Southern Brisbane Nerf Club

Friday, 26 December 2014

The Rebelle Tri Threat sigh fest and Water Warrior thingy

No no no no NO! No more bows Hasbro, we have enough already, especially in the Rebelle line. Wait, what? Ok, ONE MORE! As long as it's the last!

More after jump... boing.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

2014 Nerf Year In Retrospect

Well, it's Christmas (as I'm writing this) and it's about this time of year when we think about the year behind us. So lets think about Nerf in 2014 and have a look at all that's happened.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

N-Strike Sharpfire Box... yes N-Strike, not Elite

This is an interesting development. After we were told that the Blazin' Bow would be the last new N-Strike blaster. We've just been given the second since then.

More after jump.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Open Mic Night: What do you love about the NIC

I haven't done any of these for a long time. And it's always fun to read the responses but this post in particular has to do with a very special recent gift.

More after jump.

Friday, 21 November 2014

CycloneShock, the blaster that keeps on giving!

I've owned the CycloneShock for a few weeks now and I'd like to share some observations with you. Spoiler, they're all good!

More after jump.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Comprehensive CycloneShock internals overview.

Reinforced T bar plunger rod, telescoping plunger rod, padded plunger head, perfect air seal, huuuuuuuge plunger tube and simplistic internals. The Mega blaster we should've gotten from the start?

More after jump.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

2015 Blasters in Chinese Toy Catalogue (Flipfury & Crossbolt Boxart)

China is up to it again. This time, is printed toy catalogue. And thanks to 19771021883WYH (that's his user name) and Liamsnerfmods I can share it with you.

More after jump.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Mega Cycloneshock vs Mega Magnus

It was going to happen sooner or later. Here are the ranges and Chrony data comparing a stock Magnus and Cycloneshock.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

REVIEW: Nerf Mega Cycloneshock

This is a blaster I've been waiting for for so long. Since I saw the 2015 blaster leak pic, I wanted it, it had to be mine! And I have one!

More after jump.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Rebelle Secret Shot and Zombiestrike Dreadshot

So the Rebelle Secret Shot leaked recently and the concept art had it in pink. Then we saw it in purple. And now there is a light-up Zombistrike blaster.

More after boing.

Credit goes to Darren Booth for these finds. Secret Shots first.


These pics are from Baidu user Longtouai.


The box art is obviously Photoshopped from pink to purple variations. The model is "of ethnic heritage" is probably as most politically correct as I can put it. The model has the blaster folded up and placed under her arm because that's how hand bags work. However, calling it the "Secret Shot" when it has great big Nerf logos on the side is a little redundant. It's also the third blaster to get the Secret Shot name, remember these?



And now we have the Super Soaker Zombiestrike Dreadshot.


Note the caricature firing the blaster with one hand? This is good because it means it might be air powered! But closer inspection of the box shows that it requires batteries. So it might be motor driven. But, another look at the box reveals that the reservoir glows (top right). These things lead me to two conclusions.
1. It's air powered and only needs the battery to light up the tank
or
2. It needs batteries for the lighting up the tank and for shooting the water

This is also the first Zombiestrike Super Soaker to get it's own design, all we've had so far were these.


I quite like the design of the Dreadshot, and if the illustrated jets of water are any indicator of it's discharge rate, it should be good for soaking. I think the name 'Dreadshot' would've been better suited on a dart blaster though. Maybe a dedicated Zombiestrike Mega blaster.

What are your thoughts?

~ Rob

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A better look at the Cyclone Shock box art

The Cycloneshock is making me weak at the knees. We've already seen pictures of it now thanks to Baidu and Taobao. We've seen the box art too but it was a thumbnail, now, I have a better photo of the box!

More after jump.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

New Rebelle stuff that's old and Mega XD

You read the title correctly, MEGA... X... D, but don't wet yourself in excitement just yet. I'll explain after the jump.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Zombiestrike Flipfury on Bankroft.de

Oh those Germans, at it again. This time it's the Flip Fury, the newest addition to ZombiStrike, and it's a whole lot of orange.

More after jump.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Mega Cycloneshock Box Art and More Pics

It was going to happen sooner or later. And here it is, Cycloneshock box art... after the jump, LOL!

Easy rebarrel mod guide, seriously, you won't believe how easy it is.

I picked up some 13mm (outer diameter) aluminium recently. One metre of aluminium costs the same as 30cm of brass, and it's lighter. So I decided to try it out.

