1976 Nerf Catalog- Parker Brothers- PlaidStallions

1976 Nerf Catalog- Parker Brothers- PlaidStallions

NERF stands for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam (thanks Wikipedia!) and was first introduced to households in 1969 as the first indoor ball, With its success, saw many other applications for this fun and safe material. 52 years after its original introduction, NERF is still widely available which is a testament to how timeless an idea it really is.

1976 was a good year for NERF, we’ve got planes, cars, and missiles as well as their own Superhero in NERF MAN! This catalog is kind of special to me as it belonged to my dad and you actually can see his notes on some of the pages. 


Nerf balls 1976

The indoor ball that started the craze, in college I don’t think I was ever ten feet away from one of those footballs despite never owning one…


Nerf Mobiles

There are days where I wish my car was made of this stuff or at least the ones that plow into me.


Nerf Critters

Nerf Critters

I have no memory of this line, despite being five years old when they came out. I guess I was too interested in GI Joe Adventure team and Mego Superheroes to notice them.

The concept of rockets you could fire in your house is appealing to me as a grown man, let alone me as a kid. Do they still make this?

Nerf Man

Nerf man was a really big deal in my house, he could fly, take that Mego Superman!

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1 Comment

  • Tom on June 30, 2021

    I had the Nerf Gliders. The yellow one flew great. The green one not so much. I remember playing with the missiles, so one of my friends must have had those.

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