Circa: 1994 

Cap guns and empty water pistols souped us up to believe we were grown-up badasses. Then we gripped Nerf’s foam blaster and felt this rush of manhood like we were playing big-screen action stars ready to take out Skynet, when in reality it was just annoying rugrats from the block. The Ballzooka provided us a sense of maturity that most children found themselves channeling from popular blockbuster films, while also prepping us for future combat-inspired activities like laser tag and paint ball.