Have you ever fantasized that your Nerf gun battles were more serious? Maybe you’d like your foam shootouts to have a more leaden, executive tone. You don’t want a bright orange gun with a blue handle and neon green decals. You want a foam weapon that’s a little more, well — straight-laced. A toy gun that says, “I’m a serious adult. I’m aware of the height of my socks. My interest in foam combat may be recreational, but, much like my sex life, I approach it with a professional attitude.” If this is you, then you need the Shelby Destroyer, a foam disc gun aimed at very serious…players?
In contrast to the “foam disc blaster’s” serious tone, support among those who want to see it in action has been enthusiastic. As of this writing, it had amassed nearly $75K in funding on Indiegogo — just shy of 370% of its target.
Here’s what the most humorless toy we’ve ever seen is all about.
Shelby Destroyer Specs
According to the manufacturer, the Shelby Destroyer “lives up to its name with its superior design, top-quality materials, and premium features.”
The gun fires six foam discs per second at velocities up to 160 FPS. Users can toggle between semi and fully automatic modes and adjust the power setting to facilitate safe close-range play. At the max power setting at 160 FPS, Shelby promises long-range accuracy. On the lowest setting, the blaster fires discs at a non-threatening but still effective 80 FPS.
Power and rate of fire notwithstanding, foam disc combat is all about staying in the action, not watching from the sidelines. Shelby recognizes this critical factor, making adjustments to help every combatant remain active. The 120 disc magazine has a high capacity and reloads easily. Colored LED lights indicate team loyalties, so you never get blasted by friendly fire. It’s also got an LED light to indicate the rechargeable lithium battery’s charging status.
Buying the Baddest Blaster on the Cul De Sac
Shelby challenges its customers to “Own the battlefield.” After all, its blaster is “[d]esigned for winners.” To secure superiority over the long haul, Shelby proposes to back up the Destroyer with a (relatively stunning) 25-year warranty.
But, as usual, those who seek to subjugate their enemies through a war must be well-moneyed. The Shelby Destroyer starts at $335 MSRP. As of this writing, suitors could still get reduced pricing through pledge packages. Those started at 1 blaster for $217. The upper limit was 10 for $2,175. Extras were also available, such as — I’m not kidding — a scope with a rangefinder.
Notably, the design was still in the prototype stage as of this writing; be advised that various developmental factors could still affect production and delivery. But if everything goes according to plan, the Destroyer will ship in December 2021.
Lock plastic and load discs. Your adult combat play just got leveled up.
Learn more at Indiegogo.com.