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NERF at Toy Fair 2018 – Reloading just got way easier

by Sean P. Aune | February 18, 2018February 18, 2018 7:00 am PDT

Every year one of the most exciting stops at Toy Fair is the NERF portion of the Hasbro showroom. Who couldn’t love a room filled with fully loaded and ready to fire NERF guns? Add in easy access to what feels like unlimited ammo and you’re ready to rock the battlefield.

Beyond the thrill of NERF surrounding you, there is always one new blaster that stands above the rest, and this year that is the NERF N-Strike Elite Infinus. It’s a motorozied rifle with a 30 round drum. Not a huge deal, right? The difference is in the reload capabilities.

On the top of the rifle towards the back you’ll find a small hole. When you need to reload, drop the darts one at a time into this hole and they automatically refill the drum. You can still detach it if you like and reload it by hand, but why in the world would you do that when it can be done for you?

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE INFINUS Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Fall 2018)
Load and fire fast with the NERF N-STRIKE ELITE INFINUS blaster! The INFINUS blaster features motorized Quick-Load Technology; as kids feed darts into the blaster, the darts are automatically loaded into the 30-dart removable drum. With motorized, rapid-fire blasting, kids can quickly unleash a barrage of darts on their targets. Hold down the acceleration button to power up the blaster, then pull the trigger to fire. The INFINUS blaster includes 30 Elite darts. Requires x batteries, not included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

Coming to the N-Stike series earlier in the year will be the Surgefire. This a more standard blaster with a 15 dart capacity drum with slam-fire and pump action.

NERF N-STRIKE ELITE SURGEFIRE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 18)
Slam-fire the competition in a sea of foam darts with the NERF N-STRIKE ELITE SURGEFIRE blaster! With a rotating drum that holds up to 15 darts, this blaster has both slam-fire and pump action blasting. Fans can choose a target and blast one dart at a time, or slam-fire all 15 darts to pour on the firepower. Package includes blaster and 15 Elite darts. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

Modulus is going transparent this year to let you see how a NERF blaster works. the new Ghost Ops Evader can use new special attachments, but is also compatible with all of the usual ones. And what if you want to play in the dark? Then light it up and see your new Evader glow with green lighting.

NERF MODULUS GHOST OPS EVADER Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2018)
Stay in stealth mode or light the way with the NERF MODULUS GHOST OPS EVADER blaster! Part of the GHOST OPS series, the MODULUS EVADER is completely clear to keep players undetected on any mission. Illuminate the blaster to guide the way in low-light situations by pressing the light activator. Customize the blaster with the barrel extension which lights up when attached to the blaster. Load the 12-dart clip into the Evader blaster, take aim, and unleash 12 darts in a row with rapid-fire motorized blasting. Enemies will never see you coming! Package includes blaster, clip housing cover, barrel extension, 12-dart clip 12 darts, and instructions. Requires 4 “AA” alkaline batteries (demo batteries included). Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

The new Zombie Strike Scravenger is a fun weapon with swappable parts that allow you to change from a normal butt stock to things like an axe, but you may want to wait on doing that. The original stock comes with an attached mini pistol that can fire two darts if things get really desperate when you’re taking on the zombie apocalypse.

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE SURVIVAL SYSTEM SCRAVENGER Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2018)
Zombie survivors are prepared for anything with the NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE SURVIVAL SYSTEM SCRAVENGER blaster! This essential zombie defense kit keeps battlers ready for any zombifying challenge that comes their way. Load a 12-dart clip into the SCRAVENGER and unleash a dozen darts in a row. Grab the extra clip from the holder and slam-fire the zombies away with the on/off slam-fire button, or stabilize shots with the stock/blaster attachment to never miss a target. The 2- dart back-up blaster allows battlers to surprise oncoming zombies who will never see it coming. Package includes blaster, stock with blaster, scope, tactical light, barrel extension, two 12-dart clips, 26 ZOMBIE STRIKE ELITE darts, and instructions. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

You’re trapped behind enemy lines. The enemies are approaching. Someone is going to need to lay down suppressing fire. Spin up the motor, pull the trigger and the Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K Blaster will unleash a fury of 200 rounds and a rapid pace that will keep anyone ducking for cover as your teammates make a run for the safety of cover.

NERF RIVAL PROMETHEUS MXVIII-20K Blaster

(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $199.99/Available: Fall 2018)
Head into battle blazing to take on the competition with the NERF RIVAL PROMETHEUS MXVIII-20K blaster! This blaster features the new ADVANCED ACCELERATION SYSTEM which allows it to fire at a rate of 8 high-impact rounds per second! This blaster also holds a whopping 200 high-impact rounds in its easy-load hopper. The PROMETHEUS MXVIII- 20K blaster is fully motorized with a rechargeable NiMh battery for endless fun. Package includes blaster, 200 high- impact rounds, rechargeable NiMh battery, charger, two flags, shoulder strap and instructions. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

The Hades XVIII-6000 Blaster may not be the powerhouse that the Prometheus is, but it will still do a nice job with its 60 round capacity. This is what you’re going to want your support troops using.

NERF RIVAL PHANTOM CORPS HADES XVIII-6000 Blaster

(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Fall 2018)
Experience intense head-to-head competition with the NERF RIVAL HADES XVIII-6000 blaster! Load 60 high-impact rounds into the easy-load integrated magazine, prime, and pull the trigger to fire a barrage at your enemies. Whether Team Red, Team Blue, or Phantom Corps, Rival battles will never be the same. Package includes blaster, 60 high-impact rounds, two flags and instructions. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.

And, finally, we leave you with a taste of why the NERF room is one of our favorite moments of any Toy Fair visit.


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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