Spring 2017 blasters aren’t really spring 2017 at all. Most, if not all, have already been spotted and the remaining ones are single shot Rebelle disappointments. The folks at BlasterHub were kind enough to share some official info regarding the new Rival blasters and accessories. I’ll be covering the rest of the releases in a future post, so for now, here’s the Rival products for spring 2017.
NERF RIVAL ARTEMIS XVII-3000 Blaster
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $44.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Experience ultimate precision and power in battle with the NERF RIVAL ARTEMIS XVII-3000 blaster! Available in red or blue (each sold separately), the ARTEMIS XVII-3000 blaster features a spring-action cocking mechanism, easy-load internal magazine, and boasts slam-fire capability firing NERF RIVAL foam rounds at a velocity of up to 100 fps. Compatible with NERF RIVAL tactical rail accessories (sold separately). Includes 30 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.
The Rival Artemis has garnered positive reviews since its early release, and has filled the ‘springer primary’ niche that the Atlas failed to do. As of now, no Rival product has made it to India,so I don’t know whether this would be reviewed or not.
NERF RIVAL Flashlight Grip Accessory
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Spring 2017)
Illuminate NERF RIVAL blaster battle with the LED Flashlight Grip accessory. The light features die cast details, a removable grip, and quick-release camlock that holds it in place. Attach the Flashlight Grip accessory to any compatible NERF RIVAL blaster (sold separately) and light up the action! Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.
Hasbro now has a chance to make more ‘tactical’ accessories due to the mature audience that the Rival line is targeted at. Despite its mil-sim looks, the Flashlight grip has been criticised owing to its weak clamping mechanism and dim light.
NERF RIVAL Red Dot Sight Accessory
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2017)
In the heat of battle, take aim with the NERF RIVAL Red Dot Sight accessory. Players simply look through the lens and align the red dot with their target for precision battling. The sight features die cast details, is adjustable and is held securely in place with a quick-release camlock mechanism. Compatible with NERF RIVAL blasters, sold separately. Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.
The red dot sight looks a lot better than the previous versions released under the N-Strike line, and it functions pretty well too. Rival blasters are relatively accurate, so this sight is a welcome addition, and that’s not even mentioning its angle control.
NERF RIVAL Rechargeable Battery Pack
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Amp up your battle with the NERF RIVAL Rechargeable Battery Pack! The first rechargeable battery in the NERF RIVAL line, fans can use this lightweight battery pack with the NERF RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster (sold separately) instead of batteries to increase the blaster’s rate of fire. Includes wall charger. For use with NERF RIVAL products only; not compatible with the NERF RIVAL ZEUS MXV-1200 blaster. Includes rechargeable battery and wall charger. Available at most major toy retailers and at HasbroToyShop.com.
For the first time ever, Hasbro has released a rechargeable battery pack for a Nerf blaster, that not only cuts the costs of buying D batteries repeatedly, but also ups the performance (both velocity and rate of fire) by a noticeable margin. Sigh, only if we had something like this for the Stampede.
A big thanks to Blasterhub for the info, which they were kind enough to forward to Blasterhub authors (although I’ve hardly contributed to the website). Blasterhub is a great example of the Nerf community coming together as a single source of distribution, and I really hope to continue to be a part of it in 2017.
Also, I’ll be joining a small meet up in my city to discuss the formation of a local Nerf community. If you’re in New Delhi in January, contact me on my e-mail ID. Catch you later!