That massive carry deal with, pump-action underbarrel grenade launcher, and digital ammo counter on the aspect: is there a extra iconic sci-fi weapon than the Aliens M41A Pulse Rifle? Now, it’s about to grow to be an iconic Nerf blaster as effectively, as a result of Hasbro has simply introduced a $95 model that flings foam darts — sufficient of them that it would really be viable in a inventory Nerf warfare!


You see, not like Nerf’s $130 blaster rifle from The Mandalorian or most of its Overwatch toys, this 28-inch lengthy blaster isn’t only a prop with just a few token foam projectiles inside: it’s a fully-automatic blaster that takes Nerf Elite-sized dart magazines a la the fan-favorite RapidStrike, powered by 4 C batteries, plus “movie-inspired blast sounds.”

Oh, and Hasbro tells me that’s a real digital ammo counter on the aspect: it really counts darts even in the event you maintain the set off down! The usual magazine accommodates 10 darts, however it ought to match much less screen-accurate aftermarket ones to extend your capability, and you’ll set the ammo counter as excessive as 99.


That underbarrel grenade launcher really fires Nerf Mega darts (one after the other) and has a real spring-loaded plunger tube inside linked to a secondary set off you possibly can really pull — not like, say, the pitiful underbarrel rocket launcher on Nerf’s old Demolisher or similar blasters the place you needed to pull arduous on a guide plunger to pop a rocket out. There doesn’t appear to be an inside journal for added Mega darts, although, so that you might need to maintain these in a pocket.

For years, toy blaster followers have been attempting to copy the options and performance of the long-lasting Aliens Pulse Rifle, changing their Thompson airsoft replicas and Nerf blasters into full-scale props. They’d usually zip-tie or meld Nerf’s personal blasters beneath their RapidStrikes or Stryfes to get an underbarrel blaster like this. My favourite up to now is Campbell Nerf Works’ Stryfle, a 3D-printed set of parts you should utilize to mix a Stryfe and a handleless Magnus to nice impact:

I’m really engaged on a “Vitamin C Edition” of the Stryfle myself, as Campbell dubbed his orange model in a Reddit post.

However now, you don’t must be a modder to have a totally functioning Aliens Pulse Rifle that fires Nerf darts and appears much more the half. Effectively, at the very least you don’t as soon as October 2022 rolls round, as a result of right this moment’s preorders aren’t anticipated to ship for a really lengthy whereas.

Whereas $95 is so much, it’s bit lower than lots of Hasbro’s different licensed collectibles, just like the $130 Soldier 76 pulse rifle from Overwatch. It’s not each day Hasbro will get a licensed blaster proper (I lay out some examples right here), however this feels prefer it is perhaps one in all them. You could find preorders at Hasbro Pulse and GameStop, with EB Video games Canada to come back.

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