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Nerf Rival brings shootouts to the next level

by Smyths Toys


Play battles and water fights have come a long way.
Remember the classic water pistol you had when you were a kid? It was a few inches long, could shoot a trickle of water about a foot, and then you had to refill it again. That’s not to say it wasn’t fun, but there was certainly no risk of anyone getting seriously wet.
Or did you ever have one of those bow and arrow sets where the arrows just wouldn’t stick? It was all rather frustrating.
Nowadays though, play warfare is a serious business, and Nerf, with its range of water soakers and foam blasters, are the market leaders.
If you’re new to Nerf, or looking to crank your Nerf game up a notch, we’ve got everything you need to know, plus four recommendations for Nerf Rivals you need to have in your collection.
The history of Nerf
It was the Parker Brothers who originally developed Nerf, beginning with a four inch polyurethane foam ball back in 1969. The original foam ball was just dense enough to be hurled accurately but too light to cause damage. The ball was first released in 1970 in a small black box whose packaging urged, ‘Throw it indoors. You can’t damage lamps or break windows. You can’t hurt babies or old people.’
In was then in 1989 that the Nerf Blast-a-Ball became the first Nerf blaster.
The package came with two blasters and four soft Nerf balls.
They also developed many other products.

Nerf blasters and guns have been enjoyed all around the world by children and adults alike for years.
Whether it’s shooting targets with foam pellets or getting involved in a seriously soaking water fight with a Nerf SuperSoaker, all Nerf products are loads of fun for all the family on a sunny day outside.
Now though, things are getting serious!

Nerf has bought out its new range, Nerf Rivals, which includes serious precision shooting equipment for serious battles. With Rivals in the pipeline for four years before they were released onto the market, these products up the Nerf experience with their precision, accuracy and aim, to create something that really takes Nerf battling to the next level.


With two teams to choose from (the Red or the Blue team) and loads of new products to test out and enjoy, Nerf Rivals really brings something new to the Nerf collection.
We’ve selected the best new products in the Rivals collection to share with you, so pick a team, choose your weapon and get battling!

Perfect for ages 14 and over, the Zeus MXV-1200 blaster comes with 12 high-impact rounds, an easy load magazine, a trigger lock and tactical rails. First up though, you’ll have to choose a blaster colour–will you be going into battle as the Red Team or the Blue Team?

The Zeus MXV-1200 motorized blaster fires at a velocity up to 100 fps (30 mps) and the blaster has an ambidextrous magazine release, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re right or left handed, you can still be part of the battle.
The intensity of battle that comes with the Zeus MVX-1200 is definitely not something to be missed!
Considered by many to be the best Nerf Rival blaster on the market, the Zeus is perfect for you if you are a Nerfing pro and only need the best weaponry to win your battle!

Something a little different to the Zeus MVX-1200, the Apollo VX-700 is also ideal for any Nerf enthusiast aged over 14. You can experience intense head-to-head competition with the ultimate precision and power of the Nerf Rival Apollo XV-700 blaster.
The Apollo XV-700 blaster has a spring-action cocking mechanism and fires at a velocity up to 100 fps (30 mps). It comes with an easy-load magazine and 7 high-impact rounds. The blaster has a trigger lock, a tactical rail, and a ready indicator.
Although the Apollo is slightly cheaper and less high tech than the Zeus, the precision and accuracy is still all there with this product, making it perfect for playing against even the best Nerf battlers. If you’re new to Nerf Rival, the Apollo XV-700 is a great place to start.

It doesn’t matter which side you’re playing for, every good Nerf Rival battler needs a Nerf Rival face mask to be easily spotted by their teammates and to make sure they are always safe during play.
For intense, head-to-head Nerf Rival competition, you need a mask that identifies you as a member of whichever team you are on!
This Nerf Rival Face Mask does the job, and its adjustable elastic band and breathable design to keep you comfortable as you battle. With this face mask and your blaster, you’ll be the ultimate competitor!
If you’re really serious about being part of a team, why not suggest that everyone dress head to toe in their team colour? You’ll be easier to spot, and it’s always fun to have an excuse to dress up!

Whether you’re on Team Red or Team Blue, the competition is going to get tough out there so you’re going to need as much ammo as you can get! The Nerf Rival 12 round magazine adapts onto your Apollo or Zeus blaster so that you can make the most out of your machine.
With 18 rounds of ammo, you can load up your extra magazine with 12 of these 18 to make sure you’re always one step ahead of the game.
Then you can slap the fully loaded magazine into your Zeus MXV-1200 or Apollo XV-70 blaster and you’re ready to rumble! Ammo up fast with the 12-Round Magazine!
Nerf also has loads of great tips on how to make the most out of your blaster with a great firing technique. They suggest to fire on a 45 degree angle, to ensure that you hit your target every single time.
It is also best to make sure that the lowest point of the nerf blaster is at least four feet off the ground. Wind, rain and snow will affect your blaster so it’s always best to use them outside when the weather is nice.
It is also very important to make sure that your darts are in good condition, otherwise they won’t be able to hit their targets properly.
Whether you use your Nerf blaster for serious battles or just a bit of fun, get your friends and family together, pick a team (red or blue) and get battling outside on a summer day with the new Nerf Rivals collection. To make it even more interesting, have the losing team all get blasted with Super Soakers at the end!