G-Shock has released this interactive zombie adventure. A steady mouse hand is a must if you want to make it the full five minutes.
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NERF has released two new melee weapons as part of their Z-Strike line of blasters and accessories, the 2×4 and the Z-Wrench Axe. Well, to be more specific, the 2×4 is part of the ‘Zombie Strike’ line, and the Z-Wrench Axe is part of the ‘Zombie Strike Z.E.D. (Zombie Epidemic Defense) Squad’ line; sub-branding, it’s a helluva thing, eh?
The 2×4 has some kind of taped handle and a sheet of spiked metal bolted around the head. Pretty standard affair. I actually double checked my post history just to make completely sure I hadn’t already done this one.
Now, the Z-Wrench Axe is something else. In fact, it is my absolute favorite weapon in the entire Z-Strike line thus far. It’s a Monkey Wrench clamping down on an axe head, with tape and/or cloth functioning as extra support for holding the head in place. Simplistic, yet extremely creative. It doesn’t share the same worn look as most of the rest of the Z-Strike line; there is some kind of unspecified addition to the handle which functions as a grip, maybe it’s supposed to be a kind of wire.
Like most Z-Strike products, these can be found where ever toys are sold.
Back in August, we featured a product called the VSSL. It is an LED flashlight with a large handle that is used as a survival canister.
The project is currently on Kickstarter with 8 days left to go. Originally, one of the configurations was a Zombie themed VSSL which would have included a spike head attachment. As it turns out, Kickstarter has a “no-weapons” policy, and forced the project team to remove that particular configuration from the offerings. Here is how they responded:
The Zombie VSSL features a black exterior, and comes with a dual mode LED flashlight, oil filled compass, surgical mask, and bouquet of flowers attachment head. Why (re)kill the undead when you can court them, right?
I think this product really speaks for itself: zombies meet chia pets.
In Case Of is a company that creates small display cabinets filled with props themed around combating a specific supernatural threat. The Zombie cabinet, for example, includes the following props:
- 12 gauge short barrel shotgun
- Hunting knife with belt sheath
- Hand grenade
- Zombie outbreak field handbook
- 10 shotshell box
- 4 shotshell leather belt holder
- Emergency hammer
In Case Of also offers display kits for Demons, Vampires, and Werewolves
This is a runthrough of the Zombie Killhouse at the Haunted Hollywood Sports Media Night at Hollywood Sports Park in Bellflower, California. One of two killhouses being offered for Haunted Hollywood Sports, the Zombie Killhouse has a squad of attendees armed with airsoft G36s run through a pre-set path as they shoot at zombies who attack from the shadows and hide in corners. Each attendee also wears two flags, which the zombies will attempt to snatch. Losing both flags means you failed the mission, and have joined the ranks of the undead.
Note that this run was taken roughly a week before they officially launch, and isn’t necessarily representative of the final configuration of the killhouse.
Special thanks to Gregory Wong AKA spartan117gw for attending the event with us and doing the runthrough seen in the video. You can check out his YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/user/spartan117gw
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Haunted Hollywood Sports Media Night and more.
Special Ops: Infected is the latest attraction currently available at Knott’s Berry Farm for their ‘Knott’s Scary Farm’ Halloween event.
With the exception of ‘Trapped‘, Special Ops: Infected is quite possibly the most interactive Scary Farm event yet available from Knott’s, and unlike ‘Trapped’ won’t cost you an additional fee. The concept is such: squads of parkgoers armed with laser rifles and led by a squad leader patrol a transformed Camp Snoopy, eliminating the undead while completing objectives, battling Road Warrior-esque militia forces, and saving an important scientist who holds the cure to the zombie plague.
In order to even take part in the Special Ops: Infected attraction, you must obtain a ticket. These tickets are free, but are limited. They are given out at the entrance of Camp Snoopy, and denote the time and entry point you’ll be allowed in. During our visit, they ran out of cards before our appointed 9:15 time. Reportedly, less than half of all parkgoers will be able to participate, and given how rapidly the tickets ran out that seems to be the case.
From one of the two assigned entry points, Alpha and Bravo, which take place on opposite ends of Camp Snoopy, guests were herded into a orientation tent, where they were assigned their guns and given their objectives. There was a lot of showmanship on the part of the squad leader, including his use of the accented ‘zambies’ to denote the zombie targets, and being decked out in tactical gear.
The guns we were assigned were zombie-green plastic, with useable albeit unneeded (and honestly distracting) flip-up iron sights, very large magazine/sensor boxes, and bungee-retention slings. The stocks were fixed, and intended or not, the guns were only capable of semi-auto fire. Additionally, the guns were noted in promotional literature as having LCD screens which would allow for individual score tracking, which was not featured on these guns; overall, not that impressive. Ammo was not an issue, as the guns are set to automatically reload after 50 shots, after which a 5-or-so-second reload was supposed to take place, but never seemed to. They also fired a strange triangular burst of three lights instead of traditional projectiles, which activated a sensor on the zombies’ heads, letting them know when they were shot.
