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NERF is releasing Halo-themed Blasters for 2020

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

NERF is no stranger to video game licensing for their blasters, but considering that Mattel’s BOOMCo line of blasters already held the Halo license, it’s kind of surprising that NERF would follow suit with their own Halo blasters. All the same, there are 100% licensed Halo NERF blasters coming out later this year, and, honestly, they’re pretty cool. Based on three of the most iconic weapons from the Halo franchise, the initial line of Halo blasters will consist of the following:

MA40 Assault Rifle

Unarguably the coolest of the new blasters, the MA40 is based on the latest iteration of the UNSC’s mainline MA5 series assault rifle (inexplicably chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO in the lore). This particular blaster features a battery-powered flywheel action, where darts can be fired semi-automatically from the included 10-round ‘clip’. This blaster is powered by four “C” batteries, and for those looking to play the upcoming Halo: Infinite, you’ll also get a code to unlock the MA40’s color scheme as a weapon skin in the game.

SPNKR Rocket Launcher

Reportedly part of NERF’s Micro Shots line, the SPNKR is more nominally based on its namesake, as this is just a handheld blaster, while the in-game version is a rocket launcher. The fact that it’s not a full-sized NERF rocket launcher is a bit disappointing. However, like the SPNKR, the NERF version chambers two darts, and fires them one after the other.

Needler

Finally, there’s the Needler, designated the Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher by the UNSC. In-game, the Needler is a Covenant weapon that automatically fires strange crystalline projectiles with an inexplicable IFF function that hone in on enemies and explode after embedding in their flesh. As a NERF blaster, it’s part of the Micro Shots line, and fires a single dart at a time. At least this one is also a handheld weapon in the game it’s based on.

The Halo line of NERF blasters is slated for an October 2020 release, in line with the scheduled release of Halo: Infinite.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us

NERF – Fortnite Rocket Launcher

Friday, December 13th, 2019

While the excessive popularity of Fortnite escapes me, I do appreciate any cool dart blasters that come out to the market. And this clearly RPG-7 inspired Fortnite Rocket Launcher from NERF certainly fits the description of “cool dart blaster”.

Modeled after the rocket launcher in the game Fortnite, but more brightly colored and less detailed than the in-game model to better establish itself as a toy, this particular blaster is pump action and fires large NERF foam rockets, two of which come with the blaster.

It’s great to see another product in NERF’s comparatively limited line of large projectile blasters, and whether it’s kept as is, or customized with a paint job to better match the look of its name sake, this would be an awesome addition to any NERF war.

The Fortnite Rocket Launcher NERF Blaster is available from various NERF retailers.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-fortnite-rl-blaster

Custom NERF Volley Blaster

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Former toy designer, electrical and mechanical engineer, and YouTuber James Bruton came up with the idea for a NERF volley blaster after lamenting the lack of multi-shot blasters on the market. His design is built from 3D printed parts, and rather than launch the darts via air pressure, they feed from 10-round ‘magazines’ into a motorized roller system which plucks them out of the mag and launches them forward. It’s large and unwieldy, but as far as a proof-of-concept goes, it’s pretty neat.

NERF Elite Titan CS-50

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

The Titan CS-50, which is due in stores starting in September, is an absolute monster of a dart blaster. Virtually the NERF equivalent of a minigun, the Titan CS-50 features a spinning barrel assembly, and feeds from a massive 50-round drum, which will initially be available only with this blaster. The fire rate is reportedly 8 rounds a second, so it’ll blow through its drum quick. It also requires 4 “D” batteries to run, and comes with a shoulder strap, because with a blaster this size, you’re gonna need one.

