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Not to be confused with the Nerf N-Strike Elite video game.

N-Strike Elite is a current series of Nerf blasters that was released in stores on August 1, 2012.[1].

Details

Performance

It is advertised by Nerf that N-Strike Elite blasters feature ranges up to seventy-five feet to ninety feet, compared to N-Strike's advertised thirty-five foot stock range. This is achieved due to direct plunger firing systems and the Elite Darts, rather than most of their predecessors' previous reverse plunger firing systems and most having either Streamline Darts, Micro Darts, or Whistler Darts.

Versions of the blasters released in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, China, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines do not have the advertised seventy-five foot firing range. They received lower performance and gray triggers. To keep with other countries' safety standards, these N-Strike Elite blasters only have a firing range of fifteen meters (about fifty feet) [2][3].

All the direct plunger blasters are fitted with a weaker spring and the flywheel blasters are fitted with some sort of "limiter" which prevents the flywheels from spinning really fast. Voltage mods on the flywheel blasters will bring the range on par with the seventy-five feet versions.

Because the fifteen meter direct plunger blasters have near-identical internals to the seventy-five feet versions, any modifications done to fifteen meter blasters will likely have the same performance as an identically modded seventy-five feet Elite blaster.

History

It is a direct successor from the popular N-Strike series. It also seems that many of the N-Strike Elite blasters are upgraded versions of the original N-Strike blasters.

The Retaliator, Rampage, and Stockade were released and given a soft release in some retail stores prior to August 1. The Hail-Fire was also released early prior to September 9.

On September 8, a Wired article[4] mentioned two blasters that will be released in fall of 2013: the Stryfe and the Rough Cut 2x4. These blasters, however, were released much sooner than originally expected. The Firestrike, the Strongarm, and the Stryfe were given a soft release in some stores of December 2013.

The Demolisher 2-In-1 and the Cam ECS-12 were released in fall of 2014; the Rhino-Fire was released later that same year, on November 1.

Color schemes

Most N-Strike Elite blasters feature a distinct color scheme: blue, white, black, gray, and orange. Some blasters have been re-released with an alternate white, blue, black, gray and orange color scheme in 2014. Multiple blasters have been released in an orange and black color scheme, such as the Demolisher 2-In-1 and PocketStrike. The Rayven Stinger has an alternate yellow, black, and orange color scheme. Some people might confuse the blaster with the original N-Strike blasters (due to the color scheme).

N-Strike Elite products

Blasters

Name Year
Hailfire product Hail-Fire 2012
Rampage Rampage 2012
Retaliator Retaliator 2012
Stockade Stockade 2012
Alpha Trooper Elite Alpha Trooper CS-12 2013
Elitefirestrike Firestrike 2013
Rapidstrike CS-18 RapidStrike CS-18 2013
Elite Rayven Rayven CS-18 2013
NSE Rayven Stinger Rayven Stinger 2013
Spectre REV-5 NSE Spectre REV-5 2013
Strongarm Strongarm 2013
Stryfe Stryfe 2013
Nerf N strike elite Triad ex 3 Triad EX-3 2013
CamECS Cam ECS-12 2014
Demolisher alt Demolisher 2-In-1 2014
Sidestrike-NSEblue Sidestrike 2014
Rhino-Fire Rhino-Fire 2014
Ojeat Alpha Trooper CS-6 2015
CrossboltHasbroRelease CrossBolt 2015
Elite jolt Jolt 2015
SplitStrike SplitStrike 2015
Bowstrike BowStrike 2016
NERF-N-Strike-Elite-Dual-Strike-Blaster--pTRU1-22065414dt Dual-Strike 2016
Hyper-Fire HyperFire 2016
PocketStrike PocketStrike 2016
Sharpfire SharpFire 2016
SnapFire SnapFire 2016
StratoBow new StratoBow 2016
Disruptor Disruptor 2017
Rayvenfire RayvenFire 2017
SurgeFire SurgeFire 2018
Screenshot (29) Silent Strike ?

Product sets

Name Year
Bandolierkitbox Bandolier Kit 2012
Fireflymissionkit Firefly Mission Kit 2012
Hailfireupgradekit Hail-Fire Upgrade Kit 2012
RapidStrikeMissionKitboxUS Rapid Strike Mission Kit 2012
Elitetacticalvestpackaging Tactical Vest Kit 2012
2packFirestrike 2-Pack Firestrike 2013
2packStrongarmAUS 2-Pack Strongarm 2013
2013-09-20 17.16.49 Strongarm 2-Pack 2013
StrongarmFirestrikeUS Strongarm & Firestrike All-Mission Pack 2013
Strongarm&FirestrikeAll-MissionPack2-PackBox Strongarm & Firestrike All-Mission Pack 2-Pack 2013
Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit 2013
N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 2-Pack Triad EX-3 2-Pack 2013
RangePakHipHolster Range P.A.K. & Hip Holster 2014
PrecisionTargetSetPackaging Precision Target Set 2014
Sidestrike-2pack Sidestrike 2-Pack 2014
Eat Alpha Trooper CS-6 Mission Kit 2015
DisruptorTwoPackBox Disruptor 2-Pack 2016
Snapfire 3-pack SnapFire 3-Pack 2016

