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.
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
- Blast-a-Ball: Blast-a-Matic (1990), Hydro Bazooka (1993)
- Bow 'n' Arrow: Sonic Stinger Bow 'n' Arrow (1994), Crossbow (1995), Big Bad Bow (1998), Blazin' Bow (2013), Heartbreaker Bow (2013)
- Master Blaster: Ballzooka (1994), Ballzooka MP150 (2000), Cyclotron (2003)
- Missile Launcher: Detonator (1993)
- Missilestorm: Arrow Strike (2001)
- Sharpshooter: Sharpshooter II (1994)
- Slingshot: Striker Slingshot (2001), Atomizer (2003)
Original Nerf products
|Bow 'n' Arrow||1991|
|NB-1 Missile Blaster||1992|
|Zap Snaps||1992 (cancelled)|
|1990s||Aero • Airjet Power • Airjet Power Plus • Ambush Rip Rockets • Cyber Stryke Gear • Hydro • Hyper Rip Rockets • Hyper Sight • Max Force • Max Force 2112 • Mega Blitz • Nerf Action • Original Nerf • Rip Rockets • SuperMAXX|
|2000s||2003 series • Action Blasters • Air Tech • Atom Blasters • Ball Blasters • Dart Tag • N-Force • Power Nerf|
|2010s||Combat Creatures • Rebelle|
|Sub-series||Charmed • Clear Series • Code Red Collection • Firevision Sports • Gear Up • Light It Up • Multishot Madness • Red Strike • Remix • Secrets & Spies • Sonic Series • Super Stripes Collection • Switch Shots • Whiteout Series|