Hasbro has been granted a patent for an apparatus and method of toy projectile storage, feeding, and launch structures. The invention includes a single motor combination with a carriage structure, launch channel, and magazine for propelling projectiles. The propelling mechanism consists of flywheels with an elastomeric expanding flywheel structure mechanism. The patent also covers stationary, mobile, and hand-held structures for launching darts, balls, or other projectiles. GlobalData’s report on Hasbro gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Toy projectile launch apparatus with elastomeric expanding flywheels

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hasbro Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11719504B1) describes a toy projectile launch apparatus that includes a carriage structure with a launch channel for injecting projectiles. The apparatus also features a propelling mechanism with a pair of flywheels that are in communication with the launch channel. The flywheels have an elastomeric expanding flywheel structure mechanism, which allows the expanding elastomeric tire to move inward and outward at its circumference. The apparatus further includes a flywheel center-to-center spacing and launch direction adjustment mechanism, which includes a swing arm attachment with the pair of flywheels to swing about a longitudinal plane of the propelling mechanism. The propelling mechanism is powered by a launching motor and a transmission gear assembly, which drives the pair of flywheels to activate the propelling mechanism.

The patent also describes a toy projectile launch apparatus with a magazine for receiving and holding projectiles. The apparatus includes a carriage structure with a launch channel that is supported by the magazine. A feeding mechanism is in communication with the magazine and injects projectiles from the magazine into the launch channel. The propelling mechanism, coupled with the carriage structure, includes flywheels with an elastomeric expanding flywheel structure mechanism. This mechanism allows the expanding elastomeric tire to move inward and outward at its circumference. The apparatus is powered by a feeding and launching motor and a transmission gear assembly, which sequences and activates the feeding mechanism and the propelling mechanism. A clutch in communication with the transmission gear assembly activates the feeding mechanism with the motor.

Overall, this patent describes innovative features for toy projectile launch apparatuses, including the use of elastomeric expanding flywheel structure mechanisms and adjustable launch direction mechanisms. These features enhance the performance and versatility of the apparatuses, providing an improved user experience. The patent also covers a method for launching projectiles using the described apparatus, including steps for receiving and holding projectiles, injecting them into a launch channel, and activating the feeding and propelling mechanisms.

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