Friday, February 3, 2012

Why the Longshot packed it's bags

Alright, Nerf Nation.  While I'm sitting here waiting for a video to upload to YouTube, I thought I'd weigh in on why the Longshot isn't on US shelves anymore.  I'd also ask that, in the future, if you see folks whining about bringing the Longshot back or complaining that they're expensive or questioning why it's gone because it was "The best blaster", kindly redirect them to this little rant of mine.  Knowledge is power!



First, lets look at the Longshot's history.  We travel back in time to 2007 when the Longshot made it's shelf debut in it's dark blue format.  It would be the last N-Strike blaster with the Blue/Yellow color scheme, as the Recon would change things over to Yellow (mostly).  It was a large blaster, the longest N-Strike blaster at that time and sold for around $35.  It was the first N-Strike blaster to introduce the removable barrel system and the Clip System, both of which have become defining traits of the N-Strike lineup.  While the Longshot was a trendsetter, it didn't catch on very well at first.  Hasbro failed to produce Streamline dart refill packs when it first came out, making spare ammo for it scarce.  Thankfully, the Longshot initially included 2 clips and 12 darts, but it was still unfortunate to be limited to that.  Once the Recon came out, Streamlines began to be sold in refill packs (though they sold out in many stores initially before they could be restocked).  So in general, the Longshot kind of had a bumpy initial release that was overshadowed by the Nerf Recon.

While the Longshot would be popular among Nerf modders for it's powerful direct-plunger system, there would be a flurry of new N-Strike Blasters being released that would receive much more hype in the form of commercials and advertising.  Over the next 5 years, Nerf would release the Vulcan, Raider, Longstrike, and Stampede.  With all of these larger blasters coming out, plus the expanded Dart Tag lineup and new Vortex lineup, shelf space for Nerf was at a premium.  By flooding the market with new blasters, there wasn't much space left on the shelves for the Longshot.

Folks often point to the Longshot's potential as a powerful direct-plunger blaster as it's reason for being discontinued.  While Nerf has not released a direct-plunger system that has been as large as the Longshot's since then, they still have produced Direct-plunger blasters since the Longshot's discontinuation.  The Stampede, Big Bad Bow, Swarmfire, Jolt, and even the older NiteFinder are still on shelves with their direct-plunger systems, so the thought that the Longshot was discontinued for this reason doesn't have much weight to it.

Many blasters that are readily available on US shelves are not sold internationally.  The Longshot was one of those US-only blasters until 2010, so it hasn't been discontinued.  It is still sold in Australia, Singapore, and England and has been popular there.  Though every blaster's discontinuation is inevitable, the Longshot at least has more production to go through overseas.  International fans of Nerf finally get to enjoy what was readily available in the US for 3 years with 3 different color variations (Blue, Yellow, and Red Strike).

So, in a nutshell, the Longshot is gone because there's dozens of other Nerf blasters to choose from.  With a flooded market, there's just no room for the beast that we know and love.  So save your e-mails and Facebook messages to Nerf about bringing the Longshot back and enjoy the blasters that we have now that other fans across the sea cannot get.

14 comments:

  1. an unbiased opinion. Finally. I don't think the longshot is too important. I have one and I'd rather use a barricade or mav. Must be me

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    1. where have all the longshots gone? jerms hiding them in his basement XD!

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  2. I didn't know there was a red one before this actually. haha. I really only ever wanted a longshot because it was massive, and that just looked awesome. but finding a complete one nowadays is hard because everyone seems to get rid of the front gun for other project uses.
    For realistic and practical nerf war use, I'd use the longstrike anyday, which is probably another reason why the moved the longshot to other markets. The longstrike can get excellent ranges as well, costs less initially, uses clips, and doesn't have the massive bulk the longshot did. All the pros, none of the cons. Why would anyone choose a different rifle?

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    1. How about the LSk being a RP blaster?

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  3. I thought all the red Nerf guns were Walmart, Black Friday exclusive releases?

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  4. Its funny how you made a post from a conversation over chat. :)

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  5. Longshot, we hardly knew ye. Oh well, there's always that lucky find at thrift stores!
    C-dog (8-D

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  6. Well said. I agree completely.

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  7. As I stock up my Nerf collection, the one prized gun that has been missing all these years has been the Longshot. I've always wanted one - and could never get my hands on one either. My incredible wife recently went into our local thrift store and found a yellow Longshot for me at a whopping 4 dollars! After hearing this news, I thought I'd never be able to get one. Then the next day, I've got one in my hands!

    It's an awesome gun too, very cool - shoots great! Can't wait to open it up and tinker.

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  8. two words describing why the Longshot was discontinued: N-strike Elite.

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    1. N-Strike Elite, which still isn't confirmed at this time, would be yet another Nerf Product on the shelves, but not only was the Longshot's availability in the US cut LONG before that information, but it still isn't discontinued. As I wrote, the Longshot is still in production, but it's being sold internationally instead.

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  9. The yellow one is, in my expirience, far less powerful then the original blue one. Because of this, many of the people who don't have the blue one can't understand why we're obsessed with them.

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  10. found a shitload of longstrikes on Ebay

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    1. longSTRIKEs, not Longshot

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