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#1 fisher521

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 03:21 PM

Boomco

With only about half a dozen blasters being released this year, inactive online marketing, and one of the Boom Brothers leaving to go work for Hasbro, Boomco looks like it's in trouble. But, the US Marketing Manager says "BOOMco is not being discontinued at retail. With a shift to licensed blasters like Halo, retailers are reshuffling their BOOMco lines, with some focusing more on core Boomco and others more on licensed. Boomco, both licensed and mainline/core, are also available online across Walmart, Target and TRU, as well as Amazon. Expect new licenses to support BOOMco as we move into 2016 and beyond." Source: Nerf.About

 

Update: Looks like Boomco is running out of ideas. They are making a Ghostbusters single-shot pistol for $30! LordDraconical's Video

 

Nerf Vortex

Everyone knows that Vortex is dead, but still we don't know entirely for sure (did that even make sense?). Anyway, Nerf is going to release the Alien Menace line this year, and it is based off of alien technology (duh). But Vortex was based on that. This could mean that Alien Menace line could either replace Vortex, or some Vortex blasters be integrated into the line. There have only been two blasters announced though (the Incisor and the Ravager), and they are both dart blasters, so don't get your hopes up too high.

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Nerf Stryfe

Everyone's favorite flywheel, coming to an end? They're becoming very cheap, so people think it is going to be discontinued. Here is a Reddit post talking about it.

 

What do guys think about these brands/blasters? (These may be all just be rumors) 


Edited by fisher521, 04 May 2016 - 08:43 PM.

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#2 xXD3V1LXx

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 03:33 PM

Stryfes will continued to be sold target is just having a sale because they noticed it has a large online popularity. This basically means target is targeting for money.


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 08:43 AM

Stryfes are hard to find almost anywhere in store. The only reliable place they can be ordered are places like Amazon.


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 08:49 AM

??? My local stores have like 10! They are extremely common on the island...
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Posted 27 March 2016 - 08:51 AM

??? My local stores have like 10! They are extremely common on the island...

 

You must be the exception, it seems


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 09:32 AM

The vortex line I believe is dead (unfortunately)  because everyone knows foam.  No one goes around making homemade stephan discs.  The reason rival wont fall like vortex did is because it has an obvious advantage in power over darts.  But because darts have become the standard, another form of ammo that is just as good wont do.  But still, look at recent vortex releases in the zombie strike line.  I feel like Hasbro will continue to waste it's time releasing vortex blasters in the zombie strike line, whereas the vortex line itself is most likely done for.  It inst even on their website.   And BoomCo is great.  My favorite blaster of all time is the BoomCo burst wave.


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 10:05 AM

The vortex line I believe is dead (unfortunately)  because everyone knows foam.  No one goes around making homemade stephan discs. 

 

The impact that any of us have on Hasbro's decisions is pretty minimal.  They're marketing these products to preteens, who make up the vast majority of their customer base.  Modders who make homemade darts are barely a blip on their radar sales-wise.  Rival is being marketed as sports equipment instead of toys, so it gives them more shelf space in the store, and an opportunity to reach older customers.  It's the same idea behind Rebelle - carving out a section of the pink aisle means more shelf space in the toy store. 


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 11:24 AM

Boomco is neither dead nor dying... Modified, using boomco straws, I think they are superior to stock and lightly modified Nerf brand blasters.
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Posted 28 March 2016 - 08:07 PM

You guys need to see the light of BuzzBee, and the BuzzBee Sentinel.

.50 cal ammo rulez, everything else is a gimmick, fuck boomco and fuck HIR lol. Vortex has been dead, and the ret is also with the stryfe to be continued I believe. 


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 09:23 PM

The Sentinel is amazing performance-wise. It shoots harder than any Nerf i have, and I have a lot. The shell feels a bit cheap but the internals are pretty hardcore.


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 10:36 PM

What about Lanard and ERTL? They used to make some pretty good stuff. 


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Posted 29 March 2016 - 01:49 AM

ERTL seems to have completely stepped out of the arena.
Lanard is still alive and doing well as a company, but it sure is difficult to find blasters from them. Certainly not anything new. I was able to find an entire rack of their stuff at a games and toys store in a local mall, but it was all the same stuff they have been making for years.


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