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Original Nerf blasters are usually the first of their kind and are rather primitive compared to newer, modern blasters. The main ammunition used in these blasters are usually arrows and Ballistic Balls. An exception of this is the Sharpshooter, which fires what would be the basis for Mega Darts.
In 1989, Parker Brothers released the Blast-a-Ball set, which included two blasters and four Ballistic Balls, the first standard Nerf ammunition. The set immediately became a hit and sold well enough to spawn a successor, the Blast-a-Matic, in 1990.
1992 was Original Nerf's biggest year, with the most new blasters released than any other year. This year saw the introduction of the missile, with various blasters, and the first dart type, with the Sharpshooter. Again, packaging was updated for all releases (again, excluding the Blast-a-Ball).
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.
Original Nerf products
|Bow 'n' Arrow||1991|
|NB-1 Missile Blaster||1992|
|1970s||Nerf Animal • Nerf Classic Fighter • Nerf Critter • Nerf Glider • Nerf-Mobile|
|1980s||Hot Shot • Motorman • Nerfuls • Original Nerf|
|1990s||Aero • AirJet Power • AirJet Power Plus • Ambush Rip Rockets • Cyber Stryke Gear • Head 2 Head • Hydro • Hyper Rip Rockets • Hyper Sight • Max Force • Max Force 2112 • Mega Blitz • Nerf Action • Nick & Nerf • Rip Rockets • SuperMAXX|
|2000s||2003 series • Action Blasters • Air Tech • Atom Blasters • Ball Blasters • Dart Tag • Lazer Tag • N-Force • Power Nerf|
|2010s||Alien Menace • Combat Creatures • Firevision Ignite • Firevision Sports • Rebelle|
|Sub-series||Biosquad • Charmed • Clear Series • Code Red Collection • Elite Repaint • Gear Up • Koosh Vortex • Light It Up • Multishot Madness • Pro Nerf • Red Strike • Remix • Secrets & Spies • Sonic FIRE • Sonic ICE • Sonic Series • Super Stripes Collection • Switch Shots • Whiteout Series • Z.E.D. Squad|