Monday, December 04, 2017

#HGG2017: NERF Fun for All Ages {giveaway}

The love for NERF in this house is no secret, as evidenced by the toy bin on our back deck, as well as several posts here. Growing up, for me, NERF was all about the the soft and safe sport balls. For Boo, it's all about the blasters and Super Soakers. Either way, NERF means tons of active fun! The brand has really expanded over the years, and we've been lucky enough over the last several years to get to try out some of the new offerings, both at home, and at media events previewing the latest additions to the NERF family. Today I am sharing with you a few of our top picks for gift-giving this holiday season. And Hasbro has been generous in offering a giveaway for me to share with you as well! Keep reading for all the details.

For the Younger Set

This year NERF has come out with a new line of launchable foam cars - NERF Nitro. The line currently has more than 48 cars, stunt sets and accessories to customize your stunt car experience. Kids aged 5 and up fire these foam cars from a special blaster. Obstacles, tracks, hoops to jump through, or just see who can fire their car the fastest and furthest.

What we like - this brings the fun of NERF action to a younger set of kids, appealing to young lovers of toy cars.

This is the NERF Nitro DuelFury Demolition set, one of the sets we tried out at a media event. Blasting the cars up the ramps and through the "flaming" hoops was super fun, challenging, and made for some excellent competition. The Nitro line is recommended for ages 5 and up, and is available at Toys R Us, Amazon, and most other major retailers. Prices vary depending on the size of the set. You can also buy extra cars in sets of 3 or 6.

For the Tweens

Basically, anything from the Modulus line-up. We love that the sets provide endless ways to customize your blasters. The pieces are all designed to work together, so you can mix and match to come up with your personal fave. Michael's favourite from the 2017 releases is the Modulus Regulator Blaster. It has three firing modes - single-fire, burst-fire, and fully motorized blasting power. Check out the action in this little video:

The Modulus Regulator is compatible with all the Modulus accessories, and comes with two 12-dart clips and 24 Modulus darts. It does require 4 C batteries, which aren't included, so be sure to have those on hand. Recommended for ages 8 and up, and available at Toys R Us, Amazon,ca, and most major retailers. It has an MSRP of $89.99, but is on sale at both Amazon and TRU for about $50 right now.

And if your NERF fan already has some of the Modulus line, check out the new Day/Night Zoom Scope accessory. This scope has a 5x digital zoom for distance targeting, and a special Night Mode allowing you to continue the fun past sundown. Requires 4 AA batteries, not included, and MSRP $49.99.

For the Teens

NERF hits an older age bracket with the Rival line. This one is a high-performance line, designed for head-to-head team battles, and it fires small foam balls instead of darts. Rival reminds me of paintball, without all the mess.

New this year, the NERF Rival Artemis XVII-3000 blaster comes in either red or blue (each sold separately), allowing for colour-coded teams. This model comes with 30 foam rounds, features a spring-action cocking mechanism, easy-load internal magazine, and fires foam rounds at a velocity of up to 100 fps. (I'm not sure precisely what that means, other than it is fast firing!) As with the Modulus line, Rival has a range of interchangeable accessories to customize your battle experience. I like the Red Dot Sight accessory for adding some sharp-shooter accuracy. Sight through the lens, align the red dot with your target. This one requires 2 AAA batteries, not included.

The Artemis retails for approximately $50. The Rival line is recommended for ages 14 and up.

For Girls

I am labeling this pick "for girls" because the NERF Rebelle line has been designed with girls in mind. But that is not to say that girls wouldn't like the other suggestions here, or that boys wouldn't like Rebelle. You know your own child best!

I happen to be a fan of the variety of bows that are available in the Rebelle family. Right now I have my eye on the NERF Rebelle Wingspeed Bow. The arms on this bow are folded in, and they open like wings when you draw back your foam-tipped arrow. Looks cool, stores in less space. The bow comes with two arrows, and those arrows can be stored on the bow itself - less space, less chance of losing them. It's almost like a mom designed it. Of course, performance is important too, and this delivers, shooting arrows up to 80 feet.
The Rebelle Wingspeed is recommended for ages 8 and up, and retails for approximately $25.

Get Yours 

NERF toys and accessories are available nationwide, at most major retailers. These links to are provided for your convenience, and they are affiliate links, meaning I will receive a small commission from Amazon should you make a purchase after clicking through.

A Giveaway

To help you finish up your holiday gift list, Hasbro and NERF have generously provided a NERF Modulus Regulator Blaster for me to give away to one lucky reader. It's Boo-Approved! Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, Dec. 13. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!!

Disclosure: I have received complimentary NERF product to facilitate reviews. No financial compensation has been received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own, or those of my family. This post contains affiliate links and I will receive a small commission from the retailer should you make a purchase after clicking through.

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