Yesterday morning news broke about an amazing new line of Nerf blasters set to be officially unveiled this weekend at New York ToyFair! Nerf Rival is aiming at becoming a line that takes a chunk out of the paintball and airsoft market for people 14 years-old and up.
The rounds are something entirely new. Scratch that. Not entirely new. The rounds are basically Ballistic Balls, slightly reduced in size (to 1″ in diameter) and dimpled for stability. That is a novel approach to a new round. They’ve taken what works from the good old ballistic ball (The first Nerf Ammo type) and crossed it with what already works extremely well in golf balls.
Personally, I have been looking forward to the ballistic ball coming back for a long time. I thought that it would be in the form of a blaster with a grenade launcher, but that role was taken by the Elite Missile. I’m glad it became an ammo that it has in this new line, because I think that with what they have designed here is going to be something big in terms of capability. It’s going to be an ammunition that can be launched accurately and quickly, and that’s what Nerf needs. Not that the classic dart has anything wrong with it, they are just not particularly accurate.
From what we’ve seen in this video (at the 2:10 mark), the larger blaster (Zeus) is a flywheel-powered blaster. This is what allows it to launch the rounds at up to 70 miles per hour (1/3 the speed of an average paintball). Without the weight of the rounds themselves, you can’t really perform the calculations necessary to determine the distances they will be able to achieve. I’m sure that’ll be something they talk about this weekend, as it’s easier to tell a parent it’ll go 80 feet than 80 miles per hour (it just sounds less scary).
NERF RIVAL ZEUS MXV-1200 Blaster (above)
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Bring NERF battles to the next level with the mighty NERF RIVAL ZEUS MXV-1200 blaster. Simply push the power-up button, then take aim and unleash motorized blasting power on the opposing team. The powerful, precise RIVAL ZEUS MXV-1200 blaster gives fans and their allies an edge in battle and features an ambidextrous clip loading and release button, safety switch, and fold-up sight. The included NERF RIVAL 12-round magazine is also compatible for use with the NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 blaster, sold separately. Blaster is available in both red and blue and includes 12 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Six C batteries required, not included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and at HasbroToyShop.com.
NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 Blaster
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Perfect for the heat of the competition, the NERF RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 blaster sends NERF RIVAL foam rounds soaring in the air with extraordinary velocity. To defend themselves and teammates against the opposition, pull the lever to move the RIVAL foam round into place, then take aim and launch! Blaster is available in both red and blue includes seven NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and at HasbroToyShop.com.
NERF RIVAL Face Mask Assortment
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Show team loyalty with the NERF RIVAL Face Mask assortment. Fans can choose between masks that coordinate with either the red or blue NERF RIVAL team colors. Mask boasts a breathable design and elastic band for adjustable fit. Mask is not a protective device. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and at HasbroToyShop.com.
NERF RIVAL 12 Round Magazine and 18 Foam Rounds
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $11.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Reload NERF RIVAL blasters on the go with the fast reloading NERF RIVAL 12 Round Magazine. Set comes with standard 12 Round NERF RIVAL Magazine designed for use with the RIVAL ZEUS MXV-1200 blaster and also compatible with the RIVAL APOLLO XV-700 blaster. Refill includes two tactical rail attachments to carry your extra magazine into battle. Comes with 18 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Blasters each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and at HasbroToyShop.com.
NERF RIVAL 50-round Refill
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $17.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Don’t be caught without NERF RIVAL foam rounds on the battlefield. Includes 50 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.
NERF RIVAL 25-round Refill
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2015)
Don’t be caught without NERF RIVAL foam rounds on the battlefield. Includes 25 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.
Many of those who play paintball and airsoft (not all though) look down on those of us who play solely with Nerf blasters whether we modify or not. It’s my hope (and more than likely Hasbro’s) that Rival will bridge the gap between those competitive sports and the fun we have in Nerf battles. It’s always great to see more people get in to this hobby.
We’re very excited for these, as we’ve always been hopeful that Nerf will become a more serious competitive sport in the future as well as the fun anytime activity that it’s always been. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any more information that comes about. Our friend Vas over at FoamFromAbove will be there covering everything he can in relation to blasters and a few other select toys. Check back here for updates and our opinion of what’s revealed!