Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage Unboxing

For those of you who haven’t gotten yourself a Rampage yet, and for those who haven’t seen an unboxing… umm, I made one! Hopefully the below video will stand out as a bit higher quality than what you may have come to expect from unboxings. I hope you enjoy and would love any feedback, so tell me watcha think!

As a side note, if you haven’t yet heard, this video is on my new main YouTube channel. I don’t post everything on this blog so subscribe if you want to see everything I’m up to! ;]

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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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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.

Launch Party Aftermath

Rockin’ the Hail-Fire and some cool N-Strike Elite swagger!

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!!

Cover photo courtesy of Instagram, with the remaining photos derived from Techcrunch.

ClickClickBAMF unboxes the N-Strike Elite Rampage

Just in case you haven’t gotten your fill of Elite news…

The guys over at ClickClickBAMF also received an N-Strike Elite press kit. Here Chris shows the unboxing of the new N-Strike Elite Rampage, a beefed up version of the Raider CS-35. One of the coolest things I noticed about the video is that the Rampage doesn’t require you to pull the priming handle back to load a magazine. This feature allows easier loading, and lets your carry your blaster around loaded, but not primed. That’s important because leaving your blaster primed for long periods of time may weaken the spring. That isn’t a problem for the new Rampage. :]

ClickClickBAMF’s Rampage Unboxing

BasicNerf unboxes the N-Strike Elite Retaliator and Rampage

We have a couple more videos from BasicNerf! For those of you who haven’t watched his first video, he’s landed himself a package from Nerf that contained the new (yet to be released, mind you) N-Strike Elite Retaliator and Rampage. Here he shows us his unboxings, and if you weren’t excited before, you should probably start now. Let the jelly-ness ensue. ^_^

Retaliator

Rampage

BasicNerf receives a package

Several more renowned bloggers have received some very special packages from Nerf. One of those people is my buddy Jason from BasicNerfing. He got the new Rampage and Retaliator blasters, both from the N-Strike Elite line, along with a new clear 18 round clip and a ton o’ darts. Give his video a check, and just think, only another month and a half until you can get them! :]