Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Review:Elite Spectre [Is It Really THAT Elite?]

 Welcome! This is the Spectre review that many of you have been waiting for.Today,I'll be reviewing (obviously) the Elite Spectre! Out of the box,you'll get the Elite Spectre, a barrel extension, a shoulder stock,5 elite darts,and an instruction manual.
 This blaster was first release in Singapore at the Nerf Powerplay 2013 event,which carnival/tournament organized by Hasbro Singapore.It cost 36.90 Singapore Dollars.As for now,I know that the Elite Spectre will be available in Australia and America in the future.

Just for your information: Many people who bought the Elite Spectre have faced problems with the Spectre's rotating mechanism-even me myself.But lucky for me,I managed to exchange mine for a new unit.Which worked better overall.

The Elite Spectre,surprisingly has the same name as the N-Strike one.Here are some similarities between the two of them...
  • Name:Spectre Rev-5
  • Cost:36.90 Singapore Dollars
  • Size:Measured from the front to the back of the blaster
  • Rotating Mechanism
  • Comes with the same accessories.Just a different colour scheme

Here's the size comparisson of the Elite Spectre,N-strike Spectre,and Elite Strongarm.All three blasters come have almost the same size.

Missing in the picture is a Maverick. Essentially, the three blasters pictured on the left including the Maverick, are really similar.

 Loading this blaster is simple as ABC.Press the orange button on the left side of the blaster,tilt your blaster to the left,and the barrel will drop out. You then load a maximum of 5 darts into the dart chambers.I feel that the orange button is a little too difficult to press down,which is especially annoying when trying reload on the fly.

 Not that the new AR system that was originally introduced in the Strongarm can be found in the Spectre too.This AR system only makes use of 1 Air Restrictor. And because the ARs are not in the barrel anymore,the designers reduced the size of the barrel,making it shorter.
Some of you might be asking if the rotating mechanism is like the Strongarm. Sorry to disappoint you,but no.The rotating mechanism is the same as the original Spectre. It only rotates when you prime the blaster.

 The priming handle on the Elite Spectre is of a reasonable size.It fits my hand alright.But for users with larger hands,I think it'll be a different story.

 Just like the N-Strike Spectre,there is a hole at the stock attachment piece.When the blaster is not primed,you'll be able to see the inside of the blaster.But when it is,a orange piece will appear.
 The handle of the Spectre feels great.It's feels very sturdy,and doesn't make any funny  noises.Maybe it's just me,but in my opinion I feel that the Spectre's trigger is a little too long.Making me need to use more effort just to pull the trigger. 

There's a sling point at the bottom of the Elite Spectre's handle.You'll be able to put slings on there,such as the Bandolier strap.

  The Spectre is another tacti-cool blaster.It's a blaster you would want to have if customization means a lot to you.It has one tactical rail,a stock attachment point,and a barrel extension point.

I believe that the barrel extension is a repaint too.There's no rifling though it doesn't really matter).Overall,I think that the barrel extension looks really nice.I just feel that a white stripe where my finger is pointing at in the picture above,should be painted there :D

Picture of the Elite Spectre's shoulder stock
Picture of the handle of the Elite Spectre
 Wait...whattttt?Am I playing with an Elite blaster or an N-strike blaster?
As you can see from the pictures above,the shoulder stocks were clearly just a re-paint!Well,I would appreciate it if they could use molds with the Elite logo. Then again,this isn't really a big issue.

 So one of  the very special things about the Spectre is it's shoulder stock.It's a fold-able one.An a very flimsy one. Tacti-cool?Yes.But not really war useful.
How to 'fold' the stock

Step 1: Pull the main long piece back.You'll notice that the red colour sticker changes to grey colour plastic.
Step 2:Flip the stock to the right side.
Step 3:Push the stock backwards.You'll notice that the grey plastic turns into a red sticker. I said in my previous review on the N-strike Spectre that they should use ink instead of stickers.Nerf didn't use my suggestion.Oh well...

Overall,I think that the Elite Spectre is a descent blaster-nothing too fantastic.I didn't really make me go 'wow!'.I guess because it's just a copy of the N-strike Spectre (Just with the Elite distance,new internals, new shell,and a new paint job).
If yours is not a lemon(mine isn't!),you should be able to get consistent range and accuracy.
The spectre hits an average of about 45ft for me.And it is very accurate.My Spectre jams up from time to time,which can get me a little frustrated...
For me,the Spectre has a good rate of fire since my hands fit well on the priming handle.But if you're a user with a larger hand,your rate of fire might decrease if you are unable to have a good grip on the priming handle.

If you're a tacti-coolish person,and like to customize your blasters,this would be a fun blaster to play around with. But truthfully...if you want to bring this for a war as a secondary,I would recommend the Strongarm instead.I had a ton of fun with this thing though! :D Love messing around with all the funky combos.

Stock Range:9/10 40ft-75ft

Rate Of Fire:10/10

Personal Rating:8

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Check out my Elite Spectre Test-Fire and Elite Spectre Unboxing!


  1. i agree, as pistols go the strongarm and hammershot are better.

  2. heys awesome vids and reviews, i found them insightful. ive recently taken a liking into Nerf guns (or at least my frens have persuaded me to get 1 for office wars xD) and i was wondering whether u could do a review on the Nerf Elite Retaliator? also given a choice between the Elite Spectre and Elite Retaliator, which would you recommend? both are really customizable but im looking for range and accurancy. thx dude!

    fellow SGrean

    1. Thanks! :D Office wars,cool,haha.Although I don't have the Retaliator with me now,I think I would rather get the Retaliator.
      The Retaliator is a clip system blaster(super quick reloading if you have extra clips),and also,it has a larger ammo capacity. Hope that helps.


  3. Yeah, the Strongarm is one of my favorite Elite blasters.

  4. yea I just got this gun yesterday at Wal-Mart and it hardly rotates at all and it hardly primes either

  5. Anyone knows how to fix the turret jam on the Spectre?

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