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THE ULTIMATE

NERF

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ENCYCLOPEDIA

A VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA:

BLASTERS AND MORE!

BY:MATTHEW TOY


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THE ULTIMATE

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VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA.

THE ULTIMATE

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VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA

MATTHEW TOY


PUBLISHED BY

M@tthew Inc

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THE ULTIMATE

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VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA

PUBLISHED BY

M@tthew Inc

Copyright © 2016 by Matthew Toy

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, write to the publisher, addressed “Attention: Permissions Coordinator,” at the address below.

Matthew Inc Publishers

℅ Matthew Toy

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Canada


This book is NOT licensed or in any way affiliated with Hasbro.



ABOUT THE BOOK

NERF is a brand that expands generations, from balls to blasters to even dog toys. NERF has grown so popular that many kids and people alike would like to know more about the brand’s history, but also about all the blasters in NERF history.

Most of this information from this book is easily retrievable on useful NERF websites such as the Nerf Wiki, however I felt it would be interesting to compile all this data into one book. There is tons of information about blasters in here, and since this book is not affiliated whatsoever with Hasbro, it offers an unbiased opinion on every blaster by myself, instead of upselling all blasters like some NERF books endorsed by Hasbro.

I first got the idea for this book when I received the book “The Ultimate NERF Blaster Book”. If you have not read this book, it is essentially a very basic and well written book like this one going over some stats of many blasters, but it is now getting outdated, and it did not contain information on all blasters. The author of that book, Nathaniel Marunas, said that “One day someone will write the definitive work on NERF, and whenever that happens I will be the first in line to read it!” So, this book is written with you in mind.

As well, I have been a NERF enthusiast for half a decade, and my mind is filled with data regarding NERF blasters and how they work. That gave me more incentive to write this book, as I love writing about my interests. Like I said before, this book is not endorsed by Hasbro, and I wrote this book all by myself (and I am 13) so some pages might not be as well designed as books with actual editors, and there may be numerous errors.

Nonetheless, thank you very much for reading my book, I hope it gives you more information about NERF blasters, and remember: It’s NERF or Nothin’!

-Matthew Toy, Author, 2016

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION-A BASIC HISTORY OF NERF-PAGE

AMMO TYPES AND MAGAZINES-PAGE

BLASTER ARCHIVE-PAGE

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INTRODUCTION-A BASIC HISTORY OF NERF

THE FIRST NERF PRODUCT

There is a lot of speculation of what started one of the world’s most popular brand of toys. However, this is what I could find from my sources. NERF has been around for almost 50 years-and did not start with blasters. In 1968, inventor Reyn Guer, who had already invented several hit games, like Twister, was working on a game that he thought would be a hit success. The game was centered around a spongy like ball, advertised as “The worlds first Indoor Ball”. It was essentially just a ball made out of sponge that could be used indoors or out for games, and wouldn’t do any damage to people or furniture, and it was originally supposed to be a Volleyball game that came with a net, however during testing it proved to actually be more fun just throwing it around. So, in 1969, it was released just as a ball for playing  numerous games. It immediately became a hit product, and millions of these little balls were sold in the first year. No one knew how significant this ball would be for kids in the future.

ABOUT THE NAME

Also, the name NERF stands for non-expanding-recreational-foam, and was testament to the NERF ball and NERF darts today.

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AFTER THE BALL

After the initial success with the original NERF ball, plans were made to release more types of balls. Parker Brothers, who owned NERF at the time, released many more very successful NERF products in the 1970’s and 80’s: The NERF football, NERF table hockey, and even NERF pool, and also expanding the still popular multipurpose NERF balls. I asked my dad if he had a NERF ball when he was growing up, and he said “Everyone had a NERF ball”.

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CHANGING HANDS

NERF was clearly a huge success, and in 1987 the Tonka toy corporation purchased Parker Brothers, and thus purchasing the NERF line as well. However, in 1991, the Tonka was purchased, this time by Hasbro, who still own NERF today, and essentially started all the stuff with NERF blasters to come.

THE FIRST BLASTER

So finally, in 1989, the first NERF blaster was released! Yes! The Blast-A-Ball, as it was called, fired the “Ballistic Ball” which was actually a very popular ammo type in the 90’s and early 2000’s, and was fired simply by placing a ball in the barrel and pumping on the blue handle.

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While this seems like a hokey blaster, and it is, if it was not released, perhaps all NERF blasters would not exist today. It is very important to remember the significance of old NERF blasters!


N-STRIKE

Ahh-Now we’re talking! The Nerf N-Strike series, still continuing today, was launched in 1992, and is by far the most important and most popular NERF series. Starting with the Sharpshooter II, the first dart firing blaster, and continuing with revolutionary blasters like the Titan, Longshot, Barricade, Raider, Nite Finder, Maverick, Stampede, and the Rapidstrike, The Nerf N-Strike line continues to grow today with the Elite lineup, which has much better performance than the older N-Strike blasters, and with the Mega series.

The Sharpshooter II.

The Original Longshot CS-6..

