Nerf's New Blasters Can Fire Foam Balls At Up To 113km/h

Nerf's New Blasters Can Fire Foam Balls At Up To 70 MPH

Nerf has long been known for making some of the most impressive toy weaponry kids can buy, but its foam dart blasters aren't exactly known for their power or accuracy — until now. At Toy Fair 2015 in New York this weekend, Nerf will officially introduce its new Rival line starting with a pair of blasters that are capable of launching an inch-thick foam ball at speeds of up to 113km/h. Not surprisingly, the new line will also include face masks for added safety.

For comparison, those foam balls will be travelling at about a third of the speed of a paintball, according to Bloomberg who broke the news. And that's an apt comparison because Nerf is hoping the new line will keep teenagers interested in its toy blasters instead of moving on to playing Paintball or laser tag as they grow older.

The $US50 Rival blasters will actually come in either red or blue designs to help promote the idea of teens battling in teams against each other. And while the foam balls won't cause any harm when they hit someone at 113km/h, getting hit in the eye with one won't be a pleasant experience. So the $US15 face masks are actually an optional accessory that parents across the country will almost certainly be insistent their kids buy and use. [Bloomberg via Blaster Labs]

Pictures: Hasbro via Bloomberg


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    Will probably buy one as soon as they are released!

      me too. better watch out nieces and nephews because ur getting balls to the face! no..wait, let me rephrase that!

    Gee, what's the bet our fun police will make sure this is classified as an actual weapon and you won't be able to buy it here !

      Even if they don't get classified as actual weapons, it would not surprise me if they weaken the firing strength to comply with standards.

      Off the top of my head (can't find the toys to check them on Google to be sure) I have a couple of Nerf guns that claim they can fire their pellets up to 5 metres but the US version can go up to around 8.

      Last edited 13/02/15 4:56 pm

        If your Nerf guns are still stock, you're doing it wrong :-). Would love to see someone mod theses babies.

    I have my doubts we’ll see this in Australia. But if we do then no reason we can’t have Airsoft guns (other than the realistic weapons look issue) here as well.

      Yeah there is - it's called 'our government are arseholes' :-) Coolest thing I've ever seen - a Chinese restaurant in Prague (Czech Republic) that also used to sell a slew of Airsoft replica firearms and paintball guns. Oh how I wanted to bring the Airsoft M16 back ...

    I want the red one. Blue one looks stupid.

      Filthy red's! us blues will fix you good :P

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