Elite recolored blasters having better ranges... I can't help but think where all this is leading. Two years ago, 75ft range claims were earth-shatteringly awesome for stock blasters. Now as these familiar blasters don new colors, they're upping the range on these yet again. Aesthetic changes can be as minimal as stealing my "White Stripe RapidStrike" idea to a more aggressive Whiteout Series-looking scheme. Most (not all) of the recolored Elite blasters are now toting those 85 and 90 foot ranges on the boxes. There's still standard-range recolors like the White RoughCut 2x4 and the "OJ" Stryfe, but blasters like the Strongarm, Retaliator, and other previously blue Elite blasters are getting range upgrades alongside the newer products like the Cam ECS-12 and Demolisher. The upgraded blasters are being labeled as having "XD" ranges.
On the one hand, this is great news for both the "I just wanna have fun out-of-the-box" folks AND the modding community. Better stock ranges usually translates to better modified ranges, too. On the flip side of this, I can't help but wonder "Where is Nerf going with this?"
TekStrike" thing that was shown at ToyFair, but I haven't seen anything on that since it's announcement more than half-a-year ago.
I'm sort of stumped with the current lineup showing no real signs of change outside of "Put something cool on what we already have". Will the lineup continue on the same path it's been for the last 24 months? Or is this stream of normalcy a primer to make the "next big thing" shock fans out of their seats?