The drum mag alone is actually pretty cool. It has Elite branding on the front, and a clear plastic window on the rear so you can check your remaining darts. Additionally, the bottom of the mag has a skeltonized foot, so it can serve as a pesudo-monopod. And, although this isn’t a surprise, the drum looks to be fully compatible with all other Elite blasters on the market.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-elite-titan-cs-50-toy-blaster

Dumbgood – NERF Collection

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Dumbgood, a company that produces limited run collections of clothing and accessories based on pop culture and appealing to nostalgia, has released a NERF collection. The collection mainly consists of various shirts, although a few other items, such as a crossbody bag and ballcap, can be found. It’s kind of weird they’re doing an appeal to 90’s era NERF when they’re using the modern logo, but it is officially licensed, so that might be part of Hasbro’s requirements for the line.

You can check out the entire line at dumbgood.com

NERF N-Strike Mega Megalodon

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

NERF’s been really upping the capacity with their latest N-Strike blasters, and the Mega Megalodon is no exception. An upcoming blaster currently available for pre-order, the Mega Megalodon feeds from a detachable 20-round rotating drum. It can either be fired one at a time by cranking the handle and pulling the trigger, or rapidly by holding the trigger and slam firing the crank. Plus, the mega darts that come with the blaster whistle as the fly through the air, and can hit out to 85 feet.

Look out for the Mega Megalodon later this year wherever NERF products are sold.

You can also pre-order one for yourself from Entertainment Earth: https://www.entertainmentearth.com/product/nerf-nstrike-mega-megalodon-toy-blaster/hse2849

NERF Zombie Strike Nailbiter

Sunday, May 19th, 2019

With the post-apocalyptic-DIY aesthetic of NERF’s Zombie Strike series, I suppose it was only a matter of time until a blaster modeled after a nailgun would be introduced to the line. However, the Nailbiter, as it’s called, actually happens to be one of the cooler blaster designs to come out lately. Requiring “no priming” / chambering of a dart, the Nailbiter feeds from an 8-dart “vertical indexing clip” which feeds upwards as it fires (see below video). The blaster is compatible with NERF stock and barrel extensions that work with other N-STRIKE and Zombie Strike blasters, and an accessory rail on the bottom of the blaster allows for the attachment of additional accessories.

You can pick this one up wherever NERF blasters are sold.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-zombie-strike-survival-system-nailbiter-blaster

AKBlasterMOD – ESPER 3D Printed Dart Blaster

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The NERF aftermarket is pretty extensive, and it’s gotten to the point where there’s even build kits for custom blasters available for purchase. One such example is this ESPER 3D printed blaster available from AKBlasterMOD. Based on a design by NERF custom part designer Captain Slug, the ESPER is a pump-action blaster that feeds from custom magazines, and fires half-darts. As previously mentioned, this is a build kit, so assembly and finish work to remove burrs is required.

www.etsy.com/listing/701689635/worker-mod-f10555-pump-action-esper-3d

NERF Zombie Strike Ripchain

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Honestly, the zombie craze peaked years ago, but that doesn’t stop NERF’s Zombie Strike from having some cool blasters, and the Ripchain is no exception. The Ripchain is a fairly bulky, pump-action blaster with the typical ‘Zombie Strike’ aesthetic: neon green and orange body, pistol grip that looks like it’s wrapped with hockey tape, etc. The Ripchain’s namesake is the unique ‘chain’ ammo belt feeding mechanism, which loads up to 25 darts. It comes with 25 of the neon green zombie-themed darts, but can also load any standard-sized NERF blaster darts. But the best part? It has slamfire capability, so you can hold that trigger down and just keep slamming darts away, like a trench gun.

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The NERF Blaster Modification Guide: The Unofficial Handbook for Making Your Foam Arsenal Even More Awesome

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Mouthful of a title aside, this actually looks like a pretty cool book. Written by Luke Goodman of the YouTube channel ‘Out of Darts’, The NERF Blaster Modification Guide claims to have all the information required to increase a blasters “range, projectile speed, and firing capacity”. The book goes over the different types of blasters, various mods, and even gets into soldering, 3D printing, and even more advanced mods to get the absolute most out of a blaster.

