So a trip to my local Wal-Mart pretty much sums up two big shifts from their stock alone. The first being that Nerf's Vortex launch was extremely successful. This store had stocked the shelves one day ahead of the official release date. They are now down to only one Nitron left. After seeing the dismal launch of the Light Strike laser tag line, seeing the Vortex series do so well reflects on Hasbro's reputation as a leader in the industry. Also, I couldn't find one single "Gear Up!" series blaster left either. Judging from other retailers that I've seen, this is the going trend for Vortex. I'm hoping from the success of this launch that we'll see more new Vortex designs in the future (as well as a restock of the shelves quickly!)
Whiteout Spectre, but alas it was a mere mirage.
So that's just a few things I've noticed in a recent trip to my local retailers. I'm getting my Nerf collection ready for our Vortex vs N-Strike match this weekend. Kinda getting excited for that! So far it seems like the majority of the blasters will be Protons and Vigilons and a heap of extra ammo. Thanks to Toys R Us' "Free Vortex Refills with each blaster" and the other retailers having disks in stock, I'm hoping we'll have enough ammo to warrant a game against N-Strike to be even. I'm kinda psyched for this match, as I'm dying to see how the two actually match up.