I wanna introduce you to a personal friend of mine. This is the Nerf M41A pulse blaster, inspired by the alien-blasting Pulse Rifle from iconic movie Aliens.
The Pulse Blaster celebrates the 35th anniversary of James Cameron's Aliens, a sequel that added Vietnam-inspired military action to the sci-fi scares of Ridley Scott's original 1979 space-based screamer Alien. In the movie, the gun is a futuristic 10mm assault rifle with over-and-under 30mm pump action grenade launcher, perfect for when you're on an express elevator to hell and going down. This version is a toy blaster (Nerf only ever says blaster, not "rifle" or "gun") that fires both Elite and Mega Nerf darts.
Like the hardware carried by the 1986 movie's Colonial Marines, the Nerf blaster has a pump action option and includes an LCD ammo counter. The color isn't exactly screen-accurate, as the bright yellow aesthetic is inspired by the film's famous Power Loader.
The Nerf LMTD Aliens M41A Pulse blaster is out in October 2022 and available for preorder now at GameStop and Hasbro Pulse for around $95 or £100 (roughly AU$130), or at EB Games in Canada. Game over, man!