|The holy grail of Nerf: Crossbow, from the mid 90's|
That being said, if it had been a vintage NIB Super Soaker Constant Pressure System (CPS) 2000 I probably would have snapped it up for that EASY.
Why? Probably because I had one as a teenager and know from personal experience that the CPS 2000 is LEGEN-DARY; classic memories of shooting it out of the backseat of my friend's car at pedestrians (I said, I had it as a teen-like you never did anything stupid when you were a teenager!) or engaging in a mad crazy water fight with it that impressed a girl I met on my first day at Uni have me longing to get my hands on one of those again (the blaster, not the girl) whereas I never owned or experienced a Nerf Crossbow and can't associate it with mad memories that would be worth that much.
Memories aside though, sometimes older toys ARE actually better than the new ones. Aesthetics is definitely a personal preference thing but on pure performance, there are blasters that are 10-15 years old that will still outperform their current line newer siblings. You'd think technology advancements would mean blasters of today should offer considerable improvement over their vintage counterparts, but this is not always the case.
For us personally, we much prefer the current range of Nerf blasters to those of old. While the older blasters (pre N-Strike) are rumoured to be much more open to modifications and boast better ranges than the newer blasters, I find them silly looking, with low capacities and.. did I mention how silly looking they are?
|Vintage Powerclip DX-1000 vs Magstrike AS-10|
In the case of water blasters though, we have to say the vintage Super Soakers of the last decade trump anything available today. The 90's were the glory days of the Super Soaker, and while they might not look as cool as the current model Super Soaker Thunderstorm or Point Break, they are absolute BEASTS performance wise and absolutely dominate anything on the current market.
|King of the hill: CPS 2000 (pic courtesy of isoaker.com)|
SO what side of the fence are you; which retro blasters do you want to get your hands on, or are you all about the latest and greatest current day models?