More after jump.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Zombiestrike Machette in Australia, but does it mean anything?

I recently received a photo showing the Zombistrike Machete in a Big W selling for $18. This is (to my recollection) the first time a Nerf melee has been sold at retail in Australia, will there be others?

More after jump.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Where Have I Been?

It's been a while since I'd posted anything. Life has been very busy for me since the start of August due to an IT course I'm doing. Any spare time I had for Nerf is now study time. Right now I'm on subject two of three and two classes into the total of five for this subject. Then I get two weeks off, then the third and final subject. Maybe then I'll have time for Nerf.

More after jump.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Leaked blaster image translated to English and prices converted

With thanks to my lovely wife. I'm able to give you the 2015 blaster leak image translated to English. And I converted the prices to Australian dollars.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Nerf MEGA Cyclone Shock and Bigshock pics

Well, that didn't take long. After all of those 2015 blasters were leaked, we're seeing photos of them already!

More after jump.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Holsters: Third Party vs Nerf

Perpetual Play (under the Nerf brand) have released a few holsters for various Nerf blasters. One for the Hammershot and one for Rebelle bows. But how do they compare to the holsters already on offer from some of our favourite accessory makers?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Zombiestrike melees, Sonic Fire and the 'Oh Feck' moment.

It stated with the Zombiestrike Strike Blade, and the Machete. Now we have a 2x4 and a wrench with a blade on it. Nope. Not making this up.

Friday, 25 July 2014

15 Dart Banana Clips... 3rd party accessory?

It might be hard to believe, but it could be true. After someone (Marcus Hoare) asked if they're genuine or not. I decided to study them closely and found something... interesting.

More after jump.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

More 15 Dart Banana Mags and Ranger One Analsys (based on rumours)

So I recently posted about the rumoured Ranger/Ranger One blaster. I mentioned that it could be the first plunger based blaster to get a 90' range (Mega blasters don't count). That would be nice, but, the ever powerful logical part of my brain started thinking about it.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

REVIEW: Elite Alpha Trooper

This is it. The famed EAT. The N-Strike version of the Alpha Trooper won hearts with it's slam-fire ability and it's lightweight and narrow profile. But. When I used the N-Strike version, I wasn't taken buy it. Will it be different with the Elite incarnation?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

White stripe 90' Rapidstrike, 15 dart banana clip and more rumours from China.

Recently I put up a photo of the version 2 Rapidstrike on my Facebook page. It sports a 90' range and a white stripe. Random Shadow 09 found a prototype 15 dart banana clip on Baidu. And more news of the "Revenge" blaster and the mystery bolt action blaster rumors coming out of china.

More after boing.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sonic Ice Centurion Box Art

Almost 9 months after we saw leaked images of clear blue Centurion shells from the factory floor, we now have confirmation from a Toys R Us store in Hong Kong (and reader Bryan Fung) that the Sonic Ice Centurion is real.

More after jump.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Nerf Elite Rhino Fire!! (it's kind of a big thing)

So Appearing on Amazon.es, the Elite Rhino Fire. Sporting a 90 foot range and many other features. But, will this white Rhino become extinct before it's born, like the Cam ECS-12?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Zombie Strike & Rebelle app games

We've seen the ads on the boxes for a while now but haven't been able to find them, but, (via the Hasbro Arcade app) the Zombie Strike and Rebelle games are now available for iOS and Android.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

MEGA STRIKE

I'll be honest, I've been avoiding this write up. This is the longest project I've ever undertaken and because I'll be starting studies soon, it'll be my last for a while, at least on this scale. This is more of an overview really, I wouldn't call this a guide. Nor would I recommend anyone actually do this mod. Three blasters had to die to make this.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Demolisher Internals and it gets a paint job

It was bound to happen sooner or later, someone has taken the Demolisher and painted it in that all too common colour, "Noob Black".

More after jump.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

For thah Aussies!

So it looks like Australia's own Big W has it's own reveal and at long last, Elite Suction darts will be available on Aussie store shelves.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Monday, 16 June 2014

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Absence explained and something big on the horizon

Thought I'd take this time to explain my recent absence. The last week I've been working on a big project and it has been sucking up all my spare time. I've also been occupied planning stuff for my daughter's fourth birthday part.

I even made the cake.


