Monday, 9 September 2013

New Nerf Elite Rayven Stinger: Legit, Leaked or pointless?


It appears Hasbro are not done with reshells. Or is this at the hands of an over zealous fan? Feast your eyes on A NEW Nerf Elite Rayven Stinger?
Thanks to reader Matush Khemry for emailing this over.

EDIT 9/9/2013:  Speaking to Hasbro UK, they have confirmed that the UK will not receive the Elite Nerf Rayven Stinger. Look like it is yet another US exclusive? They can keep it honestly speaking!

The NEW Nerf Elite Rayven Stinger has popped up online at Amazon by a 3rd party seller - AR-DISCOUNT. Odd? Right? Normally Nerf do throw out the odd soft sell items to gauge the popularity before unleashing it to other territories (It would appear the Elite Pin Point Sight just wasn't going to be a hit outside Asia...so they didn't bother releasing it) but to my mind it's never been in the form of eBay first. How the seller got their mitts on this is unclear.

The price for this yellow monstrosity sits at $28.99 (WAS £39.99...!), and boasts up to Elite 75ft ranges. Packing a CS-12 BUT with 25 darts? It doesn't quite make sense as to why they've given that number of darts vs the clip size. The Elite darts seem to have had a makeover being dipped in the Nerf N-Strike Yellow shade and topped with black tips. Looks so weird right off the bat. Something, for me, is not adding up. Doing a Google search I found a listing on Sams Club - priced $19.98. The shell does not sport any of the Elite markings, so this is looking like the ORIGINAL N-Strike shell. Uhm what? It looks like they are doing a simple cost reduction run, without the Firefly tech clip.

On the box art, it mentions the blaster fires at the touch of a button. Many fans speculate that it might have an internal Firefly tech, but to this they believe it has the new Rapidstrike dart pusher. I can't imagine them doing this, and why with an existing blaster? Perhaps this is a new Elite Gear Up sub range? Do we even need it?

The product description also is a bit odd. You would have expected something more Nerf gung-ho or over the top?
"Product Description

The RAYVEN STINGER BLASTER lets you make your mark on any mission with motorized rapid-fire capability. Load the 12-dart clip and power up for blasting that happens as fast as you can pull the trigger."

At first glance I thought it might of been a crazy Stampede kit or something, but no. One thing for sure, is that it is a step back rather than forward in regards to the colour scheme. After a big identifier by Hasbro on why sales were poor for the Elite range being down to fans thinking there was no difference between N-Strike and Elite, I would have though they would be hot on this. That for me makes me doubt the legitimacy.

It's been suggested by some Nerfers as a photoshop, others suggest  it is a screw up by Hasbro in getting the images mixed up. Lets not forget that they let the ECS-50 slip on the N-Strike Stampede, so that is a valid debunk right there.

For Nerf sake! Stampede ECS-50 (dead)-tease
Below is the rest of the box art:


Leak, photoshop or legit, it seems to be selling. From the time of my writing this post, 2 have flown out the door leaving 10 in stock. What IS certain that it makes no sense as a blaster.

Edit: thanks to OldNoob from BritNerf for this video link. It just really makes zero sense why they would release this when so many fans have zero idea why they need to move over to Elite...


So what do you folks think? Good, bad, ugly or plain photoshop?

Also popping up is the new go-white Nerf Elite App Cradle

26 comments:

  1. How is this Photoshopped... It's not even possible at all.

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  2. On your comment about the Elite Pinpoint Sight: it wasn't a hit outside of Asia because then never even offered the damned thing anywhere else! Kind of hard for people to buy what isn't even offered for sale (other than by third parties).

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  3. Best-case scenario, it's a knock-off. Worst-case, it's a shop. I really can't tell which, but the uneven and mildly slanted/jagged lines to the stripes makes me think it's a yellow blaster with electrical tape stuck on it.

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  4. Highly likely to be a photoshopped fake. Strange that this new "elite" rayven is sporting Nstrike colours instead of the usual blue, white and black.

    I could be wrong though....

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    1. It is not I have a you tube channel and a video about it my channel is Jacob Cassel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPO5y0QsTcA

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    2. It is not fake it is real I have a video about it I am Jacob Cassel on you tube here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPO5y0QsTcA it is proof

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  5. I hope this sells for about $20 in the US, It will be a much better buy that the $30 on a normal elite rayven which no one really uses the firefly tech clips.

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    1. I USED THE FIREFLY CLIP!!!!(as parts to make the Rayven have built in firefly lights) :)

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  6. Did they drop the rapidstrike dart pusher into a rayven?

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    1. what makes you think that? the "blasting that happens as fast as you can pull the trigger" quote from the description?

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    2. No, that is just a repaint, all same innards, just no firefly tech.

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  7. Looks pretty legit to me, although, I have been fooled before

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  8. I think this is legit. It even has a listing on the Sam's Club website. Sam's Club is a store in America incase you did not know. I would totally buy it:).

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  9. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/nerf-rayven-stinger/prod11350187.ip I found it on sam's club's site for $20, that is a nice deal since the stryfe costed that much.

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  10. im not very convinced but the video footage looked pretty real

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  11. Based on the fact there's a video of them in store, it's legit.

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  12. Based on the fact that there's a video of it I think it's legit.

    And what's this talk on the rapidstrike dart pusher? The guy in the video reads the box art as "...fires as fast as you pull the trigger." Which means it's still the same old semi-auto. It'd be pretty awesome to have a compact Rapidstrike though...

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  13. Thank you My last dart you are the reason I do nerf I don't know how to edit and you can't I posted on a tablet

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  14. These are now sold on Amazon.com. Here is a link to a high definition photograph http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/samsclub/0065356991107_A?hei=1000&qlt=85&op_sharpen=1

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  15. Since they have made a non glow version of a glow blaster, i think they need to make a glow series (sorta like the sonic series) where you can get the same gun except in a neon green/black/clear green outer shell. Also the original clip it would come with would be changed to a glow clip (a 25 dart drum would become a glow 25 dart drum). This would make the clip have the illuminating capability like in the rayven, and it would also have the green color scheme like the gun.

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  16. It's just a recolor that's it. ON SALE NOW NOT EVEN THE FIREFLY ELITE DARTS ARE INCLUDED MAKES ABIG DIFFRENCE. PUT THIS THING ON THE SHELFS. I think it was going to be a white out thing like the Strife but not.

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