Rapidstrike Images found on Baidu. You can see the XD distances on the bottom right of the box.
The “Elite XD” branding first appeared on the Elite Demolisher 2-In-1 Blaster box. The XD standing for “Extra Distance” and boasting ranges of up to 90 feet instead of the usual 75 feet ranges of the Elite line. And now according to my public relations contacts at Nerf, the XD distance and branding is here to stay! You can also see XD branded Retaliator, Strongarm, and Stockade (boasting up to 85 feet) below. These blasters, and the Rapidstrike above, also have new paintjobs.
Instagram photos thanks to Foam From Above.
I’m personally on the excited side for these. Normal flat ranges for Elite blasters were 40-50 feet with Elite Darts. Could we 50-60 feet flat with these newly revamped blasters? Stay tuned to my blog for more on that in the future!
A few weeks ago, people on the net spotted the above special deal posted on the Kohls website. It’s being sold for $60 on the site, but is “on sale” for $47.99. Product description below.
Find your target from 75 feet away and complete your mission with this Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit by Hasbro.
Blaster’s Acceleration Trigger powers up the motor for motorized blasting
Add more precision and control with the barrel extension, removable stock and Tactical Grip Handle
Reload fast with the Quick Reload Clip
Elite darts work with any Elite blaster and most N-Strike blasters (sold separately)
Blaster’s Tactical Rail is compatible with most N-Strike accessories (sold separately)
Kit includes: Stryfe CS-18 blaster, Quick Reload Clip, 18 Elite Darts, removable stock, barrel extension, tactical grip handle & instructions
Ages 8 years & up
Requires 4 “AA” batteries (not included)
Some assembly required
While the price is quite steep, it seems like a great starter kit of sorts for people new to Nerf. It also puts more accessories on the market, which most of us have wanted. The price seems fairly fair, since a Stryfe is $20, and a Retaliator is about $27 or $28. Those two things together already cover the price of this kit, but you get a Stockade stock, and 18 dart mag instead.
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2013)
Amp up freestyle foam blasting performance with the NERF VORTEX REVONIX360 blaster which achieves
the farthest VORTEX distance yet, up to 70 feet! This disc blaster features new, awesome deco and has a
revolving drum that rotates each time you fire the blaster. Plus, the SLAM FIRE Handle gives you total control
over your rate of fire – blast a single shot or hold the trigger down and slide the handle repeatedly to unleash
an unstoppable stream of discs. Includes 30 multi-color XLR discs. Available at most major toy retailers
nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.
NERF N-STRIKE BLAZIN’ BOW Toy
(HASBRO/Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2013)
Who’s ready for more NERF action? Send NERF foam arrows soaring across the sky with the NERF N-STRIKE BLAZIN’ BOW toy. The BLAZIN’ BOW toy features an authentic pull-back bow design that you simply pull back, aim, and release to fire the NERF foam arrows. The BLAZIN’ BOW toy can hit targets from up to an impressive 40 feet away, and comes complete with integrated storage for two additional foam NERF arrows. Includes three NERF foam arrows. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $21.99/Available: Fall 2013)
With motorized blasting capability, the STOCKADE blaster utilizes features such as a rotating 10-dart barrel and a removable stock with storage for 10 extra darts. The N-STRIKE ELITE STOCKADE blaster comes complete with 10 N-STRIKE ELITE darts as well was a removable stock accessory with storage for ten additional darts (sold separately). Blaster requires three “AA” batteries, not included. Available exclusively at Wal-Mart nationwide.
My Public Relations contact over at Nerf sent over this some info today. The newest, and most interesting info, is info on the Vortex Revonix360 & N-Strike Blazin’ Bow. Both are coming Fall 2013. The Revonix360 almost sounds like a Pyragon. And the Stockade is revealed to be a Walmart exclusive in the info I was given. I’m guessing we’ll get more info and photos at the Toy Fair next week, so stay tuned to the blog for the latest Nerf news.
Feb 7, 2013 EDIT: It’s actually called the Blazin’ Bow, not the MEGA Blazin’ Bow. I’ve edited the product description with the correct one, and removed the image to avoid confusion. The new description removes the description of a compound design, and also changes or removes the description of the MEGA arrows, and just calls them Nerf arrows.
Photo thanks to the Argos.uk site
As soon as the Argos catalog revealed the Elite Alpha Trooper and Dart Tag Stinger, I immediately hit my public relations contact to get any more info about the upcoming products.
The Dart Tag line in the US is exclusive to Toys R Us now. The products they carry and when they’re on shelves will vary by location, so check your local stores to find out what they are carrying. The Elite Alpha Trooper blaster will be a Target exclusive, which like all things will also vary by location and region.
The Elite Pinpoint Sight was a promotion in the Malaysian markets and there aren’t yet plans to bring it here.
In addition to the above info, I also asked if the Elite Stockade and Dart Tag Snapfire 8 were still coming to the USA, but my contact hasn’t been able to give me more info on those things. I’m glad we’re able to get some more solid confirmation about the Elite Alpha Trooper, I’m sure it’ll sell just as well as the first one. Still no news on a release date, or even a rough release date, but I’ll keep asking about that.
Feb. 1, 2013 EDIT: I’ve gotten word that the Elite Alpha Trooper should be getting released in the USA in the Spring. Maybe it’ll be close to the UK’s release date of March 1?
Hopefully the Nerf folks take another look at the Elite Pinpoint sight and the USA market, because again I believe that it’ll sell well.
Urban Taggers just noticed that his international version N-Strike Elite blasters have grey triggers, vs the orange one that came on his USA bought Elite blaster. Perhaps this is a sign to tell the difference between USA and International versions? More news will be coming on this shortly.
I’ve been wondering about a couple of things, so I fired off some emails to my Nerf connects. These are the questions I asked:
“1. The white and orange/red Vortex discs that came with the Pyragon are especially great for outdoor usage, since their colors make them stand out and help the user a lot in finding them. Do you know if Nerf has plans to sell those separately in stores?
2. The Dart Tag Snapfire 8 has been spotted overseas for a decent amount of time, but it still isn’t being sold in USA stores. Is it still coming out Fall 2012? Do you have a more specific date or month on it’s release?
3. The N-Strike Elite Stockade is only being sold overseas at the moment, with plans of it to be released at a later date. Is there any updated release date on this yet?
4. In a information booklet handed out in a Dart Tag event in Malaysia recently, a photo of the Elite Pinpoint Sight was spotted. Do you have any other information of it at this time?
My connect that said they would look more into the the Pyragon discs and Elite Pinpoint Sight. And the screenshots above are the basic answers to questions 2 & 3. The Snapfire 8 was an international release only for 2012, same with the Stockade. As for the N-Strike Elite Tactical Vest and Bandolier, their listings online seem to have them being released into stores in early October.
Elite Bandolier kit listing
Elite Tactical Vest listing
As far as I know, the Elite Stockade is only for sale in the UK so far. But Amazon.com has it on sale for $49.99. Grab it here before their two in stock run out.