Thursday 27 September 2012

Nerf Dart Tag Snapfire 8 Review

With the recent UK release of the Nerf Dart Tag Snapfire at The Entertainer, I thought it prudent to post a review. The following review was written by Nerfshack on the Britnerf forum.

"Well today I took delivery of my new Snapshot 8 dart tag blaster, so I thought I would write a review of it.

First off is the box and outer packaging. As with most blasters from the Nerf range box is colourful and bright. Itss quite a small box almost like a fully enclosed maverick.

Internally the blaster is packaged well with instructions and 8 dart tag darts. The blaster is easy to get at and not fiddly like many of the larger blasters, with only one tie wrap and cardboard loop holding the handle and body.

The blaster fits well in the hand and is quite well balanced. I would put the weight very, very close to a maverick. It is also a very sturdy, well built blaster.

The next image represents size compared to maverick.

The good thing about this Nerf blaster is that it is semi auto. Every time you pull the trigger it primes the blaster, fires the dart and rotates the turret all at once. With this blaster holding eight darts and being front loading, In my opinion it out does the maverick for practical applications.

It doesn’t stop there. Another great thing about this blaster is the ability to change the power output from speed, (faster firing of the darts) to power (although harder to pull the trigger it does greatly increase the darts range). This is all done via the control knob on the bottom of the grip.

I would estimate the range of the blaster on full power to be about 55ft very slightly angled and on speed about 40ft.

I tried using streamline darts but they were not very good at all. I am putting this down to the longer post used to hold the tip in place as the darts won’t push back far enough to create a decent seal.

Overall I think this is a very good blaster and brilliant for the £8.99 I purchased it for from The Entertainer. With a little modification I think this will be an awesome blaster. I’m thinking AR removal, dart post removal, spring upgrade and PETG barrels.

Thanks for reading."

Review by Nerfshack

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Nerf Spectre REV-5 Spotted in the UK

Ever since the Spectre was released at the end of last year, it has proven to be somewhat elusive from shelves in the UK. It was only ever available from ASDA but shortly after Christmas stocks were depleted. After a bit of investigation it turned out that Hasbro never officially released the Spectre in the UK. It seemed that ASDA had secured stock outside of the UK for sale in it's stores. It was obviously a line that they stocked just for Christmas, why else would it have disappeared from the shelves in January?

Since then, the Spectre has been something of a rarity fetching prices of upwards of £35 on eBay. As much as I like them and as desperately As I wanted one, I wasn't going to pay that, not for a £13.99 blaster that is still in production.

Imagine my surprise, joy and excitement when I discovered that they were in the shops again for this Christmas season. Smyths Toys  are the guys who will be taking our money for the Spectre this year. At £24.99, Smyths are selling them for nearly double what ASDA did, but still none to shabby a price for such an awesome blaster.

Details on the Nerf Spectre REV-5 can be found here from a previous post.

If you missed it the first time, grab one soon as there is no guarantee that the Spectre is here to stay.

Sunday 23 September 2012

Nerf Dart Tag Snapfire in the UK

Whilst checking for offers recently, I stumbled across this little gem at the Entertainer.

It's the new Nerf Dart Tag Snapfire. This little guy is awesome. 8 shots, semi automatic and amazingly, no separate priming handle. This blaster has an ingenious mechanism whereby the blaster is primed and fired in one motion of the trigger pull. This makes the Snapfire perfect for dual wielding. On the bottom of the handle is a little dial which can be used to adjust the spring tension, switching from maximum range (but with a hard trigger pull, thus low rate of fire) to high ROF (but with reduced range). 

When this chap hits the shelves, I'm definately going to hit the shops.

Here is a clip of it in action. Thanks to SGNerf for the video.

Saturday 22 September 2012

Nerf Element EX-6 'The Punisher'

This blaster was recently created for a Mod Exchange Project that I recently completed for my friend, ThatBritishGuy. Inspired by what could be my favourite Marvel character, The Punisher.

