Original Nerf is a name given for the first series of Nerf blasters ever released. These blasters were on shelves in retail stores between 1989 and 1993.


These blasters are usually the first of their kind and are rather primitive compared to newer blasters. The main ammo used in these blasters are usually arrows and Ballistic Balls. An exception of this is the Sharpshooter, which fires a modified form of Mega Darts.


In 1989, Milton Bradley released the Blast-a-Ball game, which included two blasters and four Ballistic Balls, the first Nerf ammunition. It immediately became a hit and sold well. This officially started the "series".

In 1990, the Original Nerf "series" was expanded to include one new blaster, having a larger capacity than the Blast-a-Ball. The new blaster had better accuracy and rate of fire than the original, but bared no similarities to tell them apart from the other model years.

Only one new blaster was released in 1991. This year saw the introduction of the arrow. Blasters in this series, with the exception of the Blast-a-Ball, were given new packaging for 1991.

1992 was Original Nerf's biggest year, with the most new blasters released than any other year. This year was the most diverse year; despite this, most blasters had similarities. Out of the seven blasters released, five were push-and-pull blasters or pull-and-release blasters. Every blaster had either a black, red or purple/blue color scheme, often mixing those three colors. This year saw the introduction of the missile and Mega Dart in the form of the Sharpshooter Dart. Blasters in this series, with the exception of the Blast-a-Ball, were given new packaging for 1992.

The last year for this "series" featured the release of one final blaster. It again used the black/red colour scheme characterized by the theme.

The Original Nerf series was retired and discontinued at the end of 1993, replaced by the newer 1994 Nerf Action theme. Many blasters were follow-ups to the blasters in this line, and many other blasters like the ones featured in this theme would be released in the following years.

Successors to blasters in this series

Original Nerf products


Name Year
Blastaball box Blast-a-Ball 1989
Blastamatic box Blast-a-Matic 1990
Bownarrow Bow 'n' Arrow 1991
MasterBlasterBox Master Blaster 1992
Missilestorm box Missilestorm 1992
MissileLauncherBox Missile Launcher 1992
NB1MissileBlaster NB-1 Missile Blaster 1992
GOPR1304 Sharpshooter 1992
Slingshot Slingshot 1992
Zap snaps Zap Snaps 1992 (cancelled)
Arrowstorm Arrowstorm 1993

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