Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Local boy Chris Wolfe has some serious skillz:) He's an admin of Neil's Canberra and Southern NSW Dart Tag crew; he's one of the mad scientists at the local hackerspace and he takes the helm of "Combustable Props". One of his latest projects was this Warhammer inspired bolt pistol and I'm thinking it's pretty damn schmick indeed.
We've got some more insight into the project, thanks to Mr Wolfe himself- check out the specs after the jump!
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 16:04
Sunday, December 18, 2011
In case you found the Nikes were A) too abstract and obscure for your Nerf likes and B) too expensive and exclusive, maybe go for Reebok's Nerf inspired kicks with their considerably more literal interpretation on a Nerf sneaker.
Reebok Nerf Athletic Lifestyle Shoes
Reebok Nerf Venture Running Shoes
Nerf Vibe Grade School via Reebok
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 16:39
RELEASE REMINDER: NIKE ZOOM KD IV “NERF”
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 16:23
The NERF brand stands for "Non Expanding Recreational Foam" and was introduced to the world in 1970 as the world's first indoor ball. True to its origins, even to this day Nerf still produces foam sporting goods and foam firing blasters, and has expanded into non-foam related areas (Hasbro's questionable decision to brand its Super Soaker and Lazer Tag lines as Nerf puzzled many of us) but we're now really starting to see the brand being flogged off in all different shapes and sizes.
Coming from a communication pedigree, I totally understand why they'd want to exploit Nerf as a brand; for Hasbro it's not only the market leader but also one of the few brands they have that defies the odds in a struggling toy industry. The thing is, they're merely slapping the logo on totally unrelated products, and that for mine, just doesn't do it for me. If they had put mounting brackets on these cameras for instance- say for a way to attach your camera to your blaster via tactical rails- I would see the link to the traditional Nerf blaster. As they stand now, a paint job or orange and yellow doth not maketh a Non Expanding Recreational Foam product.
The slapping the brand on scooters and skateboards is also a shameless plug of a brand on something totally unrelated. If the scooter had a way to mount your Nerf blaster to it, I'd again understand the link; OR if these were JUST promo items that were given away at events or competitions then I could understand that they were meant to promote the brand. But these are actual Nerf branded products.. again with nothing to do with Nerf as it stands.
I'll pass thanks.:)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 16:14
|Rayven CS-18 Spotted!|
Facebook page has picked one up already; not Target, not Walmart, but of all places from a little pharmacy in Long Island, NY. Nice find!
I have no doubt you'll start seeing them popping up pretty soon all over. We really like the Rayven CS-18 personally so recommended if you do get the chance to pick on of these 'pups up:) (and Nerf really should be giving us some commission on this one! :P)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 11:30
Thursday, December 15, 2011
|Thanks to Nerfenstein Aesthetic Mods for the incredible paint job.. yes, this COULD be yours!|
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 10:56
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Glow in the dark darts via Smyths Toys
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 07:11
We made mention of an upcoming Nerf Vortex Lumitron a short while ago, but it was sort of glossed over given the fact it looks a LOT like a Vortex Praxis. Speculation was even that it WAS a Praxis, but with just a new paint scheme. And then there was the speculation about the name, as "Lumitron" suggests cues to the word 'luminous'..to light up..
Funnily enough, at the same time we were all over the Rayven CS-18 with it's Firefly tech, but somehow we just didn't marry the two concepts together...:D
Soo, take the Rayven CS-18 and mix it with a Praxis and you end up with the Lumitron; a repainted Vortex blaster with a 10 round clip that features an LED light inside the clip to light up new glow in the dark XLR discs! Ingenious!
UPDATE: Amazon.com has it listed- although not available yet or with price, it does indicate availability is just around the corner.
No idea when these will be out just yet, but I'd be suggesting similar timings to the Rayven CS-18. Thanks Thomas for the intel!
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 07:06
UPDATED: Amazon.com has the Rayven listed; no costs or availability yet but it means it's a comin!
Thanks Thomas for the intel.
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 07:03
Monday, December 12, 2011
|UT Santa keeps the AT on him at all times. He's not giving THAT away:D|
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 12:17
Thanks to Jason for the intel!
