Upcoming 2018 Nerf Super Soaker water gun models

As noted by jja on WaterWar.net, a few upcoming 2018 Nerf Super Soaker model images have been found.

Based on these low-resolution images, the Splash Mouth and Twin Tide appear to be pump-action, but am unclear on the Soakzooka. If I were to guess, the Soakzooka might use a trigger-less small stored-energy system like the 2008 Super Soaker Quick Blast, but this is purely speculation due to the pump shape and lack of a notable trigger (unless that isn’t a pump, but a lever-based trigger). As for why a water blaster with “gatling-gun”-type styling was given a name containing “-zooka” remains to be understood. As for the “Splash Mouth”, it looks like water can be *sloshed* out of a hole in the top (?).

I did stumble across one other name for a possible upcoming 2018 Nerf Super Soaker, the Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Ripstorm, but as there are no images, yet, it remains unclear whether this item will actually be available, yet.

More info on upcoming water blasters as information becomes available. Soak on!

Been around the world – BBT HK HQ

I’ll admit I’ve been a lot slower at updates the past little while, but life has been occupying more of my free time than previously. I don’t expect things to free up much in the foreseeable future, but consider updates to be slower, but far from forgotten.

That said, I was in Hong Kong the other week and got to visit Alex Brand Buzz Bee Holdings’ HK Headquarters (see pic of the front desk above). Understandably, I couldn’t take too make pics inside their offices, but was fun to visit there are meet some of the people who work there as well.

Coming soon to iSoaker.com

Coming soon to iSoaker.com – lots of new pictures of items few have likely seen. Managed to get my hands on a number of rare Super Soaker items from the past and will be sharing information and pictures over the coming weeks of the various additions to the iSoaker.com water blaster collection.

Soak on!

How do you measure water blaster performance?

Many avid water warfare enthusiasts proclaim “We want high performance water blasters!” Those familiar with the Super Soaker CPS Series will often point back to the water blaster models released between 1996-2002 and declare those are the blasters to serve as golden standards and preferably to beat!

However, taking a step back, what do we define as a high performance water blaster? Sure, attributes like styling, build, ergonomics, and durability are important, but they are not measures of performance (or are they?) For sake of argument, this current discussion will focus on water stream generation performance. However, even limiting the discussion to this still leaves plenty of room for a lot of complexity. Perhaps in some future article, we can view water blasters more holistically.

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The Changing Water Blaster / Water Gun Landscape

Posted an article on iSoaker.com to share my thoughts on: The Changing Water Blaster / Water Gun Landscape

Excerpt from the article:

However, one thing is for certain: the entire water blaster category’s footprint is shrinking in retail stores. I recall the days back in the 1980s and 1990s when, during spring, water blasters and water guns would occupy at least one entire side of a toy aisle (from 16′ to 24′, sometimes over 40′ of shelving space, floor to ceiling). Today, walking down the toy aisles, I would be lucky to find a water blaster section occupying 4′ or 8′ of shelf space with the remainder of the seasonal water toy aisle is now occupied by pool toys, beach toys, and other water play-related items.

Hope you guys find these thoughts informative in these challenging times. Soak on!