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Throwback Thursday: '90s Tech Gadgets That Defined Your Childhood Image via Wired/Daniel Salo

Nerf Ballzooka

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.

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