It’s not supposed to be out yet, but I found an Alpha Strike Cobra at a Target for $10 last week. As expected, Alpha Strike is Nerf’s answer to the “budget brands” that have taken away its market share in the lower price points. The line still isn’t my favorite for comfort; however, after using the Cobra over the weekend, it’s better than expected. Even if I have other preferences, I expect those brands (at this price point) to have a hard time in the near future.
The single blaster pack comes with 12 darts and four half-bottle plastic targets (which do connect and can be blasted apart).
See my thoughts on the line here.
As of last night, lots of speculation about the Dart Zone Pro blaster ended. The Mk1 Collector’s Edition, along with all its goodies and a new dart type, retailing for $180. Which is admittedly high. Nevertheless, I’m buying one, and there are some solid reasons to consider getting one. It really comes down to what you want in a blaster, and how much you value your own tinkering in this weird space we call the Nerf Internet Community.
At long last, after more than a month of waiting from the original release date, my Heracles is finally here! Sometimes, the supply chain just fails.
If you’ve seen one Kronos, you’ve seen them all. The Heracles has the same great features, but gives up the smaller package in favor of ball storage. If you’re the kind of person that runs around with just a pistol, this one might be your flavor of Rival.
Buy the Heracles here (affiliate link that supports the website)
I typically search for trademarks more than patents, but on occasion patent searches turn up fun things. For example, US #10,295,300. It was originally a patent in Hong Kong, but finally made it through the system and was accepted in the US as well. Buzz Bee owns it, and now might have some interesting things within future Water Warriors blasters.
Yesterday, all the info got released for the Alpha Strike Line. I’ll go ahead and list it all below, along with pictures. If, however, you prefer, you can just click this PDF link for a copy to read on your own.
In addition, if you want my thoughts on the line, you can see this video – Alpha Strike is clearly aimed at taking back the low-cost blaster market from brands like Xshot.
Lots of things happened overnight into Monday. I elected to watch things unfold for a bit, sleep, and then go to work – where more things were announced, and I saw it right as I went on break. If only I could make a living off of Nerf posts!
On the plus side, waiting a little bit means we can just gather more information. On we go!
Thanks to an Australian friend of mine who attended Endwar, I have one of these blasters on hand! As a fan of the Mega series, the Megalodon doesn’t disappoint – it launches Mega darts fairly rapidly, with respectable levels of power. More importantly, it does so for a good price. It’s a blaster I intend to use for many HvZ games to come.
Purchase here (affiliate link that supports the site)