First, let’s back up. I play a lot of Destiny 2. I have something north of 3,200 hours in the game, and strong opinions about the story, the gameplay, and the characters I love. And while I’m by no means at the tier of the Destiny YouTubers I admire, I like to think I can hold my own and take advice from the folks who have experienced the raids and dungeons before I have. But one thing about the game I’ve always loved is the Gjallarhorn.
An exotic (e.g., rarest-tier) rocket launcher that dominated the original Destiny back in 2014, Gjallarhorn made waves when it reappeared in Destiny 2 with the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack back at the end of 2021. At the same time, the Bungie team announced they’d partnered with Nerf to bring the Gjallarhorn to life in the form of a $185 toy rocket launcher. In-game, my Gjallarhorn stays in my inventory, which is saying a lot, since rocket launchers aren’t exactly top-tier weapons in Destiny 2. But read the Destinypedia page for the thing: The in-game lore is incredible and features our good friend Randy, a guardian who should really get his own Destiny-themed comedy series. It’s forged from the armor of fallen guardians who fought in one of the franchise’s most significant battles! You have to love it.
So when Bungie offered to send me the Nerf version, I accepted, expecting it to be a fun little toy that would take up a bit of space on a shelf. What I wasn’t ready for was the 5-foot-tall, beautifully decorated box that the thing came in, and I definitely wasn’t prepared for the 4-foot-tall rocket launcher itself, at 1:1 scale, and weighing around 15 pounds.