Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nerf N-Strike Elite - info lowdown:

Heads up!  Finally feeling like a human again, I'm able to put together a more coherent post of everything that happened.  Well, not EVERYTHING as some of what I heard was supa top-secret in specifics, but let's get some business out of the way:
  • N-Strike Elite is going to become the standard of the N-Strike line.  That means the new streamlines, the Elite branding, all of it is here to stay.  The original streamlines and N-Strike brand as we know it are going to be replaced by N-Strike Elite.
    • N-Strike Elite is going to revisit previous N-Strike blasters and release Elite versions of them.  CALM DOWN.  Without going into specifics, not all blasters are going to get Elite ranges.  More recent releases than what came out when N-Strike first appeared are more likely to become Elite.
      • I CAN'T TELL YOU WHICH BLASTERS ARE GETTING THE ELITE TREATMENT.  The key phrase here is, "In the realm of possibility."  But a Longshot is NOT (I repeat, NOT) one of them.
  • The Nerf Firevision might have something for blaster fans :)  That's about all I can say until Toy Fair 2013.
  • Elite is Elite, Dart Tag is Dart Tag, Vortex is Vortex.  They like to keep the brands separated so I wouldn't hold my breath for Dart Tag Elite and so on.
  • They aren't done with Dart Tag yet!  Just the NDTL had been around long enough, and it was time to move on for them.  Dart Tag blasters are still going to be rolled out, but it's up to the fans to run their own.  From what I've heard, Australia's doing a bang-up job of that:)
  • N-Force isn't over with, they're still going to support that.  Just nothing new yet (understandable, with the N-Strike Elite and new Vortex blasters)
  • Clearly, the Nerf Vortex line is going to be supported still.
  • One Direction was NOT at the party.  :*(
  • No oversized Vortex disc shooter anytime soon :(
  • Nerf N-Strike Elite Darts will be the standard in the future.  Micros and Sonic darts are going to be phased out, in order to make things easier for people.  Elite darts will fit better in most blasters currently released.  Dart Tag darts and Nerf Vortex discs will obviously still be available, as the lines are still supported.
  • SOME international markets (Australia, mainland China, Philippines, etc.) will have a range-reduced version due to the toy safety regulations of their governing bodies.  This means the blasters will achieve somewhere around advertised 50-55', down from the 75' that everyone else gets.  
  • Speaking of ranges, around a 35 degree angle is what the advertised ranges we see for darts, while Vortex is fired at 10-15 degrees to determine their range.
Questions?  Comments?  Lemme know!

8 comments:

ShiningFoam said...

WHY won't there be an elite longshot!? Of all the blasters, that's the one that needs it the most!

VasTheStampede said...

I honestly didn't ask. Blasters get cycled in and out of production, it's just the nature of the business that things are always changing. There's more recently a Longstrike, and it's more likely that will get the Elite treatment. I wish I could give a better answer, but with all the new blasters coming out I can't blame them for not wanting to go too far back into the previous catalog. But they've moved on from the Longshot.

Unknown said...

I'm sure they want to just focus on the longstrike instead of bringing back the longshot for elite.

nerfman300 said...

man i hope they give the stampede the elite treatment...

noobie said...

hi bro, do you have the dimensions of the 12 dart clips? looking at purchasing mag pouches for them :D yet to reach Singapore, about already purchasing gear in preparation for them XD

speaking of Singapore.. when will you be coming???? XD

Anonymous said...

There should be an elite alpha trooper! And are they gunna make new elite blasters? Like not copying n strike

Anonymous said...

Is the scout going to be elite?

VasTheStampede said...

That was not specified, and with all the other pistols out I would be surprised. But I would put that under the vague answer of "realm of possibility."

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