Saturday, 24 August 2013

LARP alternative to the Nerf Zombie Strike Machete?

Nerf Zombie Strike Machete has had a mixed reception, so is the LARP scene an answer for fans?

Nerf Zombie Strike Machete $14.99  DPCI #087-11-0368  - credit to thenerfguy
The good folks at Blasterparts.de seem to be stepping up the game when the new Nerf Zombie Strike Machete has caused mixed feelings to fans buying them and potentially spying one for their load out.

The Nerf 3rd party Machete comes in at $14.99 and it has been reported by a large number who have bought them that the quality is wanting. The blade is not the same quality as Nerf foam, and the paint chips relatively easy. Whilst many fans welcome the initiative by Nerf to license out and help add to the range of accessories and goods on offer, is it worth the slip in quality control?

Below is the LARP Kukuri by Blasterparts.de. I have to say this is pretty darn funky, but as with all things it comes with a cost. €84,90 to be exact. For you US folks that's a pretty $113.59 USD. I guess Time vs Quality vs Cost it factors in to a worthwhile purchase to stop you having to rebuy these every time they break or get damaged beyond use.
So what you folks saying? IS this something you would pick up for HvZ?

9 comments:

  1. I think this wouldn't get allowed by any UK society - it's all black and unless you're close up it potentially looks like a real weapon.

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    1. Or US for that matter, Sam. I mean, sure, my state (Virginia) has some funky open carry laws. You could easily carry that around with you wherever you go and be well within your rights...though more than likely hassled constantly. Still, given its very close resemblance to a "Cold Steel trainer"-type weapon, I don't see any Nerf groups letting people use it in play.

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  2. not sure how many people will buy something that fraking expensive.

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  3. anyone can easily make a larp weapon from various materials such as pvc pipe and camppad foam and packing tape. not as nice looking but much more durable and cheap/easy to make. there is something called flexi-dip now that can make things look pretty cool as well. give your weapons more of a molded look then traditional larp weapons.
    -Jedi Newby

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  4. Once I saw the Nerf Machete I new that something needed to be done. So, I've been working on gearing up my local Nerf community using my decades-old Boffer LARP experience. I'm offering up some machete and fire axe designs for them that I can make for about $20-$30. If my blog takes off, I'll be doing some DIY pages for making them for people who aren't as local as well.
    -Nerf Arsenal Manager

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    1. Any time frame in mind?

      I've been looking at buying a different LARP Kukri that's about 60 bucks.

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  5. In the Larp world I am what's know as a foam smith, I make my own weapons out of blue camping foam, pvc pipe/fiberglass rodes and dap contact cement... it is the cheapest and most cost effective way to make melee weapons that are good and will last you a long time, plus they are easy to repair... When I held the Nerf Zombiestrike Machete for the first time I was sorely disappointed in the quality of the weapons, it would be denied use at every Larp event I can think of and would easily fall apart with the potential to hurt someone if it falls apart on a strike...
    I would definitely never recommend the Zstrike Machete for anyone, I can make a better quality Machete for less the $10...

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    1. Where do you find this mystical blue camp foam? I haven't seen any around in years. The mats that are sold at Walmart are essentially just pool noodle foam and are ten dollars by themselves.

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    2. You could try Target and Kmart as well, but the last time I found some was at Walmart last summer.

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