It’s currently going for $20 on Amazon, and can be purchased at the link below.

www.amazon.com/Nerf-Blaster-Modification-Guide-Unofficial/dp/076035782X

Hang It, Fire! – 60mm NERF Mortar

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The 60mm NERF Mortar is not an official NERF product, but with its large foam mortar shells, the inspiration is clear. Modeled after an actual 60mm Mortar, the NERF Mortar is made of plastic, weighs about 3 lbs., and comes with three foam mortar shells. The reported range is just around 6 meters, so you’ll have to forgo any long distance shots, but it’d be a neat addition to any NERF war.

If you’re curious about the plastic cylinder that accompanies the shells, that’s the priming device. There’s a spring assembly built into every round, and that priming device is used to depress the spring which then locks into place, readying the round to fire. Once the round is primed and dropped into the mortar tube, the mechanism is activated by a protrusion in the tube and the round comes shooting out, like a real mortar; actually pretty ingenious.

hangitfire.myshopify.com/collections/recently-added/products/60mm-mortar-nerf

NERF – N-Strike Infinus

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

NERF blasters have been getting pretty creative as of late, and the latest edition to the N-Strike line, the Infinus, is no exception. A fairly bulky design, the Infinus comes with a detachable 30-round drum, and has top mounted N-Strike rails for the attachment of accessories. What makes the Infinus unique, and where it gets its name, is the motorized Speed-Load technology which will load individual darts into the drum via a loading port that’s built into the receiver. Check out the commercial below to see this feature in action.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-n-strike-elite-infinus

NERF Rival – Overwatch Reaper Wight Edition Blaster

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

There have been some licensed NERF blasters in the past, although the only instance that immediately comes to mind is Star Wars-themed blasters. So, it’s not completely surprising that Overwatch, a game with a lot of unique firearms, is now getting a NERF blaster in the Reaper Wight Edition Blaster. As the name implies, this blaster is stylized after Reaper’s Hellfire shotguns, and as it’s part of the Rival series, it’ll shoot the spherical Rival projectiles, of which it can hold 8, instead of the traditional darts.

A D.Va blaster will also be released, modeled after the character’s sidearm.

Both of these blasters don’t have a definitive release date, but look for them to reach store shelves sometime in 2019.

NERF Laser Ops Pro

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Hasbro’s latest NERF line blasters, the Laser Ops Pro line, aren’t traditional foam dart blasters, but laser blasters which fire IR beams. Laser Ops Pro which is due out later this Summer, consists of two blasters, the Alphapoint and Deltapoint, a pistol and rifle, respectively. The Alphapoint will come in a two-pack ‘battle ready’ package, and the Deltapoint will be sold as a stand-alone unit.

Hasbro is also releasing a smartphone app for iOS and Android which will allow players to customize their blasters, track performance, earn power-ups, and track opponents. You can read the full release for the Laser Ops Pro line at the link below:

http://newsroom.hasbro.com/static-files/13a35f77-553e-4467-b9a4-f5f244e246b6

OutofDarts – NERF Rival Jupiter

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

NERF modification aficionado OutofDarts has introduced the final version of the full-auto Jupiter blaster which is compatible with NERF rival projectiles and magazines. Currently, the first production models are going out to select customers for T&E, but the full kit will be made available via the OutofDarts Etsy shop, and is going to retail for about $100.

www.outofdarts.com

Tested – Adam Savage’s One Day Builds: 1000 Shot NERF Blaster

Friday, June 8th, 2018

It seems like the Rival series blasters are the ones to build mods for, because here’s another capacity mod, this time courtesy of special effects designer and former co-host of Mythbusters Adam Savage. Within a single day, Adam not only creates a slick-looking, if bulky, 1000-shot magazine/hopper, but also installs a bipod and an offset electronic optic. It’s honestly like a NERF Bren, turned up to 11.

You can check out more of Tested’s videos on their YouTube channel.

Kobra-1 Foam Dart Blaster On Kickstarter

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

The Kobara-1 is a foam dart blaster currently up for funding on Kickstarter. The first project from Loveland Foam Armaments, the Kobra-1 is intended to be a “..durable, foam dart blaster sidearm for older players.” To this end, the Kobra-1 features the unique, patent-pending ‘Loveland Catch System’ which lends towards a crisp trigger pull and low plunger tube friction. Additionally, the body is made of high-quality components, including a carbon fiber exterior, and features an integrated weaver rail and a 3-round internal magazine (with NERF darts, up to 5 homemade 1.25″ darts), with a velocity of ~130 fps.