I can tell you that there is a something big on the horizon coming from me. It'll be my last big mod for a while as I start studying in August and won't have much time for the hobby. This should pick after though :)

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Open Mic Night: A bad blaster that you love

We all have one. That one little guilty pleasure blaster that we know we should hate, but we like. For some silly, inexplicable reason, we like it.

Boing!

Friday, 30 May 2014

Zombiestrike Longshot!!!!!!!!1!!!1!!one

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! Thanks to UK Nerf Wars for the heads up!!! This was found on Smythstoys.com, but there others too.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Beginner's Guide to Modding - by guest author Bobololo

Hello to all the wonderful readers of the Southern Brisbane Nerf Club blog! I am your host for this post, Bobololo.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about some key steps to take in the modding world. This post is geared towards the newcomers and people who haven’t gotten into modding yet. Maybe some of this will be a nice refresher for the intermediate crowd? Anyway, let’s begin!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Entertainer lists 2014 blasters

This is going to be a quick and lazy post because I should be leaving for work right now. But The Entertainer Toyshop has listed some 2014 blasters and the descriptions are in English.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

The Trudgeon, mod walkthrough

I've been wanting to do a Rapidstrike modification for a while now. But a LiPo in the battery tray and a pair of 180 motors, will make it perform marvellously, but it will not look too different from a stock Rapidstrike. I wanted to make my Rapidstrike my Rapidstrike. So here is what I did.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Zombiestrike Double Strike, Demolisher, Mega Thunder Bow and Slingfire on Bankroft.de

Those crafty Germans are up to it again. They've listed most of the 2014 blasters for sale (pre-order) on their website and with it comes lots and lots of promo images!

Demolisher close-ups!

Who doesn't love photos of blasters that have yet to be released? Apart from the company making of course. Baidu are officially in full swing. Pumping out new pics of stuff almost daily and today, it's these.

Orange Firestrike on Taobao

New day, new leak from China. It seem Hasbro are fixated with the orange and white thing and this time it's the Firestrike.

More after boing.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Zombiestrike Roughcut... it's a real thing, so is dart storage in shoes aparently

Talk about taking your time. Almost 9 months after Random Shadow 09 revealed what might've been a Zombiestrike Roughcut scanner code at Target USA. It's finally come to fruition!

Slingfire internals!

OMG! So Excite! Such Baidu!

More after boing!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

White Triad on Taobao & Grey trigger Sonic Ice Retaliator on Baidu

Looks like Taobao an Baidu are in full swing. Because after yesterday's Slingfire, Demolisher and Sonic Ice Rampage leaks, now we have a grey trigger Sonic Ice Retaliator and the new white Triad.

Grey trigger Sonic Ice Rampage on Taobao

We were told that there were no plans to bring the Sonic Ice line to Australia, but, it looks like they've done it again.

More after boing.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Demolisher and Slingfire pics on Baidu

It would appear that Baidu has not been completely silenced. Because, there are pics of the Demolisher and Slingfire up there. YAY!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Baidu and Taobao silenced... now what?

As a blogger, every time I visited Taobao and Baidu, it was sorta like getting a Christmas present. Excited at what you might get, the anticipation and then you open it and it's exactly what you wanted! White Rough Cut, orange Stryfe, everyday bought a new joy to this little blogger. But now that Hasbro has cracked down on security at the factory, my Christmas tree has no presents under it.

More after boing.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

REVIEW: Orange Mod Works Rampage Unleashed SOLID kit

I love the Rampage. I know there are better blasters available, but the Rampage will always have a spot in my heart. It was the first big Elite blaster I bought when I got back into Nerf and was the gateway blaster that sparked the Nerf fire within me again. And Orange Mod Works (OMW) have an upgrade kit for it :)

Saturday, 3 May 2014

SNIPE: Origins

So, XnTouch (the guys making SNIPE) are working on capacitive darts so they can interact with a tablet. Umm, COOL! But what are the origins of this idea? Liran (co-founder of XnTouch) was nice enough to fill me in on the back story :)

Thursday, 1 May 2014

REVIEW: Nerf Secret Strike AS-1 & Dart Zone Mini Dart Bow

The Secret Strike is the smallest Nerf blaster made and it came out a while ago too, so I was surprised when I found one in a toy store, new.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

REVIEW: Super Soaker Barrage

Aaahh shot gun blasters. Be it single or double barreled, there is just something about them that appeals to a male Nerfer's masculinity, and the Barrage does a pretty good job at it.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Orange Nite Finder found @ Walgrens

Just when you'd though you'd seen the end of the N-Strike line, we get a white Maverick (that we've seen before) and now an orange Nite Finder.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

China's loveable shenanigans.

