So I was wondering when this would happen! Credit to Urban Taggers(Link!) for making me aware of this.
Apparently, they’re going to release these next year. That makes sense, it’d work well with the huge list of blasters coming out next year. However, they aren’t the big news here. The big news is on the back.
Right there in the middle– the Stryfe and the Rayven. Two brand new elite blasters leaked alongside a new type of ammunition. Huge news in a small package.
So let’s break this down bit by bit.
Here’s a blown up version of the strife. It seems to mimic a barricade, but it is radically redesigned.
Here’s some obvious points on it:
- It has a underslung rail on the front of it– clearly for foregrips or bipods.
- Appears to be a barrel extension for adding barrels, which isn’t typical for a typical flywheel blaster.
- Stock attachment point– this fella looks like a semi-auto Recon, pistol to rifle customization.
- Acceleration trigger under the main trigger
- Large battery compartment (?)
- Clip system with a neat clip point
- Jam door and rail system just like the barricade
I think this could be one of my favorite blasters ever if it pans out. They evidently gave it a bottom rail so that the barrel is long enough to prevent children from jamming their fingers into the flywheel.
Seems to me that it may be a little smaller than a Barricade, as the clip seems to be much bigger than expected next to a larger blaster– compare the size with the Elite Rayven. Since the clip is the same on both, we can estimate what kinda size it’d have.
It doesn’t appear to come with any new accessories, which is a shame.
Also, doesn’t this kinda feel like a Rayven? Maybe it’s meant to be a standard, customization-capable Rayven.
So there’s no much to say about this– it’s a Rayven redone in Elite with no accessories. Maybe it’s implied that it comes with the clip?
One might think it’s strange that it doesn’t have a new name, but I think there’s a reasonable excuse for that. The Rayven has been 2012’s spotlight N-Strike blaster, and it’s been selling parallel to the Elite Series with great sales. I’d assume they would want to sell it off as the same as the old Rayven, but with upgraded capabilities. This way, they don’t confuse people on which to buy, and they see the Elite Series Rayven is better than a normal Light-It-Up Rayven.