The Halo Needler is one of the most memorable video game weapons ever: an alien rifle that shoots spikes of crystalline plasma exploding. While clearly drawing inspiration from The fifth Element“Replay gun” in terms of form and functionality, it has won its own followers. Now Hasbro has announced a Nerf foam replica of the Needler that could finally do it justice.
The $ 100 Nerf LMTD Halo Needler follows the Aliens Pulse rifle and The Mandalorian Amban Phase-pulse blaster by asking the question: what if Hasbro built a cosplay-grade Nerf blaster for its biggest fans instead of something that has to sell as a toy? The response is a fully automatic 10-shot blaster with luminous tips whose lights automatically turn off when you shoot each one, mimicking how each needle disappears when you play a Halo Game.
It’s also not a flywheel blaster, not the kind that spits darts by throwing them between two wheels (and creating potentially annoying spinning sounds). Simply resting your finger on the trigger will turn on the lights on the Needler, and pulling it activates the entire mechanism at once: a series of motorized gears that return a spring-loaded piston to pull and advance the drum.
It’s instantly so much better than previous attempts at the Needler, like the clumsy version of BoomCo that required an extra hand to prime a long, non-canonical grip at the bottom, or that quick, early Nerf cash-in. It takes 6 AA batteries, and for the substantial price, you’ll also get a stand to display it. (You can leave the blaster on in display mode.)
You can find it here on Amazon or Entertainment Earth or GameStop or Hasbro Pulse, but be aware that it might take a while. long It’s time to arrive: it’s not expected until the end of 2022. It’s still in development, although Hasbro showed a first working version on its livestream today at around 2 hours and 14 minutes.