(Link) As the loyal Nerf Nation followers know, us Australians are getting 'nerfed' versions of the upcoming N-Strike Elite blasters (such as the Retaliator and Rampage) slightly decreased in ranges, due to our rather, umm, strict laws about projectile weapons, while our American friends are receiving the full, un-touched versions of the blasters.
In a way, I see this as a good thing, and a bad thing. The bad thing is for us dedicated collectors, such as myself, is potentially paying more money for an Elite blaster, when in truth, there are cheaper and more powerful versions out there. I don't know that much about our laws about guns, but in the end, Nerf is a kid's toy, and they are taking precautions to reduce potential massive injury. Why, just one shot from my Swarmfire (Blue Trigger) could take an eye out.
But in the end, if there is a more powerful version of a blaster than the ones we are destined to get, then it would make much more sense to import, since:
A. I don't mod, and probably never will. These blasters are getting the ranges I want, without cracking them open.
B. I'm a collector, and I love collecting rare gear as a hobby.
With the new Elite gear, I'm definitely excited for the all-new blasters and crazy ranges, but I need to know how 'reduced' our versions are gonna be. Anyway, looks like Amazon will be an option. Enough with my thoughts, what about yours on the upcoming Elite gear? :)