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Nerf Blasters
Nerf N-Strike Vulcan.jpeg
A Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25
Type Toy dart gun
Inventor Nerf
Company Hasbro
Country United States
Availability 1992–present
Slogan "It's Nerf or Nothin'!"
"Accept No Substitutes"
Official website
Engineering design of a NERF blaster
A Nerf N-Strike Longshot CS-6

A Nerf Blaster is a toy gun made by Hasbro that fires foam darts, discs, or, in some cases, foam balls. The term "Nerf gun" is often used to describe the toy;[1] however, it is often used as a blanket term for any foam dart blaster, regardless of whether or not it has the Nerf brand name. Nerf blasters are manufactured in multiple forms, including pistols, rifles, and light machine guns. The first Nerf blasters emerged in the late 1980s with the release of the Nerf Blast-a-Ball[2] and the Arrowstorm.

The Nerf blaster line currently consists of fourteen lines: N-Strike Elite, Alien Menace, Dart Tag, Vortex, Zombie Strike, Modulus, Mega, N-Strike, RIVAL, Doomlands, Super Soaker, Accustrike, and Rebelle. Cross-promotional models have also been released, themed around Marvel Comics, Star Wars, G.I. Joe and Transformers.

All Nerf blasters come packaged with a set of foam darts or mega darts matched to fit into their chambers. Refill darts can also be purchased separately. Most Nerf dart blasters are compatible with the different types of foam darts available; but the Magazine System blasters will only take Streamline darts, which have smaller diameter tips. In 2013, Elite darts became the new standard darts, as they are compatible with both regular and Magazine System blasters.

Numerous accessories for Nerf blasters are available separately or supplied with selected blasters. These consist of ammunition holders or attachments that enhance the functional or aesthetic elements of Nerf blasters, as well as some Super Soaker blasters.

The Nerf line is also sold in Japan by Takara Tomy, which sells other Hasbro products in the country. For marketing reasons, some blasters have been given different names in Japan. For example, the Stampede ECS is called "Blazing Burst ECS", while the Longstrike CS-6 is called "Sniper Shot CS-6"; nevertheless, these blasters still have their original names molded on them.

In 2011, the Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS was awarded "Boy Toy of the Year" at the 11th Annual Toy of the Year Awards, which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.[3] In 2014, the Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow won the award for "Best Action Toy" at the 2014 U.K. Toy Fair.[4]

Product lines[edit]

Current[edit]

N-Strike[edit]

A man aiming an N-Strike Stampede ECS

N-Strike was the main line of the Blasters toy series. This line consists of toy guns that fire rubber-tipped foam darts. While the blasters have been offered in several different colors, the N-Strike's main colors are yellow and orange, despite some models being offered mainly in blue. Blasters released before mid-2010 bear the original N-Strike badge, which has the motto: "Enlist, Engage, Enforce". The N-Strike name was formerly used for one set of three blasters (Titan AS-V.1, Hornet AS-6 and Scout IX-3), which has since been renamed the Unity Power System.

The Recon CS-6 is a "build-your-own" Nerf Magazine-System Blaster that was released in 2008 under the N-Strike series. It has five interchangeable parts: a barrel extension, flip up sight, dual-mode light beam, stock and main blaster. It resembles the M4 Carbine Rifle. Its Elite successor is the N-Strike Elite Retaliator.

In 2010, the Stampede ECS - a bi-pod-mounted, battery-powered gun which is loaded with ammo magazines[5] - was awarded "Boy Toy of the Year" at the 11th Annual Toy of the Year Awards, which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.[6] Popular Mechanics praised it as "the best overall Nerf gun ever", being easy to use and less prone to jamming than earlier battery-powered Nerf models.[5]

N-Strike Elite[edit]

On August 1, 2012, the N-Strike line was succeeded by the N-Strike Elite, which consists mainly of existing blasters with improved internal mechanisms for better firing distances. Firing distances are up to 75 feet (23 m) feet for the U.S. models, while international models (identifiable by their grey triggers) have a maximum firing distance of 15 metres (49 ft). The average Nerf blaster fires darts at around 70 feet per second. The primary colors of N-Strike Elite are blue, white and orange.[7]

Elite XD is a sub-series of N-Strike Elite, but with advertised ranges of 85 to 90 feet (26 to 27 m) for the US version and 22 metres (72 ft) for the international model. Although advertised as having a longer range than the Elite, the only difference in design is the different coloring.[citation needed] It started in the beginning of 2014 with the Demolisher 2-In-1 and the Nerf Cam ECS-12. The N-Strike Mega line was launched in 2013, with the Centurion as its flagship blaster. It used to be a sub-series of the N-Strike Elite and N-Strike series, but later evolved into its own sometime in 2016. This series comes with a custom type of dart, the Mega Dart.

