|Years active||2012 - present|
|Related series||N-Strike Elite Mega|
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 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 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) .
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.
Most N-Strike Elite blasters feature a distinct color scheme: blue, gray, black and orange.
Some blasters 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.
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 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 and the Cam ECS 12 are announced to be released in Fall 2014.
N-Strike Elite products
|Eighteen dart clip||2012|
|Hail-Fire Upgrade Kit||2012|
|Rapid Strike Mission Kit||2012|
|Tactical Vest Kit||2012|
|Firefly Mission Kit||2013|
|Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit||2013|
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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).
Bonus and value packs
Main article: 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.
- ↑ Nerf Nation (2012-05-18). Drumroll please....... Facebook.com
- ↑ Foam From Above (2012-06-12). Foam From Above: Forever at Play: Nerf N-strike Elite Press kit! foamfromabove.blogspot.com.
- ↑ Nerf Nation (2012-04-16). We know that a few.... Facebook.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.
- N-Strike Elite on the Nerf website
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|Sub-series||Sonic ICE • Sonic Series • Firevision Sports • Multishot Madness |
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