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Nerf History, Interesting Facts and Fun Nerf War

Updated on August 4, 2013
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NERF is a toy brand that was initially created by Parkar Brothers and is currently owned by Hasbro. Their range includes a wide variety of foam based toy weapons. They make cool guns, ammo and gadgets for kids to enjoy safe warfare. The most famous one being the dart guns or ‘Blaster’ that shoot ammunition made from NERF foam. Other than guns, they also make balls for sports like football and basketball. The NERF products are characterized by their weapon-themed toys in neon colors and soft texture.

Parkar Brothers had started Nerf by developing a polyurethane foam ball in 1969. The first foam ball was four inches and orange in color. Hasbro acquired NERF and its line through the acquisition of the Tonka Corporation.

Some interesting and fun facts:

1. Nerf sold 4 million+ pieces of their first foam ball within a year of its launch.

2. The word “Nerf” is a slang term for the foam padding used in off-road racing.

3. The brand has changed its slogan 3 times in the past and currently goes by the slogan “It’s Nerf or Nothin’!”

4. Believe it or not but NERF wars is a real thing! It’s played with the NERF Blasters or other foam-firing toy weapons.

5. NERF stands for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam

Group of kids playing the "Nerf War"

Its a Nerf War or no war!

There is a great big buzz around Nerf Wars, heard about them? Nerf Wars are fun sporting activities enjoyed by a group of people. The game involves creating a war battle and using Nerf Blaster guns to fight.

What are Nerf Blasters? Nerf Blaster guns are guns that shoot out foam bullets, balls and darts. These guns are so popular that he name is used as a cover name for other guns that shoot out foam bullets. The Simba X-Power Blaster Gun is a similar gun and is more popularly called as the Nerf Blaster.

A large number of Nerf Wars are planned and organized in the United States by an online community of Nerf enthusiasts. This community is called the Nerf Internet Community (NIC). The Nerf Wars hosted by the NIC are very popular and follow fixed rules of participation and eligibility.

Where can you play? A Nerf War can be played just about anywhere. The war can be fought in an office environment to reduce the stress and enjoy some fun activity or in a school playground with kids. However, the Nerf war is most likely to be enjoyed best when played in an open space area. The best place to play a Nerf War is in a large public park with plenty of trees. The trees allow participants to hide and create an actual war feel and excitement.

Nerf Wars are safe and fun to play. The war is fought by toy weapons shooting out harmless foam bullets and darts. Unlike Paint Ball Nerf War can be enjoyed by younger kids as well as adult participants.

For a Tip: Organize a Nerf War themed Birthday party for your little one. Create a war zone with lots of foam ammo’s Nerf guns and ammo pouched to wear around the waist. After the war you may also want to make a cake with personalized Nerf foam bullets. Fulfill your little one’s dream with a Nerf War themed birthday party.

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      HASBRO 2 years ago

      the parkar bro are asome to create nerf gun and darts and made every have fun in war and for making cool video.

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      Terr 2 years ago

      Where is the

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      Stevin 2 years ago

      This" NEFR!" toy's areawesome! Sometimes Me and my friends will bilud a NERF battlefield and then we have a" HUGE NERF WAR!"It's so fun to play whit nerf!

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      Willam 3 years ago

      GREAT info loved it!

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      LeoHare 3 years ago

      Sometimes me and my friends build a nerf battlefield and then we have a HUGE nerf war. These nerf guns are so much fun to play with!!

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Playing with Nerf guns is so much fun. Your comment reminds me of my childhood, when me and my sister used to shoot each other with Nerf guns. My mother use to run behind us, trying to stop the chaos we created. Those were the fun days.

      Thanks FlourishAnyway for stopping by :) and keep having fun with Nerf guns :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      My daughter and I frequently race around the yard and the house shooting the heck out of each other with these. They are so fun to use. She even has my mother playing with Nerf guns.