• Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

Character / Vehicle Blaster Mods – When is a blaster not a blaster?

Why not think outside of the blaster box

One of the first Nerf mods I did that featured a ‘character’ was Mav2D2, a Nerf Maverick / R2D2 mod. The character was already hidden within the blaster, I just happened to see when I turned the blaster on its end. I personally think finding the hidden in the blaster mod can be as satisfying and doing the mod itself. Thinking outside the box when Nerf / blaster modding is a lot of fun and can lead to some strange results. I thought I’d cover a few of the more strange blaster and Nerf mods I’ve done over the past couple of years for those who might be new to my Nerfenstein Facebook Page or blog (no one likes scrolling back years now do they!).

First up let’s take a look at Mav2D2 the Nerf Maverick R2D2 mod. As you can see the shape was already there. I wrote this up as a tutorial for anyone who wanted to give it a try themselves.

Mav2D2 the nerf Maverick R2D2 Star Wars mod by nerfenstein girlygamer
Mav2D2 the Nerf Maverick Droid mod

Next up, time for a Nerf Rayven CS-18 Train mod! Choo Choo! Take a look, tell me the Nerf Rayven doesn’t look like a train? The ammo clip was done as tracks.

nerf rayven mod train by nerfenstein girlygamer

Fish On! Look at the gills on the Nerf Rebelle Guardian Crossbow! Two of the more bizarre Nerf mods I’ve done come in the form on the Nerf Rebelle Guardian Crossbow Shark mod and the Nerf Rebelle Pink Crush Billy Bass.

nerf fish mod turning nerf blasters into fishy friends by nerfenstein girlygamer

Time for another robot / droid trapped in the body of a Nerf blaster. This time it’s Borderlands Claptrap, clearly trapped in the body of the Nerf Vortex Proton. As with Mav2D2, the initial shape was already there!

nerf mod borderlands claptrap by nerfenstein girlygamer

Does it need to be a character or vehicle? Not always. Here’s the Nerf Rayven guitar mod I did in 2013, it turned out pretty cool. It didn’t play, but did still fire and had real strings.

nerfender the nerf blaster guitar mod by nerfenstein girlygamer

Robots seem to be a thing with me, though this next one wasn’t hidden inside, so much as it was added. Making the dart exit the chest piece to a Transformers style robot? Yes please! Oh and it stands on your shelf looking badass. I left the blaster all the one color, like those puppet theaters where the puppeteer wears all black so the puppet stands out.

nerf mod transformer scoutimus prime the transformer robot nerf mod by nerfenstein girlygamer

One of the earliest blaster mods I did was a Buzz Bee Single Tek into a HR Giger style Alien. The shape of that iconic dome head was – once again – already there. A sweet gloss coat over the top of the black to green shading and boom. Not one of my favorites for neatness, but I was just a beginner.

the aliens blaster mod nerf meets alien by nerfenstein girlygamer

As a huge fan of the movie “Aliens” a few mods spring up with a certain theme, here’s a Nerf Vigilon modded into a spaceship, the cargo vessel “Ripley’s Hope”. The Nerf Vigilon just looks like a spaceship, don’t you think? The cool thing about this mod? It stands on your display shelf on its own landing gear. It also has armament turrets on top, gunzzz on gunzzz.

ripleys hope the spaceship nerf mod nerf vigilon mos by nerfenstein girlygamer

Mass Effect cast? This was a huge multi mod I did and when finished I actually wished I hadn’t bothered, mainly because I hated it, but live and learn. Here’s the main characters from video game Mass Effect as Nerf mods. This mod teaches us that not all wacky modding ideas are good ideas lol.

mass effect character nerf mods by nerfenstein girlygamer

Achtung Panda! This mod was another ‘vehicle’ mod, but just in paint scheme. Based on the infamous Panzer Tank Division 10 I put a comedy twist on an otherwise serious subject. This remains one of my favorite mods, which is odd as it’s relatively straightforward. I think because of all the hidden detail I did, Rommel’s signature, the Panzer logo in the Panda’s face, a lot of photoshop stuff to bring out the humor.

achtung panda the tank nerf mod by nerfenstein girlygamer

That’s just some of the ‘character’ mods I’ve done in the last few years, vehicles, robot / droids, spaceships, fish and even a guitar. I hope this shows that you don’t always need to mod your Nerf to look like a ‘gun’. Sometimes injecting some character into the Nerf / blaster is more fun.

Till next time people… what do we say?! ….

Originally written for GirlyGamer.com.au home blog of Nerfenstein / GirlyGamer / BoardGameGran. Catch up with me on my Facebook page, or if you Tweet… there’s always Twitter and guess what, I actually reply!

GirlyGamer / Board Game Gran

Nonna who loves her family, travel, board games, video games, VR and all things geeky (oh and some terrible reality TV.. don't judge lol).

2 thoughts on “Character / Vehicle Blaster Mods – When is a blaster not a blaster?”
  1. Wow, Nerfenstein. I can’t believe how good these are! Especially the Rebelle Fish! Really amazing work on all of these blasters.

    Nerfenstein, I noticed you closed down your Etsy shop. Do you still have plans to sell your work somewhere? It’d really be a shame not to.

    1. I’m moving house, so I’m doing an online garage sale shortly. I love that fishy too, but I don’t have a lot of room…… so he’s in the sale ;p

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