the new Nerf Sports line. What really caught my attention were some very tiny Nerf footballs, called the Aero Flyers. Now I’ve seen these before… when I was six. Seeing them really brought back some cool memories of playing with my little green black and red one with my dad. I’m glad the little 4″ Pockets have stuck around. Anyway, I nearly grabbed a couple to use as grenades in HvZ, and if I didn’t like them so much and wasn’t worried about not getting them back after tossing  them I would have. What do you think? Grenade worthy? 😉

After doing a bit of research online, I found out that there are nearly as many Nerf footballs as there are blasters. Actually, the first Nerf football was released back in 1972, before even the first blaster! There have been dozens of different models and colors, even some sponsored by major American football  figures, like the Peyton Manning football. There are even special models with team colorations, like the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburg Steelers balls. (There are several versions of all of these balls).

There’s even a Nerf Spiderman football.

I found a cool “History and Evolution of the Nerf Football” article, you might like it. 🙂

The 12.5” Nerf Mega Aero Howler Football whistles as it flies through the air. *throw* Whiiiiiiissssstle BOOM!!!

Oh, they had this too, which looks AMAZING to me. If you don’t want to just toss it around as a football, you could always use it in a war as a mortar. 😉 The Mega Aero Howler retails for around $10.

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 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.

Nerf Mp3 Speaker

Nerf Mp3 Speaker, $19.99 from Target.

Hey guys, I was on Target’s site just a minute ago and stumbled across this Mp3 speaker. The site says that it isn’t sold in stores, and there isn’t even a description of it on it’s own page, but I thought it was pretty cool and worth showing. :] Does anyone know anything about this little speaker? Any good?

I know Nerf just announced a couple Mp3 players of their own at the London Toy Fair this year. I wonder how well the two would work together… Anyway, here’s the link to the speaker’s page, and if they sell out you can just Google it to find another distributer. Happy listening!

Happy Launch Day Everyone!

Today is August 1st, and that means that the N-Strike Elite line has officially launched! The new blasters (Retaliator, Rampage, and Hail-Fire) can now be purchased in-store in most major retailers. Today I went on a quest to find out where they’re available, and here’s what I found.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator selling for $24.99 at Target.

Way more pictures after the jump!

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