Happy 40th birthday, Nerf!


In honor of Nerf’s 40th anniversary and the launch of the N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS 35 blaster, which ships today, Nerf sent over a mighty fine and ginormous care package to the CG office. I can’t believe the Parker Brothers developed Nerf in 1969 and the first product was some dumb four-inch polyurethane foam ball. They’ve come a long way since then.

Let’s dig into the goodie bag.


I’ve been wanting a Nerf football all summer! Do you guys remember the Nerf Turbo football with the whistle from the late 80s, early 90s?


All these N-Strike doohickeys came out after my time, but they look pretty sweet. I’m actually impressed that the quality of the Nerf products is quite high. Most of the toys I see these days are of poor quality and materials. Other Hasbro products I’ve seen are pure crap, but these ones are pretty cool. Good job, Hasbro! Now make the Transformers toys like you used to.

Is that a scope? Hell yes!


Capture the flag?! Bless your hearts, Parker Brothers. Who wants to play?


Again, I used to have a Nerf basketball hoop set up in my room as a kid. This one will go up in my office.


Anyone up for LARPing this weekend?


And now for the pièce de résistance, I present to you the N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS 35 blaster. What makes this so special? It holds a 35-dart drum. How bout dem apples?!

Hasbro is even giving away free darts for their N-Strike blasters. You can find all the details on how to receive 50 free darts here.