Accessories

Name Year
Nerf-n-strike-elite-30-dart-refill-8ed9a6db97523c8187578a1ef69ebda423c9edb8 "Deco" Elite Dart Refill 2012
Elite Dart 12 new Elite Dart Refill 2012
Elite Pin Point Sight Pinpoint sight 2012
EliteDart5 Special Edition Elite Dart Refill 2012
EliteAmmoBox Ammo Box 2013
Blastersleeve2 Blaster Sleeve 2013
DoorTransportPAK Door Storage-Transport P.A.K. 2013
Footlocker Foot Locker 2013
GlowDartElite12 Glow-In-The-Dark Elite Dart Refill 2013
Mobile-mission-pak-2 Mobile Mission P.A.K. 2013
RangePAK Range P.A.K. 2013
TargetPouch Target P.A.K. 2013
Target-cans-11 Target Can 2013
HipHolster Hip Holster 2014
MissionAppcradle Mission App Tactical Rail Mount 2014
SuctionDart Suction Dart Refill Pack 2014
Vision Vision Gear 2014
N-StrikeEliteMissileRefillPack Elite Missile Refill Pack 2015
Spinning Target Spinning Target 2015
Strikeout target Strikeout Target 2015
EliteTarget Digital Target 2017
BagAndBeltNew Bag & Belt ?
PingPongTargetPrototype Ping Pong Target ?

Other

Name Year
Terrascout TerraScout 2016

Sub-series

AccuStrike Series

Main article: AccuStrike Series

The AccuStrike Series is part of both the N-Strike Elite series and the Rebelle series. The blasters under this series are packaged with spiral headed darts that are designed to be more accurate.

BattleCamo Series

Main article: BattleCamo Series

The BattleCamo Series consists of re-released N-Strike Elite blasters and attachments. The series is a Walmart exclusive.

Multishot Madness

Main article: Multishot Madness

The Multishot Madness sub-series is part of both the N-Strike Elite series and the Vortex series. The Rough Cut 2x4 was released under this series and featured the ability to fire two darts at once.

Sonic ICE

Main article: Sonic ICE

The Retaliator, the Rampage, and the Hail-Fire are all available under the Toys "R" Us exclusive Sonic ICE sub-series, in clear blue plastic instead of the standard opaque blue plastic versions, later followed by the Jolt in a shared Sonic ICE/Sonic FIRE multi-pack.

Sonic FIRE

Main article: Sonic FIRE

The Barrel Break IX-2, Strongarm, and Jolt are all available under the Toys "R" Us exclusive Sonic FIRE sub-series in clear red plastic instead of the standard opaque blue, including an exclusive color variant of the Elite Darts with red instead of blue bodies, the same color also used by the larger Mega Darts.

Bonus and value packs

For a list of N-Strike Elite bonus and value packs, see Blaster set#N-Strike Elite.

Trivia

  • The series name may have been derived from the previously released Nerf N-Strike Elite video game.
  • The series is the first line of clip-fed blasters to feature a direct plunger system since the Longshot CS-6 and Stampede ECS.
  • Although the pinpoint sight is not identified as an Elite product on its packaging (in fact, the packaging is only branded "Nerf", not even "N-Strike"), the instructions do sport the N-Strike Elite logo and refer to the product as "Elite Mission Kit Pinpoint Sight" in at least three instances. The pinpoint sight was exclusively available as a store promotion freebie for purchasing N-Strike or N-Strike Elite blasters in the upper price range in various international markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and (possibly) Australia in 2012. Depending on the market, even the Retaliator might have come a teensy bit short of the required minimum amount.[5][6][7] It was eventually released in large quantities in South Korea in 2014, resulting in a sudden increase of availability, as well as a severe drop of aftermarket prices.
  • The N-Strike Mega series was once a sub-series under the N-Strike Elite series. It became its own series sometime in 2016.

Official videos

References

  1. Nerf Nation (2012-05-18). Drumroll please....... Facebook.com
  2. Nerf Nation (2012-04-16). We know that a few.... Facebook.com
  3. Reddit (2016-03-13).[1].Reddit.com
  4. Jason Fagone (2012-09-08). How Nerf Became the World's Best Purveyor of Big Guns for Kids | Wired Design | Wired.com. Wired.com.
  5. Psyk (2012-10-24). Nerf Mods and Reviews: Elite Pinpoint Sight out in Singapore - Toys R Us. NerfModsReviews.com.
  6. HJs Nerf (2012-11-26). HJs Hong Kong Nerf - Reviews, Mods, More!: Update: Nerf N-Strike Elite Pinpoint Sight available in HK Toys'R'Us as promo item. hjsnerf.blogspot.de
  7. Vigilante (2013-05-01). Unboxing the Elite Pinpoint Sight, Plus How YOU Can Get Your Own | Basic Nerf. BasicNerf.com.

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