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During the earlier years of the Nerf brand, several blasters were either released or cancelled with very little known information about them today. The following blasters are blasters that may or may not have been cancelled, however lack enough sustainable, accurate information to justify an article.

Counter Strike

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The Counter Strike is a Nerf blaster that may have been released in 2000.

It would have likely come packaged with two missiles.

Details

It is a small blaster judging from the only known photograph on the internet.

The blaster features an incredibly thin handle and storage for one missile on the top. It is air-powered similar to early Rip Rockets blasters, being a pull-and-push type blaster.

The Counter Strike is interesting to note as the last known blaster to fire missiles. The firing mechanism may have had the ability to rotate in several directions.

History

Its eventual fate was unknown. From what is known, it never surfaced outside of pictures, although it could have possibly had a minor release.

All the information known about the blaster comes from a photo of the blaster from a 2000 Hasbro toy catalog. The Counter Strike was pictured alongside the Bungee Blaster, which has been more well-known although still an immensely rare blaster. Because of this, it is more likely it had a minor release than being cancelled entirely.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Counter Strike, simply place one missile over the barrel post of the blaster. Pull the firing mechanism back until it cannot extend back any further.

Push the firing handle forward to fire the missile.

Trivia

  • The missiles seen with the blaster in its only known photo are unusually damaged for a Hasbro stock photo, suggesting that they were used on very short notice.
  • The official release date is unknown, although it appeared in the 2000 catalog alongside the Bungee Blaster, which had a 2000 release. Because of this, it most likely had a 2000 release as well.

Disc Shot

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Not to be confused with Disk Shot.

The Disc Shot is a Nerf blaster that was released some time around the late 1990's and early 2000's.

It comes packaged with eight discs.

Details

It is a disc-firing blaster that fires in a similar method to the Zap Snaps.

The Disc Shot is a rather unknown blaster, as very little information about it is online. It comes with several discs, all of which have a slit in them. This is to hook the disc onto the blaster.

It can be assumed that due to the method of firing and the ammunition used, this blaster would have had poor accuracy.

History

Unlike most unknown blasters, this particular one actually received a release, albeit a limited release. The blaster surfaced on the Internet in the form of an Amazon page in 2011.[1] Judging from the packaging, the blaster would have been released sometime between 1998 and 2002.

All the information known about the blaster comes from a photo of the packaging. Multiple European country names on the packaging pointed to this blaster being a European exclusive until 2015 when a blue and yellow variant was spotted in Canada.

Color schemes

The Disc Shot has been produced in the following color schemes:

  • Blue and green
  • Blue and yellow

Reloading and firing

To reload the Disc Shot, simply insert one disc onto the front slit of the blaster. Slide carefully over the slit and do not push the disc in farther than it could go; this could result in tearing.

To fire, one must pull back the green part of the blaster at the front until it cannot extend back any further and release to fire the disc.

Trivia

  • It is a possibility judging from the packaging of the blaster that the blaster may have been able to fire more than one disc at a time.
  • The firing method is known only because of the instructions on the front of the blaster.

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Double Blast

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The Double Blast is a Nerf blaster that may have been released in 2000.

It would have likely come packaged with two Arrows.

Details

It is a small blaster judging from the only known photograph on the internet.

The blaster features an upwards handle with some sort of shield or hand-guard in front of the handle. The Double Blast likely fires two arrows at once due to the single trigger connected to both barrels.

How this blaster fired is currently unknown, with few clues provided from the only known photo.

History

Its eventual fate was unknown. From what is known, it never surfaced outside of pictures, although it could have possibly had a minor release.

All the information known about the blaster comes from a photo of the blaster from a 2000 Hasbro toy catalog. The Double Blast was pictured alongside the Bungee Blaster, which has been more well-known although still an immensely rare blaster. Because of this, it is more likely it had a minor release than being cancelled entirely.

Reloading and firing

Due to a lack of information, it is unknown how this blaster may have fired. There is no visible cocking mechanism on the blaster, only a trigger and two barrels. It is possible that the arrows could have been cocked automatically upon being inserted onto the barrels similar to the McDonalds promotional blasters.

Trivia

  • This was one of the last blasters to fire arrows, which became fairly uncommon after the release of this blaster; the next arrow blaster to be released would be the 2013 Blazin' Bow, not counting re-releases of the 1998 Big Bad Bow.
  • The official release date is unknown, although it appeared in the 2000 catalog alongside the Bungee Blaster, which had a 2000 release. Because of this, it most likely had a 2000 release as well.

Harpoon Crossbow

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The Harpoon Crossbow is a Nerf blaster that would have been released around 1992.

It would have likely come packaged with three Hydro Torpedoes.

Details

It is a rather large blaster judging from the only known photograph on the internet.

The blaster would have been the first to come with a built-in stock and bears a very strong resemblance to the 1995 Nerf Action Crossbow, with which it partially shares its moniker.

An ammunition storage area would have been located at the bottom of the blaster, where two extra Hydro Torpedoes could be stored. Bow arms and strings are located above the ammunition storage area.

History

The blaster was cancelled for unknown reasons, although its ammunition later surfaced as a refill pack.

All the information known about the blaster comes from a photo of the blaster on either the back of an unknown blaster's packaging.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Harpoon Crossbow, one would have had to insert the Hydro Torpedo onto the front of the blaster, carefully sliding the Hydro Torpedo into the proper position. Unfortunately, due to lack of information, the firing mechanism of the Harpoon Crossbow is unknown. The blaster is speculated to be either a spring-powered blaster or powered by the string.[2]

Pulling the trigger would have either released the string or the spring in order to fire the Hydro Torpedo.

