Video: Some people take their Nerf dart blasters very seriously. There are entire leagues dedicated to running around and blasting fellow players with foam darts — essentially a less painful version of paintball. But what darts are worth arming yourself with? Nerf expert Frank Cooper breaks it down in this exhaustively comprehensive comparison video.
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Given they're just toys, Nerf's blasters aren't really known for accuracy. The best approach has always been to just send as many darts as possible at your target to improve your chances of hitting it. But with Nerf's new Accustrike line, precision, patience and aiming are finally the better approach.
GoPro's new Karma drone looks like a wonderful addition to any professional videographer's toolkit, but at $1195.95, it's not for everybody. If you don't quite have the budget for the Karma, this €49 ($72) foam GoPro accessory is a cheaper way to capture some decent aerial footage.
Our ragged group of survivors shifts nervously, ready to cut and run at the first sign of danger. A horde of zombies ambles slowly towards us, a distraction from the lone runners slipping around the sides to try and catch us off guard. "Hold the line!" someone shouts, but we all know that if it came to it, we'd turn on our fellow survivors if it helped us get out alive. This is Zedtown.
Every new Star Wars movie means the fictional universe gets new characters, new storylines, new planets, new vehicles, and, most importantly, new toys. With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hitting theatres in just a few months, the film's marketing onslaught is now officially underway, including new blasters from Nerf if you've got Death Star plans of your own to steal.
Every child and every adult who wants to be a child again loves a good Nerf gun. They're fun to shoot, whether you're playing in your yard or across cubicles, and they're fun to be shot at with, because Nerf guns are mostly harmless. Well, the game done changed. Mark Rober has invented the world's biggest Nerf gun and it is beyond awesomely badass while being totally hilarious.
Video: Nerf Screamers were the coolest. They had little plastic whistles embedded in them, so that they would produce a screeching noise as they flew. (As I'm typing this, I realise how patient my neighbours must have been to listen to a tiny shrieking football at all hours of the day. Thanks Karen and Paul!) Regardless, someone took the 1991 commercial advertising the Screamer's existence and replaced its trademark noise with human screams.
Nerf's new N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone looks like something Skynet cooked up to fight alongside the Terminators. But using a wireless remote with a live video feed from the tank's camera, anyone can use it snipe at friends and co-workers while remaining safely out of range of retaliatory fire.
As much as we'd love for slingshot-designer Joerg Sprave to visit Australia on a publicity tour, it's creations like this — a Nerf blaster made lethal using razor-sharp scalpel blades — that will probably result in him being barred entry to the country.
So Nerf guns, I get. Sure, you can run out of ammo quickly for the rapid-fire ones and reloading is a pain in the arse, but it can be a bit of fun in the right circumstances. A Nerf ATV though? Yeah, not buying it.
If you're on Facebook at all, you might have recently seen an event titled 'The Best Nerf War In History'. It has a meagre description, and a few photos of the old military fort at Sydney's Middle Head — although the combination is enticing for anyone with an active imagination. We spoke to the organisers to see how an event that was never meant to happen ended up with over 9000 people keen.
Even without a battery-powered motor whirring away inside, Nerf's mechanical blasters aren't exactly silent when being reloaded and fired. So for those times when stealth is of the utmost importance, the Nerf Zombie Strike Silent Strike is a simple lung-powered blowgun that won't give away your position.
Back in early 2014, Nerf introduced its first blaster with an integrated video camera — the N-Strike Elite Cam ECS-12 Blaster — for recording your attacks on unsuspecting victims. Two years later we now have a follow-up with the N-Strike Modulus Battlescout ICS-10 that finally makes the camera removable.
Announced just before the New York Toy Fair last year, Nerf's Rival blasters, which launched tiny foam balls at speeds of up to 113km per hour, were the biggest innovation in foam warfare seen in years. And this year Nerf is expanding the Rival line in the best way possible.
Yes, that's right — this is a working Halo Needler. It shoots amazing darts that magically stick to targets, just like in the game. (No, they don't explode.) It's part of an entire line of new Halo dart guns produced by BOOMco. And I just tried them all.
When it comes to Nerf warfare, accuracy always takes a backseat to firepower. Your ability to nail a target with a single shot means nothing when they can return fire with a massive onslaught of foam ammunition. And that's exactly why this Nerf Rival Zeus upgrade is so utterly brilliant.