Speaking of the zombies, they were actors strewn throughout the course, made up to look undead. They shambled, they rushed, they went down pretty quickly if their sensor managed to get hit. Their enthusiasm was greatly appreciated throughout the course, as you could tell they really enjoyed playing their part, trying their damnedest to assault our squad. The other enemy, the militia, was more a plot point than a true threat. We were forced to be captured as part of the experience (your guns are worthless as they don’t wear sensors) and were led into a cage, where we were taunted, insulted, told to keep our hands behind our head, and had zombies paw at us through the openings. This lasted for a couple of minutes, until we “escaped”. Kinda fun, but it was also jarring to pump round after round into a screaming man wielding a Beretta and a trash can lid shield only for him and his buddies to take you all hostage.
The objectives were occasional breaks in the action, such as enter a cabin to activate a communications array, or find a point on a map. They were actually a cool way to add a bit of variety to the mission, even if they were always a prelude to a zombie attack.
Ultimately, Special Ops: Infected is a great concept with a flawed execution. It’s a good event, but if it’s to be great, there will have to be improvements to the weapons and implementation of the promised scoring system. An expansion of the interactive events, and maybe a chance to actually battle the militia instead of forcefully playing prisoner, would also be appreciated. We’re looking forward to see if Special Ops: Infected makes a return next year, and if it does, ends up being better than it is now.
It’s also worth mentioning that technically we didn’t get to experience everything Special Ops: Infected has to offer. One of the squad leaders alerted us that both Alpha and Bravo offer different experiences, so it’s likely you’d have to attend multiple days to experience both paths.
The NERF Zombie Strike Hammer Combat Kit consists of a NERF Hammer melee weapon and mask.
The Hammer features the apocalyptic ‘wear-n-tear’ look as the rest of the Zombie Strike line, such as appearing to having been made from cobbled together materials (bent pipe with wrapped wire grip combined with a brick strike head) and featuring markings and Zombie Strike branding. The mask is a bit more colorful, being made from foam with dual elastic retention bands.
Here’s one of our very own Amigos showing just how menacing this ‘combat kit’ can be. The shirt matching the mask was just a happy coincidence.
The Hammer Combat Kit should be available for sale wherever Z-Strike/Zombie Strike products are sold. We got ours at Target.
Knott’s Scary Farm, Knott’s Berry Farm’s yearly Halloween event, is hosting a special event this year called Special Ops: Infected. Taking place at the Camp Snoopy grounds, ‘squads’ of park guests are armed with special laser guns and are tasked with eliminating zombies while undertaking various missions, such as fending off militia members and locating a mad scientist with the cure to the zombie plague. The event is reportedly open to all park guest at no additional cost, although slots are limited each night.
A new addition to the Zombie Strike line, this chainsaw takes an obvious cue from the Lancer in Gears of War, but it’s pretty badass so we’ll forgive ‘em. Made of NERF’s trademark foam, it functions as a standalone toy chainsaw, all marked up with battle damage and the like. Pressing the green button on either side will produce chainsaw noises, although the left side also functions as the speaker so unfortunately the sound gets a bit muffled when in use. The coolest feature is its compatibility with the NERF tactical rail, so it can be attached to the forend of any compatible NERF blaster.
The Zombie Strike Chainsaw should be available wherever NERF is sold.
Williamsburg, Virginia - Hunter Research and Technology is pleased to announce a new Zombie Strike theme for the Nerf Mission App, developed in partnership with Hasbro. Featuring great artwork by UI designers at Manifest Digital, the Zombie Strike theme features a zombie-inspired heads up display, Zombie Strike blaster arsenal, and all new Zombie Strike missions. This update of the Nerf Mission app also include a special long range heads up display for the new Nerf Centurion MEGA blaster.
The Nerf Mission App works with the new Nerf N-Strike Elite Tactical Rail Mount Accessory and turns any rail-equipped Nerf blaster into a full battle cam with heads up display, compass, inclinometer, and rangefinder. The app lets users record photos and videos, track their arsenal, learn about hand signals used to communicate with a squad, and plan out different missions for multiplayer Nerf battles.
The Nerf Mission App is based on the Theodolite Augmented Reality Navigation app developed by Hunter Research and Technology. This game-changing app defined a new standard for augmented reality navigation when it debuted in 2009, and has been a #1 selling navigation app in iTunes stores around the world. Theodolite works as a heads up display with compass, GPS, map, zoom photo/movie camera, rangefinder, tracker, and two-axis inclinometer.