Trivia

  • This would have been the only blaster released to come packaged with Hydro Torpedoes, which were later released packaged on their own in a refill pack.

SuperMAXX 1600

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The SuperMAXX 1600 Rapid-Fire Ball Blaster is a Larami blaster that would have been released in 1995.

It would have come packaged with at least twelve SuperMAXX Balls.

Details

It is a large-sized blaster, judging from the only known photograph on the internet.

The blaster would have featured an extremely similar design to the SuperMAXX 1500 Rapid-Fire Missile Blaster released around the same time, another immensely rare blaster.

It is a ball-shooting blaster that would have operated on a Super Soaker-style air pressure system, in which the blaster would be pumped before firing the ball. It is believed that there is a six-barreled turret, with each barrel holding between two and four balls, though likely only three balls.

History

Its eventual fate was unknown. From what is known, it never surfaced outside of pictures. The blaster was cancelled for unknown reasons, although it is entirely possible that the blaster actually saw a very small release in a limited test market. No physical copies have actually surfaced to date.

All the information known about the blaster comes from a mock-up of the blaster seen on page 38 of the 1995 Larami New York Toy Fair catalog. No other information is depicted about the blaster other than a mock-up box art and a design of the blaster itself.

Reloading and firing

To reload the SuperMAXX 1600, one would have had to insert the SuperMAXX Balls into barrels of the blaster. The blaster would have had to have been pumped at least twice to fire, though the final total is unknown.

Pulling the trigger would have fired the ball.

Trivia

  • The mock-up image is also an edited version of the SuperMAXX 1500 Rapid-Fire Missile Blaster's image and does not actually show a blaster that entered production.
  • There is an error on the blaster's air tank in the mock-up image, where it is identified as the "SuperMAXX 1600 Rapid-Fire Missile Blaster".
  • The SuperMAXX 1600's turret is similar in appearance to that of the 1994 Nerf Action Ballzooka.

SuperMAXX Ball Shooter

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For the Larami version of the blaster, see SuperMAXX Ball Shooter (Larami).

The SuperMAXX Ball Shooter is a Nerf blaster that would have been released in 1998.

It would have come packaged with eight Ballistic Balls.

The blaster would have needed three "C" batteries to function.

Details

It is a medium-sized blaster judging from the only known photograph on the internet.

The blaster would have featured a similar handle to the SuperMAXX 250 and SuperMAXX 750. Because of this, it could have been possibly closer to their size.

It is a motorized ball blaster that featured a trigger that went through the back of the handle of the blaster. It advertised the ability to fire up to twenty-five feet. Balls would have been loaded through the back of the blaster.

History

Its eventual fate was unknown. From what is known, it never surfaced outside of pictures. The blaster was cancelled for unknown reasons, although its concept would later be re-used by Larami the following year for the 1999 Ball Blaster, although without the electronic capabilities.

All the information known about the blaster comes from a photo of the blaster from the 1998 Larami toy catalog. Thankfully, the catalog also lists useful information such as date of release, capacity, and size that would have been otherwise difficult to find.

Reloading and firing

To reload the SuperMAXX Ball Shooter, one would have had to insert the Ballistic Balls into the back of the blaster. An opening at the top of the blaster would have been the area where the balls would have fit. The mechanics would have needed to be turned on.

Pulling the trigger would have fired the ball.

Trivia

  • This would have been the first motorized ball blaster, the title of which would later go to the Power Nerf series Ballzooka MP150.
  • The packaging seen at the bottom of the original picture of the blaster differs somewhat than the description. The blaster is listed as the SuperMAXX Ball Blaster on the packaging, and it is stated that it comes with only six Ballistic Balls, rather than the eight balls seen in the description.

Unknown Air Tech Jet blaster

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The unnamed Air Tech Jet blaster is a Nerf blaster that may have been released in 2002.

It would have likely come packaged with one Sonic Jet.

Details

It is a small, air-powered blaster that features its pump inside the handle of the blaster.

The blaster bears a resemblance to the Triple Torch and has a small aiming guide on the top. Part of the plastic is glued into place preventing the blaster from being opened with ease.

The barrel post the jet is inserted onto has a small nub beneath it, likely to help guide the jet itself and maintain that it is in its proper position.

History

The name of the blaster alongside other important statistics is unknown. The blaster is believed to have been an Air Tech blaster due to its color scheme and ammunition. It did not make any known appearance at a toy fair, in catalogs, or in commercials. While the remainder of the Air Tech line were featured on Hasbro's Nerf website, this blaster does not show up when the site is traced back.

All the information known about the blaster comes from a collector who had purchased the blaster in a non-functioning state in a lot in August 2014.[3] After some research, it was revealed that the blaster was purchased at a department store at the time of its release; this identifies that the blaster did in fact have a release.

It is hypothesized that the blaster is a reshell or a redesign of the Stinger due to similar sizes and functions. The Air Tech line itself was well-known for featuring upgrades to previously-released blasters, further pushing this idea.

Reloading and firing

To reload the Air Tech Jet blaster, simply place one Sonic Jet over the barrel post of the blaster. Pump the blaster several times to prime the blaster.

Pull the trigger to fire the jet.

Trivia

  • This is one of two blasters to fire Sonic Jets.
  • Unlike the Air Tech Jet Squadron, it does not appear to be designed after any sort of plane.

References

  1. Amazon: Nerf Disc Shot - Amazon.co.uk
  2. Nerf City: Foam Legends - GeoCities.ws
  3. NerfHaven: Unknown air jet tech series blaster. NerfHaven.com

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