Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NERF N-Strike Elite Rampage Review

Following-up from our previous review of the NERF Vortex Pyragon, our NERF Specialists got hold of the upcoming NERF N-Strike Elite Rampage courtesy of Hasbro Malaysia for our next field test:




The new N-Strike Elite series blasters adopts the orange-blue colour schemes of the preceding N-Strike Longstrike and Raider blasters.


Seen below with the Raider, both blasters look much the same from casual inspection. Afterall, the Rampage re-uses the Raider mold with design improvements internally to provide the Elite range, speed, accuracy and rate of fire.


 
The Rampage comes with a 25-dart ammo drum, this time pear-shaped and less clunky than the Raider's 35-dart whistle-shaped drum. And it includes the new blue Elite darts which contribute to increased range.



Outdoor test firing the Rampage using Elite darts yielded ranges between 50ft / 15m to 60ft / 18m when firing parallel to ground. Firing angled up from ground scored 60ft / 18m to 90ft / 27m. Slam-firing results were between 55ft / 17m to 80ft / 24m. So the 75ft / 23m ranged claimed is indeed achievable.



How much do the new Elite darts actually contribute to range? Testing them in a Raider yielded range around 50ft / 15m, about 10ft / 3m more than using Streamline darts. Unfortunately the dark blue colour of the new darts make them a tad harder to find amongst the park grass, moreso once sunlight gets dim so Elite darts are not recommended for night-time outdoor games.

If you notice something different with the vest in the background of the photos above, you are indeed correct as our NERF Specialists also got hold of the new N-Strike Elite Tactical Vest! Main differences with its precedessor is that this vest uses velcro straps instead of zipper, and replaces the holster with another ammo clip strap and plastic snap hook style clip to hang small blasters or other gear.


The Elite vest set includes new darts for the 2 standard ammo clips, of which 1 side in translucent plastic. Back of the new vest has (sadly) removed the sleeve of N-Force melee "weapons".


 
That's our specialists' 2 sen on the N-Strike Elite Rampage and Tactical Vest. Also check out what John Brenkus has to say about the Elite Series from the NERF Performance Institute:



Test out the N-Strike Elite Rampage and other new blasters at the upcoming NERF Dart Tag Tournament next weekend on 8 & 9 September 2012.


 
As always, it's NERF or Nothin'!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NERF Vortex Pyragon Review

Thanks to Hasbro Malaysia, our NERF Specialists received the latest NERF Vortex Pyragon for field testing... literally! Here are some unboxed photos of the new Vortex blaster in the field:



New white-grey and colour scheme of the Vortex Pyragon matches well with the Dart Tag orange jersey.


This blaster is user friendly for both right & left handed NERFers, which dual-sided grips and clip release tabs on both sides of the blaster.

The ammo barrel is the highlight of this blaster, able to store 40 discs in auto-rotating chambers (otherwise imagine a 40-disc long clip sticking out below like a pole). After filling up 20-discs, slide a tab to rotate to the next ammo chamber in the drum.


The Pyragon fires discs much like the Praxis (sorta based on the same design) and doesn't differ by range or accuracy. The other highlight is that the Pyragon allows slam-fire for rapid discharge of 40 discs to literally swarm your enemies! The forward grip is comfortable to hold and allows high-speed slam-firing without any discs jamming during testing, as long as users slide the handle all the way and back to prime each shot.

Check out this video for slam-fire in action from both the gunner's and target's point of view. Accuracy-wise, we achieved at least a few headshots on "Toby"! Other good news is that colour scheme of the discs has also changed from green to orange, so finding discs in the park grass is now much easier.


Under firing range test, the majority of the 40-disc swarm from the Pyragon seem to land around 57 feet / 17.4 metres when fired slightly angled up. Range evidenced in photo below, although numbers of the tape is quite hard to see in this photo's resolution. But at least the orange discs are easier to spot than green!





The Pyragon works with most NERF stocks, seen here with the Praxis stock.


Colour-wise, the Super Soaker stock blends better, and the Pyragon also sits nicely upright using the ammo drum as a stand.



So it's a thumbs-up on the NERF Vortex Pyragon from our Outpost NERF Specialists and look forward to finding these blasters soon at a toy stores in Malaysia.

Test-fire for yourself the NERF Vortex Pyragon and other new blasters at the upcoming NERF Dart Tag Tournament Malaysia on 8th and 9th September 2012.


It's NERF or Nothin'!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions about NERF Dart Tag Tourmanent


To address the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the forthcoming NERF Dart Tag Tournament on 8 & 9 September, here are the first compilation of answers to help clarify on the matters concerned:

How to register a team?
Register each player separately on the online registration form using the same team name. Each team will comprise exactly 4 players.