Theodolite is great for outdoor sports, hiking, boating, hunting, golf, sightseeing, photography, and navigation. The app is used in the field every day by surveyors, geologists, architects, engineers, military personnel, competitive sportsmen, and search and rescue workers. And in October, Apple featured Theodolite being used at the Great Wall of China during a special event.
The Nerf Mission App with Zombie Strike theme is available for free from the iTunes App Store, just in time to battle zombies during the holiday season. The app works with most iPhone and iPod touch devices running iOS 6.0 or later. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Tactical Rail Mount Accessory is for ages 8 and up, and sold separately. See Nerf online for more information and a list of retailers.
Theodolite is available on the iTunes App Store for a 50%-off 4-year anniversary sale price of $3.99 USD, and is the perfect holiday gift or purchase for outdoor enthusiasts, professionals, students, teachers, and high-tech gadget lovers (it’s also great for battling zombies). Theodolite runs on any camera-equipped iPhone or iPod touch. Theodolite HD runs on any camera-equipped iPad or iPad Mini. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website. Media professionals interested in reviewing Theodolite can request a promotional code to download the apps from iTunes at no cost.
NERF Mission App 1.1
Theodolite 3.2 iTunes Link (iPhone and iPod touch)
Theodolite HD 3.2 iTunes Link (iPad and iPad mini)
Onnit’s limited edition run of zombie themed kettle bells come individually in .5, 1, 1.5, and 2 pood sizes or as a complete set. They’re cast from chip-resistant iron, feature enlarged handles for enhanced grip strength, and are perfectly balanced. As previously stated, supplies are limited, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Black Rain Ordnance, in association with Advanced Armament Corp and Tactical Night Vision Company, is holding the Walking Dead Zombie Prepper Multi-Gun 2013. The event will consist of a seven stage 3-gun night shoot; no ambient light, only weapon, handheld, or head mounted lights. Visible lasers and red dot sights are also allowed.
For one of the stages, TNVC and AAC are hosting an all night vision, suppressed stage. Participants will also have the opportunity to run the new Team Wendy LTP helmet.
Here’s a promo video from last year’s event:
This year’s event will be held at CCC Security Range in Cresson, TX on Oct. 26/27.
For more info and to register for the event, visit lonestarprotect.com/walkingdead2013/
Because who doesn’t love pouring their favorite alcoholic beverage out of the glassware head of a flesh-eating ghoul?
Z.E.R.T. and 32 Celsius are trying to fund a 2014 calendar featuring girls in zombie camo slaying the undead, with twice Emmy nominated makeup artist, Kelly Belmonte, behind the zombie makeup.
Yeah, the market is a bit beyond oversaturated with zombies at the moment, but this game made by Markus “Notch” Persson of Minecraft fame is quite similar to FPS games of old, like Doom and Duke Nukem, and is pretty entertaining, considering it was made in only seven days. Plus, it’s pretty funny that the pistol and rifle were modeled after NERF blasters.
Wait, no Governor?
The official comic of the Zombie Eradication Response Team, created by Aaron Mauldin and written by Jesse Saunders, with art by Monty Borror. The series is available in both print and digital format, and if you happen to be in San Diego for Comic-Con, you can pick up a limited edition pencil cover variant of issue #2.
Nerf is getting into the zombie game with their upcoming line of Zombie Strike blasters. Details include the Zombie Strike logo and wooden and tape decorations, to give each blaster that ‘post-apocalyptic’ DIY repair feel. Two blasters, the above Hammershot and the Sledgefire, will be available September 1st at Target stores. The rest of the line, which includes a crossbow, more blasters, targets, and a sword, will be available through the rest of 2013 into 2014.
hat tip: io9.com – Zombie Strike Line
Yeah, this has been published before, but apparently the offer is still open, so if you’re in the Portland, OR area and want your very own tactical corset…
Because it’s been a slow season, the folks of Niall’s Zombie Control Service have offered to make ‘one’ (see, the all-caps emphasis in the title was totally necessary) custom ‘NZCS Tactical Corset’ for ‘one’ lucky female individual, a piece of kit usually reserved for one of their team members. There are four stipulations to getting the corset, however:
1. You must be custom fitted, this must take place in the Portland Metro Area (Oregon).
2. You will not get the patches that they have on our uniforms.
3. The cost will be $225.
4. It will take up to 2 weeks after the fitting before it is ready.
Interested parties may contact NZCS via private message on their Facebook page.
The Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit contains practically every tool and accessory you could ever possibly need to combat the zombie menace . It’s admittedly more comprehensive than the offering by TACWRK, with a price to match:
$31,375.00 $23,999.00 vs. $11709.50 (€ 8,999.00), but getting this you’d be missing out on a sweet Stihl chainsaw.
Hollywood strikes again!