Mysterious new blaster announcement promised in fan email from Hasbro UK. 

Well, here’s one we didn’t see coming. According to MarcusH26051 on the Nerf sub-Reddit, Nerf fans on the other side of the pond received an email from Hasbro’s UK office today that invited readers to “Watch this space and be the first to know about the new Zombie Strike invading 26.12.14.” Is this a single new product? Could it possibly be a brand new Zombie Strike product line?? Will our heads explode trying to figure out what Hasbro has in store for us?!? We’re guessing the answer is “yes” to at least one of those. Let’s dive in.

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Is simply being a good “toy” enough to make it a good blaster?

Recently, a handful of all-new BOOMco products were spotted online. And while Mattel’s official response to-date has only been “We will be announcing our spring line later this year,” we are now beginning to see these products become available for purchase. So in the absence of information from official sources, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to investigate this new line-up for ourselves. First-up is the compact, single-shot BOOMco Slamblast blaster. It doesn’t have a trigger, and it’s on the small side, but we’re hoping for big performance in a small package. Let’s see if the Slamblast delivers!

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Does “XD” bring Extra Distance, or is it Extra Disappointing? We put “XD” to the test! 

A few months ago, we received official word from Hasbro’s PR folks that Nerf Elite products will now be labeled “XD,” with “improved 90 feet distance moving forward.” The XD nomenclature being an abbreviation for the “extra distance” that supposedly would be achieved versus previous Elite models. As expected, the Nerf Internet Community jumped on this claim, and various commentators began running tests. Disappointingly, these initial fan findings indicated there wasn’t much behind the XD name other than marketing spin. Clearly we needed to investigate for ourselves, but we decided to go one further, to finally put the issue to rest–we didn’t just test a single XD blaster versus its Elite cousin, we tested each major XD variant: a Mega XD model, a flywheel-based XD model and not one, but TWO, spring-based XD models!

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A good blaster pushes stock Nerf dart capabilities to their limit. 

One of the most popular blasters in the current range of Nerf single fire, direct plunger-based models is the N-Strike Elite Retaliator. With a standard barrel extension, tac-rail assault grip, removable shoulder stock, 12 dart clip, a single attachment strap, and no less than 3 tactical rails, one would be forgiven for assuming this blaster is well-loved primarily for being so highly configurable and, not coincidentally, pretty bad-ass looking. And surely those aspects are important. But the Retaliator is one blaster that goes beyond aesthetic and even ergonomic appeals by attempting to make a name for itself in real-world performance. Unfortunately, as you’re about to read in this review of the newest XD version of the Retaliator, it could have been even more.

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Hasbro releases high-res shot of the all-new Nerf CrossBolt before social media debut. 

The new Nerf N-Strike Elite CrossBolt blaster is one of the most anticipated new Nerf blasters from the 2015 product leak. In fact, according to more than 1,000 of you who participated in our informal survey, the CrossBolt is THE most desired of all the new products. So we’re happy to report Hasbro’s PR folks have given us advance notice that the CrossBolt will be officially unveiled via their social media channels later today. And we’ve got the first, official high-res image right here!

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All your Black Friday Nerf deals, all in one place!

Black Friday can be insane, but it can also be a treasure-trove of great deals if you know where to look. So in this lengthy post, we’ll be listing all of the best Black Friday Nerf sales, discounts, coupons, steals, and deals we can find, from all the major North American retailers. Be sure to check back as we get closer to the holidays, because this post will be updated frequently–just as soon as new Black Friday ads become available!

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