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Every Christmas it seems that one of Hasbro’s Nerf guns is one of the hottest selling toys. Boys young and old always like to have guns that they can use in their imaginary play. For Christmas 2011 the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron tops the list for boys aged 8 years and up. It is amazing how many of the Dad’s love to get into the game! Retailers are already experiencing sold out conditions for these guns. If you would like to have one of these fun disc type guns for your “boy” order now!
Parent Review of the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron
Being an odd fall in our area, my family and I have been enjoying a beautiful extended summer. With this beautiful warm weather, my kids have been eager to be playing outside more, especially after school. Since I know they will be spending most of the winter indoors playing video games, I have been encouraging them to be outdoors as much as possible! During one of our recent trips to the park, my son was amazed at the different kids playing with Nerf guns, and a bit disappointed he didn’t think to bring any of his own. It soon turned into envy though when he saw one of his friends from school playing with a Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron.
Being one of the newest guns to the Nerf family, my husband and I were a bit surprised when we saw this Nerf gun in action. The traditional ammunition was replaced with discs, allowing them to shoot further and make a traditional Nerf game more interesting. While I was planning on getting this for my son for Christmas, I soon found the ‘other little boy’ in our household ordered it on Amazon.com, wanting to see what this gun was like in action. So far, my husband and son have been having a blast playing with the Nerf Vortex Nitron. Here is what we think so far of the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron.
Technology of the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron
Being a household that loves Nerf products, I was amazed at the new design and features incorporated into the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron. When I first heard about this new Nerf rifle, it sounded more like a gimmick to me. It wasn’t until we had the Nerf Vortex Nitron in our hands that my husband and I were thoroughly impressed. I would have to say that the coolest thing about this new gun is the new acceleration system. With the acceleration trigger system, the discs in the gun fly like nothing I have ever seen, and allowing kids to shoot one another from a distance with these discs.
The shape of the discs themselves also seems to encourage the discs to go even further. So far, my son has been testing out the XLR-long disc technology in this gun, shooting this gun in our backyard with the neighborhood kids. While the discs do fly pretty far, this also means that kids are going to be running all over the place to get the discs, forcing them to get a bit more exercise! While some parents have viewed this as a negative, I view this as something fantastic since it gets kids outside running and having fun the old fashion way!
As a parent, I will say that the electronic scope that is on the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron is a bit of a gimmick. While my son loves it, it really doesn’t have much of any function, other than having pulsing lights. My son doesn’t seem to care too much however, since it seems to add to his play. Even if the scope doesn’t work as I may have originally thought, it is pretty high tech for a toy Nerf gun at this price.
Our only suggestion to parents is that you buy plenty of batteries for the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron. The gun takes 6 C batteries and two AAA batteries, making it a pricy toy if you don’t use rechargeable batteries.
Kid Friendly Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron
I can say without a doubt that the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron is one of my son’s most favorite outdoor toys. This cool looking Nerf gun is the perfect way to get kids playing outside and using their imaginations. If you had a Nerf gun growing up, I can tell you that the Nerf Vortex Nitronis nothing like what we played with as kids. This fully automatic gun comes with 20 disc magazines, giving children the maximum amount of firepower to go after their friends. Unlike other gun, kids can also go chasing after their friends from a distance with this gun. My son especially loves the short reloading time, allowing him to quickly pick up the discs and get back to playing. Older Nerf toys with similar technology took forever to load, forcing the last toy like this to be collecting dust in our garage.
While the gun is very easy to use, I would recommend picking up an extra magazine for the Nerf Vortex Nitron. Even though the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron comes with 20 discs, it has room for additional magazines and discs, allowing kids to play even longer. It also is completely compatible with all N-Strike and Vortex Mission Kit Accessories. My son has already had fun adding these items to this cool looking gun.
Usability of the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron
Compared to most other Nerf guns, the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron is a bit bulky for most small children. For a typical eight or nine year old, however, the gun seems to fit perfect in their arms. It is not too heavy or too bulky. Since the age range is for eight and up, this isn’t too surprising. We know from experience that the gun is a bit too heavy for younger children, since my six year old daughter has some problems controlling the gun when she tries using it. Being made for older children, however, I don’t consider this to be much of a flaw.