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 08:47
More as we learn of it, but I can't see that many people being excited over it (other than aesthetic modders cos it does look cool)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 07:56
Sunday, December 11, 2011
|X-Shot Vigilante. Pump action double barrel.. and looks tough too:)|
I always found Zuru's X-Shot line to be the dark horse of the toy blaster world. They came out of nowhere and originally their selling point was dual water and foam dart all in one blasters, initially bringing out an awesome side arm with the Stealth, an absolute rubbish Thundershot, an okay Sidewinder.
Then they ditched the whole water thing, and released the pretty damn cool Turbo Fire which actually made it on our favourite blasters list of 2011. So we're pretty intrigued by the new blasters they're promoting on the official website which just look the bomb and if the Turbo Fire was any indication, should be pretty well priced.
|X-Shot Xcess. Basically taken its cues of a modded 12 round Maverick|
|X-Shot Stalker. Cos Bows are so chic these days:)|
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 20:11
Friday, November 25, 2011
Orange Mod Works is having a mad Black Friday sale. It doesn't mean a whole lot to us Australians date wise, but traditionally it's an awesome time for shopping in the US. Sale time in any case:) Remember we're talking US time so their night is our day etc:)
TODAYS DEAL: 11/25: Buy Unleashed stages 1 and 2 kits for Nerf Recon and get a FREE metal trigger PLUS a $5 Coupon for future purchases.
Adding to the fun, Orange Mod Works are offering more springs for purchase. What's cool is you'll soon be able to purchase springs for the following blasters. Recon - Alpha Trooper - Longstrike - Raider - Longshot - Deploy - Nite Finder - Stampede - Maverick - Spectre - Speedload 6 - Quick 16 - Sharpshoot - Swarmfire - Vulcan
Orange Mod Works
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 18:30
The Super Soaker Electrostorm is a new battery powered motorised water blaster with an inbuilt water tank. It's compact- some would even say tiny though in turn it's also very solid and nuggety. Maintaining the same paint job and finish as all of the new Super Soaker line, it looks like a decent lil' side arm that is a likely successor to last season's Super Soaker Point Break... but as another motorised water blaster, how well does it really perform?
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 14:46
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 20:09
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Super Soaker Lightning Storm is a fully motorised water blaster from Hasbro and under the Nerf banner. It's big selling point is it is the "largest capacity Super Soaker" although this is against the current line rather than any past/vintage models of old; it comes with a large water drum that uses the same fitting as the water clips of the Tornado Strike and Thunderstorm so is compatible, only allowing for more water storage.
Wait, did I just say Thunderstorm? Hmm.. doesn't this Lightning Storm seem awfully familiar now..
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 23:53
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Fo shiz! The Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS is real, available, and Jerm from Nerf Mods + Reviews has got one. It's good to see they've changed the colour of the shield, bipod and the darts as well. More over at Nerf Mods + Reviews.
Nerf Mods & Reviews: Nerf Sonic Series Stampede ECS:
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 09:58
Monday, November 14, 2011
There's been much speculation about the glow-in-the-dark streamlines that are to accompany the upcoming Nerf N-Strike Rayven CS-18. While I honestly thought it'd be treated as a gimmick and ignored, we've had so many comments on these darts that I guess it was worth writing and asking for a pack after they failed to arrive with the original blaster. Unlike the previous Firefly REV-8, the darts are exposed to light via the clip as opposed to within the blaster itself, meaning for all intended purposes any clip based Nerf blaster can now be used.. well in the dark.
Firefly darts were luminous in the head only, and came with these rather poxy stickers to stick to the darts. The big question was do these new glow in the dark streamlines follow the same format, or if they light up the way on their own?:)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 20:32
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Not sure what blaster it's supposed to be either, and it doesn't actually do anything but, if you're a fan, available from Radio Shack in the US and no doubt.
While we're on the topic of Sakar, here's something interesting I stumbled across:
Apparently the upcoming Sakar Nerf Night Vision Goggles. I'm still unsure how good they will be given the RRP that came with the image was 19.95. Even Eyeclops gear wasn't that cheap.
And in case you forgot, the other Sakar gear: apparently a helmet mountable digital video cam, a 2.1 and 5.1 mega pixel digital camera with social media software built in, the pocket DVR, a 2gb MP3 player, a multi function flashlight and some 1000ft capacity walkie talkies.
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 22:58
Friday, November 11, 2011
Whoo hoo! The much anticipated Orange Mod Works Longshot Massacre "Immortal" Kit is now available for preorder. The kit comes in a collector's tin box, of which only a limited quantity is available. This one's pretty limited folks, so once it sells out, it will be never made available again.
