Soo.. you've all had time to watch and absorb the new Nerf Vortex series sneak peak- one of our solid readers Bluefire has put together a pretty indepth analysis of the vid which gives you a decent blow by blow idea of what's on offer. Have a read and interested in your thoughts (Thanks Bluefire!)
I watched the aforesaid video after I told you about it, and I want to point out a few things in now...
• At the beginning, all the blasters are showed - Gear Up (no surprises there, I'm assuming this is just for the benefit of those who didn't hear about the Toy Fair) and the Vortex. It may just be the camera angle, but all of Vortex seems much... well... shorter and stubbier than it did in the other video.
• From 0:07 to 0:09, the Vortex blaster at the bottom is what I assume is the Nitron... notice that it seems to hold an extra tube-clip in the back, Longshot-style.
• Around 0:11, we see a very clear view of the ammunition, near the left. Judging by the shadows, one of them seems to be upside-down, and have a dimple/concave dent in the middle. This seems much like a Frisbee to me (the leading edge producing the Bernoulli effect and creating better flight), and I see such disks throughout the video, so perhaps this is what they are talking about as to new "XLR disk" technology. Or is this new technology? I fancy that I haven't been around quite as long as you have, so you tell me.
• Also around 0:11, the ends of several blasters are visible. According to Pinky's analysis, this is the Proton, and we get much better views of it. Also, though, there seems to be a low, long, rectangular piece of plastic protruding at an odd spot above the barrel... Tactical rail, maybe?
• At 0:12, we get a better view of the (Nitron's?) foregrip. Interesting, but not exactly groundbreaking.
• From 0:12 to 0:22, we see our first in-depth film of the Proton's loading system. Interesting... it seems to load from directly in front of the priming handle, not from the barrel like the Nite Finder or its EX kin. However, the Proton does seem to be filling the Nite Finder's role of single-shot pistol as expected, and, if the video is anything to judge by, shares its disproportionate power as well.
• 0:22 to 0:24 showcases the only three Vortex loading systems we know of - the Proton's single-shot pull handle, the Vigilon's pop-out internal clip, and the Praxis and Nitron's tube-clips. Interesting methods, all... here's hoping my bet that they have N-Strike style loading designations is right!
• Around 0:23, we see what seems to be the Nitron again (I see a bit of foregrip at the left). On top is what seems to be a tactical-rail style accessory, which we have not seen previously. More support for my tactical rail theory, I hope... (As an aside, the end of it seems to be shaped suspiciously like another Vortex barrel... extra-shot add-ons, anyone? The Proton's mechanism might be narrow enough to fit.)
• Finally, at 0:25, the box for the Praxis is shown. Although we have all pretty much made up our minds that the only blaster fired in the first video is the Praxis (thanks to Pinky), I have one more bit of proof: If you look carefully, at the upper left-hand corner, you can see what appears to be the fingers of a hand curled in the shape suitable for a pump handle like the Praxis'. A bit blurry, I know, but...