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Anthony Frandsen Showcases His Nerf Collection on hobbyDB

Anthony Frandsen, who lives in Pottsville, PA (home of Yeungling Beer), has added his growing collection of Nerf shooters, weapons, whatever you call them to the hobbyDB database. Blasters is the preferred term to the Nerfing Community,” he says. And yes, you also just learned that “Nerfing” is a thing. Besides his Nerf Collection, XyberDAWG, as he is known on hobbyDB, has close to 500 items in his hobbyDB Showcase and counting.

nerf showcaseThe Showcase is a relatively new feature on hobbyDB. In the past, collectors could add items to the database even if they didn’t actually own a particular item. Then they could mark items they actually do have in their collections. But with the Showcase, it’s possible to publicly display your collection without having to dust your shelves every now and then.

nerf star warsIn the interest of providing soft-serve spongy toys for relatively harmless fun, the earliest Nerf blasters were usually single-shot, air-powered devices to launch foam projectiles with either suction cup or rounded rubber tips. Like all the kids, Frandsen prefers the newer models with their rapid-fire action. “My collection’s main focus is the clip-fed ones, actually magazines, but Nerf calls them Clips,” he said. “Along with attachments (scopes, Shoulder Stocks, barrel extensions, etc.)… of course, I have a passion for the Star Wars related Nerf Items as I am a huge Star Wars geek.”

nerf nitronIf you’ve been to a kid’s birthday party over the last decade or so, there’s a good chance a Nerf battle may have erupted. Heck, it’s likely attendees were asked to bring their own blasters as the main theme.

Frandsen enjoyed playing with Nerf toys as a kid but didn’t really consider himself a collector.  “As a boy, I loved them, but didn’t have many, just one or two at a time,” he said. “But it’s something my boys like as much as I do. So about a year ago, I started building a collection for my sons.”

nerf rapid fireSome of his inventory predates that one year period, though. “My Rapid Fire 20 is the oldest item,” he said, “but the gun I have owned the longest is my yellow Switch Shot EX3 I purchased with the Wii Game Nerf N-Strike, I bought that 10 years ago before I even thought of collecting.”

nerf switch shotHe currently doesn’t have any interest in thinning out his collection, but might someday. “ I tend to not sell, I’m a hoarder,” he laughed. Nonetheless, he decided to add his collection to hobbyDB and set up a Showcase. “I wanted to find a suitable place to build an online collection of my Nerf Collection as I couldn’t find anyplace already set up, short of a text list on the Nerf Wiki. The Showcase is a great way to do all that.”

nerf video gameOf course, Frandsen doesn’t limit his interests to one area. He also dabbles in movies, music CDs, video games (and yes Nerf video games exist!), comics, books, Skylanders, and Lego sets. “As I’ve been adding to the database I spill over into many other areas,” he said. “Then I find myself cleaning up and correcting items unrelated because the way the database is so interconnected as you are fixing one thing, it’s easy to just follow the crumbs and clean up other areas.”

The Showcase is automatically created when you set up a profile on hobbyDB… you can go there and add a cover image, then add to your collection and watch it grow. And of course, if you have an item that we don’t have in our database, as always, please add it!


Interested in joining forces with hobbyDB to take charge of our collectible destiny? Learn more at our Wefunder profile.

The Most Outrageous Nerf Gun You Wish You Had When You Were a Kid

Introducing the Nerf Sentry Gun, created by Cornell University students Jeremy Blum and Jason Wright, in 2009.  Blum and Wright submitted this tricked out Nerf gun as their final project for their CS1114 Matlab Robotics class.  Not only did this duo pass their course, their professor awarded them with the :coolest final project.”

nerf vulcan sentryThis one-of-a-kind Nerf gun began as an off-the-shelf Nerf Vulcan Automated Rifle.  The duo then began to rebuild the gun, and develop a software system that would help anyone win his or her next Nerf battle.  Their elaborate toy gun features a motion-sensing camera, trigger and barrel movement control, as well as facial recognition software.

The partners opened the plastic case of the gun and added multiple circuit boards, enabling the gun’s fine motor skills.  They moved the internal battery pack to be external, thus reducing the overall weight for the motor controlling the gun’s movement.  The webcam is able to track the movement of the target, directing the gun to move both vertically and horizontally.  Using facial recognition software, the camera is also able to differentiate between a moving object and a human.  The software is also capable of working in a manual mode where the user presses the arrow keys of the computer to direct the gun.

This unique weapon is also capable of acting as a gate guard.  The duo demonstrated this capability when one approached the gun.  The gun demanded, “present badge.”  The young man showed his physics textbook to the gun, programmed as the ‘badge’, and the gun responded, “access granted.”  Next, the other partner approached the gun without the ‘badge’.  The gun identified this individual as the intruder and opened fire with its foam bullets.  The gun also features a panic mode, blaring a loud siren to ward off an intruder.
They humbly explained that the software is very rudimentary and that they may have stolen a napkin holder or two, from the dining hall to use in place of a gun stand.  No matter how much the creators may downplay their work, this is easily the most outrageous Nerf gun you probably wish you had when you were a kid.