Thursday, December 15, 2016

#HGG2016: Top Picks for Boy Gifts from NERF

NERF has been around for a long time. As long as I have, actually! The first product was the NERF Ball, released in 1970. And I remember NERF as a sports toy brand. But ask Boo and the first thing he'll say is "NERF battle!" To him, NERF is all about the blasters and Super Soakers. (They do still do sports though!) He has amassed quite a collection over the years, and I like to bring him with me to preview events where he can weigh in on which new models most appeal to him.
And since he would never pass up the chance to try out new toys, here are his top three, Boo-approved NERF products for 2016 holiday gifting.

NERF Modulus Recon Battlescout

We love the NERF Modulus system because it allows you to customise the perfect blaster for you. You can purchase upgrade kits, or combine pieces from your base kits. If you had the complete system, you could make over 1000 different combinations!

This model is especially cool, as it includes a detachable 720p HD camera that mounts on the blaster’s tactical rail. That's right! You can take pictures or even a video of your epic NERF battle, from your birds-eye view. You need to supply an SD card for recording, as that doesn't come with the blaster. Pop the SD card into your computer to download and share the video of your adventures!

The Battlescout comes with a clip and 10 Elite NERF darts, and uses pump action blasting. It's recommended for ages 8 and up, MSRP $69.99. 4 AAA batteries required for the camera.

NERF Mega Mastodon Blaster

Boo has been asking for this one since he first tried it out at the Hasbro holiday preview event this summer. It's big. So big, it comes with a shoulder strap.

The NERF Mega Mastodon is the first motorised blaster in the Mega line. Boo loves the rapid-fire action, and the fact that the integrated drum holds 24 Mega Whistler Darts. They are larger than other NERF darts, so I like that they are easier to find once they've been fired!

The Mastodon is recommended for ages 8 and up, MSRP $79.99. 6 D batteries required.

NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout

This remote control NERF tank drone is a doozy. It comes equipped with a camera that provides a live video feed on an LCD screen. This allows the operator to see targets out of their range of vision (say, behind a bush). Add an SD card to record video and still images. The TerraScout runs on all-terrain tracks (not for use in wet conditions), turns 360 degrees, and reaches a speed of 215 feet per minute with a fully charged battery. Direction, movement, speed, and firing are handled via the remote control.
It is so cool!

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The Terrascout is recommended for ages 8 and up, and is currently on sale at ToysRUs for $199.97. It comes with a rechargeable NiMh battery and charger. Includes 18 Elite darts. An SD card (not included) is required to record photos and videos.

Disclosure: I received some complimentary product to facilitate this review, and we attended a preview event to try out many NERF and other Hasbro toys. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own or those of my family. This post contains affiliate links for purchases.

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