A UK site lists the Mega Centurion coming out 5/10/13, but a May release wouldn’t make sense because we would have been seeing advertising for a big Nerf product coming out a month from now. If you instead use 10/5/13 as a release date, October 5, 2013 makes more sense for a product coming out. The image their also using on their site is from MyLastDart’s website, which makes their listing a bit shady in itself.
So I’m not going to post those leaked Rapidstrike CS-18 images, I’m pretty sure that Hasbro higher ups wouldn’t want them getting out even more. The blaster itself hasn’t been officially announced or acknowledged by Nerf, so far this whole thing is unofficial.
April 17, 2013 EDIT: After asking the USA Public Relations Contacts for information on this blaster, they appear to not have any, or any to publicly share, at the moment.
We might have an “unofficial” release date for this upcoming blaster though. Previous store listings Shops.Ch and Soundmedia.ch have put up the release date of August 30, 2013 on their listing for the item.
These are overseas sites though, and I remember the USA got the Elite line first with a soft release date being around August 1 last year. I don’t recall when overseas markets started to get it, although something in feelings is telling me that they started to get it a month later. So if the date being listed is late August for the overseas market, could the USA get this around August 1?
At the very least, can someone give a reminder on when the international markets, or their countries, started to get the Elite line back in 2012?
April 17, 2013 EDIT: Apparently fan blog UK Nerf spotted the Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 and Elite Mega Centurion on Ebay and purchased them. The seller made an error and will be shipping the orders to them at a later date. They said May 22 is when they receive their stock. Could June be a possible UK release date for this item?
Shops.ch has apparently changed their original site listing of the Revonix360. The new description reads,
Le pistolet lance-disques Revonix 360 est le plus puissant de la gamme! Il tire à plus de 20 m! Une capacité de stockage de 30 disques pour des tirs en rafale! La crosse est ajustable et le chargeur est rotatif!
or when translated,
Gun launcher discs Revonix 360 is the most powerful of the range! It takes more than 20 m! A storage capacity of 30 records for firing burst! The stock is adjustable and the charger is rotating!
What caught my eye about this new description is a new mention of a stock and the removal of the 3 disk shooting mentioned in the old description. The image on the Nerf wikia seems to support this new claim, and it’s been up on the page for a decent amount of time.
I’m not sure exactly where the Nerf Wikia got this image from, but the Revonix360 part of the image seems to match up fairly well with the NYC Toy Fair 2013 photos and videos.
If the above image is real, the stock looks very similar to the Raider’s stock, but instead of a sort of tube that the Raider stock was adjusted on, this one looks more square and less rounded. The shoulder area also looks longer and more curved then the Raider stock. I’ll try to find out where this image came from and how credible the source is, but until then what do you think of this news?
The French site Shops.ch once again has give the NIC a bit of a sneak peek more at the upcoming N-Strike Elite Mega Centurion and Vortex Revonix360 blasters. Here’s the original text, and translations for each item.
“Le Mega Centurion est un pistolet au look et à la puissance unique : il tire à plus de 30 mètres ! Equipé d un trépied, il est le plus précis de la gamme. Inclus chargeur 6 fléchettes”
“Mega Centurion is a gun to look and unique power: it draws more than 30 meters! Equipped with a tripod, it is the most accurate range. Charger included 6 darts”
“Un pistolet qui tire 3 disques à une distance de 15 mètres ! Il est équipé d un rail permettant d accueillir les accessoires Nerf.”
“A gun that shoots 3 discs at a distance of 15 meters! It is equipped with a rail for accessories to accommodate the nerve.”
Soundmedia.ch also put up a listing for the Mega Centurion. That’s where I got the image from in this post and simply re sized it to about twice it’s original size. I’ll save my thoughts on this new product image for another post.
As for the Revonux360, I’m a bit confused because the original product description I got makes no mention of it shooting 3 disks. Sure it was mentioned at the Toy Fair that the Revonix360 there was a proto-type, but I feel like the product would have been much more finalized before they sent out a product description of it. We’ll see what the future holds for these products.