To read ThatBritishGuy's review of my work, Click Here

Monday 17 September 2012

Vintage Nerf Blasters on eBay

For those of us who covert rare vintage Nerf blasters, yesterday was a busy day.

The first to go was a very desirable Limited Edition, Small Soldiers Nerf SupermaXX 5000. These don't even come up in the US very often so imagine my surprise when this showed up on eBay UK.

I'm glad to say that this baby is now mine and takes pride of place in my collection. It's a lot of money to pay, but you get a lot of blaster for your money. I may have to thin out my arsenal for this puppy.

The second item, and by far the rarer blaster was the 1994 Mattel Maximizer.

These things are the holy grail of the Nerf world. They are as rare as rocking horse poo and are insanely powerful. Everybody who is anybody in the world of Nerf was bidding on this puppy including myself. Alas, I didn't win and Bobololo was a mere $5 from winning. Whoever did win is surely a very happy chap right now.

Wednesday 12 September 2012

UKNerfWar Nerf Arsenal

I was cleaning out the shed today in order to make room for more stuff, lawnmowers and such, the kind of stuff that you'd find in a normal man's shed.

Since I would need to move all of my blasters to put some shelves up, I thought I'd take the opportunity to have a bit of a stock take. Laying everything out on the lawn it occured to me that I had two problems; Nerfing had become somewhat of an addiction for me and soon, I would need to buy a bigger shed.
On to the pictures.

This excludes a couple of blasters that I am currently working on but this is the bulk of it.

2x BNIB Dart Tag Speedswarm
2x Titan AS-V1
2x Hornet AS-6
6x Longshot (1 with Front Gun Integration, 2x Blue Longshot, 3x BNIB Yellow)
3x Magstrike AS-10
3x Deploy CS-6 (1x Whiteout series)
5x Raider CS-35 (1x Gear Up series)
3x Recon CS-6
2x Stampede ECS
3x Maverick REV-6
1x Element EX-6
1x Barrel Break IX-2
1x Rayven CS-18
2x Scout IX-3
1x Alpha Trooper CS-18
2x Vulcan EBF-25 (1x BNIB)
1x Dart Tag Swarmfire
2x Dart Tag Quick 16
2x Big Bad Bow
1x Elite Retaliator
1x Elite Stockade
1x Secret Shot II
1x Eagle Eye
1x Lock 'N Load
1x Zap Snap,
1x Longstrike

Now I've just got to find somewhere to put my rake.

Monday 10 September 2012

First Look at the N-Strike Elite Jolt

The sharp eyes of Urban Taggers have come up trumps again with this latest blaster leaked on the Chinese video website 'Youku'. What's more, it appears to be the "Elite Jolt" that was spotted on the box of the other Elite blasters.

It's called the N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 and it looks to be a beefed up Jolt with two extra barrels. At first I was excited to think this was a sort of scatter gun but watching the video, it becomes aparent that the two extra barrels are just dart holders which makes more sense really.

It also looks like the Elite line is set to bring us some new Elite Whistler darts aswell. I'm still not sure this is a good thing but time will tell.

Sunday 9 September 2012 Article Provides Insight into Nerf Elite Range

An article published on gives us a glimpse into the goings on at Hasbro.

The article follows the N-Strike Elite Hailfire from conception to testing and explains some of the processes inbetween.

It is definitely worth a read, not only is it very interesting but it also gives us a clue as to what the N-Strike Elite range will bring us next year.

"Several models to be introduced next fall are nearly finished-namely the Strife, a semiautomatic pistol, and the Ruff Cut, which is only the third blaster ever that’s capable of shooting two darts at the same time." 

Thursday 6 September 2012

Elite Pinpoint Sight


Argueably the most desirable Nerf product ever, the Pinpoint Sight appears to be making a return and this time it's been given the Elite treatment.

This image was captured from a brochure at a Nerf Dart Tag tournament in Malaysia. It doesn't really give much away. All we know is that it's coming and it's blue.

Wouldn't it be amazing if the LED was blue as well?