What are you going to do when the end of the world comes around? Nerf's Doomlands blasters are built for a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and you can use them to play out all your Dark Tower gunslinger dreams — including blasting away with one hand. These pocketable Nerf launchers show you exactly how a blaster works, too, with a transparent cutaway and exposed mechanisms.
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Fancy yourself a bit of a zombie hunter? Well, here's the tool for you: Nerf's Zombie Strike Outbreaker is themed for all the Walking Dead fanatics out there, with a battle-worn finish, clip-on crossbow arms (with a real string) and a design that makes it look like it was hastily strapped together in a toolshed.
Last year, we blasted zombies to bits in a Wild West themed outbreak.
This time around, it's the modern day, and the government's desperate attempt to contain the rapidly spreading ZTX virus means the Ministry for Disease Control will be setting up quarantine zones in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Here's when Zedtown: State Of Emergency will run, and when you can buy tickets...
If there's one thing we like as much as an all-out Nerf battle, it's showing off our blaster skills. And that means trick shots — target blasting from a distance, or maybe around a corner, or while you're hanging upside down from a tree. Honestly, the limit of a trick shot is your own creativity. Here's some inspiration and guidance for your own tricks.
You might not realise it, but Nerf is a nearly 50-year old brand. From soft foam footballs to the latest in high-tech dart blasters, the history of Nerf is one of constant development and innovation. Here are Nerf's greatest hits and most important toys, starting in the year that humankind landed on the moon.
Nerf has a long history of innovating — making generation after generation of blasters that blasts further, more accurately, feel sturdier, and pack in more darts. That takes a lot more effort behind the scenes than you'd think. Here's why you get what you pay for.
"I like to keep this handy, for close encounters."
Nerf's N-Strike MEGA DoubleBreach is an oversized, overpowered hunk of dart-blasting magnificence. It's enormous in every dimension, and the MEGA darts that it fires are equally big. If you've ever wanted to look like an ultimate badass swinging around a giant handheld Nerf blaster, this is your new go-to choice.
Video: YouTuber Giaco Whatever is on a quest to build a Nerf blaster that will do more than just leave a tiny welt on someone. He's constructed an air-powered dart cannon that generates 400 PSI of pressure, and when cranked to full power, it can apparently send a Nerf dart flying at Mach 2.3, twice the speed of sound, or around 2840km/h.
The most dangerous object in your home isn't the stove, the clothes iron, or that chainsaw in your garage. It's your alarm clock's snooze button that makes it so easy to go back to bed each morning. Silencing that alarm shouldn't be so easy, so Christopher Guichet built an alarm clock that can only be deactivated with a perfect shot from a Nerf blaster.
Video: One of the things that makes toy dart blasters fun is that they can't really hurt you. Sure, it doesn't exactly tickle if you get shot at close range, but toy makers limit the power to keep lawsuits at bay. However, you don't ever want to find yourselves in the crosshairs of this homebrew dart gun that's powerful enough to pierce a can.
Video: Despite being made of plastic, Nerf's dart blasters look incredibly realistic and detailed — as long as you can ignore their garishly bright colours. Adam Savage apparently could not, however, so he spent an entire day giving the Nerf Longstrike CS-6 a fantastic facelift to make it look like a prop from of a sci-fi blockbuster.
A few years ago Nerf decided the best way to lure teens away from paintball and back to its foam darts was with a new line of blasters capable of firing tiny foam balls at speeds of up to 112km/h. The latest addition to that line is the formidable Nemesis MXVII-10K which comes with a massive 100-shot hopper that keeps you blasting away for almost half a minute.
Video: Some people take their Nerf dart blasters very seriously. There are entire leagues dedicated to running around and blasting fellow players with foam darts — essentially a less painful version of paintball. But what darts are worth arming yourself with? Nerf expert Frank Cooper breaks it down in this exhaustively comprehensive comparison video.