NERF & Dart Blasters Buying Guide
Purchasing NERF & Dart Blasters
Consider the following when shopping for NERF guns and dart blasters:
- Always check age recommendations before making a purchase. Most NERF guns and dart blasters are not suitable for children younger than 8 years old.
- Check to see whether the NERF gun that interests you requires batteries. Most rapid fire and flywheel blasters need at least 2 batteries for operation.
- NERF and dart blasters typically include ammunition in the box, but you may want to purchase more separately to keep your games going longer.
Types of NERF & Dart Blasters
Small blasters are a great jump off point for NERF beginners, but they are also of considerable value to anyone that games competitively as a secondary weapon.
- For the ultimate in versatility, look for small blasters that can be converted into two-handed blasters so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Note, the required accessories are often sold separately.
- If you are shopping for a small blaster to use as a secondary weapon, it is important to weigh up size against capacity. For example, some guns are small enough to be concealed in your pocket but may only fire a single dart.
- For some old-fashioned fun, look out for NERF guns that double as water pistols. Great for use on a summer’s day, water pistols can be enjoyed by kids as young as 6 for a more inclusive playtime.
Two-handed blasters take your game to the next level. Larger capacity, more firing features and increased range mean your NERF games can take a whole new dimension.
- Choose the two-handed blaster that suits your game and how you want to use it. Some models, for example, are designed for ‘running and gunning’ while others are intended for more measured attacks from distance.
- NERF guns and dart blasters with secondary firing mechanisms mean you have more options when engaged in battle. Look out for models that can shoot larger ‘grenades’ for added potency.
- Pay attention to NERF gun capacity when making your choice. Guns that can hold more ammo may help you get out of sticky situations. Large capacity blasters are, however, more unwieldy.
Bows & Crossbows
Bows and crossbows add a retro twist to the latest dart blaster technology. Easy-to-use and highly effective, these toy weapons take the game in new and exciting directions.
- Bow and arrow blasters are ideal for players who value stealth and accuracy. They tend to be significantly quieter than conventional guns and have excellent range, which makes them ideal for surprise attacks.
- Due to the size of these bows, however, they may be unsuitable for younger and smaller players. Mobile players may also find their shape restrictive. Crossbows are an excellent middle ground and can be enjoyed by players of all types.
- Bows and crossbows also introduce a fresh angle to traditional NERF games. Certain ammunition, for example, can be used to pass secret messages to other players for a deeper level of engagement.
NERF & Dart Blaster Features
Additional Features to Look For
NERF guns and dart blasters are available with a range of features that can heighten your enjoyment of NERF games. Keep an eye out for the following:
- NERF guns and dart blasters with light beam targeting can increase your accuracy when you need it the most. They can also help you identify targets in dimly lit scenarios.
- See-through gun clips are a great way to keep abreast of how many shots you have left so you always know where you stand.
- Some NERF crossbows feature a built-in locking mechanism, which your kids can use to stop others playing with their equipment when they are not around. It can also help parents prevent unsupervised play.
Action figures are fun in their own right but they can also double as NERF gun targets. Shop a wide range of figures from popular movies and shows and keep your kids entertained.
Remote Control Vehicles
Remote controlled vehicles can provide hours of entertainment as well as moving targets for NERF and dart blasters. Shop the range of RC cars and helicopters for double the fun.
Arts & Crafts Kits
Art equipment like marker pens can help your kids create a personalised, more immersive environment in which to play. Shop for supplies and help your kids build their own NERF world.