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The Sidestrike is a Nerf blaster that was released in 2014 under the Zombie Strike series.

It comes packaged with a blaster holster, six Zombie Strike Darts, and instructions.

Details

The Sidestrike is advertised as being a "quick-draw" blaster. It features a small tactical rail on the bottom of the blaster, as well as a sling point in the handle. There is an integrated two-dart storage located under the blaster's muzzle, as well as two dart holders above and below the blaster on the holster. The Sidestrike can be put in the blaster holster both ways.

It advertises a range of up to seventy-five feet (twenty-three meters).

Official description

History

Evidence suggests that the Sidestrike was originally intended for the N-Strike Elite series before the decision was made to release it under the Zombie Strike line instead. The blaster lacks the typical sculpted wrappings around the handle most Zombie Strike blasters have; instead, it features a sculpted (but unpainted) N-Strike Elite logo. In addition, one of the many stock photos for the Sidestrike depicts an earlier prototype which, while already sporting the green Zombie Strike color scheme and a tampographed "Zombie Strike" logo, has the "N-Strike Elite" logo on the handle painted, features an additional tampographed "N-Strike Elite" logo on the holster (in addition to a different rendering of the Zombie Strike "Z" logo) and even reveals the original working name for the blaster, Scout Mk. II. Lastly, the European marketing packaging for the Sidestrike also features the N-Strike Elite logo (in addition to a slightly different overall packaging design that features more design elements shared with the Elite line).

The Sidestrike was unveiled for the first time alongside the remainder of the 2014 Zombie Strike line at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con.[1] This early iteration featured nearly the same exact design as the final production blaster with the exception of some minor paint alterations.

The blaster was spotted in stores in December 2013.[2]

On September 19, 2014, the Sidestrike was re-released in the N-Strike Elite series, being exclusive to the Sidestrike 2-Pack.[3]

In 2018, the Sidestrike was re-released under the AccuStrike Series as the TalonStrike.

Blaster sets

Two Sidestrikes can be found in the Sidestrike 2-Pack; this blaster set does not come packaged with the Sidestrike holster.

Trivia

  • The Sidestrike may be the spiritual successor to the Scout IX-3, as it has the same external loading system, and was known as the Scout Mk. II during its development.

Gallery

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The full image gallery for Sidestrike (Zombie Strike) may be viewed at Sidestrike (Zombie Strike)/Gallery.

References

  1. Jet (2013-07-18). Nerf at SDCC! (Article). Blaster By My Side. Archived from the original on 2017-11-05. Retrieved on 2019-09-21.
  2. F2A logo Vas Stampede (2013-12-03). Nerf Zombiestrike Sidestrike Spotted! (Article). Foam From Above. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-08-16.
  3. Vigilante (2014-09-19). Kmart Puts Up New N-Strike Elite Version of the Zombie Strike Sidestrike (Article). Basic Nerf. Archived from the original on 2016-03-31. Retrieved on 2014-09-21.

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