I only recently realized how neglected my water blaster evolution trees were until I loaded up some of the pages recently only to see that the “newest” water blasters shown on the trees were from 2018!
That’s now been fixed.
Granted, there is at least one water blaster I know of that is missing from the Nerf Super Soaker Evolution Trees as of this posting, but that’s because I have only just acquired one and have not had the opportunity to take photos of it, yet.
More to come, but at least these two sets of water blaster evolution trees are now mostly up-to-date.
I am in denial that it’s been 20 years since Super Soaker Central first arrived on the web. Super Soaker Central is probably best known for its homemade water blaster designs and instructions as well as numerous stock water blaster modification guides. Of course, SSC also has its share of great reviews, pictures, videos, an archived forum, and more. It also contains a lot of pages on water blaster patents and physics.
Ben, the creator of Super Soaker Central, is unquestionably one of the individuals who helped build and shape the water warfare community over the years. Ben also helps maintain WaterWar.net.
Recently picked up an Adventure Force Water Strike: Aqua Bullet. Sold at Walmart, but designed and manufactured by Buzz Bee Toys Inc., this pump-based water blaster releases a barrage of five (5) “water bullets” with each pump.
The internal mechanism that yields these “water bullets” is readily visible through a clear window near the front of this water blaster. More testing to be done, but this is an interesting new water blaster for 2023.
For starters, this article has perhaps one of the most awkward sounding titles I’ve written in a long time. Questionable product naming aside, my 3-pack of Nerf Super Soaker Hydro Balls arrived and I popped open the package to see what lay within…
Unlike the Tsunami Balls, Hydro Balls are actually comprised of two more-or-less identical halves that fit into each other to make a complete sphere.
Due to this design, the Nerf Super Soaker Hydro Ball cannot be easily filled from a tap or running water. As the box shows, it is meant to be plunged/submerged into a pool or bucket of water for filling. The then loaded Hydro Ball is supposed to be thrown at ones target and should split upon impact, releasing its watery contents onto the victim.
As with the older Tsunami Balls, I fear that even though these halves should come apart on impact, this is not quite guaranteed and there’s still going to be a good amount of force received from a throw during the hit. While I have not tried throwing a filled Hydro Ball against a wall or tree just yet, dropping a filled Hydro Ball from ~1m to 1.5m (3-5 ft) into a bathtub did NOT always result in the ball splitting. In fact, about 50% of the time, the ball bounced with a decent thud. One can argue that this was because not enough force was applied to “pop” the Hydro Ball, but I found the impact disconcerting.
I do plan on running a little more testing before writing up a longer review for iSoaker.com. Nevertheless, these are my current impressions on these devices. Even if the Nerf Super Soaker Hydro Balls end up working as advertised, I would still strongly recommend against and remain wary of potential head shots with these things. While balloons are considered messy and somewhat less environmentally friendly, when it comes to re-usable water “grenades”, the sponge-based fabric-wrapped devices remain my preferred re-usable throwable soaking device.
Came across a page for a new water blaster by Hasbro Inc. for 2023 on Target:
The Wave Spray appears to be a pump-action water blaster whose nozzles oscillate up and down during the pump-cycle to create wave-shaped streams. There appear to be three nozzles arranged in a plane that are powered by this blaster’s pump. How much and how quickly the angle of the stream changes as pumping occurs is currently unknown. Moreover, how useful this spray pattern is during battles remains to be seen.
Based on additional images from the page, these Hydro Balls appear to be comprised of two hemispheres in which one half can rotate(?)/fit into the other to create an opening for filling. Somehow, upon impact, these Hydro Balls are supposed to open, splashing their target with water.
Based on my previous experiences with Storm: Tsunami Balls, I would want to test these on some inanimate object first before commenting more.
There will likely be other water blasters bearing the Nerf Super Soaker logo for 2023, but these are the first new products I’ve found information on to date. More info to come as it becomes available.
The Nerf Super Soaker Torrent is, in a word, disappointing.
First, it is only about 12″ (30cm) from nozzle to the end of the pump grip, looking and feeling rather small. What got me most intrigued by this water blaster, despite being an obvious syringe-type soaker, was how the stream would look and behave.
Alas, due to the elongated shape of the nozzle, the Torrent dribbles… a lot. You pretty much need to load and shoot as quickly as possible, otherwise most of the water you thought you had will have leaked out of the nozzle. I suppose one can minimize water loss by holding the blaster vertically with the nozzle pointed upwards just after filling, but that is far from a comfortable position.
The stream generated it fun being tall and thin, likely able to soak a target more rapidly since the stream does cover more area. Alas, the dribble issue as well as the somewhat awkward feel of the pump grip will limit how far away from a refill spot one can actually use the Torrent.
While I may do a little more testing with the Nerf Super Soaker Torrent, I had higher hopes for the “fun” factor of this water blaster.