N-Strike Mega[edit]

N-Strike Mega (trademarked as N-Strike MEGA), formally N-Strike Mega Series (trademarked as N-Strike MEGA Series), is a line of blasters which fire red-colored ammunition larger than elite darts in both size and diameter. Nerf had advertised them to fire at "mega" ranges of up to 100 feet. In addition, they are also designed to "whistle" through the air. The series used to be a sub-series of N-Strike and N-Strike Elite, but evolved into its own series sometime in 2016.

Zombie Strike[edit]

Zombie Strike is a series introduced in mid-2013 for fans of Humans vs. Zombies games.[original research?] The series consists of blasters that sport post-apocalyptic designs.[8]

Nerf Rebelle[edit]

Nerf Rebelle (trademarked as NERF Rebelle) is a brand introduced in fall 2013 aimed at the female demographic. As such, the Rebelle blasters incorporate feminine designs and pastel colors.[9] Its slogan is Step Up, Stand Out.[10]

Nerf Rival[edit]

Nerf Rival (trademarked as NERF Rival) is a line of ball blasters aimed at 14 to 20-year-old males that was released in the fall of 2015. The current line of blasters to be listed are the Zeus MXV-1200, Apollo XV-700, Khaos MXV-4000, Atlas MXV-1200, Artemis MXV-3000, and the Nemesis MXVII-10K. Its ammunition can reach up to 105 FPS and a distance of up to 110 FT (34 M).

Doomlands 2169[edit]

Doomlands 2169 is a line of blasters set in a catastrophic future. They use N-strike elite streamline darts that are orange with a black tip. There are currently 3 blasters in this line and a sub-line called "Impact Zone" will be released fall 2016. The main line's blasters are orange with clear parts and the "Impact Zone" sub-line will have white blasters also with clear parts. The darts can shoot up to 90 FT (27 M) with speeds up to 80 FPS.

AccuStrike Series[edit]

AccuStrike Series is a sub-series of Nerf Rebelle and N-Strike Elite blasters that was released in spring 2017. It has darts designed for accuracy, with rifling in the dart tips. The blasters get less range then N-Strike Elite blasters, but with better accuracy. They can also shoot up to 75 ft (22 M) with speeds up to 65 FPS. The current blasters in the sub-series are the AlphaHawk, Combow, FalconFire, FocusFire Crossbow, RaptorStrike, and the TruePoint.

Nerf Nitro[edit]

Nerf Nitro (trademarked as NERF Nitro) is a brand of blasters that fire Foam Cars instead of darts. Each Nitro set includes obstacles to hit and/or ramps to launch the cars in the air.[11]

Former[edit]

Vortex[edit]

Unlike the N-Strike and Dart Tag lines, which use foam darts, Vortex uses XLR (Xtra Long Range) discs[12] - green, white or glow-in-the-dark plastic discs wrapped in foam. These discs are capable of traveling at greater distances than darts fired from original N-Strike blasters (up to 65 feet[13]) and also ricocheting off of walls.[14][15] As with other current Nerf and Super Soaker blasters, the Vortex blasters are designed with tactical rails to accommodate scopes and other accessories. The Praxis and Nitron have accessories that are also compatible with other Nerf blasters.[16] To further differentiate from the yellow-colored N-Strike and Dart Tag blasters, as well as the blue and orange or blue and orange and white Elite blasters, the Vortex blasters are colored kelly green and vermilion except the Pyragon, Revonix360, and Diatron, which are colored white, gray and vermilion.

Combat Creatures[edit]

The Combat Creatures series is a joint project between Hasbro and Wow! Stuff. It features a remote-controlled robot that can fire Elite Darts. The robot, the TerraDrone, was released in fall of 2014.

Ammunition and accessories[edit]

All Nerf blasters come packaged with a set of ammunition. However, refills of ammunition are also available separately in packs of as little as one to as much as 250, or with accessories or "clips" (magazines). With the exception of the Clip System blasters, most Nerf dart blasters are compatible with the different types of foam darts available; the Clip System blasters will only take streamlined darts, which have smaller diameter tips. In 2013, Elite Darts became the new standard darts, as they are compatible with all types of blasters.

