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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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Hasbro unleashes the first official imagery from the 2015 product leak!

Well kids, it’s officially official. After all the leaks and rumors, Hasbro has finally given us confirmation that both the Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury and the Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega CycloneShock indeed exist. This confirmation comes via two, high-resolution images sent to us tonight by Hasbro’s PR company. We’d like to think our recent pleadings had something to do with this reveal, but whether via our urging or simple coincidence, the cats are finally out of the bag… and boy do these kitties look ferocious!

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Win one of two Dart Zone Scorpion blasters being given away each week!

We’ve made it no secret that we’re fans of the Dart Zone Scorpion, one of very few blasters in our experience that hits nearly 100 feet-per-second right out of the box, with ranges that exceed most Nerf blasters head-to-head, and all for a very reasonable price of just $19.97. And now, our friends at Dart Zone have given us the scoop on an all-new contest–two blasters are being given to lucky winners every week from now through early December. And we’ve got the details on how to enter right here!

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