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N-Strike Elite
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Release information
BrandNerf
Years active2012 - present
Product count26
Related seriesN-Strike Elite Mega
PredecessorN-Strike
Successor?
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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 foot ranges and new Elite Darts compared to N-Strike's advertised thirty-five foot stock range. This is achieved due to direct plunger firing systems, rather than their predecessors' previous reverse plunger firing systems.

A confirmed flat range test[2] by Foam From Above shows that the Retaliator and Rampage have a firing range of about fifty to sixty feet, meaning that the advertised range is angled. The Hail-Fire has similar ranges of around forty-five to fifty feet.

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

Color scheme

Most N-Strike Elite blasters feature a distinct color scheme: blue, gray, black and orange.

Some blasters have been/will be re-released with an alternate orange and white color scheme in 2014.

Some blasters, such as the Rayven Stinger, have an alternate yellow, neon orange, gray, and black color scheme. Some people might confuse it with the original N-Strike blasters.

History

It is a direct successor from the popular N-Strike series. It also seems that many of the current N-Strike Elite blasters are upgraded versions of regular 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 are announced to be released in Fall 2014.

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
Elite Demolisher Demolisher 2-In-1 2014
Rhino-Fire Rhino-Fire 2014

Accessories

Name Year
Bandolierkitbox Bandolier Kit 2012
Eighteendartclipbox Eighteen dart clip 2012
Hailfireupgradekit Hail-Fire Upgrade Kit 2012
RapidStrikeMissionKitboxUS Rapid Strike Mission Kit 2012
Elitetacticalvestpackaging Tactical Vest Kit 2012
EliteAmmoBox Ammo Box 2013
Blastersleeve-Elite Blaster sleeve 2013
Fireflymissionkit Firefly Mission Kit 2013
Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit 2013
SuctionDart Suction Dart 2014
The cats say nonono oh my Vision Gear glasses 2014

Sub-series

Elite Repaint

Main article: Elite Repaint

Redecos of several N-Strike blasters and accessories are available in N-Strike Elite colors and packaging that emulates the design of Elite packaging. In addition, the blasters all come with Elite Darts. However, even though these blasters are listed in the N-Strike Elite category on Hasbro's official Nerf website, the packaging itself is lacking the Elite moniker. Most importantly, though, the blasters' internals are unchanged, thus lacking true "Elite" ranges for the most part (excluding the Jolt, which had already featured "Elite" ranges in its original N-Strike incarnation).

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.

N-Strike Elite Mega

Main article: N-Strike Elite Mega

The N-Strike Elite Mega series features blasters with a firing range of up to a hundred feet, compared to that of the N-Strike Elite's seventy-five foot firing ranges. Blasters under the N-Strike Elite Mega series also fire their own unique ammunition type: Mega Darts.

Sonic ICE

Main article: Sonic ICE

The Retaliator, the Rampage and the Hail-Fire are also available under the Sonic ICE sub-series, in clear blue plastic instead of the standard opaque blue plastic versions.

Sonic FIRE

Main article: Sonic FIRE

The Barrel Break IX-2Strongarm and Jolt EX-1 were discovered at Toys R Us stores under the Sonic FIRE sub-series, in clear red plastic instead of the standard opaque blue.

Strangely, there has yet to be a true Elite blaster under this sub-series; both blasters are Elite Repaints.

Bonus and value packs

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


Trivia

Nerf N-Strike Elite Sizzle Video00:59

Nerf N-Strike Elite Sizzle Video

The N-Strike Elite Sizzle video.

  • 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.

References

  1. Nerf Nation (2012-05-18). Drumroll please....... Facebook.com
  2. Foam From Above (2012-06-12). Foam From Above: Forever at Play: Nerf N-strike Elite Press kit! foamfromabove.blogspot.com.
  3. Nerf Nation (2012-04-16). We know that a few.... Facebook.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.

External links

Current Nerf series
OfficialDart TagNerf SportsN-StrikeN-Strike EliteRebelle
VortexZombie Strike
Sub-seriesFirevision SportsMultishot Madness
N-Strike Elite MegaSecrets and Spies (upcoming)
Sonic FIRESonic ICESonic Series
Super Stripes Collection (upcoming)Z.E.D. Squad (upcoming)
OtherCombat Creatures (upcoming)Cross-promotional productNerf Dog
TekStrike (upcoming)

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