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It's essentially the .50 Cal sniper rifle of the Nerf Elite series, with bigger darts, killer range, a bipod for the N-Strike tactical rail, and a fun bolt-action design. The new darts look to be considerably bigger in diameter and length; a departure from the normal Elite Dart/Streamline/Whistler design. They come in new MCS-6 round magazines (likely "Mega Clip System").
At first I was psyched about this blaster. It's a big bad rifle with incredible distance. However, the second I learned that it had different darts for it, considerably different darts, my skepticism surfaced. One of the big things I liked about the N-Strike Elite lineup was their move to a "Universal Dart". The Elite Dart was designed to work in everything... every Elite blaster and every older N-Strike blaster. Unifying the lineup with one kind of dart made games that I have for Nerf that much easier. No more searching the play area for the "right kind" of darts to use. Nothing was specialized, it was all good to use with anything. Even Vortex managed to make a universal disk design that worked in every blaster, which actually made my N-Strike vs Vortex game quite interesting in terms of ammo usage.
We're just ahead of a year knowing about the N-Strike Elite lineup (debuted at ToyFair 2012) and now Nerf has suddenly switched from a Universal Dart design and has gone back to specialized ammo. New blasters are cool... but now all those folks (myself included) who sought to unify their collection have a blaster with super fancy special darts that only it can use. I would've been much happier with an N-Strike Elite Centurion that made use of the Elite Darts instead of these big "mega" darts. It doesn't mean I can't go through the work to convert the Centurion over to being an Elite Dart blasting machine... but I'd rather not want to do an overhaul like that on a brand new blaster.
To top it all off, the blaster is red. RED! Nerf just spent a year releasing N-Strike Elite blasters in blue (my favorite color) and now it's the "Lets change up colors again" issue just like the N-Strike lineup had. Yellow blasters! Yellow Blasters! Oh wait... let's change to blue. Blue and yellow! Blue and yellow! No... wait. We need some Green blasters that light up. Blue, yellow, and gree-wait. Scratch all that. Let's just make a whole new lineup that'll unify the look of Nerf. Elite! Yes! It's all blue! It's all blue! It's... naw let's make a red one. A red one with different darts! GAH!
I'll have to wait and see, but initially I'm just beating my head over the fact that we just saw Nerf make everything the same... but it didn't even last them a year. So, for now, I'm bummed.