Hasbro’s NERF Brand Blasts into Overdrive with NERF NITRO
January 27, 2017

New Stunt Car Line Offers Fans High-Action, Performance-Based Play Experience

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Building on more than 45 years of innovative play experiences designed to excite and thrill fans, the NERF brand from Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) introduces NERF NITRO, a unique line of blasters and launchable foam vehicles. Hitting shelves globally in 2017 with distinctive designs and stimulating play experiences based on two years of research focused on both NERF and vehicle fans, the performance-based NERF NITRO line is racing on to the vehicle scene as only the NERF brand can, bringing with it the thrill of speed, jumps, tricks, and adrenaline-fueled action.

“The imaginative, fun NITRO line is an exciting development as we continue to drive innovation and explore diverse worlds of play for the NERF brand and our fans of all ages,” says Michael Ritchie, VP, Global Brand Marketing, NERF Franchise. “Building on the action-packed adventures of blaster play allows us to infuse the stunt car segment with all the dependability, power and thrills that kids and fans expect from the NERF brand.”

Design, power, performance, and heritage set the NERF brand apart. With years of innovation and insight, the NERF team of designers are unparalleled experts in the world of blasting toys. Drawing from this knowledge and delivering on years of research identifying consumers’ demand for an original, high-performance stunt car alternative, NERF NITRO sets combine the time-tested blasting power and foam action play of NERF with the exhilarating, high-flying world of stunt car play to create an incomparable play experience. Kids simply load one of the NERF NITRO foam vehicles into the NERF NITRO launchers and pull the trigger to blast the vehicle into overdrive. With customizable, indoor-safe stunt vehicles and accessories, vehicle fans can now create amazing stunt shows almost anywhere.

“NITRO offers kids an original way to play with NERF, combining its expertise as the premiere blaster brand with toy vehicle to create an entirely new way to have fun,” said Jim Silver, CEO/editor-in-chief, TTPM.com. “From the blaster action to the cool stunts and tricks, this new NERF experience is sure to be a hit with fans.”

The colorful, collectible line is designed for kids ages five and up, features more than 48 vehicles designs at launch, and includes sets ranging from the 24-piece MOTOFURY RAPID RALLY set, to the two launcher DUELFURY DEMOLITION set, creating trackless stunt possibilities as boundless as kids’ imaginations. When it comes to high-flying car stunts and tricks, This is How We Play, NERF NITRO style.

For more information on the NITRO line and the NERF brand, visit www.Nerf.com, or connect with NERF NATION on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat.

About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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