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.
Found a couple of images of the upcoming Nerf Super Soaker XP 20. Not sure why they are using “XP” when these models clearly based on the original series (see: Super Soaker SS 20) Naming is even more confusing since there is a Super Soaker XP 20 as well.
Time will tell how well these remodels actually perform.
Looks like the original Super Soaker 100 and Super Soaker 30 are returning in an updated form. These new versions are given an “XP” designation, though this may be for EU/UK products and North American versions may or may not be named identically.
(Images and info from abgee.co.uk)
Not much else is known about these water blasters and how well they perform compared to the original versions. There are two other water blasters named, but no images available, yet: the Nerf Super Soaker XP20 and Super Soaker Fortnite Pump SG.