Basic Nerf has been running around with my paint-adjusted RapidStrike for several months now, so while it might appear he's got his hands on the amped-up version, it's just a normal RS with a white stripe courtesy of winning it from this blog. I saw the news on the RapidStrike 2.0 posted on Southern Brisbane Nerf Club's Facebook Page. It had a picture someone submitted from Baidu with the new "doo" and the new range claim.
That being said, there was a pretty sweet clearance deal on Orange-striped RapidStrikes on Amazon.com that might have some folks kicking themselves for not waiting for this White-striped high-power version to come out. However, a quick Volt-Mod to the existing RS should make up for any buyers remorse those fans might have. A little patience with some masking tape and a can of white spray paint can "update" your RapidStrike pretty easily, too!
|Picture from Baidu (July 11th, 2014)|
It also raises a bit of a question about the other recolored blasters we're starting to see. "85" and "90" foot range claims are starting to become more common with the new blasters, so one might think that means that ALL of the recolored blasters will feature better ranges. The best answer to that speculation is "Maybe". This RapidStrike CS-18 is the first recolored blaster with a better range listed while others like the Orange Stryfe and White RoughCut 2x4 are simply recolors. However, other new blasters coming out like the Demolisher and Cam ECS-12 are also boasting better ranges, so it may be a sign that the "bigger blasters" will be getting better ranges than the smaller pistols and handguns in the lineup to help differentiate things a little more.
Long story short, the RapidStrike looks like it just got better... but it's not too tough to get your existing blaster to look and perform like the new one.