I don't have a team, can I still join?
If you do not have enough players to form a team, then do not register with a team name and you will be matched with other solo players to form a team of 4. If you want to be on the same team with friends, but cannot form a complete team of 4 players, follow these 2 options:
a. 2 players (e.g. friends or siblings) paired: register with the other player's name under team, e.g. Tan Ah Kow & Mohd Ali on the same team, then Tan Ah Kow will register with Mohd Ali under team, and vice versa; both players must be in same category.
b. 3 players: register each player under same team name and the 4th player will be allocated from solo player registrations to form a team of 4.
Members of the NERF Community Malaysia Facebook Group may solicit online for other players to form a team.

How do I know if I've been selected for the tournament?
Successfully registered players by 31 August 2012 will be notified by e-mail and SMS between 3 to 5 September 2012 to RSVP. Please ensure your contact particulars are provided correctly. Players who do not RSVP forfeit their participation.


UPDATE, September: I've missed the registration deadline. How can I still join?
For Open Category tournament, registration has been extended until Saturday 8 September 2012, 6pm for participation by purchase redemption of new NERF Elite range and NERF Vortex Pyragon blasters only, which are now available for purchase in September onwards.
For Kids Category tournament, registrations are still accepted on waitlist basis. In event selected players cannot be contact or fail to RSVP within deadline, waitlist players will be contacted to substitute. Minimum RM50 purchase of NERF products still apply.

Which toy stores are qualified for purchase redemption?
All outlets of the toy stores listed on the online registration form pull-down menu are qualified for purchase redemption. Other qualified toy stores must be physical retail outlets selling official Hasbro products, which may be identified by the sticker with "MC" logo and "Distributed by Hasbro Toy (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. No. 6F / 8 & 9, Pusat Perdagangan IOI, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47170 Puchong, Selangor Darul Ehsan". All toy stores must issue a receipt clearly identifying NERF products.
Please be reminded to submit scanned image of your qualified receipt to complete your online registration; instructions given after submitting particulars. Failing to do so will disqualify your registration and you will not receive notification of being selected. Your original receipts must be presented at the tournamnet for verification otherwise players forfeit participation.

Is there any other way to participate other than minimum RM50 purchase from toy stores?
No. However if there are still places available and/or players drop-out on tournament day, there may be opportunity for standby players to immediately substitute. Verification of RM50 minimum purchase receipt will still be required, which may also be obtained by on-the-spot purchase from the NERF sales booth at the tournament.

Are NERF blasters provided?
Yes, each team will be provided a full set of NERF Dart Tag blasters for matches: Swarmfire, Speedswarm, Speedload, Snapfire, Sharpshot. Velcro darts and batteries for auto-fire blasters are also included.

What to wear for the tournament?
Official NERF Dart Tag jerseys and Vision Gear protective eye-wear are provided for players during matches as compulsory attire; players may opt to use own protective eye-wear. It will be necessary to swap jerseys with other players between matches. Please wear a t-shirt under the jerseys to retain sweat. If you do not want to share the jerseys, you may bring your own (both blue and orange colours if available).
Other than the above, wear comfortable sports pants and shoes.

Do I need to be at the tournament for 2 days?
No, the tournaments are conducted in separate sessions. Kids Category for players ages 8 to 13 years will take place on Saturday 8 September 2012, 2pm to 5pm. Open Category for players ages 14 years and above will take place on Sunday 9 September 2012, 2pm to 5pm. Selected players will be notified with further tournament instructions and itinerary.

What is the tournament format?
Each session will involve 10 to 12 teams playing round robin matches where all teams play off against at least 3 other teams. After these preliminary rounds, top 4 teams based on match scoring will compete in semi-finals, then by elimination to the top 2 team to complete in the finals to determine the winner.

Where is the location?
Allrounder Indoor Soccer is a futsal centre located along Jalan 19/1 in Section 19, Petaling Jaya. It is immediately next to Wisma Academy and short distance from the Toyota showroom and 32 Square. The lot frontage looks like a Snooker Centre. Kindly proceed down the lane on the right towards the back of the building to access the futsal centre. Free parking is available on weekends.




What are the prizes?
List of prizes have now been posted here.

How do I get the latest updates on the tournament?
Please subscribe to the tournament blog site by using your Gmail account to be a Follower.
Alternatively members of Facebook can join the Event Page. Further questions should be posted on this Event Page for next compilation of FAQs to be answered.

Thank you and Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslim friends. Stay safe on the roads this festive season and return for more NERF action!


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Hasbro Games Roadshow this Raya & School Holidays

Hasbro Malaysia will be bringing fun & games to kids this Raya and school holidays. Over 3 weekends starting from 18 August 2012, the Hasbro Games Roadshow will be visiting major toy stores in Klang Valley for kids to try out the latest gaming products. Kids can participate in the Bop It! Smash and Game of Life Adventures Games Challenge for the chance to win total prizes worth over RM4,000. Plus customers making qualified purchases of Hasbro gaming products during the roadshow will also get a lucky dip for bonus gifts.