As always, check out the link below for more information, and to fund the project:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2035964339/kobra-1-foam-dart-blaster#

Triple Nerf Rival Nemesis Modification | 1,200 Round Capacity

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

I’m a simple guy; I see kick-ass mods to NERF blasters, I have to feature them. What YouTuber Coop772 has done is combined three NERF Rival Nemesis blasters, increased their power, and attached a 1200 round capacity hopper.

You can check out more of Coop772’s videos via his YouTube channel.

Captain Xander – NERF Rival Minigun

Monday, January 15th, 2018

A year of effort by YouTuber Captain Xander went into the creation of a NERF Rival minigun which is capable of firing 20 projectiles a second, and feeds from a backpack with a capacity of 2000 rounds. The video’s relatively lengthy, but seeing everything from the process to the test fire is worth the watch.

Giaco Whatever – Liquid Nitrogen NERF Mod

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Check out Giaco Whatever’s channel at www.youtube.com/channel/UCYH-XXUE2QDaWKvABsWJh8w.

NERF Rival – Flashlight Grip

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

One thing I appreciate about the more recent NERF products is the mimicry of furniture and features found on actual firearms, like accessory rails and optics, or in the case of this NERF Rival accessory, a combination flashlight and foregrip. Called the ‘Flashlight Grip’, this particular foregrip features a quick-release camlock, and features an LED light powered by 3 AAA batteries. The lumens aren’t mentioned, but at $15, I’m guessing it’s not that bright. Still, a pretty cool addition to the Rival line, all the same.

www.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-rival-flashlight-grip

AstonishingStudios – Popsicle Stick NERF Blaster

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

YouTube channel AstonishingStudios combines two of my favorite things: DIY projects and NERF guns, to create a working NERF blaster which is constructed using, along with a syringe and adhesive, Popsicle sticks.

You can check out more of AstonishingStudios’ projects at their YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCW-nTiduQso39qU-nwRLFnw

Reminder: NERF Rival Apollo XV-700 Star Wars Mandalorian Edition Blaster And Face Mask

Friday, August 25th, 2017

I’m not the biggest fan of store exclusive variants, but GameStop is currently offering a pre-order for a NERF Rival Apollo XV-700 Blaster with an exclusive Mandalorian paint job, and a matching mask.

The NERF Rival line consists of various unique blasters that fire foam spheres rather than darts, and feed from translucent magazines. The Rival in the name comes from the fact that the blasters in the series are generally available in either solid blue or red colors, signifying opposite teams. While I would have liked to see a more Mandalorian-inspired face mask, all the same, this is a cool release if you’re into NERF and Star Wars.

The release date for the Mandalorian Apollo XV-700 w/ Face Mask is November 17th of this year, coinciding with the release of ‘Star Wars: Battlefront 2’.

You can pre-order the blaster at www.gamestop.com/collectibles/toys/nerf-rival-apollo-xv-700-star-wars-mandalorian-edition-blaster-and-face-mask-only-at-gamestop/147524.

Giaco Whatever – NERF Bomb

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

It’s activated from a distance, and it shoots 11/12 darts in an outward spread pattern. It’s Giaco Whatever’s NERF Bomb, and it’s featured in a bonus action movie at the end.

You can check out more of Giaco Whatever’s videos on his YouTube channel here.

NERF Rival – ‘Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster’

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

NERF Rival is a sub-brand of NERF that features blasters that fire ball-shaped projectiles rather than the traditional darts. The Nemesis MXVII-10K blaster is the largest blaster yet offered in the Rival series, with a large, 100-round gravity feed hopper. It’s also fully automatic, because with a capacity that large, why wouldn’t it be?

www.hasbro.com/en-us/brands/nerfrival