About 10 years ago, Franklin Sports manufactured a foam ball blaster called Sceptor, as part of a line called Battle MAX. This line was styled like some paintball markers, targets, and accessories, and was meant as a safe entry for to paintball for kids. Unfortunately, the initial blaster kits were expensive for toys, and did not sell well.
A few months ago, Hasbro released two new ball blasters aimed at teens who are outgrowing the Nerf line. These new blasters, Apollo and Zeus, are hopefully just the first models of Nerf Rivals.
What these two lines have in common is one thing: expensive ammunition. If you can even find BattleMAX balls at all, they run about $0.50 each. BattleMAX balls are approximately 23.8mm, which unfortunately is too large to pass through the mouth of the Rival clips without persuasion. They also tend to get shorter ranges from the Rival blasters than the Rival balls.
The Rival line does have an increasing presence in retail stores, but they still cost anywhere from $0.25 to $0.50 each round, and are only available in yellow. The Rival balls are nominally about 22.7mm in diameter, but tend to be only around 22.2mm at the poles. They operate adequately in the Sceptors, but get shorter range due to the size inconsistencies and lower resistance at the barrel restrictor. This also sometimes causes multiple balls to fire at once.
There is also an aftermarket ball available on Amazon and Ebay, which works in both blasters, but has a substantially lower mass, because they have been made of EVA foam, rather than polyurethane foam. The 1/3 mass balls are again, only available in yellow, and attain much shorter ranges because of the lower inertia and smaller diameter. As seen in the image below, these balls are quite loose in the clips, and sometimes pop out if the clip is jostled.
This project aims to give the Nerf Internet Community a better option. With your help, we can create custom balls in a distinctive, easy to recover, light blue. With a consistent 23mm diameter, Curveballs will fit the Sceptor better than either the Hasbro or aftermarket balls, fit slightly tighter in the Apollo (allowing for higher plunger pressure), and have a nice sliding fit in 3/4" thinwall PVC.
This campaign exists purely because I just cannot swing the entry cost for a minimum order quantity of ten thousand units. At this time, we have enough capital to pay for the mold to be manufactured, but we need an additional $1500 to have the balls molded and shipped. If we can get pledges up to $3500, we can get a quantity discount and include 10% additional product with all orders!
Risks and challenges
This process should be relatively straightforward, though shipping product internationally can sometimes be hazardous. There is always the possibility of the ship sinking or something.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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