Recently, a photo of this "Elite Jolt" has surfaced and, ironically enough, I received this very image as a submission to Nerf Mods & Reviews. In my busy schedule I just flat-out forgot to publish the photo. To my delight, Nerf fans over at SG Nerf have been going bonkers about this photo. While some have already correctly identified the points that make this blaster "fake", others continue to be hopeful that it's real. While the blaster's repaint is VERY convincing, there are two points that are obvious giveaways about it's "fake"-ness.
- The blaster is still called the "Jolt". Nerf has already confirmed the name will be "Triad" and it will likely be slightly different in design, not a repaint like the one above.
- The N-Strike logo is the normal one, not an Elite logo. Even the blasters that have been revamped for the Elite lineup like the Recon (Retaliator) and Raider (Rampage) have Elite logos on them.
So while the paint job is great looking, it's not a legitimate N-Strike Elite blaster. In my experience with the hundreds of comments I got about my Elite Longshot, even IF the facts are out there, folks will still overreact and freak out about it, but I figured having some solid info floating around out there might help lesser-informed fans. In the meantime, we can anxiously await the Strongarm, Triad, and other new Elite blasters coming out in the months to come!