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!
It’s been an interesting saga for the people behind Banned Blasters, but their crowdfunding campaign is now live. The blaster (they’re tweaking their prototype prior to a production run of injection molded blasters) is similar to a high performance Stryfe, but with several differences. A dual stage trigger, for one. Short darts only, as well (after much community feedback). And, possibly the most interesting development, 200fps out of a single flywheel stage!
There was a bit of a misfire in starting the campaign – originally, it was supposed to be on Kickstarter; Kickstarter banned the project for being a weapon (in spite of other blasters being crowdfunded there before). To their credit, the people making this blaster (who have been somewhat active on Nerf-related discords and other places concerning development) are staying with the “Fixed Goal” model, so that people won’t be charged if they don’t meet the goal.
There are also several options available, depending on how many blasters you want to get – if you and several friends want one, you could pool together for one of the higher perks and get these for less money per blaster.
If you want more info on the project, see these links!
Ah, the joys of Mega magazine-fed blasters. The Centurion sold like hotcakes, but liked to eat darts. Then it took seven years for Hasbro to make another mega blaster with magazines (the Motostryke). Now, a year later, we have another one, courtesy of the Fortnite blaster line. The Heavy SR ends up being a spiritual successor to the Centurion, and in all the right ways. It’s going to be awkward trying to use it in a war, yes. But when you just want a big blaster, shooting big darts out of a magazine, it gets the job done.
The time is upon us! Given the success last year (and the fact that pandemics are still a thing…over a year later…), Pulsecon is online again this coming weekend!
There are several mentions of Nerf, both in the Fortnite Panel and the Nerf LMTD section of the stream. Even so, some surprises could pop up here and there. Check the website for the full schedule, but especially pay attention once it hits 12pm EST on Saturday!
Not every movie tie-in blaster is bad. Some of them are genuinely entertaining. Especially if they drop trying to be serious and just celebrate the thing they’re promoting.
The Mini Puft Popper is one such blaster. Functionally, it’s the underbarrel missile launcher from the Nerf Demolisher. Aesthetically, it’s a launcher for haunted foam marshmallows. And I, for one, am glad I bought one!
Nerf Gimmicks. They’re usually fun, even if they’re not always useful. However, gimmicks don’t always scale well, as shown with the operating difficulties of the Flip 16. Does the Flip 32 do any better? Yes and no. The flipping does actually work (with a gentle nudge being all that’s needed if it happens to misalign). All the actions are simply fun, from flipping to lever priming to firing two darts at once. There’s also plenty of potential for reloading on the fly in various gametypes. Nevertheless, it’s a somewhat heavy and underperforming blaster. Should you get one? It really depends on what you’re looking to find – and if you’re willing to spend $60 for it!