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New York Toy Fair 2016 – Nerf Reveals new line and more!

The new blaster reveals from the New York Toy Fair have begun! We start with Nerf, the images were found by UK Nerf and posted on facebook. As far as we know, these new blasters haven’t been seen at Toyfair, but we have all the information about them. We can only assume it may be something they’re not showing everyone.

 

Alien Menace

The new Alien Menace blasters look very interesting. Unlike much of modern Nerf, these have a very techno-organic feel to them. These particular blasters appear to be renders, so not exactly the final product, but nonetheless, I am very interested in getting my hands on these. And those prices aren’t nearly as hefty as those of the blasters that were revealed a couple of weeks ago. The Alien Menace blasters are listed as being exclusive to Toys ‘R Us, and with as ‘out there’ as these designs seem, it would make sense that these wouldn’t hit the shelves of most retailers.

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NERF ALIEN MENACE INCISOR Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Defeat otherworldly foes in epic fashion with the motorized ALIEN MENACE INCISOR blaster, featuring motorized blasting power! The INCISOR blaster includes a 16-dart capacity, and unique ALIEN MENACE designs. Includes 16 ALIEN MENACE darts. Requires 4AA batteries, not included. Available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us.

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NERF ALIEN MENACE RAVAGER Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Win the battle for humanity’s survival with the ALIEN MENACE RAVAGER blaster in hand. The RAVAGER blaster boasts 8 dart pump-action firing power and rotating barrel. Includes 8 ALIEN MENACE darts. Available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us.”

 

Doomlands: Impact Zone

The original Doomlands blasters (the Lawbringer, Vagabond, and Persuader) have a certain style to them, and the newer Doomlands blasters seem to break with this style while seeming to keep with the theme of an apocalyptic 2169. I definitely really like the Desolator and Longarm, I’m only hoping we’ll see decent performance to match how cool they look. The Longarm definitely looks like a Spectre without the barrel extension and stock attachment points. And that brings up something that I think these blasters are missing: they aren’t Modulus blasters. If these had barrel extension attachment points and the Longarm had a stock attachment point, I would be even more excited for them.

 

Doomlands Impact Zone Desolator

NERF DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE DESOLATOR Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Blast away injustice with the DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE DESOLATOR blaster! The DESOLATOR blaster features a 10 dart clip, visible mechanisms and electronic blasting capability, to arm heroes with extreme firepower. Requires 4 “AA” batteries, not included. Includes 10-dart clip and 10 DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE darts.

Doomlands Impact Zone Longarm

NERF DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE LONGARM Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Stride confidently into battle with the DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE LONGARM blaster in hand. The visible mechanisms allow fans to see as the 5-dart rotating cylinder blasts away opponents near and far. Includes 5 DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE darts. Available exclusively at Target.

Elite Pocketstrike

This is not the largest blaster we have this year, and it’s not designed to be. As it’s name would lead you to believe, it’s meant to be a pocketable blaster, and though it looks weird, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this and seeing how comfortable it is in my pockets, unlike the Jolt (the blaster, while small, had a priming handle that would stab in to your leg).

N-Strike Elite Pocketstrike

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE POCKETSTRIKE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Don’t let the size of this blaster fool you! The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE POCKETSTRIKE Blaster is small enough to be pocketsized, but doesn’t compromise on power. Includes two ELITE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

 

RIVAL

This new Rival blaster that joins the Khaos blaster in coming out later this year is definitely a curious thing that I really want to see in action. It’s about time that Hasbro releases a shotgun-style Rival blaster, and I honestly thought something like this would have come out closer to the original release of the Zeus and Apollo. The Rival Atlas comes with a 12-round magazine and 24 Rival Rounds, and fires 2 rounds at a time! What I’d really like to know is how they manage two rounds out of one barrel. There are multiple ways one could make it work, but since this appears to not need batteries, I’d think it fires somewhat like the Apollo. Assuming that, I’m concerned that this blaster will be an under-performer using the same mechanism as the Apollo. Then again I may be completely wrong in assuming the mechanism is the same or similar to the Apollo.RIVAL ATLAS XVI-1200