The Hasbro Games Roadshow will be taking place at the following stores:
  • Saturday 18 August: Sogo Kuala Lumpur 11am to 2pm, Metrojaya The Curve 5pm to 8pm
  • Sunday 19 August: Toys R Us Midvalley 11am to 2pm, Carrefour Midvalley 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 25 August: Isetan KLCC 11am to 2pm, Toys R Us KLCC 4pm to 7pm
  • Sunday 26 August: Toys R Us 1 Utama 11am to 2pm, Parkson 1 Utama 4pm to 7pm
  • Friday 31 August: Parkson Pavilion 11am to 2pm, Parkson KLCC 4.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 1 September: Toys R Us Empire Shopping Gallery 11am to 2pm, Parkson Sunway Pyramid 4.30pm to 7.30pm
N.B.: Schedule may be subject to change without prior notice.


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Thursday, August 16, 2012

NERF Dart Tag Tournament Prizes


Hot news to all NERF Dart Tag Tournament participants!

Prizes are now revealed and upgraded to value of RM13,000! Limited places only so register NOW to claim your stake in the following goodies courtesy of Hasbro Malaysia:

Kids category (ages 8 to 13 years)

Grand Prize x 1:

  • NERF Dart Tag Snapfire 8 x 4 (RM79.90 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag Jersey x 4 (RM79.90 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag 2-Player Starter Set x 1 (RM149.90)
  • NERF Dart Tag 36-pack Mega Refill x 4 (RM34.90 each)
  • Hasbro toys hamper worth RM560
Total value RM1490!

Runner-up Prize x 1:
  • NERF Dart Tag Speedload-6 x 4 (RM69.90 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag Starter Set x 1 x 1 (RM149.90)
  • Hasbro toys hamper worth RM460
Total value RM890!

Consolation prizes x 2:
  • NERF N-Strike Jolt x 4 (RM19.9 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag 36-pack Mega Refill x 2 (RM34.90 each)
  • NERF Secret Strike x 4 (RM14.90 each)
  • Hasbro toys hamper worth RM160
Total value RM370!



Open category (14 years & above)

Grand Prize x1:
  • NERF Dart Tag Snapfire 8 x 4 (RM79.90 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag Jersey x 4 (RM79.90 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag 2-Player Starter Set x 1 (RM149.90)
  • NERF Dart Tag 36-pack Mega Refill x 4 (RM34.90 each)
  • NERF N-Strike Stampede or Vulcan (RM249.90 or RM209.90)
  • NERF Super Soaker Hydro Cannon or Thunderstorm (RM99.90 or RM69.90)
  • NERF Ammo Box (RM99.90)
  • Hasbro toys hamper worth RM220
Total value over RM1700!

Runner-up Prize x1:
  • NERF Dart Tag Speedload-6 x 4 (RM69.90 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag Starter Set x 1 (RM149.90)
  • NERF Tech Target x 1 (RM99.90)
  • NERF Supersoaker Tornado Strike or Bandolier (RM84.90 or RM69.90)
  • Hasbro toys hamper worth RM380
Total value over RM980!

Consolation prizes x 2:
  • NERF N-Strike Jolt x 4 (RM19.9 each)
  • NERF Dart Tag 36-pack Mega Refill x 2 (RM34.90 each)
  • NERF Secret Strike x 4 (RM14.90 each)
  • Hasbro toys hamper worth RM160
Total value RM370!

Note: Prizes above are for 1 session; there are 2 kids and 2 open category sessions.

If that's not enough for you, there will be even more on-the-spot giveaways for special NERF achievements by players!


Don't wait anymore! Just make your qualified RM50 minimum purchase of NERF products from participating toy stores and stand a chance to bring home the many goodies listed above when you Blast Your Way to Victory!
It's really NERF or Nothin'!

Note: Photos above from previous NERF events for illustrative purpose only and not indicative of the actual prizes being awarded for the upcoming NERF Dart Tag Tournament Malaysia 2012.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

NERF Dart Tag Blaster Selection


Hello Malaysian NERFers!

It's just 1 month away to the first official Hasbro Malaysia NERF Dart Tag Tournament on 8th & 9th September 2012! With over RM10,000 worth of prizes to be won, teams need to strategise to overcome the competition. And strategy begins with Blaster Selection... come meet the new Dart Tag blasters:







Will your strategy be using the Swarmfire to overwhelm the opposition with firepower, or using the Sharpshot to snipe at opponents? Or be a commando hero dual-wielding auto-fire blasters into battle?