Some types of ammunition include:

Various types of ammunition for Nerf and non-Nerf guns.
  • Suction Darts (old-style; formerly Rip Rockets and Micro Darts) - Foam darts with suction cups that stick to glass windows or flat surfaces. Available in many different colors.
    • Glow-In-The-Dark Darts - Old-style Suction Darts that glow in the dark when exposed to a lighting system. Available in white.
  • Whistler Darts (or Sonic Micro Darts, which are known as Sonic Darts in Japan) - Foam darts with holes on their sides, which emit whistling sounds when fired. Available in many different colors.
  • Clip System Darts (formerly Streamline Darts) - Orange-tipped darts with a smaller diameter, designed to fit in Clip System magazines. Available in many different colors.
    • Glow-In-The-Dark Darts - Clip System Darts that glow in the dark when exposed to a lighting system, such as the Firefly Tech Clip. Available in white.
  • Xtra Long Range Discs (formerly XLR Discs) - Foam and plastic discs available in the Vortex and Zombie Strike series. Available in many different colors.
    • Glow-In-The-Dark Disc - Xtra Long Range Discs that glow in the dark when exposed to a lighting system, such as the Firefly Tech Magazine. Available in white.
  • Elite Darts - Foam darts introduced in the N-Strike Elite line. They resemble the Clip System Darts, but are slightly more accurate, thicker in diameter, weigh less and shoot further. Available in many different colors.
    • Glow-In-The-Dark Darts - Elite Darts that glow in the dark when exposed to a lighting system, such as the Firefly Tech Clip. Available in white.
    • Suction Darts (new-style) - Suction-cupped Elite Darts with improved performance. Available in blue and light orange.
  • Collectible Darts - Repainted Elite Darts in pastel colors, some sporting various stripes, dots or patterns on them, resembling those of the blasters of the Nerf Rebelle brand. Available in many different colors.
  • High-Impact Rounds - These balls are similar in shape to golf balls, as they have dimples on them. Their range and groupings are better than darts, and they can also sting a bit when fired. Available in yellow, yellow and red and yellow and blue.
  • Mega Whistler Darts (or Mega Dart; trademarked as MEGA Whistler Dart or MEGA Dart) - Foam darts designed for the Nerf N-Strike Mega line that are larger than Elite Darts in both size and diameter. They are also designed to "whistle" through the air. Available in red, blue and green.
  • AccuStrike Darts - Foam darts designed for accuracy[17] only available in the AccuStrike Series. Available in light orange and purple.

Numerous accessories for Nerf blasters are available separately or supplied with selected blasters. These consist of ammunition holders or attachments that enhance the functional or aesthetic elements of Nerf blasters, as well as some Super Soaker blasters.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pinkerton, Lindsey (2009-04-03). "The Top 10 Nerf Guns of All Time". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  2. ^ Nerf Blast-a-Ball
  3. ^ Per-Lee, Myra. "The 11 Best Toys of 2011". InventorSpot. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  4. ^ "U.K. Toy Fair: 2014 Toy Winners Announced". Global License!. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
  5. ^ a b Porges, Seth (2010-08-11). "Nerf Stampede Hands-On Review". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  6. ^ Per-Lee, Myra. "The 11 Best Toys of 2011". InventorSpot. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  7. ^ "Nerf N-Strike Elite". Hasbro. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  8. ^ Bricken, Rob (2013-07-11). "Prepare for a Nerf follo with the newfollow me on twitter Strike line!". Io9. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  9. ^ Greenwald, Will (2013-06-28). "Nerf Tips iPhone Scope, Rebelle Line For Girls, Lots More Guns". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  10. ^ Nerf Rebelle "Diamondista" crossbow packaging. October 2014
  11. ^ Robertson, Andy (2017-01-27). "'Nerf Nitro' Shoots Cars Not Darts". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Nerf Guns: Vortex Series". TheHotToys. TheHotToys.com. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Phillips, Jon (2011-09-14). "Nerf Vortex Review". Maximum PC. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  14. ^ Biddle, Sam (2011-09-22). "Nerf Vortex Lightning Review: Shoots Hard, Shoots Far, Shoots Very Painfully". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  15. ^ "Nerf Vortex Disc Blaster". ThinkGeek. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  16. ^ Barrett, Brian (21 October 2016). "How Nerf Crafted Its Most Accurate Darts Yet". Wired. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 

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