By: Jeremy Alden
Nerf has been around since the 70s and has been creating blasters since the 90s, which means that there are a host of blasters that we haven’t even discussed on this blog.
For collectors and enthusiasts, this opens up a whole new world of potential if they can get their hands on the right products.
But exactly which Nerf blasters are considered rare, and which ones should you be looking for?
If you’re on the hunt for some of the most coveted Nerf weapons, here are 8 of the rarest Nerf guns that you should know about!
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Starting with the Red Strike Series and going up to some of the most sought-after blasters.
1. The Red Strike Series of Blasters
In this first recommendation, we’re actually going to talk about a line of blasters rather than a singular blaster as the whole line is quite rare.
The Red Strike series was a sub-series of the Nerf N-Strike series that was released exclusively in Walmart in 2009 as a black Friday special. Because these blasters were only produced and released during this time, they’re extremely rare and hard to find.
Although this is a series, it’s very limited, only offering three blasters. These include:
- The Nerf Longshot CS-6, a unique blaster with a six-dart clip, a red targeting scope, and a body that can either be used as one long blaster or be broken down into pistols for one-handed shooting action. Because of how old these are, you can only expect a range of 35-feet (however, this isn’t really a deterrent as collectors will still want to get their hands on these rare products).
If you have any of these exclusive blasters, you have some of the rarest Nerf guns in your collection!
2. The Nerf Max Force Manta Ray
The Nerf Max Force series, which was released in the 90s, featured unique animal-style designs to offer something new and exciting to enthusiasts.
Although many vintage pieces are rare as they’ve been discontinued, the Nerf Max Force Manta Ray is both rare and expensive, making it a very valuable sell for those who may still have it in a box somewhere.
This dual-purpose blaster was one of the first Nerf weapons to shoot two darts at the same time and used its colorful body
3. The Original Nerf Crossbow
The original Nerf crossbow is a simple purple crossbow that was released under Kenner, which was later acquired by Hasbro.
Despite the fact that this blaster only fires two darts and has limited functionality, many are on the hunt for this 90s discontinued blaster because of the potential it has once it’s modded.
Keep your eyes peeled out for this piece in your collection if you or your children expressed an interest in crossbows back in the day.
4. The Nerf N-Strike Rayven CS-18
The Nerf N-Strike Rayven CS-18 is one of the few blasters that actually fires off glow-in-the-dark darts or discs.
However, besides this awesome feature, this blaster is also battery-powered and uses a clip system, making it a somewhat older model that had capabilities making it appropriate for battle.
Even though this is a much newer blaster in comparison to some of the other older models that are considered to be rare, there is a demand for it and it’s definitely much harder to find than other Nerf blasters we recommend purchasing on our site.
5. The Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6
The Nerf N-Strike Longstrike CS-6 was one of the first bolt-action, long-distance blasters that Nerf designed for the series. But was it great?
Not exactly. Unfortunately, this release encountered numerous design flaws that made it extremely hard to use. As such, it was taken off the market relatively quickly and discontinued.
Some rare pieces you’ll find that don’t work well or don’t work at all may only fetch a couple of bucks if you’re lucky. For some reason, this one actually is in much higher demand, making it both rare and desirable.
Keep this in mind if you purchased it back when it was released in 2010 and immediately put it in storage because you heard from friends or family that it didn’t work at all.
6. The Terrascout Recon RC Drone
There are a number of unique Nerf inventions that went onto the market and offered something different from the normal Nerf experience.
Although this isn’t a blaster in the traditional sense, the Nerf Terrascout Recon RC Drone is one of two different offerings that allowed players to shoot at each other remotely with the assistance of a roaming drone.
This impressive product was able to hold 35-darts in its drum and could be operated remotely while the player was able to see everything that was going on through the drone’s camera.
Additionally, because it was an exclusive Toys R Us release (in comparison to other options like the less effective Nerf Combat Creatures TerraDrone), this makes it all the more valuable to the right collector.
The 6 of the Rarest Nerf Guns
When you’re shopping around for Nerf guns, you can find an extensive number of great options online. But these recent series and popular blasters only provide you a glimpse into what Nerf has really accomplished over the years.
More vintage pieces and discontinued blasters are in high demand and can go a long way for those who are looking to create a collection that they can use or appreciate for years to come.
If you’re on the lookout for rare pieces to bring home, use the guide above to dive into 8 of the rarest Nerf guns out there and what they have to offer to today’s Nerf players.
About the Author
Jeremy is the founder of Dart Dudes, the leading resource for parents looking to pick up a Nerf toy for a child. He grew up with his four brothers and two sisters where there was always a Nerf war taking place.
With a focus on safety, Jeremy has helped thousands of parents help chose the right Nerf toy for their kids or grandkids. He lives in California with his wife and family. Learn more about me. - You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org