First, the press release:
"NERF N-STRIKE ELITE RHINO-FIRE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: Fall 14)
Dominate the competition with the biggest, baddest NERF blaster yet! The N-STRIKE ELITE RHINO-FIRE blaster is the first fully automatic NERF blaster featuring rapid-fire, double barrel blasting, an amazing 50 dart capacity and two N-STRIKE ELITE dart drums, turning ordinary battles into extraordinary ones. The epic RHINO-FIRE blaster sends darts soaring impressive ELITE distances of up to 90 feet, and features both a front handle for mobility and tripod to ensure awesome accuracy. Includes 50 N-STRIKE ELITE darts. Six “D” batteries required, not included. Available exclusively at Walmart."
Whew, 100 bucks for this blaster. I think many people were already jaw-dropping at the large price tag on the ECS Cam blaster. Maybe NERF really does continue to become the hobby of the rich kid and the "kiddults" like us. Then again, the Centurion flew off shelves last year for Christmas. Maybe the Rhino Fire will surprise us as well. This is the most bad-ass blaster I've seen, after all!
Check out the battery requirement; 6 "D" batteries! We're back to the Vulcan and Stampede era of weighty blasters with that. However, the Elite design and output promises some high performance. The release talks about 90-foot range. I don't see any claims yet about speed. Will it beat the Rapidstrike and its 18 darts in 5.8 seconds?
In a couple of the pics, it looked like there would be a bipod to me, but looking closer it looks like a tripod that's very similar to the Vulcan/Havok tripod of old.
We're really looking forward to this one, warriors! Are you? ~Chris