The only issue we have seen with the Nerf Vortex Nitron, however, is that it does have some problems shooting straight. Our gun shoots a bit to the right, making it challenging to accurately shoot until you determine the angle to point the gun. Our son hasn’t seemed to notice this, but I know my husband has spent some time trying to figure out the right way to shoot the Vortex Nitron. Being a fully automatic kid’s gun, however, I consider this to be about normal. Our kids seem to care more about the gun looking cool and being fun to play with rather than being accurate. For a kid’s toy, it does good enough in our opinion.
Included in the Box
- Nerf Vortex Nitron Gun
- 20 Disc Removable Magazine
- 20 Discs
What Others Think of the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron
Talking to my son’s friends parents, I wasn’t too surprised that quite a few of my son’s friends are getting Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron guns for Christmas. This gun is one of the neatest things that Nerf has put out in quite some time and its absolutely loved by my husband and son. On Amazon.com, the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron has a 4.2 out of 5 star rating. Here is what other parents think of the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron…
“This Nerf gun is fantastic! Everything about it is cool. It shoots automatically and has great distance each shot. There’s only two things I don’t like about it. One, if you’re shooting inside your house you can lose the discs (bullets) very easily. They basically bounce off every wall you have in your house! The second one, the laser sights that come with this gun aren’t very useful. It’s basically a flashing green light with low visibility. Once again this guns range is incredible! If you really want to test it go outside on a nice day with no wind and fire away!. My guess would be this gun shoots between 35-50 feet! It shoots farther than any other of my Nerf guns! My rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.”
“I love this thing! My neighbor’s boys have Nerf rifles that shoot bullet-shaped Nerfs. This, to me (of course I’m about 6-times older than they are) is better. Shooting 2-inch Nerfrizbies about 20-feet with accuracy. Really cool! The sights are a bit off since the Nerfrizbies come out towards the left, but that’s easy to adapt to. The scope is stupid, doesn’t do a thing but light up uselessly and I no longer know where it is (I also seem to have lost one of the Nerfrizbies…). BTW: do not shoot your wife when she steps out of the bath (at least not from a close distance!)! I don’t know if kids would like this or not. There is something appealing about loading up bullet-shaped Nerfs and blowing away your closest friends. That can not be done with this one. Great for playing with the cats, though!”
“My nephew has over ten different Nerf guns that we play with on occasion, and I can honestly say that this particular Nerf gun has got the longest range of any Nerf gun we’ve ever shot. We took it to an open field recently and measured how far it was able to shoot a disc. After five shots, the average distance was around 40 feet and the longest disc was close to 50 feet! Pretty amazing in my opinion for a simple Nerf gun. I’d definitely recommend it to any parents in the market for a cool gift for their kids that they will have a guaranteed good time playing with.”
“I bought this for my son’s 12th birthday on a whim. He’s growing out of things like Nerf guns (where did the time go?), but I thought he’d still get a kick out of this over-sized, high-tech gizmo. And…I was right. He loves it. His eyes were huge when he opened the package, his smile filling his face. He immediately inserted the many batteries this thing takes and made for the door. I could hear him shouting to his sister to watch as he shot the discs like a machine-gun in the front yard. I hadn’t seen him that happy about a gift in a while. Is it the kind of toy that has any learning value? No. Is it a toy that he’ll play with over and over? Probably not. But…he loves it now, he’s playing with it and his friends, he’s running around outside like a madman, and that’s enough for me. Added bonus: I think it’s a hoot, too. I love getting out with him and shooting away. Recommended!”
“I sent it to her as a surprise. This is a suped-up version of the kinds of things I used to play with as a kid. Nerf is getting much better at making their toys.”
Other Reviews of the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron
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Where to Purchase the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron
With Christmas being just around the corner, I have been encouraging most of my friends to purchase the Hasbro’s Nerf Vortex Nitron early for their kids. My husband originally went looking for this toy at several large retail stores and it was completely sold out. Luckily, we found it on Amazon.com, where it was not only cheaper, but delivered to our house for free. Since Amazon has such a great return policy, I was happy that my husband purchased this Nerf gun from one of my favorite online retailers. As well, I would recommend keeping it in the Amazon.com box. It makes it much easier to hide and wrap during the Christmas season!