Each team will be provided a full set of the Dart Tag blaster models officially available in Malaysia:
  • Swarmfire
  • Speedswarm
  • Speedload 6
  • Snapfire
  • Sharpshot
Start devising your Dart Tag team tactics now!

Try out the blasters at the NERF Dart Tag roadshow taking place this 11th & 12th August 2012 weekend at 1 Utama, Midvalley and The Curve.

Goto main page of the Dart Tag Tournament 2012 for more details and register here.

Join NERF Community Malaysia on Facebook today to share your passion with over 1,300 fellow NERFers.

So Load It, Gear Up, and Let the Competition Begin!

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

NERF Dart Tag Roadshow at Toy Stores



Hello NERF fans!

The latest NERF Dart Tag blasters are now available in Malaysia, bringing the Ultimate Sport of Blaster Tag to a whole new level of action and excitement. Both new and experienced players can get into the game right out of the box with starter sets complete with a blaster, jersey, darts and protective eye wear. NERF Dart Tag is a high-action competitive blaster sport where the objective is simple, tag or be tagged!

Blast your way to victory using the NERF Dart Tag Swarmfire blaster with full-auto fire to launch a powerful stream up to 20 darts to keep opposing players at bay. Players can also vary strategies with the NERF Dart Tag Snapfire 8 blaster, featuring 1-hand firing plus adjustable settings for increased speed and distance. And gear-up for battle with the ultra-cool official NERF Dart Tag Jerseys.


In conjunction with the release of the new NERF Dart Tag blasters, Hasbro Malaysia will be sending NERF Instructors to the following toy stores around Klang Valley:
  • Saturday 4 August 2012: Isetan KLCC 12pm to 2pm, Toys R Us KLCC 3pm to 5pm.
  • Sunday 5 August 2012: Toys R Us Sunway Pyramid 12pm to 2pm, VHobby NERF Specialty Shop 3pm to 5pm.
  • Saturday 11 August 2012: Parkson 1 Utama 12pm to 2pm, Toys R Us 1 Utama 3pm to 5pm.
  • Sunday 12 August 2012: Toys R Us Midvalley 12pm to 3pm, Metrojaya The Curve 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Try out all the new blasters from the instructors and also stand a chance to win NERF prizes in the Quickshot challenge!

The NERF instructors will also be on hand to furnish more information on the upcoming official NERF Dart Tag Tournament with over RM10,000 worth of Hasbro prizes to be won. Details at: www.MY-NerfDartTag.com


Head over now with fellow NERF fans from NERF Community Malaysia.

It's NERF or nothin'!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Malaysia NERF Dart Tag Tournament 2012 Registration


 


Register here for chance to participate in the Ultimate Sport of Blaster Tag in Hasbro Malaysia's 1st Official NERF Dart Tag Tournament with over RM10,000 worth of prizes to be won!

For more tournament information, check main event page here.

Please carefully read through the following instructions before submitting your registration particulars in the form provided below.

Registration terms & conditions:
  • Customers are entitled to participate with minimum RM50 purchase of NERF products insingle receipt from participating Hasbro retailers in August 2012. Original receipt to be retained and presented at tournament for verification and endorsement.
  • 1 qualified receipt may only be used to register 1 player. A player may only register once.
  • Registration is only accepted online to be submitted by 31st August 2012, 11.59pm.
  • Update 1, September: Minimum RM50 purchase of new release NERF Elite range and NERF Vortex Pyragon now accepted for participation in OPEN Category only for registration by 8 September 2012, 6pm or while places remain on first-come-first served basis.
  • Update 2, September: Registration still accepted for Kids Category on waitlist basis, i.e. in event selected players cannot be contacted or fail to RSVP by deadline, waitlist players will be contacted to substitute.
  • Submission of registration does not imply automatic acceptance into the tournament.
  • Players accepted into the tournament will be notified via e-mail and/or SMS between 3rd to 5th September 2012 and will be required to RSVP by 6th September 2012, 12pm noon. Players not contactable or failing to RSVP by this deadline forfeit their opportunity to participate.
  • Confirmed players will need to sign-in at tournament venue. For players under 18 years old, parent / guardian are required to be present to sign-off consent form.
  • Players agree to abide by the tournament rules and decisions by the organiser's game marshals without dispute.
  • Players are responsible for security of their own personal belongings and discharge the organiser of any liability.
  • Players and accompanying family & friends shall allow the organiser the right to use the photos and/or images of the participants for advertising or publicity purposes.
  • Prizes are not exchangeable for cash. Prizes may be replaced with other prizes of equivalent value without prior notice.
  • The organiser reserves the right to revise any terms and conditions without prior notice.
  • Submission of registration implies acceptance these terms & conditions.





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