Not to be confused with the Nerf N-Strike Elite video game.
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) .
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.
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 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.
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, gray, 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
- Main article: Accustrike
- Main article: BattleCamo
The BattleCamo sub-series consists of re-released N-Strike Elite blasters and attachments. The series is a Wal-Mart exclusive.
- Main article: Multishot Madness
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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 2017.
- ↑ Nerf Nation (2012-05-18). Drumroll please....... Facebook.com
- ↑ Nerf Nation (2012-04-16). We know that a few.... Facebook.com
- ↑ Reddit (2016-03-13)..Reddit.com
- ↑ Jason Fagone (2012-09-08). How Nerf Became the World's Best Purveyor of Big Guns for Kids | Wired Design | Wired.com. Wired.com.
- ↑ Psyk (2012-10-24). Nerf Mods and Reviews: Elite Pinpoint Sight out in Singapore - Toys R Us. NerfModsReviews.com.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Vigilante (2013-05-01). Unboxing the Elite Pinpoint Sight, Plus How YOU Can Get Your Own | Basic Nerf. BasicNerf.com.
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