Not to be confused with Comic-Con, HasbroCon, Cybertron Con, or any other Con-trived name for a convention, Hasbro has officially announced “HASCON,” a get-together for fans of Hasbro toy properties scheduled to take place in September, 2017. The event promises three days of “immersive entertainment experiences, talent and character appearances, panels and more.” Oh yeah, and it might include some new Nerf stuff, too.
We had a lot of players today, which made for some really good games and some rather big, rather scary zombie hordes. We also tried out a new Survival variant: Hostage Survival. In this Nerf Game Report, I’ll be going through the main blasters that saw use, the game types we played and, in particular, how Hostage Survival played out differently versus regular Survival.
Hasbro’s Nerf team has always been good at designing blasters. But when it came to designing darts, they never quite hit the mark (literally). In fact, it was this consistently poor dart performance that led many to jump on Mattel’s BOOMco bandwagon, in the hopes of finding a blaster that could fire darts accurately without extensive modifications. Recently, however, BOOMco has become something of an afterthought, releasing blasters with little fanfare, and generally only with some contrived pulp culture tie-in (so-called “licensed” models). What better time, then, for Hasbro to jump in with an all-new product line focused primarily on improved accuracy? Enter the Nerf Accustrike Series, featuring blasters that fire a brand-new type of Nerf dart promoting improved accuracy!
Thanks to friends on Facebook and Reddit, I found out about the newest blaster lineup from Lanard Toys. As of this posting, the Lanard Huntsman Alpha series consists of a new bolt-action blaster, a new air pressure pistol, and a recolored Sonic Bazooka (which is nice to see on shelves again). Today we will examine the Lanard Huntsman Ambush.
Zing is one of the most consistently fun toy brands we’ve come across. Everything about the brand is fun–from their brightly colored graphics, to their zany Toy Fair booths, to the sometimes insanely-powerful performance of their elastic band-powered toys. So when the brand announces something new, we definitely take notice. Recently, Zing has been promoting their LED-infused bows and dart launchers, and now they’re adding to the line-up with the all-new Zing Firetek Zyclone and Zing Firetek Crossbow!
We had fewer players than usual today, resulting in a later than usual start. There was also a little rain, though for the most part, that didn’t interfere with play. We did, however, have an opportunity to try a new zombie mutation which was rather interesting. In this Nerf Game Report, I’ll be going through the main blasters that saw use, the game types we played and, in particular, how this new zombie mutation affected games.
Winston Wong from the Singapore Nerf Group has found four images of a new Nerf blaster called the Alphahawk, which seems to be under a new series branded as “Accustrike.” My first impression of the Alphahawk is that it appears to be a heavily re-shelled, bolt-action Strongarm (assuming it features a six-dart cylinder).