NERF RIVAL ATLAS XVI-1200 Blaster
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Double the shots, double the action with the RIVAL ATLAS XVI-1200 blaster! Fans can grab the ATLAS XVI-1200 blaster to support their team, firing two NERF RIVAL foam rounds at a time. This blaster features a 12 round capacity magazine and includes 24 foam rounds. Available in red or blue, each sold separately. Includes 24 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

 

Modulus

On the Modulus side of things, we have the Tactical Gear assortment which appears to be 3 accessories that will be sold separately from each other (as the price is $7.99). The blaster is an over-under 2-barreled grip, and it’s joined by a flashlight (torch) and a targeting beam (laser-like accessory). I’m glad that Hasbro has finally come out with an under-mount blaster for the Modulus. As a matter of fact, all three of these of these accessories are a long-time coming, as they’re actually somewhat practical.

Tactical Gear Assortment

NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TACTICAL GEAR Assortment
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 2016)
When it comes to high-intensity missions, the only way to succeed is to upgrade! Plan the best battle strategy, then add on gear that delivers a tactical advantage. Includes tactical light, targeting beam, and two-shot rail mount grip. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

 

So what do you think of these somewhat-more-affordable blasters slated for fall of 2016?

Big Bad Nerf Blasters Revealed ahead of NY Toyfair 2016

Wow. We have some new blasters on the horizon from Nerf! These are some big ‘ol baddies revealed ahead of New York Toy Fair 2016! Check out the pictures and descriptions below and let us know what you think! If you have any questions about the Tri-Strike, we had our hands on it during our visit to Hasbro HQ (but we couldn’t talk about it until now) so we’re willing to give any info we can!

Nerf Elite Hyperfire

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HYPER-FIRE Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Surprise your targets on the run with the fastest-firing NERF blaster! The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HYPER-FIRE Blaster fires an impressive five darts per second on unsuspecting targets. With full-auto rapid-fire speeds and a high capacity 25-dart drum, the HYPER-FIRE Blaster will dominate the NERF battlefield! Includes 25 ELITE darts. Requires 4 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

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NERF MEGA MASTODON Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2016)

You can dominate NERF blaster battles with the first-ever motorized MEGA blaster! The NERF MEGA MASTODON Blaster boasts incredible rapid-fire speeds to send MEGA Whistler darts screaming through the air with an integrated 24-dart drum. Bring the MEGA Mastodon into action to overwhelm targets with its imposing size. Use the shoulder strap for easy maneuvering to be ready for NERF battles anytime, anywhere. Includes shoulder strap and 24 MEGA Whistler darts. Requires 6 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

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NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TRI-STRIKE Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Blast away the competition three ways with the NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TRI-STRIKE Blaster! Customize the performance for each battle with ELITE slam-fire action, MEGA pump-action blasting, or a missile launcher for extreme firepower. Includes 10 ELITE darts, MEGA barrel with 4 MEGA darts, and missile launcher with 1 missile. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

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NERF RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 Blaster

(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Send a barrage of NERF RIVAL foam firepower flying toward the competition with the RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster. The first fully automatic NERF RIVAL blaster, the high-capacity KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster, boasts a 40 round magazine for battle domination. Available in red or blue, each sold separately Includes 40 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Requires 6 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

Fall 2015 Nerf Blasters available for preorder at Toys ‘R Us!

Modulus, Modulus Accessory packs, Rivals blasters, Rivals accessories, Rotofury, and Doominator are all available for pre-order on Toys ‘R Us’ website. It also appears as though they lack the TRU-tax that we’re all used to paying when we shop at Toys ‘R Us!

Click on the images below to head to their pre-order page!

Up close with Rival ammo

Here we have an up close look at Nerf Rival ammo thanks to a picture from Vas at FoamFromAbove. While they look like dimpled ballistic balls, I’ve been told by Vas that they are a bit softer than ballistic balls are. There’s no word whether they’re the same material utilized in a slightly different manner or not. We’ll have to wait until we get them in-hand to figure out exactly what they are.

And here’s a picture of the blasters themselves. An interesting thing to note is that the Apollo appears to use the same or a similar magazine to the Zeus, though it’s in the handle.

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Nerf Rival line hits the Web

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 Ammo

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.

The Blasters

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

 

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.

Accessories Availiable

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.

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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!