Three-time world record holder and Rockwall resident, Jared Guynes, was recognized this weekend by national toy company Hasbro with an induction into their Play-Doh Wall of Fame.
The Play-Doh Wall of Fame is reserved for brands, characters and individuals that have contributed to Hasbro in a historically impactful way.
“I was invited to visit Hasbro HQ for a strategy meeting in the Fall of 2018, and as I was walking the halls of HQ they took me into this long, impressive hallway fulled with play-doh plaques with peoples hand prints in them,” Guynes said. “As I was gawking at all the famous prints someone said ‘You know Jared, you should be a part of our Wall of Fame! You have accomplished so much!’ and I thought they were joking. They weren’t! When I knew it was a real thing, we all mutually decided to do it at the 2019 New York Toy Fair because it would be just one month before JENB4 and also an exciting time for Nerf fans!”
In 2013, Guynes was in the heat of planning his 30th birthday party, which would become known as “Jared’s Epic Party”.
“This is why I call all of my major events ‘Jared’s Epic’ because the party held in February of 2014 was the first one. The party had a ton of components, like Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, sumo wrestlers and even a live monkey,” Guynes said.
Included in there was a “World Record Nerf Battle” because at the time the record was under 600. Guynes knew he could easily beat it. Attendees to the Epic party were told to bring NERF blasters to break the record.
“About 900 did. In the party we had a massive 5 minute NERF battle, and at the time, it was certainly the worlds largest,” Guynes said
The data was submitted to Guinness World Records they declined the submission, saying it didn’t follow their submission format.
“I was dismayed, angry and defeated over the reply. I made a vow to myself then to some how figure out how to break the Guinness World Record properly and finish what I started,” Guynes said. “In the Fall of 2015, I came up with the idea of ‘Jared’s Epic Nerf Battle’ largely to complete this task. I was successful, and broke the record at the first Nerf Battle, which still stands to this day. ”
Like many kids, Guynes’s fascination with the NERF toy blaster line began when he was a kid.
“What kid does not like NERF? It’s cool! I got my first Nerf toy in 1992, the Nerf Bow & Arrow. Ever since then, I have had Nerf toys in the house or nearby. It’s just such an iconic toy line and it’s so fun even today. Their tagline is that “It’s Nerf or Nothing” and I really do believe and embrace that,” Guynes said.
“I am still working with my partners to time exact statements on more news, but I think it would be safe to say here that Nerf fans can expect to see all new blasters revealed at my event,” Guynes said. “JENB4 will also be the first time Nerf fans can play with the 2019 Nerf Blasters revealed at New York Toy Fair, and will be just 1 day after the release date of the new Fortnite Nerf Blaster line!”
There are also high-profile yet to be announced guests coming, new inflatables, new field obstacles, new lights and new sounds and free goodies!
“People are going to get way more than they expected when they bought their ticket. I love that!” Guynes said. “All of this has been such a wild ride these last few years, and somehow each year seems to be even bigger and crazier than the year before it. I think 10 year old me would be proud and excited. He might even say ‘I told you so’ because even at a young age I have always believed I could do crazy things.”
Guynes currently holds three Guiness World Records, each being “Mass Participation” type records. Guynes claims each of the 3 is because he was directly behind the organizational and logistical efforts of each of them.
“I think it’s important to note that none of these are possible without hundreds or thousands of people, volunteers, brands and investments from sponsors. It’s so big. I could have never accomplished any of this without the amazing network of friends and family who support me,” Guynes said.
Jared’s Epic Nerf Battle 4 is scheduled for March 23, 2019. Tickets are still available, but space is limited.
Footage of last year’s event
Photos Courtesy of Jared Guynes