New Star Wars-themed Nerf blasters spotted online ahead of schedule.
It’s not quite September 4th (“Force Friday,” per Hasbro), but thanks to a thing called the Internet, we already have a pretty good idea of what toys will be introduced as part of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise tie-in. Of particular note to fans of Nerf are the four new blasters that have made an appearance (well, make that three blasters, and one spaceship/blaster amalgamation). We’ve reached out to Hasbro for official specs and imagery, but until we hear back from them–likely on or around September 4th–we’ll have to go off of what we’ve collected from various Star Wars fan sights across the web. Here’s everything we know… or think we know!
The high-FPS revolution starts here–and it’s only $25!
Have you read our review of the Nerf RIVAL Zeus MKV-1200? You should, because the big, bad Zeus is one of the best blasters currently on the market. But the smaller, cheaper Apollo XV-700 spring-powered RIVAL blaster is a better value. If you’re the type with a short attention span, here’s what you need to know: versus the Zeus, the Apollo shoots farther, it can reach higher projectile velocities, it’s lighter, it’s quieter, it’s cheaper, and it has the potential to hold more ammo. Oh, and it feels even more satisfying to use than its bigger brother. No, it’s not the best foam shooter ever made, but for a non-modified blaster you can buy right off the shelf, it’s pretty darn good. In fact, in most regards, it’s our RIVAL blaster of choice.
Here’s everything we can tell you from the exclusive, 8/6/15 event!
About this time last year, Hasbro invited us to their “All Access” event in NYC. It was a chance to try out the fall line-up of blasters (most of which we had already experienced at Toy Fair), but more importantly, it was an opportunity to get some rare one-on-one time with key people from the Nerf team at Hasbro. Admittedly, we took full advantage of this by ignoring the blasters themselves, and instead spending as much time as we could with the Nerf team, hoping to gain critical insight on the inner-workings of product planning, retail relations, manufacturing, and other factors that are the real motivators behind what is likely to end up on store shelves. Our efforts were rewarded with information about the end of Vortex, the decision not to produce any new external MEGA magazines, a confirmation of a special holiday blaster, and hints regarding what we now know as Modulus. In short, we learned more in 2 hours than we typically learn in weeks (if not months) of the usual media cycle. So, as soon as the event was over, we began asking when we could spend time more time with Hasbro execs–preferably even on-site. And now, thanks to the hard-working people at Hasbro’s Nerf PR firm, our wishes have been granted–we have just visited the world headquarters for all things Nerf.