If you've missed it somehow, the cat is outta the bag. Internals of the Rampage that were shown at Modworks (SG Nerf) reveal that Hasbro's designers have crammed a Direct Plunger system into the limited real estate of the Raider shell. Again, we'll assume that this also applies to the Retaliator's retooled Recon shell. Alliteration aside, and while I approve off these blaster improvements, I still gotta wonder... why? Why go through the trouble to design such an extensive overhaul of the Recon and Raider just to settle for a smaller plunger system? While having a Direct Plunger System in there is good and all, the Longshot and NiteFinder still have larger systems that are able to deliver more power. Yes, the Recon and the Raider were popular designs, as one of my readers (Shannon) had pointed out before.
"Toy companies love to reuse old molds for toys because it's quite an investment to make new ones from scratch, which is why recolors are so plentiful in the Nerf line."
Either way, whatever Hasbro ends up doing from here, I'm a fan of these blue blasters. It's my favorite color, so having it on this new stuff pretty much guarantees my purchase of them. The Firestrike may or may not replace my Seeker that I managed to fabricate, but there's still no denying that purchasing these Elite Blasters is a safer route to go than to modify/enhance your own blasters. I know some folks aren't big fans of stuff like the Elite line or the Orange Mod Works kits that make good old fashioned modifications kind of obsolete. Regardless of what comes out, you can be sure that, as a tinkerer, I'll have 'em opened up to fiddle around with. That's something that'll never change.