A player aiming an N-Strike Stampede ECS
N-Strike is the main line of the Blasters toy series. This line
consists of toy guns that fire rubber-tipped foam darts. While the
blasters have been offered in several different colors, the N-Strike’s
main colors are yellow and orange, despite some models being offered
mainly in blue. Blasters released before mid-2010 bear the original
N-Strike badge, which has the motto: “Enlist, Engage, Enforce”. The
N-Strike name was formerly used for one set of three blasters (Titan
AS-V.1, Hornet AS-6 and Scout IX-3), which has since been renamed the
Unity Power System.
The Recon CS-6 is a “build-your-own” Nerf Clip-System Blaster that
was released in 2008 under the N-Strike series. It has five
interchangeable parts: a barrel extension, flip up sight, dual-mode
light beam, stock and main blaster. It resembles the M4 Carbine Rifle.
In 2011, the Stampede ECS – a tripod-mounted, battery-powered gun which is loaded with ammo magazines – was awarded “Boy Toy of the Year” at the 11th Annual Toy of the Year Awards, which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. Popular Mechanics
praised it as “the best overall Nerf gun ever”, being easy to use and
less prone to jamming than earlier battery-powered Nerf models.
August 1, 2012, the N-Strike line was succeeded by the N-Strike Elite,
which consists mainly of existing blasters with improved internal
mechanisms for better firing distances. Firing distances are up to 75
feet (23 m) feet for the U.S. models, while international models
(identifiable by their gray triggers) have a maximum firing distance of
15 metres (49 ft). The primary colors of N-Strike Elite are blue, white
Elite XD is a sub-series of N-Strike Elite, but with advertised
ranges of 85 to 90 feet (26 to 27 m) for the US version and 22 metres
(72 ft) for the international model. Although advertised as having a
longer range than the Elite, the only difference in design is the
blue-on-white coloring.
It started in the beginning of 2014 with the Demolisher 2-in-1 and
Nerfcam ECS-12. The N-Strike Elite Mega line was launched in 2013, with
the Centurion as its flagship blaster. It is another sub-series of the
N-Strike Elite series. This series comes with a custom type of mega
Tag is a Nerf sub-line that differentiates itself from the main N-Strike
line by being more competition-oriented. The line consists of blasters
that fire Velcro-tipped
foam darts. Players wear Dart Tag vests or jerseys lined with patches
of Velcro, and scoring is determined by where the opponents are hit with
Over the years, Dart Tag blasters have been sold in different colors
and mostly in pairs – either red and blue or orange and green. From 2011
forward, the main color of the blasters is yellow, while the jerseys
and eyewear are offered in different colors.
In 2009, Hasbro started the Nerf Dart Tag League, an official Nerf sport held annually in the United States. The most recent event in 2011 was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The current Dart Tag lineup was first introduced in mid-2011,
featuring a more uniform yellow, black and blue color scheme in contrast
to the multicolored blasters of the previous lineups. In 2012, Hasbro
retooled the internals of the blasters to make them fire darts at longer
distances. These improved blasters are distinguished by their blue
triggers and highlights.
Nerf VortexUnlike the N-Strike and Dart Tag lines, which use foam darts, Vortex uses XLR (Xtra Long Range) discs
– green, white or glow-in-the-dark plastic discs wrapped in foam. These
discs are capable of traveling at greater distances than foam darts (up
to 65 feet) and also ricocheting off of walls. As with other current Nerf and Super Soaker
blasters, the Vortex blasters are designed with tactical rails to
accommodate scopes and other accessories. The Praxis and Nitron have
accessories that are also compatible with other Nerf blasters. To further differentiate from the yellow-colored N-Strike and Dart Tag blasters, the Vortex blasters are colored kelly green and vermilion except the Pyragon, Revonix360, and Diatron, which are colored white, gray and vermilion.
Zombie StrikeZombie Strike is a sub-line introduced in mid-2013 for fans of Humans vs. Zombies games.[original research?]
The sub-line consists of N-Strike Elite and Vortex blasters that sport
post-apocalyptic designs. An N-Force sword is also included in the
Combat CreaturesThe Combat Creatures lineup is a joint project between Nerf and Wow! Stuff. It features remote-controlled robots
that can fire Elite darts. The first robot, the Terradrone, was
released in Fall 2014. An early-release version is now on the market.
is a sub-line introduced in fall 2013 aimed at the female demographic.
As such, the Rebelle blasters incorporate feminine designs and pastel
colors. Its slogan is Step Up and Stand Out. 
RivalRival is a
line of ball blasters aimed at 14 to 20 year old males that was released
in the fall of 2015. The current line of blasters to be listed are the
Zeus MXV-1200 and Apollo XV-700. Its ammunition can reach up to 100FPS.
Doomlands is a line of blasters set in a catastrophic future. They use
N-strike elite streamline darts that are orange with a black tip. There
are currently 3 blasters in this line and a sub-line called “Impact
Zone” will be released fall 2016. The main line’s blasters are orange
with clear parts and the “Impact Zone” sub-line will have white blasters
also with clear parts.
Ammunition and accessoriesAll
Nerf blasters come packaged with a set of foam darts or mega darts
matched to fit into their chambers. However, refill darts are also
available in packs of 16, 32, 36, 160 or 216, or with ammo boxes/bags,
clip or bandolier kits. With the exception of the Clip System blasters,
most Nerf dart blasters are compatible with the different types of foam
darts available; the Clip System blasters will only take Streamline
darts, which have smaller diameter tips. In 2013, Elite darts became the
new standard darts, as they are compatible with both regular and Clip
Types of ammunition include:
Various types of ammunition for Nerf guns.
Suction darts – Blue or black-tipped foam darts with suction cups
that stick to glass windows or flat surfaces. Also available in forest
camouflage when purchased with the Ammo Bag.Whistler darts – Black-tipped darts with holes on their sides, which
emit whistling sounds when fired. Also available in forest camouflage
when purchased with the Ammo Bag.Sonic micro darts – Reverse-colored Whistler darts in black with
orange tips. Currently, the Reflex IX-1 is the only blaster packaged
with these darts, as other regular blasters come packaged with Whistler
darts. Also available with the Ammo Box.Clip System (Streamline) darts – Orange-tipped darts with a smaller
diameter, designed to fit in Clip System magazines. Also available in
forest camouflage when purchased with the Ammo Bag.Glow-in-the-dark darts – White suction darts that glow in the dark.
They only glow, though, if shot by certain blasters like the Firefly
REV-8.Glow-in-the-dark Clip System darts – White Streamline darts that
glow in the dark when exposed to a lighting system such as the Rayven
CS-18’s Firefly Tech magazine clip.Elite darts – Blue foam darts introduced in the N-Strike Elite line.
They resemble the Streamline darts, but are slightly thicker in
diameter.Glow-in-the-dark Elite darts – White Elite darts that glow in the
dark when exposed to a lighting system such as the Elite Rayven CS-18’s
Firefly Tech magazine clip.Rebelle darts – Similar in shape to the Elite darts, but in pastel
colors (including white, green, pink, purple and black) resembling those
of the weapons of the Rebelle sub-line.High Impact Rounds (foam balls) – Similer to older ball blasters,
these balls come in yellow. The balls are similar in shape to golf balls
as they have dimples. Their range is better than normal darts and can
sting a bit when fired.
Numerous accessories for Nerf blasters are available separately or
supplied with selected blasters. These consist of ammunition holders or
attachments that enhance the functional or aesthetic elements of Nerf
blasters, as well as some Super Soaker blasters.