China, more than 80% of manufactured goods on the planet is made in China. And this isn't just Nerf blasters, clothes or rubber thongs. Raw materials are made there as well. For example, a pair of shoes made in Thailand are most likely to have been made from rubber and synthetics made in China. With all this manufacturing going around and with China's "more of a guide line" approach to copyrights, trade marks and patents, we get copies and knock offs. Nerf is no exception to this.

More after boing.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

REVIEW: Super Soaker Tri-Strike Crossbow

When I think summer, I think bright colourful colours, and that is what Hasbro are delivering with the Super Soaker revamp. And I'm loving the new colours, like, really.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Saturday, 29 March 2014

REVIEW: Super Soaker Flash Blast

Yup, another Super Soaker (and I use the term loosely), this time it's a Flash Blast. I'm just gonna come right and say it, avoid this one. And here's why.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Nerf Elite revamp colours explained & Super Soaker reboot Aussie release info.

This is my first news post in a while thanks largely to the abrupt halt of info coming from China. But Hasbro Australia were nice enough to send me some info explaining the purpose behind the orange and white of the Elite reboot and when we can expect the new Super Soakers here in Australia.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

REVIEW: Super Soaker Micro Burst

Continuing with the Super Soaker thing, I recently bought a Micro Burst too. I've avoided Super Soakers since they've almost stopped making the air pressure powered ones, but as it was only $4 I decided to give it a chance.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

REVIEW: Super Soaker Hydro Fury

Now that the months in Australia are getting cooler Super Soakers are getting cheaper here. And as most of my readers/viewers are in the northern hemisphere where it's starting to get warm, it kinda balances things out. So I've decided to review some Super Soaker stuff because it's getting cheaper and because it's Nerf too ya know.

Friday, 14 March 2014

REVIEW: Nerf Dart Tag Sharp Shot

Once in a while, you come across a blaster that takes you by surprise, the Sharp Shot is one of those blasters.

So on my way to work I walk past a Target, sometimes I'll drop in to see if anything is on sale. On one occasion they were clearing out their Dart Tag stuff and sitting on the shelf all on it's own in need of a good home was a Sharp Shot for just $4.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

REVIEW: X-shot X-cel Turbo Fire

This review has been a long time coming and I'd like to apologise to Zuru Toys who were kind enough to send me the Turbo Fire many months ago.

So without any further a dew
Here is the review
Of the X-shot Turbofire
Made by Zuru (that rhymes)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Absence of content explained

Time passes quickly when you're busy. And I've had a lot on my plate recently to keep me busy. There are a select few who know what's been taking up most of my free time recently and I'm really hoping I'll be able to come through with it! I'm not going to say anything right now, it's a secret, but it's the biggest Nerf mod project I've ever undertaken!

Other things sucking my time include my pool. The electric thingy that converts salt (salt water pool) into chlorine needs to be replaced and as a result the pool needs way more maintenance then it usually would. I've also been placed on night shift for the last two weeks and that severely limits the time I have to blog and film YouTube episodes.

I'm on another week of night shift this week, then hopefully there won't be any more for a while.

Just letting you know I'm not dead. Because that's how the internet and YouTube works, if you don't post anything for a while, then people think you've died.

~ Rob

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Rise of the independents

A few weeks ago now, Xplorer announce they/he would be making his own blaster. From the ground up, scratch, drawn on a napkin while at a pub, blaster. Then, not to be out done, Orange Mod Works announces that they're doing the same. My head almost split in two from the giant grin on my face. But, then I started to think seriously about this, and I probably shouldn't have.

More after boing.

Friday, 21 February 2014

"Elite" Longstrike mod.

This was a fun mod. The pay off was a Longstrike with the performance of a Retaliator with an Orange Mod Works 5kg spring :)

Boing.

Feel like Sniping your tablet?

Today I was contacted by a company called X N Touch that have made something called SNIPE. And it looks... interesting.


Boing.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New Nerf at New York (part two)

So in this part. It's not really Nerf, but, items being marketed as "From the makers of Nerf" and a Tek Recon as well.

Boing.