Yesterday afternoon, a Swiss German site put up a listing for the N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18. A French version of the same site added the same listing, but with a product description.
Le RAPIDSTRIKE est un pistolet 100 % automatique pour des tirs en rafale : jusqu à 3,6 fléchettes par seconde. Sa batterie est allégée. Elle est 75 % moins lourde que celle du Stampede. Pour une utilisation plus personnalisée, la crosse est ajustable. Contient 18 fléchettes!
or when translated through Google Translate.
Description translated: RAPIDSTRIKE the gun is 100% automatic gunfire burst: up to 3.6 darts per second. Its battery is reduced. It is 75% lighter than the Stampede. For a more personalized, lacrosse is adjustable. Contains 18 darts!
This blaster is most likely what was referred to as the rumored “new Stampede” I posted about on the blog about a week ago. As you read this post, please remember that this is all speculation based off a site listing, it’s photo, and it’s product description. As of March 15, there’s still has been no official confirm or deny of this blaster.
Just take a look at the above photo and take it all in. It’s a very awesome looking blaster to say the least. But it’s going to be a flywheel blaster, based off the comment that MyLastDart left on my blog post about the rumored Stampede. With automatic burst fire, the only other automatic flywheel blaster is the Nerf Vortex Nitron. Of course it might not be a flywheel blaster, but again I’m basing this post on what he said. I’ll talk more about the rate of fire later in the post, and compare it to other blasters later in this post. 3.6 darts per second is not a slow as you think it is.
There’s a clear clip on the blaster, and the darts look different with their black tips. Is this hinting towards new kinds of darts and a new clear clip? You can also see 5 different tactical rails on the blaster. MyLastDart has hinted toward their being an under barrel attachment of sorts that’s going to be released in the future. And it looks like there’s plenty of room on this blaster for that.
It also looks like there’s going to be 3 solid sling points, 4 if you count the stock area loop, on the blaster. This is very important for things like Humans vs. Zombies and indoor games.
There’s ALOT of initial thoughts and speculation going around in the NIC. I’ll list and talk about things like possible pricing, release dates, stock performance, ergonomics, special features, marketing, and more after the jump.
If you don’t feel like reading all the post, I’ve also made a video in which you can also listen to the things I discuss in this post.
Continue reading New N-Strike Elite Rapidstrike CS-18 photo & some features revealed on Swiss website, My Thoughts on the Blaster
So apparently theres now a rumor that Nerf is releasing an Elite version of the Stampede ECS THIS YEAR. According to a user on the HvZ Forums.
We don’t have a photo of it, the user doesn’t want to post one to avoid trouble. You may think he’s trolling us, but if you view his post history he’s gotten his hands on some blasters early and shared them first with the Nerf community before anyone else.
I asked him if the stock was detachable, like the Raider stock, or built in, like a Longshot stock. He said it’s built in like the Longshot stock. He’s also seeing a sub-trigger on the blaster, which in recent blasters hints to it being another flywheel blaster like the Stryfe or Elite Rayven. I hope it’s not another flywheel blasters, we just had those two this year.
He also mentions that it’s more compact then the normal Stampede, but not in a bull-pup design. According to my original information findings on the Stampede, the Stampede is about 30 inches. It was a little on the long side for my comfort in indoor games, so a smaller version of the Stampede would be great to say the least. Stay tuned to my blog for more news and updates on this latest rumor!
EDIT: He’s answered another question about it.
Above is one of the newest comments from my Elite Alpha Trooper news video. If you go to their site, it says that it’s out of stock, and there isn’t any options available for local store pick up or home delivered.
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MyLastDart also mentioned that he’s having issues with getting his Elite Alpha Trooper, citing a “distribution issue” as the reason. Hopefully we all get this upcoming blaster sooner then later!