|Image courtesy of Basic Nerf|
My buddy over at Basic Nerf has a great close-up of one of the main perpetrators of this news: the Box Art. Apparently, Gas-Mask Asian Man has the blaster all wrong. Put aside the fact that he's holding it all goofy-like and there's proportions off with the art. However, the proportions are the only thing that's off with this. The Bi-Pod-less front, the top-mounted Tactical Rail, the orange-beyond-doubt scope, it's all "technically" correct... which is the best kind of correct! If we go by the Sidestrike box art, there shouldn't be a Nerf Logo printed on the bottom of the shell... but the blaster does have this detail. Long story short: the box art isn't a photo of the product. It's a cartoon drawing by some guy in a cubicle. Not exactly an information bible if you ask me!
The other bit I've noticed is that the ZombieStrike logo is a little different. There's definitely more of an outline to it instead of the filled-in look the other releases have featured... but I don't think it's a sign of phony-ness. Let's not forget all the changes we've seen with badges for a logo refresh halfway through the lineup. The N-Strike logo that's still sitting on the back of the Longshot is a testament to that, as things have changed since 2006.
"Hammer 5" concept some time ago. "Deco Pack" ZombieStrike dart sets have been out for awhile now anyways, so I'm not sure why it's earth-shattering to see a different style come out. Since the logo featured on the Longshot is a little different from what's on the current Deco darts, it makes sense that they'd change that.
The rest of the signs look legit. There's a promo image with a white background that's spot-on for Hasbro. The box is consistent with the newer ZombieStrike stuff that we've seen with the blue Nerf logo in the corner. Sure I love the Longshot, so I could be biased up the wazoo... but there's too many facts that point to the right side of things for me to question it's legitimacy.