Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout RC Drone

Record epic Nerf battles with the TerraScout

Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout RC Drone

Hasbro

The Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout, released by Hasbro in late 2016, is a remote-controlled toy tank that has an automatic Nerf gun mounted on top and a 720p video camera to record all the action. The idea of remotely firing Nerf darts at an opponent isn't without merit; in fact, it is great fun. DIY-types have been doing this with Nerf guns for years, making all manner of remotely operable turrets and self-propelled tanks. However, these hacks are mostly one-off designs that are neither easy to make nor readily available to the average consumer.

The Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout followed on the heels of Hasbro's modestly successful Nerf Combat Creatures Terradrone, which received a lackluster response, partially because of its high price. Hasbro didn't give up on the idea of bringing remote-controllable Nerf blasting to the masses though. The company added a live video feed to the concept and launched the N-Strike Elite TerraScout RC Drone.

TerraScout features

The remote-controlled tank features high-speed, all-terrain tracks for quick strikes and an 18-dart clip for remote bombardment. The TerraScout can launch two to three darts per second for a rapid-fire attack. Kids can use the live video feed featured on the controller’s LCD screen to scout the battlefield, locate targets and plan their attack. The real-time video feed of the TerraScout adds entirely new play options.

The TerraScout is fast when it's on the go. It isn't stealthy, though. The motorized whine of the motors driving the rubber tank treads announce its arrival and position.

This is no small toy. The TerraScout stands 14 inches tall when its gun is level. The tank has two rubber treads, and the gun sits on top of the tank on a motorized mount that pivots side to side.

Accessories are available for the TerraScout at the HasbroToyShop.

TerraScout controller

Kids operate the TerraScout with its controller. The two-stick controller is nearly 9 inches long. One stick controls forward and backward moves, and the other spins the toy left and right. A switch tilts the gun up and down, and a trigger fires the darts.

A 2.3-inch color LCD is mounted on the controller above the sticks. The screen shows a live feed from the camera that is mounted on the tank. If you add an SD card, you can record 720p video. The screen resolution is not high, but it is clear and bright.

About the price

The TerraScout is recommended for kids who are 8 and older, but the $200+ price tag makes it one of the most expensive Nerf toys you can buy. That's a tricky place to be, considering many of the expensive Nerf products have been something of a letdown, or at least not seen as good values. So, a $200+ price point for something bearing the Nerf name might be seen as a questionable purchase. In this case, though, the TerraScout delivers all the fun you expect from a high-end toy. There's no SD card included, so you need to supply one to record your epic battles.