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Experience the Intensity
 
— RIVAL's tagline

RIVAL is a series of Nerf ball blasters that was released in fall of 2015.

Details

The RIVAL series is designed for Nerfers ages fourteen and up in mind, as it features high-performance, "100 FPS" blasters for "competitive team-based play."[1] Most RIVAL blasters are either magazine-fed or hopper-fed. RIVAL blasters also feature a tactical rail somewhat different from the standard tactical rail.


Each blaster features a mechanical safety that must be disengaged before the blaster's acceleration trigger or firing trigger can be pulled.

All products released under the series are released under two color schemes: red and blue. For an unknown reason, however, newer blasters from 2020 have only seen a release in either red and blue. The amount of red and blue blasters announced so far is still equal.

History

The RIVAL series was first announced at the 2015 Toy Fair.

It is not available in stores in Australia due to toy safety requirements.[2]

RIVAL products

Blasters

Name Year
Apollo-red.jpg Apollo XV-700 2015
Zeus.jpg Zeus MXV-1200 2015
Atlas red.jpg Atlas XVI-1200 2016
KhaosMXVI4000.jpg Khaos MXVI-4000 2016
Artemis-red.jpg Artemis XVII-3000 2017
NemesisMXVII10K.jpg Nemesis MXVII-10K 2017
Heliosred.jpg Helios XVIII-700 2018
RivalKronosRed.jpg Kronos XVIII-500 2018
Hypnos.jpg Hypnos XIX-1200 2019
KnockoutRed.jpeg Knockout XX-100 2019
NewPersesRed.png Perses MXIX-5000 2019
RIVAL Charger.jpg Charger MXX-1200 2020
E8877 NERF Rival Finisher.jpg Finisher XX-700 2020
Redroundhouse.jpeg Roundhouse XX-1500 2020
TakedownXX800.jpg Takedown XX-800 2020

Accessories

Name Year
Facemask-red.jpg Face Mask 2015
NERF-Black-Rival-Tactical-Vest--pTRU1-22879845dt.jpg Tactical Vest 2015
Foamround-25.jpg High-Impact Round Refill Pack 2015
Twelveroundmag.jpg Twelve round magazine 2015
Battlecase.jpg Battle Case 2016
NERF RIVAL Flashlight Grip Accessory.jpg Flashlight Grip 2017
Rival walkie talkie.jpg FRS Walkie Talkie 2017
Nerf battery pack.jpeg Rechargeable Battery Pack 2017
NERF RIVAL Red Dot Sight Accessory.jpg Red Dot Sight 2017
Tactical blaster strap.jpg Tactical Blaster Strap 2017
TacticalPouch.jpg Tactical Pouch 2017
TacticalVestRIVAL2017.jpg Tactical Vest 2017
Team Red bandana.JPG Team Bandana 2017
Blueround box.jpg Team Blue Round Refill Pack 2017
Redround box.jpg Team Red Round Refill Pack 2017

Sub-series

Camo Series

Main article: Camo Series

The Camo Series features blasters with a camouflage color scheme, and is similar to the BattleCamo Series of N-Strike Elite.

Curve Shot

Main article: Curve Shot

Curve Shot features blasters that can be adjusted to curve in several directions. All blasters exclusive to the sub-series are curvy in design to reflect this main feature of the series.

Edge Series

Main article: Edge Series

Edge Series focuses on accuracy and precision. All blasters exclusive to the sub-series have a sniper-styled feel to them and feature long barrels.

Phantom Corps

Main article: Phantom Corps

Phantom Corps features non-team based re-released, and some exclusive blasters, that all feature a black and white coloring with the Phantom Corps logo.

To account for having no specific team color, each Phantom Corps blaster comes packaged with two colored attachable lanyards (referred to as "flags"), one colored red and one colored blue. Flags can be attached to any of the blaster's sling mounts, but some users prefer to wear their team flag on their body so it is more visible to their target.

Trivia

  • Each of the blasters in this series are named after a figure from ancient Greek and Roman mythology. For reasons unknown, this trend was abandoned with late 2019/2020 releases such as the Knockout XX-100, Roundhouse XX-1500, and Takedown XX-800, whose names seem to be referencing fighting terms.
  • The series of letters that follow each blaster name is Roman numerals that translate to what year the blaster was released (e.g. Apollo XV-700. XV is Roman numerals for "15", and the Apollo was released in 2015). However, the letter "M" seems to be an exception, as it designates the "Motorized" feature (instead of "1000", as the letter "M" would represent in Roman numerals).
    • The number in each name also holds a meaning. Every "100" in a blaster's name means one round of ammunition in the magazine capacity. For example: the Khaos MXVI-4000 has a capacity of forty rounds.
      • Every time the number reaches 10,000, it is shortened to a "K", most likely to shorten the name of the blaster. For example: instead of the Nemesis being named "Nemesis MXVII-10000", it is instead named "Nemesis MXVII-10K".
  • Surprisingly, certain RIVAL blasters, such as the Zeus and the Nemesis, can shoot Mega Darts.[3] However, the Zeus can only work once modified.[4]
  • Up until 2019, exactly two RIVAL blasters were released every year.

Gallery

Official videos

References

  1. Mindemann, P. (2015-02-14). 2015 Nerf RIVAL Details and New Photo Released (Article). Blaster Labs. Archived from the original on 2015-04-08. Retrieved on 2015-02-16.
  2. Simpson, C. (2015-11-10). Australia Won't Get Nerf's Awesome New Rival Blasters (Article). Gizmodo. Retrieved on 2015-11-11.
  3. YouTube logo.png LordDraconical (2017-08-01). "Hack"-ing the Nemesis To Shoot Mega Darts! (Video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2017-08-31.
  4. YouTube logo.png LordDraconical (2015-08-23). Can the Nerf Rival Zeus fire Mega Darts? Yes It Can! (Video). YouTube. Retrieved on 2017-08-31.
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