It is very unlikely that I will ever do a comprehensive range test comparison complete with charts and color-coded graphs. So, instead I will rely on the efforts of my fellow bloggers. Thanks to UrbanIso, here is a pretty comprehensive list of stock blaster ranges.
The rumor takes a bit more shape thanks to the Nerf sources over in Germany. What started as a momentary blip on Amazon that hinted at a pistol-styled blaster from the Mega line, pops up again…
But this time with an image to back it up.
Thanks to the more established Nerf bloggers out there (links below) the news of this Mega blaster pistol is starting to pick up.
A foam blaster-centric store out of Germany named Bankcroft has posted a not-yet-for-sale page for this yet-to-be-released blaster. So, I checked out the page, and with a little help from Google Translate, it appears that none of the information has really changed: It’s a single shot blaster with a built-in clip to hold a three Mega dart payload, with Mega dart ranges, and it’s over a foot long.
We have been given some new information though: The blaster will have a similar priming mechanism as the old Nerf Scout IX-3, it will have a tactical rail along the bottom, and the styling is very similar to the Centurion. There is still some question as to price when it comes to the States, but we’ll let you know when we have that nailed down.
I am excited about this blaster, but I still have my concerns. I hope that Nerf has ironed out the mechanical issues of the Mega line before finalizing this beast of a blaster pistol.
Check out what some other Bloggers had to say about the Nerf Mega Magnus:
All over the internet there are articles about whether “fun” in the workplace is a help or a hindrance. I really think that it has to be decided on a case-by-case basis. I worked as a contract draftsman for over a decade before joining the company that I’m at now. There were a few companies that could have benefited from the morale boost of the occasional Nerf War. Although, I believe that most of the places that I worked at during that time would not have benefited in any way from such activities.
If you are already working in a Nerf-friendly atmosphere, and it’s working well for your company, that’s awesome! I encourage you to embrace it, and enjoy it to the fullest. As I was blessed to have joined a company with a pre-existing Nerf culture, I have no words of advice to help you integrate Nerf into your office culture if it doesn’t already exist, but if I happen across a useful article, like the following, I will definitely pass it on.
There is a rumor floating around about a new blaster for the Mega line…
But first, a little back story. I remember when the rumors of the Mega Centurion first started. It was a while before I started this blog, and I doubt I would have mentioned it even if the blog was up and running. With its over-sized darts and overall length of somewhere between 3-5 feet, the Mega Centurion was supposed to be the 50 cal of the Nerf world. Everyone was abuzz with excitement, save a couple of people like me. In office combat, and the other games that I participate in, a 3-foot-long blaster (let alone a 5-footer) would be a liability. There is no place for a sniper rifle in a close-quarters, run-and-gun world. When the Centurion finally came out, many people were disappointed. It was big and it came with big darts, but that’s were the coolness kinda’ ended. The ranges were good but not spectacular, and stories of the blaster eating its entire compliment of six darts in less than an afternoon started to spread. The Centurion, according to the community, was a bomb.
So, now there are stories of the Mega Magnus blaster popping up. Here is what I’ve pieced together so far:
There have been no pictures released at this time. It’s rumored to be a pistol that will probably price out at about $15 or so. This would put it on my review list but it will lose points with me since it does not fire standard ammo. The talk is that the blaster will have a built-in clip that holds a whopping three, yes THREE rounds! It also claims to shoot over 80 feet. For those of you doing the math in your office, that’s ten cubicles!
I would love to be excited about this blaster, but there are so many reasons not to. So, I’m just going to keep a “wait-and-see” attitude for now… at least until I see how much the Magnus looks like a Nerf Dart Tag SpeedLoad 6.
Check out what some other Bloggers had to say about the Nerf Mega Magnus:
After hitting a couple of Walmart stores, I finally found the Elite Spectre REV-5 in stock. The Spectre is a Walmart Exclusive, so don’t expect to happen across it anywhere else. I picked it up for $19.97 not counting tax, so it just sneaks into this category.
As a note, the first one I got was a lemon. I returned it and the ranges listed are from the second blaster, but I felt that it needed to be mentioned that Hasbro’s quality control was not as tight as I would have liked on this product.
The Spectre comes in a nice sturdy box. The box and packaging inside can be opened with a knife or scissors with minimal effort. In the box you should find the Elite Spectre REV-5, the Barrel attachment, the Folding Stock attachment, instruction booklet, and five Elite darts. More darts is always better, but taking into consideration return fire. Five darts should be enough for a minor skirmish or two. After that you may have to buy more due to dart wear and loss.
The barrel extension gives the blaster a more aggressive look when attached, but will limit the ranges to your darts slightly. I believe it is supposed to look like a silencer/flash supressor, with its cylindrical shape and small vent hole pattern. I’m also given that impression considering the box mentions that it’s supposed to be a “Stealth Blaster” for some reason. It could also be a “Stealth Blaster” due to the folding stock. I know that I am not the only person to dislike the flimsy feel to the stock and I’m pretty sure that other people dislike the awkward locking mechanism that was designed into the stock as well. Despite these flaws, I still kind of like this stock. I would never use it for heavy combat in the least, but for casual battles and for purely aesthetic reasons, I’m definitely glad I have it now.
The blaster holds five darts in its rotating cylinder, putting it at a slight disadvantage when compared to the StrongArm (or even the Maverick) in terms of payload. To prime your blaster, just pull back on the priming slider on the top of the blaster until it clicks and you are good to go. Priming the blaster advances the cylinder. The trigger requires about as much pressure as you would expect.
As a rifle, its concealability is a trenchcoat. As a pistol, the concealability is just a coat. Even as a pistol, it is slightly bigger than the StrongArm and noticeably larger than the HammerStrike and Sweet Revenge revolvers. So, if you’re just looking for a good revolver, this is not necessarily your best choice.
I really liked the color layout of the old N-Strike version, but the color palette of the new Elite version. Don’t get me wrong, from a graphic design point of view the new layout totally makes sense to me. It matches the layout of all the other Elite blasters. I just don’t like it very much when it’s on the Spectre specifically.
This is an elite blaster and produces standard Elite ranges. So, in closing, I have the following stats:
- MSRP: $19.97
- Concealability: Trenchcoat (with accessories) or Jacket (without accessories)
- Payload: 5 darts
- Elite dart effective range (with barrel extension): 5 cubicles with a max range of 6 cubicles
- Elite dart effective range (w/out barrel extension): 6 cubicles with a max range of 7 cubicles
- Streamline dart effective range: This blaster will not fire streamline darts.
- Whistler dart effective range (with barrel extension): 4 cubicles
- Whistler dart effective range (w/out barrel extension): 4 cubicles
- Suction dart effective range: Untested, equal to Whistler dart ranges.
Blasters are fired at shoulder height and perpendicular to the ground (not angled to increase range). “Cubicles” are measured in 8 ft increments and rounded down after dart drop is factored in. I did this to emulate office combat conditions. Your height, angle of blaster, quality of darts, among other variables with change ranges significantly.
Check out what other bloggers have to say about the Elite Spectre REV-5
Here are some reviews about the original N-Strike Spectre REV-5