Nerf LMTD Halo Needler Announced!

While I was off traveling and playing Humans v Zombies at Grove City College, Hasbro PulseCon 2021 was streaming. I didn’t get to see a lot personally. However, the Nerf segment lined up with the end of my lunch break. So I did get to see the biggest Nerf-related product reveal – the Nerf LMTD Halo Needler! As a functional prop for collectors, it looks pretty neat, and seeing the designers demonstrate the prototype on stage (in all its grey plastic and guts-hanging-out glory) was cool. Read on for the official announcement info and more!



(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: August 2022)

The NERF LMTD HALO NEEDLER blaster captures the look of the blaster from the HALO video game franchise! Imagine yourself as one of the Banished or Covenant and get ready to battle the UNSC! This NERF dart blaster recreates the blaster’s distinctive design with flexible needles that light up when you grip the handle! Fire the darts and watch the needles go dark to simulate how they launch from the blaster in the game. Other light-up accents add to the exciting visual presentation. This fully motorized blaster unleashes 10 darts in a row from the rotating, 10-dart drum. Includes 10 NERF ELITE foam darts. Switch to display mode to illuminate the blaster and showcase it on the included stand. Includes a game card with in-game content in the HALO INFINITE game.* Eyewear recommended (not included). Requires 6x AA 1.5v alkaline batteries (not included). Includes: blaster, 10 darts, unassembled display stand, game card, and instructions. Available now for pre-order on Hasbro PulseAmazonGameStopEntertainment Earth and Big Bad Toystore.

My Thoughts

The Needler is certainly an iconic weapon in the game, whether players like using it or not. Having a full-sized replica is also awesome. Even so, given that Boomco (may it rest in peace) already made a Halo Needler back in the day (which not only had lights that went off in sequence, but used the “crystal” part on top as dart storage, to boot), there’s going to be some disappointment. Even so…this version clearly does more than the Boomco one ever did. From how large the blaster is going to be, to the extra electronics, to the fully motorized blasting, there’s a reason this one is $100, when the much smaller Boomco version was $40.

Also, Speedswarms were tons of fun back in the day, and I’m glad they’re coming back (at least in spirit).

The blaster is currently up for Pre-Order, though I’m not signed up just yet. Halo was always a fun franchise…but I was also always a casual player, hopping on whenever friends had a split-screen or LAN party happening. I may have to buy the Master Chief Collection on PC and play through it all before settling on whether or not I should get one!