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The Japanese have been stealing American Nerf Technology!

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#1 Link2TheFuture

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:37 AM

I was visiting the local 100 Yen store down the road and dropped in on some little department store that was selling a green nite finder ripoff. It is almost exactly detail-for-detail the same as the usual Americanese NF. It's made by Yada Toys, and the brand on the box says 'WeCan Japan'. Out of the box it shot like a modded NF, getting between 20-30 feet. Here's the pics.
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What would it be worth back in the USA? It was about $20 here.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:43 AM

when its modded, can you tell us what are the ranges?

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:02 AM

when its modded, can you tell us what are the ranges?

Sorry, but I don't know how modable it is. It had a very interesting pluger that seems to be what makes the difference between that and a normal NF. It also didn't have a real air restrictor. It had a little '+' in the barrel that took me only a minute and a knife to remove. It has much more internal space, becauase it doesn't have a flashlite. It's probably much more modable cosmetically then an American gun. I'll post internal pix soon.

I'm kinda hoping someone will order one from me so they can tell us what the best mods to do are. I'm still more towards the noobish side as far as modding goes.

Edited by Link2TheFuture, 29 December 2008 - 04:04 AM.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:12 AM

Please also take a picture or two of the spring so we can compare it to that of a 1st gen. NF. It sure does look a lot like one.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:28 AM

Affirmative. Pics will be up sometime tomorrow.

and I think the spring is bigger on this gun.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 08:55 AM

Hey, I'm in......how much would it be for gun and shipping? Can you do me a favor and check the shipping for two (weightwise) also. Would you be interested in a trade possibly? Check my mods on e-bay see if there is something you would like. Thanks for posting....Mod
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:37 AM

could you get a picture of it next to a regular nf?
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 10:52 AM

Interesting. You can tell that it's a rip-off because they only give you 3 darts and the target that comes with it has 5 targets. Does that mean the toy makers != doing math?
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 11:05 AM

sorry, aetherguy881 I misstranlated your post.

And Mod Man, your Nite finders look cool. What's the average distance? PM me.

Edited by Link2TheFuture, 29 December 2008 - 11:09 AM.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 11:50 AM

WeCan Japan Is an importing exporting subsidiary of the WeCan Group.
Yada Toys Is an Indonesian based toy company specializing in, I kid you not, large furry ride-on animals.
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Under the crushing economy, Yada toys has apparently branched out to nerf ripoffs.


I could make you a Double Shot Half Shell Ejection mod for one of those babies.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 12:16 PM

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Okay, got the internal pix up. looks pretty plain inside, but thats lotsa space for adding a second gun or something.

couldn't Yada get sued by Hasbro? Or since it's Japanese is it protected?

This gun is pretty simple. It's not branching far out from furry rideable animals.

I love stupid translations like this:

"Company Profile:
WECAN GROUP is an international Manufacturing and Merchandising Company. Our business flaps in the world."
http://www.wecanchina.com/about.htm

Edited by Link2TheFuture, 29 December 2008 - 12:19 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 12:50 PM

I'll take one too if it's not too much. Assuming things in the 100 yen store cost 100 yen, that's barely over a dollar. I realize shipping would be hell, esp. to Jersey, so could I get a quote for one and two?
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 12:55 PM

link2thefuture, He could become our Japanese correspondent and be our supplyer of beefed up Nitefinders, and that spring...mmmm
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:39 PM

Holy hell. I'm 90% sure they're first gens just by looking at the internals and springs. I'll definitely take one but I'm in Jersey too like Splitlip. Let me know though if it's possible.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:50 PM

Wow, they don't have a light in them, so they just have a gaping hole in the front?

Wow. Just wow.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:52 PM

Wow, they don't have a light in them, so they just have a gaping hole in the front?

Wow. Just wow.


Well yeah, they barely cost a dollar..
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 04:54 PM

As of today, 1 USD is the equivalent to 90.63 JPY. Then you have to add in shipping costs, as well as customs which would probably equate to over 30 dollars.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:19 PM

Why the hell are you in japan?
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 05:27 PM

People live in other parts of the world other than North America.

And that's all kids for your Geography lesson.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:03 PM

That's very weird that a company would make an almost exact replica of a night finder and get away with it. The plunger head looks strange. Also did you mod it or did you leave it stock?
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:29 PM

What if that company made knock-off crossbows? :mellow:
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 06:32 PM

What if that company made knock-off crossbows? :mellow:


That would be pretty pimp.

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That's about it. And thanks Angela who helped me with these pictures.. It looks huge in her hands.


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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:18 PM

What if that company made knock-off crossbows? :mellow:


That would be pretty pimp.

Start seaching link.


No if any company rerealesed the crossbow it would suck, because it wouldn't be nerf. It would be Crossbowing (As first said by Ice). The green on the NF is a little interesting, I would have liked a little more black in there.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:25 PM

I was visiting the local 100 Yen store down the road and dropped in on some little department store that was selling a green nite finder ripoff.

What would it be worth back in the USA? It was about $20 here.



I'll take one too if it's not too much. Assuming things in the 100 yen store cost 100 yen, that's barely over a dollar.


It didn't cost only 100 yen. It's like the at3k twin pack at dollar general.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 07:54 PM

couldn't Yada get sued by Hasbro? Or since it's Japanese is it protected?


Well, a lot of countries have agreements on protecting copyrighted, trademarked, and patented materials. I don't know exactly what the standing is between Japan and the US on patent protection, but both signed and ratified the Patent Cooperation Treaty, so I would think that a lawsuit is possible. Unless Yada got a license to produce nerf products under their name. But I doubt that's likely, especially considering the long relationship between Hasbro and Takara Tomy.

The plunger does look impressive as hell compared to the current NF. I wonder if Japanese safety regualtions are less strict than US ones.

I love stupid translations like this:

"Company Profile:
WECAN GROUP is an international Manufacturing and Merchandising Company. Our business flaps in the world."
http://www.wecanchina.com/about.htm


How does something flap in the world? Wait, never mind. I'm scared of finding out. I do find engrish funny as hell, though. "Tis the season to be jorry. Fra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra." Man, I really want to go buy a bee bee gun now. 10 points to whoever gets the reference first.

Edited by eddieoctane, 29 December 2008 - 07:55 PM.

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