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 announced on FaceBook today that the new Vortex Pyragon, the most powerful blaster in the Vortex line up so far, will be released to the Nation on the 1st of August, just two weeks away. My trigger finger is already itching. How ’bout yours? 😉
What’s that on the horizon? Looks like the first-ever drum fed Nerf Vortex blaster, featuring 40 disc capacity and slam-fire capability. The Vortex Pyragon blaster, hitting shelves 8/1. The future looks bright.
Nerf has sorta secretly released the new N-Strike Elite Stockade, and you can go get one now!! If you live in the United Kingdom, at least. For those of you who aren’t quite sure what a stockade is, it’s the upgraded version of the Barricade RV-10. We really didn’t hear much about this blaster at all for a long time, and we really don’t know much about it now! What we do know is that it sports a dual flywheel propulsion system, either semi or full-auto firing, sling attachment points, a tactical rail, and a stock that can store 10 extra rounds. It has also been given an advertised range of 75 feet. Read the full post on this blaster here.
MESSAGE TO MY UNITED KINGDOM VIEWERS Send me a picture of you with your stockade and I’ll feature it here! ;D
I also spotted this bit of news on BasicNerf‘s blog, so once again original credit goes to him.
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.
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
So this is just my curiosity coming out; What do you guys think about the Stockade? I think Nerf is waiting to see how well the original Elite blasters will sell, and then they’ll decide whether or not to release the Stockade. They may be doing the same thing with the Elite Jolt and the Firestrike (Elite Nitefinder), who knows?
The Stockade is the successor to the N-Strike Barricade. No word yet on the range, but I’m sure it’ll be 75 feet. I say that because it’s a flywheel system blaster (just like the Barricade), and I’m sure that whatever new flywheel tech has been put into the Hail-Fire will be in here too. This blaster has a 10-round, auto-rotating ammo drum and I believe it’s semi-automatic. It also comes with a removable stock that can house up to 10 extra rounds of ammunition (5 on each side). It also looks like a beast!
So what’s your opinion? Do you love it? Or should it stay under wraps?
Side note: I personally think this would make a GREAT sidearm. It just needs some sort of loop to attach a D-ring or strap onto it. I think the new Elite bandolier would look awesome with it. Just my opinion.
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!