Included in this kit are the following parts:
- Trigger catch
- 2x Strength trigger catch spring
- High performance main spring (Exactly compression TBD)
- Bolt Sled
- Bolt Sled Pin
- Plunger Rod
- Plunger Face
- Plunger Tube
- Plunger Assembly Retention Cap
- Metal Trigger
- 10g Silicone Grease
Also, to celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime date 11/11/11 they're running an 11% sale! Use the code "111111" to get 11% off your entire purchase.
Also, just for funsies- get an additional $1.11 off of the Raider stage 1 kit. Use code "111111raider".
Orange Mod Works
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 13:40
Thursday, November 10, 2011
It's absolutely tiny, and came out of NOWHERE; the Jolt EX-1 is pretty close to being the smallest Nerf blaster available (The Secret Strike..mmm maybe smaller? But it doesn't really look like a gun!) and for what it is, it's pretty damn impressive. It's a single shot direct plunger piece that we really liked the look of.. did I mention it's absolutely tiny?!:P Thanks to Jerm from Nerf Mods + Reviews for this!
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 14:17
The Air Zone Quick Fire is a Toys R Us exclusive motorised belt fed flywheel blaster that fires foam darts. It's been in our radar for quite some time, and we finally got our hands on a unit to try out thanks to Jerm from Nerf Mods + Reviews. Air Zone have been bringing out some pretty sweet looking gear lately and we're pleased to report the Quick Fire is no exception.
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 12:08
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Ok, so it's a crap pic, but here's a sneak preview of the upcoming Super Soaker Lightning Storm that we posted about last month.
What is probably of interest to Nerfers though is 1) A blast shield that unlike the Hydro Cannon's that jutted out to the side, fits on top of the blaster and thus will actually work with Nerf tactical rails, and 2) check out that stock- I do believe we may have a new style of stock that looks to be interchangeable with all Nerf blasters (that take a stock anyway)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 23:34
I do have to say, while the performances are pretty ordinary, new Super Soakers do look pretty damn cool. I can see how they'd be uber popular with the aesthetic modders..
More as I learn it. Or get a hold of one. Whichever comes first:D
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 23:22
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
|What a LTTO prototype looked like:)|
There will be several new game features exclusive to the new taggers such as being able to have one or more players start the game with no ammo, requiring players to find a power-up to be able to get lock-on information and the ability to have unlimited-time hosted games. More info below.
Tactical Tag: New Lazer Tag: Update!:
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 22:36
Monday, November 7, 2011
The Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 has in the past had quite a bad rap, being considered an "all show no go" blaster; it is still today considered to be one of the best looking blasters Nerf have ever designed regardless of fan disapproval of its internals. In recent times its "all show" has been bumped up even more, with the "Whiteout series" finish that blew everyone away and now a new Sonic Series casing.
Ultimately, it's still just an aesthetic change though, so there's not a whole lot I can say about it, so I'll leave it to the pics after the jump:)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 21:17
N-Force doesn't have much of a presence in Australia, which is a shame because there is fair amount of cool stuff available States side. We picked up the Vendetta double sword pack which comes with two "blades" that can be used by themselves, or connected at the hilt to form a 4 foot double edged staff. The foam is thicker/denser than the rather woeful Shadow/Thunder Fury swords we originally picked up; and while lightweight, it does have a decent weight to it.
Of course.. there's not a whole lot one can really say about a foam sword, so just a whole bunch of pics after the jump:)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 20:31
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Spotted on eBay and by a multitude of readers forwarding me this intel (thanks folks!) are the much discussed glow in the dark streamlines.
Whoever's bought a pack can probably tell us (hint- someone buy it and tell us!) whether the whole dart glows in the dart or whether it's just the tips. Personally I never bothered attaching the luminous stickers to the sucker darts that came with the Firefly REV-8 and was fine with just the suction heads being the only thing that glowed. I'll suggest the same will be with these, but I've been proven wrong before so perhaps Nerf have managed to make the foam glow too? We'll see soon enough no doubt!
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 06:35
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Meanmunch; he just does some absolutely mind blowing paint jobs with an incredible attention to detail. Just two of my fav's: You've never seen a Spectre look so insane...