New Nerf at New York (part one)

Since the abrupt halt of information from Baidu and Taobao, there has been not much for us bloggers to go on. Then the big toy fair starts and then we're all flooded with more information than what we know what to do with. So. Instead of covering all the blasters that have yet to grace store shelves. I'll just give you my opinion of the ones we've not seen before.

Here comes the boing.

Friday, 14 February 2014

K-Mart Australia Removes Vortex From Website

After a redo of the Nerf search results on their website, Vortex has vanished from K-Mart's website.

More after Boing.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Friday, 7 February 2014

Direct Plunger Centurion

Urgh. Centurion... I will curse that word till the day I die. But, at the very least, I've made it suck less.

More after boing.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

New blasters leaked on Brazillian website (?)

My Last Dart posted about these, there are more blasters on the site than he posted about, so I thought I'd show you all of them and give you my thoughts about them.

Boing.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Monday, 27 January 2014

Tripple Spring Centurion Mod & Why You Shouldn't Even Try

Sigh. Oh Centurion. I want you to be good. You have the looks, but when it's time to perform... nothing. You're big and red and fire big red darts, but that's where all the fun ends.

Boing.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Crossfire and Magnus on Mr Toys Toyworld website

This will make some Aussies excited. The Mega Magnus (grey trigger and chamber) and the Zombiestrike Crossfire (grey trigger and primer) have been listed on the Mr Toys Toyworld website.

Boing.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Thunder Bow & Slingfire According to Jay

So you've probably read what I think about the Zombiestrike Slingfire and the Mega Thunder Bow. Now it's time to hear the opinion of someone who matters, my good mate Jay Nerf.

Jay after boing.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Losing our Generals

They were the biggest names in the hobby, but, now they're gone. And with their departure, there is a void that I don't think can be filled.

Boing.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Mega Thunder Box... I mean Bow

Part of then fun of a 10 hour time difference is waking up on the morning to some news. But this morning... I was taken aback a little by the Mega Thunder Box... I mean Bow.

Boing.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Aussie Zombiestrike Prices

The Angelic Andie at Hasbro Australia has kindly provided me with the expected prices for some of the Zombiestrike stuff!

Boing.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Open Mic Night: Nerf Derp

We are all guilty of this at some point. Now is you chance to confess and have your sins against the church of foam forgiven.

Boing.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

INTERVIEW: Psyk

Youtube is full of Nerf identities. It's hard to find someone unique because, a lot of the modifications are the same so for a Nerfer to stand out, they need to do something different.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Zombiestrike Slingfire... my two cents

Well, it would appear as though the rumors about a Zombiestrike Winchester style blaster were true, more after boing.

Grey Trigger Sidestrike on Baidu

Have you ever watched a movie twice and noticed a bit that you didn't notice before, that's what happened to me.

More after boing.

Monday, 13 January 2014

I have a chat with My Last Dart

Tomorrow, Hasbro will announce a new blaster, what will it be?!?! Ash from My Last Dart and I speculate a bit.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Reshelled Knock-offs (Part 1: Quasi Sexual)

I love knock-offs. The good ones give you value and the bad ones entertainment. So, excluding renowned knock-off artists Leyuan/Zecong Toys, here are some of the best knock-offs I've found.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Open Letter to Buzz Bee

After several attempts to contact Buzz Bee's PR department and failing, I've decided to compose an open letter to them instead.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Worst Blaster of 2013

With every Nerf blog out there asking for your opinion of the best blaster, I wanna hear what you think was the worst!

Orange Stryfe & Fusefire on Walmart.com

The fables orange Stryfe originally leafed on Baidu several months ago is now available on Walmart's website.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Moar Longstrikes, but why?

Pics have popped up on Baidu of some brand new Longstrikes complete with warning stickers after we were told that there would be no more N-Strike.

Friday, 3 January 2014

RUMOR MILL: Mega "Vulcan"?

So this is an interesting bit of intel. Rumors coming out of China (where 80% of everything on the planet is made, actual statistic) of a big red Mega "Vulcan" type blaster.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

FPS vs. Range

We all know FPS is a better measure of a blaster's performance... on paper. But in a war or HvZ game, it'll be the real world range of a blaster that saves you, not FPS... but why?

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

I'M BACK!!!!1!!!one!! (and happy 2014)

I know this is going to make my departure look like a total publicity stunt. But as you might've heard on Bay Area Nerf's most recent podcast, I will be making a return to the NIC. I have received a magnitude of emails and Facebook messages asking me to comeback, I'll go into more details after the jump... boing
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