Nerf maker Hasbro has heard you loud and clear, Adam Savages of the world: you need to have the ability to shoot foam projectiles for days, with out carrying round a belt filled with magazines or continually stooping all the way down to reload.
In the present day, the corporate’s saying Nerf Hyper, a brand new line of blasters that not solely shoots more durable (as much as 110 toes per second) than any inventory blaster but additionally options the corporate’s quickest reloads but, because of a smaller foam projectile that takes up so little house, you’ll be able to match 40 of them inside a pistol-sized blaster. That’s extraordinary in Nerf. You’ll be able to clip on (or carry round) 50 or 100 spherical canisters to rapidly prime them up, very similar to a paintball gun.
Hasbro doesn’t have a agency launch date for Hyper but past “2021,” however we’re getting three blasters to begin:
- The $30 Nerf Hyper Rush-40 is the 40-round pistol I discussed; it’s a single-shot, spring-action the place you pull again all the slide (together with its built-in hopper), then fireplace as soon as.
- The $40 Hyper Siege-50 holds 50 rounds in a pump-action shotgun design that options slam fireplace too; maintain down the set off and it’ll fireplace as quick as you pump. See it atop our gallery beneath.
- However the flagship is clearly the $70 Hyper Mach-100, a totally automated SMG design that takes D batteries and spits out foam balls from its 100-round hopper. See it on the prime of this publish.
Be aware that not one of the new blasters truly breaks data for what number of photographs you get earlier than reloading — the $100 Nerf Rival Nemesis, $100 Perses, and $200 Prometheus already featured hoppers able to becoming 100 or extra of Hasbro’s bigger Rival balls. Rival was already able to 100 toes per second, so 110fps additionally isn’t an enormous leap.
No, it’s the capacity-to-size ratio of those blasters that’s actually spectacular. “Within the quantity the place you can beforehand home 25 Rival rounds, now you can match 100 Hyper rounds,” Hasbro SVP and Nerf model supervisor Tom Warner tells The Verge.
The place the fan-favorite Perses simply barely match 100 into a giant, beefy SMG until you invested in an aftermarket hopper, it may be simpler now. The following time Nerf makes a giant underslung cannon just like the Prometheus, you may theoretically be capable of fireplace 800 rounds with out reloading as soon as. And it wasn’t too way back a six-shot revolver was thought of the cutting-edge in inventory Nerf sidearms.
And when you may wind up spending on new ammo, you can pay so much much less per shot for those who purchase in bulk. Whereas the 50- and 100-round refill canisters will retail for $12 and $20 respectively, you’ll be capable of decide up a pack of 200 rounds for below $30. That works out to 15 cents per projectile — far lower than the 27 cents Nerf expenses per Elite dart, to not point out the 36 cents per Rival, 40 cents per Extremely, or 50 cents for every Mega dart.
Hasbro tells us that whereas it wanted to discover a new materials for Hyper balls, they need to truly fly additional now, whereas nonetheless with the ability to bounce. No phrase on whether they’ll curve.
It’s been over 5 years for the reason that Nerf group confirmed that Rival was perfect for high-capacity, rapid-fire blasters, and the Nemesis and Perses had been a superb begin, however Hasbro additionally just lately bought trounced when it comes to long-range blasters whereas nonetheless making an attempt to promote us on its proprietary Ultra dart. However Hyper appears prefer it may do numerous the issues Nerfers need abruptly.
I’m very desirous to see the place Hyper will match within the new foam blaster meta as soon as the pandemic recedes, and whether or not the group will embrace it or not.