Meandmunch via deviantART
Meandmunch via deviantART
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 22:25
If you didn't know it was a Nerf blaster, the above pic looks pretty sweet as it is, and a prop built from the ground up (which are often mods of other replica fire arms and toys anyway) wouldn't necessarily be any more realistic or impressive looking. Some of the gear that comes out of Johnson Arms, Meandmuch and Nerfenstein is so cool that they're often inundated with comments like "whoah they belong in a movie!" But then, if they ever DID make it into a movie, are we all going to laugh and go "bahahaha that's a Nerf blaster!"
Nerf make some pretty amazing looking kit; and it makes prop designer's jobs all that bit easier. Personally I think there were worse things to critique the show over than the guns.. like the gawd awful character development (everyone's an idiot..)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 22:15
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Humans vs Zombies has come a long way. From being a modified game of tag to be played on university campuses, it's grown all over the world as a brand in itself and now, they've released their own line of blasters. Thanks to Jerm from Nerf Mods + Reviews, we picked up a new HVZ branded 'Zombie Fighter 8 shot' from the US to have some fun with...
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 23:18
The Black Keys have a very cool video to their song "Howlin' For You" that's made to look like a Grindhouse exploitation flick trailer.
Watching the clip, it's pretty hard to make out the guns the heroine and her sidekick are using, but if you check out the featurette to go with it (especially at 2:10)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 14:52
Sooo... this track from Australian dance group Bombs Away is entitled "Super Soaker"; the lyrics are about using Super Soakers, and they've obviously actually USING Super Soakers in the clip (albeit the current generation ones that are available in Australian Toys R Us' stores) But somehow.. me thinks this vid is not actually focusing on Super Soakers per se... (this clip btw shows NO nudity though but sensitive eyes who don't like skin might.. just move on)
Bombs Away do discuss their video here.
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 11:41
Monday, October 31, 2011
The preorder discount of $4US per Massacre kit has been extended until the end of next week - 11:59 PM CST on November 6th. You can find the discount code on each kit's product page.
Remember that all preordered Massacre kits (except the Recon) will include a free metal trigger! Check out the full product line here
Also, if you purchased a stage 1 kit from us and would like to preorder standalone polycarbonate stage 2 parts, they are available for $17.99US each (including a $2US preorder discount per kit).
You'll only be able to order standalone stage 2 polycarbonate kits until November 30th.
Lastly, they're now running a limited time Halloween promotion on springs. Buy a pack of 3 springs (either 5+ kg or 6+ kg), and get the following items for free:
- 10 gram tube of Silicone Grease
- Pack of 2x O-Rings
- Pack of 2x Trigger Catch Springs
This deal can be pulled any time without notice, so stock up on their high quality springs.
Orange Mod Works
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 23:56
The Air Zone Quickfire Sniper is a new addition to the Quickfire range, being compatible with the clips from Quickfire 6's and basically taking design cues from a whole bunch of different tilts, from the Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 to a P90 submachine gun/compact assault rifle. It comes with removable stock, barrel extension and scope, but when attached the whole unit is really rather.. long:)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 23:44
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Optimus Prime Cyber Blaster was officially released to tie in with the film release of Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon but for some reason never really made it to Australia at the time. It is manufactured by Hasbro, Nerf's parent company and is essentially using Nerf tech in terms of build quality and performance, but also adds to it the role play elements of light and sounds of Optimus Prime (Transformers voice legend Peter Cullen) Licenced blasters are always pretty exi compared to traditional Nerf blasters but while a tad over priced, I still kinda liked this one. Even if it is a glorified Hyperfire:)
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 21:08
The Quickfire 6 is a clip fed 6 round blaster from Toys R Us' in-house brand 'Air Zone.' In the past Air Zone was a little touch and go, but recently they have been bringing out some pretty decent blasters of late with both decent performances and aesthetically pleasing designs. Although Air Zone is essentially rebadged Lanard/Dart Zone/ X-Shot/misc gear, at least the person who's selecting the gear to do this is doing a great job.
At the time I brought them in from the US and for what they are, the Quickfire 6's are really quite decent for the price. (not so much if you're including the ridiculous import fees I had to endure!!!) They are however NOW available in Australia.. sigh:P
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 14:55
Not that we ever really have a whole lot of use for a snowball launcher unless it's ski season, but still, I like the look of this one. Apparently 60 feet ranges. Orange and white is so in these days:)
Crossbow Snow Launcher | Uncrate
Posted by Pocket. Esq. at 10:58