|Still think they need to get Danny Trejo to promote the Nerf Zombie Strike stuff|
Did you know this range has been in the works since 2010?
It was hinted back at the London Toy Fair earlier this year, that N-force would indeed see some love, and we got just that with the new Nerf Zombie Strike range. Lo and behold, we first heard about these new products in the Nerf Zombie Strike range when Hasbro unveiled a fresh load want @San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).
|Nerf Zombie Strike Machete $14.99 DPCI #087-11-0368 - credit to thenerfguy|
It looks mean, it looks meaty, it looks like something that every Nerf fan should have in the their collection - how many of you will dual-wield this choppa? I really like the look, even if I had hoped for it to be a little longer I guess it is proportionately sized. I'm sure we will see some bayonet mods coming in soon, but I can't help thinking if they will indeed release more melee weapons? I guess Hasbro are looking at this from the point of view that this blade is more accessible real-life wise compared to a Katana (what if I live in Japan? :P ) or a polearm. A lot of fans wanting a cricket bat (as seen in 'Shaun of the Dead'), other fans would just like to see a foam baseball bat. Personally I'd love to see a revamped hatchet. Speaking of all this melee and HvZ, I know zombies get perks, but can humans get melee perks..?
|Nerf Zombie Strike Machete at, Credit to Jet|
|Nerf Zombie Strike Blade Toy $12.99|
We have come to see quite some developments, and indeed direction hidden away in the development labs at Nerfs head office in Rhode Island. I'm not talking about the new blaster shells we see popping up, the advancement in internal mechanisms but what looks like a fresh way of thinking from Hasbro. I still withhold judgement on the Zombie Strike single shot blasters, but I like what I see so far.
In a year that has seen their #1 competitor Mattel file consecutive quarterly losses, all eyes and much pressure is on Hasbro, who have seen some rough seas themselves with 2nd quarter losses in their Boys Toys. I have to say that with the launch of Nerf Rebelle (an untapped market that has shown strong popularity and sales already), Nerf Elite releases (Rapidstrike CS-18, Elite Spectre REV-5, Elite Alpha Trooper, Tactical Mission App Cradle, etc), Mega Centurion aaaaand not forgetting the Nerf Zombie Strike range I think they are in for a solid year of profit. This end of the day benefits us as Nerf fans. Boy is my wallet and bank balance in for an epic battle it simply can't win.
I guess what I should ask is "will this open up more melee options in HvZ?" - hopefully you folks in the know can give me a hands on heads up if you see this happening or not!
From a bunch of HvZ interviews I've done to date, one thing I've learnt is how organisation is paramount. Not only keeping things fresh for the Humans, but most importantly the Zombies. Overtime I've learnt that some people prefer to be a zombie than a human, so that really raises an eyebrow or two from me. I would instinctively go straight to being a human, but I guess the bonus of playing a zombie is that you can learn their tactics, how they corner and take people out.
You have probably guessed I am yet to experience a HvZ game, and I imagine it would be pretty crazy hard to get stuck in on melee with a zombie. As far as I can tell, zombies just need one touch, be it a pool noodle or a badass American football takedown, that's all it takes to get us humans. Does anyone have a group where they have a special game type where there are no blasters and just melee? Perhaps you have a game type where a sidearm + melee and it works pretty well? Or does HvZ without being blaster centric simply not work.
So, let me know what the chances are of opening up the melee in HvZ?