AMMO TYPES AND MAGAZINES

Obviously, ammo types and magazines/clips are essential for any blaster. It is important to note that the generic term for a magazine is “clip”. Actually, the correct term unlike what NERF uses is “magazine”, however there are “clip” fed blasters, however these differ from magazine fed blasters and are actually quite uncommon.


AMMO TYPE

Here are some types of darts, some which have been discontinued.


Type of Dart

Year released, shelf status

Size

Original Mega Dart

Released in 1992


Used in the original Sharpshooter II and very old blasters


Discontinued a looong time ago, very difficult to find.

Very long, 9.1 cm

Micro Dart

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Released in 1993


Used in many old blasters: Nite Finder, Maverick, Scout, etc…


Discounted a long time ago, however re-released, now fairly collectible

Shorter than Mega Dart, 7.1 cm

Streamline Dart

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Released in 2006


Mainly used in older magazine blasters: Longshot, Longstrike, Raider, etc.


Discontinued a few years ago, fairly collectible

Smooth design, 7.1 cm long like the Micro Dart.

Whistler Tip

Released in 2007


Used in older pistols and front loading blasters


Discounted a few years ago, fairly collectible

Smooth design with large tip and hole allows it to “whistle” in the air, 7.1 cm long.

Elite Dart

Released in 2012


Used in all new elite and N-Strike blasters


Very easy to obtain

2.8 inches long

New Mega Dart

Released in 2013


Used in all new Mega blasters


Very easy to find

10.2 Cm, very large

Accustrike Dart

Released in 2016-17


Used in the new Accustrike blasters


Not released yet

2.8 inches


MAGAZINES


Type of Magazine

Capacity

Blasters used

6 round magazine

6 rounds

Stryfe, Slingfire, Longstrike, Longshot, Deploy, Recon, Recon MK II

10 Round magazine

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10 rounds


Also released: 10 round stick mag with the Tri-Strike

Demolisher, Tri-Strike, Modulus upgrade kits

12 Round magazine

12 rounds

Retaliator, Elite Cam, Elite Alpha Trooper, Crossbolt, Zombie Strike Longshot, Modulus “Flip Clip” upgrade kit, Hail Fire

18 round magazine

18 rounds


Also released: 18 round drum mag

Terrascout, Rapidstrike, Stampede, Rayven, Alpha Trooper, etc...

25 round drum mag

35 round drum mag

25 rounds










35 rounds

Rampage, Slingfire, Hyperfire (new) Rhino-Fire








Raider CS-35

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NERF BLASTER ARCHIVE

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ABOLISHER ZR-800

NAME

Abolisher ZR-800

SERIES

Zombie Strike

SUB-SERIES

Bio-Squad

YEAR RELEASED

2015

AMMO TYPE

Elite Dart/”Zombie Repellent”

CAPACITY

8 darts

FIRING MECHANISM

Compressed Air


This is a very interesting blaster idea. Originally released in 2015 as part of the Zombie Strike line, the Abolisher was the first Bio-Squad blaster, and used both Elite darts as a pump action firing blaster, but also used a new type of projectile: The NERF “Zombie Repellent” which is basically spray foam that when pressed sprays messy green goo all over the place. All in all it turned out to be a total failure at a new concept, because the spray foam was messy and didn’t do anything useful.


Accustrike

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AGENT BOW

NAME

Agent Bow

SERIES

Rebelle

SUB-SERIES

N/A

YEAR RELEASED

2014

AMMO TYPE

Rebelle Arrows

CAPACITY

3 Arrows

FIRING MECHANISM

Bow powered


Another interesting one, the Agent Bow is a very basic bow. Released under the Rebelle line, it behaves in a similar manner to a bow in a sense that the arrow actually loads through the bow and into the string, and the blaster does not have a catch but rather you have to hold the string and let go to fire. While a bow may be cool to have, the weird ammo and bulky size makes this blaster a very poor choice for any NERF war.


Air Power

Air power is using compressed air, often pumped into the blaster or immediately sent to the projectile, to propel a projectile. For example, in the Demolisher rocket launcher, air is immediately sent to the missile to power it, whereas in another type of blaster like the Rapid Fire AS-20, air is pumped and stored in a “bladder” and then released at will. Air Powered blasters are still used as specialty blasters, but as primaries they are obsolete and are no longer being made. The main plus of Air Power is that you can unleash many darts quickly, but the reload time is very slow.


Air Tech Line

The NERF Air Tech Line was a series of blasters released starting in 2002 that including several different Air Powered blasters.


Air Tech 1000

NAME

Air Tech 1000

SERIES

Air Tech

SUB-SERIES

N/A

YEAR RELEASED

2002

AMMO TYPE

Micro Darts

CAPACITY

4 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Direct Plunger


The Air Tech 1000 blaster is a loner-it is the only Air Tech blaster to rely on another propulsion system than compressed air, and instead runs on a Direct plunger system. It is interesting to note that it did not use a Reverse plunger system, and it hold 4 rounds in a relatively small space.


