If you're tired of your kids parking their butts in front of the TV or the Xbox, try this: The new 'Nerf Stampede' . . . a battery-powered, fully-automatic Nerf assault rifle.
The Nerf Stampede is like an M16 for Nerf darts: It takes 6 D batteries, and comes with three 18-shot extended magazines, a detachable shield, and, quote, "a fore-grip that can deploy a bipod for mounted emplacements." That means you can set the thing down for more careful aiming when you're wasting your friends with Nerf darts and shouting "I got you!!!"
Here's the catch: All that firepower will set you back 50 bucks. But if you think about it, that's less than the average first-person-shooter video game. And while your kid's eventually going to beat the game, he can pretend-shoot his friends in real life with a Nerf assault rifle forever.
The Nerf Stampede won't be available in stores until this September, but Hasbro unveiled it last week at a bar in New York.