Did you know that NERF guns have been popular since the 80s? Did you know that you can now collect them? These collectible toys have evolved from being a toy to becoming a real weapon that lets you experience what it would be like to fire one? Find out how these blasters got their start, and what you can do with them today. We’ll look at some of the most popular NERF guns from the 80s!
Nerf blasters became popular in the 80s
The nerf brand is a popular children’s toy, and is mainly known for its foam-shooting blasters. However, the brand started off as a concept for a new game called “the NERF Ball.” Reyn Guyer, a game designer and inventor, came up with the idea in 1969, and pitched it to Parker Brothers. They declined the idea, but liked the ball, and Nerf was born.
NERF’s blasters have evolved considerably since their first appearance, with their newer designs and realistic realism. The N-Strike line, for example, has been influenced by real-life weaponry, and is notable for being very versatile. It can shoot three different types of ammo, including small darts that can be targeted and fired at enemies, rapid-fire blasting rounds that can knock out an opponent’s defenses, and massive missile darts for long-range mortar-like assaults. The NEMESIS MCVII-10K is an example of an updated blaster, and requires six D batteries.
After the explosion of video games in the 80s, the popularity of NERF blasters continued to grow. Hasbro acquired Parker Brothers in 1987, and in 1991 merged the two to create one company. In the same year, the company launched the first missile blaster, the Sharp Shooter. Its design incorporated the newly manufactured NERF darts and missiles. The darts, which were 1.75 inches in diameter, were able to reach distances of 40 feet, and a few dozens of feet.
While the first version of the Nerf product, the Gotcha Super Blaster, was sold only for a short period before being replaced by the Action Ballzooka. Today, adult collectors of Nerf blasters have built huge Nerf arsenals. However, they rarely keep them in their original boxes, and this is why the boxed versions have become so prized.
They are collectible
If you’ve ever wanted a vintage Nerf gun, you’ve come to the right place. Nerf blasters from the 1980s are now coveted collectibles. These toys were created by Hasbro in collaboration with YouTube channel Dude Perfect, and are very rare to find. In addition, fans often customize their guns with stickers, paint, and even decals. Nerf’s Longstrike series, with its barrels shaped like Manta Rays, are a great investment.
The Master Blaster was the first version of the Nerf gun and was sold for only a short period. It features two barrels and eight ballistic balls. It was only available for a limited time and was eventually replaced by the Action Ballzooka. Many adult collectors of Nerf toys have amassed huge collections of collectible guns and accessories, but they no longer store them in their original boxes. The boxed Gotcha Super Blaster, however, is highly prized because of its nostalgia factor.
The N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 was the most popular Nerf blaster. It featured a flip-up sight and barrel extension for long-range targeting. It was capable of launching darts as far as 35 feet. This blaster is incredibly collectible and can fetch up to $100. While it isn’t as collectible as Lego sets, it’s still a popular item among collectors and investors.
The Megalodon is a motorized blaster with a rotating drum. It launched whistle darts more than a hundred feet. Another big blaster, the Megalodon, is smaller than its brother. It’s easy to see why the Megalodon is a collectible today. In addition to being a classic, the Megalodon is also collectible today.
Some of the original Nerf blasters are now collectible. Various international markets have these blasters available. There are some re-skins and some models aren’t available in some countries due to toy safety laws. But collectors are always happy to get their hands on vintage Nerf blasters. But if you’re looking for a collectible gun, you’ve come to the right place!
They have evolved into a realistic weapon
As kids, we’ve grown attached to our plastic toy weapons. But the technology behind Nerf guns has evolved a lot since their heyday. Now, Nerf guns have tactical rails and ammo feed mechanisms, and they’re as realistic as any assault weapon available. Even a Nerf rifle that’s been on the market for 30 years is more than a toy!
Since the first Nerf blaster was released in the late 80s, the gun has become a more sophisticated toy. Newer versions of Nerf guns can shoot foam balls as fast as 100 feet per second! And since their original appearance, the company has taken inspiration from real firearms. The “Doomlands” series is modeled after the lever-action reload mechanism of a.30-30 Winchester Model 94 rifle. Although Nerf guns have been criticized for imitating real firearms, the aesthetic is still playful. The barrels are high-visibility orange.
One of the most iconic Nerf guns is the NERF shotgun, which is based on the sawed-off tactical shotgun. The shotgun can be operated with either a single or dual-handed grip. The barrel break action makes it possible to drop two darts at once, and comes with an eight-dart rack. The shotgun is very effective for shooting one dart at a time and comes with a rack for up to eight darts.
In 1989, Nerf introduced the Blast-a-Ball. These plastic tubes were plunger handles, and could launch a foam ball up to 30 feet. Nerf marketed it as a “shoot’em, dodge-em, catch-em” game. And the Blast-a-Ball came with two blasters.
The NERF brand has continued to evolve, and today, NERF toys are made with safety in mind. While the majority of NERF products are safe for children, some can hurt adults. Because of this, some NERF guns are designed for the older crowd. The RIVAL series of guns features denser foam pellets with higher acceleration. But NERF blasters should never be aimed at anyone’s face or eye.
They allow you to imagine what it would be like to fire a real weapon
It’s possible to make your own simulated firearm using a VFX gunfire package. Some companies even sell pre-made gunfire packages that include a variety of muzzle flares, smoke patterns, and recoil. In addition to giving you the sensation of holding and firing a real firearm, these specialized packages also make realistic gun sounds. And since gunfire is such a specialised field, many of the VFX artists that create these effects are also experienced in shooting real weapons.