Air Tech 2000

NAME

Air Tech 2000

SERIES

Air Tech

SUB-SERIES

N/A

YEAR RELEASED

2002

AMMO TYPE

Micro Darts

CAPACITY

4 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Air Power


The Air Tech 2000 blaster was the first blaster in the Air Tech line to future Air Power, and was a very basic blaster as well. It was small, cheap, easy to use, had a large air tank, high rate of fire and was easy to modify. It has become a favourite in the NERF modding community.








Air Tech 3000

NAME

Air Tech 3000

SERIES

Air Tech

SUB-SERIES

N/A

YEAR RELEASED

2002

AMMO TYPE

Micro Darts

CAPACITY

16 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Air Power


The Air Tech 3000 is very similar to the Air Tech 2000 in that it uses similar firing mechanisms, is in the same lineup, was released in 2002, and was a favourite for modders of the day.













Air Tech 4000



NAME

Air Tech 4000

SERIES

Air Tech

SUB-SERIES

N/A

YEAR RELEASED

2002

AMMO TYPE

Micro Darts

CAPACITY

12 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Air Power


The Air Tech 4000 was the last numerically released Air Tech blaster, and was, like all others, very basic. It had a turret of 12 rounds, had good air storage and was fun to use.


Air Tech Ball Blaster


A basic Air Tech blaster that fired the original Ballistic Balls.


Air Tech Jet Squadron


Another basic and old Air Tech blaster that looked like an Air Force Jet Plane.








Allegiant

NAME

Allegiant

SERIES

Rebelle

SUB-SERIES

N/A (Released for Divergent movie series)

YEAR RELEASED

2016

AMMO TYPE

Elite Darts

CAPACITY

12 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Direct Plunger


The Rebelle Allegiant was released in accordance with the Divergent movie Allegiant, and is a basic blaster with a pretty cool shell. Top Cocking, 12 Round mag, nice stock, this blaster is probably the most practical Rebelle blaster on the market right now.





Alpha Trooper

The NERF Alpha Trooper is a very successful N-Strike blaster released three times.


CS-6, Alpha Trooper


NAME

Alpha Trooper CS-6

SERIES

Elite

SUB-SERIES

XD

YEAR RELEASED

2015

AMMO TYPE

Elite darts

CAPACITY

6 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Direct Plunger


The Alpha Trooper CS-6 is very similar to the Alpha Trooper CS-12. It has the same shell as the original, but has an orange XD colour scheme, an orange Spectre stock, and two six round magazines. Reliability, power, and slam fire is why so many people use this blaster as a primary.








CS-12, Alpha Trooper

NAME

Alpha Trooper CS-12

SERIES

Elite

SUB-SERIES

N/A

YEAR RELEASED

2013

AMMO TYPE

Elite darts

CAPACITY

12 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Direct Plunger


The Elite Alpha Trooper CS-12 is very similar to the CS-6 version, except with a 12 round magazine and a blue colour scheme. Interestingly, the grip still has the N-Strike logo as its predecessor.

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CS-18, Alpha Trooper


NAME

Alpha Trooper CS-18

SERIES

N-Strike

SUB-SERIES

N/A

YEAR RELEASED

2010

AMMO TYPE

Streamline darts

CAPACITY

18 rounds

FIRING MECHANISM

Reverse Plunger


The original Alpha Trooper CS-18 was a smash hit: It was one of the first blasters to have slam fire, had the NERF favourite 18 round drum magazine, was reliable and had decent accuracy. The new Elite version is much better in a sense that the power and accuracy is better.











Apollo XV-700

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NERF ON YOUTUBE

NOTE: THIS SECTION IS NOT ENDORSED BY ANY YOUTUBER.

NERF on Youtube has become a huge thing. There are thousands of funny or interesting NERF-related videos on Youtube, like reviews, modifications, NERF wars, skit videos and more. Here are some Youtube channels for any NERF fan. Note this section is my opinion, and this is why some channels are not listed here.


COOP772 (FRANK COOPER)


Perhaps the best channel about NERF out there right now, and my favourite, Coop772 (Frank Cooper) is the ultimate channel for reviews, cool modifications, modification tutorials, funny skit videos and wars, comparisons and just random cool videos. He is very funny, and has a great personality. If you haven’t already, you should check him out.

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PDK FILMS

Wars. The centre for cool and action-packed NERF wars and videos, if you want fun and high quality NERF videos, look no further. PDK Films has the most subscribers for a NERF related youtube channel, and they also do other cool videos as well.


LORDDRACONICAL (NERF VAMPIRE)

One of the best channels out there about NERF reviews, wars, mods and tutorials especially and firing tests. Check this channel out for fun and educational NERF videos!


NERF SOCOM

Again, Nerf Socom is a good channel about everything. They have their very popular Lexar series, one which has achieved an astonishing 85 million views, mods, giveaways and reviews. Expect videos of the highest quality here.


HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Some still cool channels that did not make it on the list:

  • Mag212-Really cool NERF modifications and reviews

  • NERF Official-The official channel of NERF

  • Aaron Esser- Very funny and entertaining NERF wars and videos

  • IAmBobololo-Reviews, mods, everything in between

  • Matthew’s Nerf Guns!-My Channel

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