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It's Nerf or Nothing!

Updated on November 25, 2012


NERF Ball The worlds first indoor ball.
NERF Ball The worlds first indoor ball.

Nerf Vortex Blasters

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Nerf Vortex Disc Blasters

The newest line of Nerf Blasters are called the Nerf Vortex. They were introduced in 2011. For the Vortex Nerf took a new direction and went with discs instead of darts. By going with discs Nerf pretty much doubled the distance compared to their previous darts. The Nerf Vortex discs can shoot up to 65 feet away. The Vortex discs are still soft but since they shoot farther they do hurt a little more if shot up close. They are also more likely to ricochet off of walls and objects. All of this line can load rapidly for quick shots.The The Vortex series are mostly red and green brightly colored blasters. Some of the more expensive ones are battery operated and can let loose tons of discs. Nerf named the discs XLR(Xtra Long Range) discs. The discs come in green, orange or a glow in the dark version. Most of the bigger blasters come with tactical rails just like some of the dart blasters. These rails allow you to easily add and remove scopes, lights and other accessories.


Nerf toys are still as popular today as when the first NERF Ball was introduced back in 1970. Sadly I don't seem to find a place to buy the original. Well, I'm guessing I can probably find an old one on eBay. But, new ones don't seem to be being made anymore.

The Word NERF stands for Non-Expandable Recreational Foam. The ball is extremely light and soft. Therefore the ball was perfect for playing indoors. A game inventor named Reyn Guyer made the first NERF ball. He intended for it to go with a volleyball game to be played inside. Parker Brothers loved the idea and decided to market it but, without the net. Parker Brothers just wanted the ball and it became a huge hit. It was the first ball parents would have no problem with kids playing with inside. The ball was so light it could be thrown at windows and lamps without any worries about anything being broken. By the end of its first year over four million Nerf balls were sold. In 1972 the Nerf basketball game was invented and is still sold today. NERF is now owned by Hasbro. In the early 90's they had a huge advertising campaign selling Nerf Blasters. Nerf blasters were guns that shot little foam balls. The Nerf guns were tons of fun and I remember having huge Nerf wars with my friends all of the time with them. The slogan at the time was "It's Nerf or Nothing!" Today the new slogan is "Play your game." But, I still much prefer the older one.

NERF toys are so much fun

My boys and I have a great time with my, oh I mean their Nerf toys. We have a few of the Nerf N-Strike blasters and we play dart tag in the backyard all of the time. We also play inside sometimes and so far nothing has been broken. We have the Nerf Blitz football and it is my favorite soft football. It isn't made of the typical Nerf foam. Instead it is made of a very soft rubber and filled with air. It is very easy for the kids to catch and it is great even when it gets wet. Previous Nerf football would be great until they got wet. Then they would be as heavy as a brick and drip water everywhere. I do miss my turbo football. That one was awesome too. No matter what it almost always got thrown as a perfect spiral. I always had a Nerfoop in my room as a kid. It would be great for passing the time. It wasn't built like a tank or anything. But, it would last a few years under reasonable stress. Unfortunately the new Nerfoop isn't nearly as durable. Which is quite a shame since it was one of the first Nerf toys and is still in production. For my boys we got a similar toy from Pottery Barn Kids with a wooden backboard. Today Nerf has even expanded to make a Wii game.

N-Force Weapons

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Battle AxeMarauderVendettaStonewall Shield and SwordNerf Mace
Battle Axe
Battle Axe
Stonewall Shield and Sword
Stonewall Shield and Sword
Nerf Mace
Nerf Mace

Nerf N-Force Weapons

Nerf has added swords and in close weapons to the mix. There are some pretty massive additions and can definitely use two hands. Now there is a large Batlle Axe and a Long Sword. The Warlock Axe is bright yellow with silver colored double sided blades. The foam on the blades is softer than usual. The Marauder Long Sword has a red or black two handed handle and a very long blade. These new weapons should easily plow through the previous N Force Swords. You will need precise control and maybe even two of the previous swords to take these on in your next Nerf duel.

80's Nerfoop Ad

Modern Nerf Ad

Modified and Painted Nerf Guns

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Nerf Mavericknerf longshotNerf MaverickNerf Vulcanblaster painted like Gears of War Gun
Nerf Maverick
Nerf Maverick
nerf longshot
nerf longshot
Nerf Maverick
Nerf Maverick
Nerf Vulcan
Nerf Vulcan
blaster painted like Gears of War Gun
blaster painted like Gears of War Gun

Did your parents let you play ball in the house? At least with a NERF ball anyway.

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      8 years ago

      What ever happened to the nerf gliders?

    • tonyab profile image


      8 years ago from Oregon, U.S.

      Nerf toys ROCK! Very nice Hub, Jim!

    • Lgali profile image


      9 years ago

      lot of good info to buy for kids

    • cgull8m profile image


      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Looks like a great Christmas gift. Thanks.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I buy nerf guns at Christmas, even though my sons are grown, it just makes Christmas morning so much fun.

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      Siny J 

      9 years ago from Delhi, India

      Nice hub, Thanks for the information

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I remember having some Nerf balls. Nice hub.

    • Ashley Joy profile image

      Ashley Joy 

      9 years ago

      I did not know too much about Nerf as a company but I remember having lots of their stuff as a kid. And of course now my son has lots of it around and I love not having to worry about things getting broken by the balls and darts.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Nerf toys are the best! No one gets hurt with them and they don’t break. Great article and selection of Nerf’s…

    • jim10 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from ma

      NERF makes some great indoor toys. Sadly I haven't seen an original Nerf ball forever. The Nerf basketball is pretty similar. So if you can get it cheap enough that would be a great bet. Just don't expect the backboard to last more than month.

      Helen, even older kids love Nerf. You can see all kinds of videos on YouTube of both kids and even office workers having Nerf wars. I still love them and I'm 29. Just make sure you get yourself a bigger Nerf gun.

      Brian, you can be prepared for next time.

      Hafeezrm, I feel your pain my kids always use me for target practice. The good thing about NERF balls and NERF darts is that you won't get hurt.

      shamelabboush, sounds like you had some Nerf toys they are awesome.

      Glad to help Cindy and Sixtyorso.

      Docadvocate, these toys are loads of fun. Your nephew will love it.

      Great idea BkCreative, they kids have fun and you don't need to worry about anything getting smashed.

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Loved the NERF! I had these so my children could play indoors all winter - such a brilliant idea. The basket ball and hoop was the most popular here in NYC. Seems every home had NERFs.

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      Clive Fagan 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      I have never heard of a nerf ball before. Thanks for the enlightening article.

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      9 years ago

      will get some for my nephew,thnx for your idea ,was thinking what to give him this b'day .

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      Tracy Behr 

      9 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Wish I could get one for my son. But he has so many balls already, I dont know where to put them all! ;-)

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      Cindy Vine 

      9 years ago from Cape Town

      Never knew that they were called nerfs

    • shamelabboush profile image


      9 years ago

      This is so much fun, :) great...

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      Brian Stephens 

      9 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Just had my grandchildren to stay and have to say something like this would have helped calm the nerves.

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      9 years ago from Pakistan

      I have a grandson but I would not buy him a NERF Ball because he would all the time target me.

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      Helen Cater 

      9 years ago from UK

      I have three boys myself and find this interesting. Now they are older forgotten was the Nerf.


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