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!

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!

Thoughts on Water Gun / Water Blaster Range Testing (2017)

Last weekend, I finally had time when Mother Nature was cooperating well enough to permit me to do some range testing on some of my newer water blaster acquisitions. As noted on iSoaker.com, range tests were completed for the Water Warriors Drench Force, Water Warriors Steady Stream X, Xshot Typhoon Thunder, Nerf Super Soaker DartFire, Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Infector, Adventure Force Super Storm, and Adventure Force Hydro Blitz. For those interested in the various stats, please visit the specific water blaster model’s page of interest. Instead of merely listing results in this post, I want to share some of my other observations from the range tests. Continue reading “Thoughts on Water Gun / Water Blaster Range Testing (2017)”

Short Review: Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Zombinator (2017)

Brief review of the (2017) Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Zombinator posted on iSoaker.com. This assault-rifle-like themed water blaster features three (3) nozzles that produce most parallel streams with every pump. Its top-mounted scope is purely ornamental and there is no way to adjust how many streams are produced. Some may find this water blaster fun for its role-playing elements, but its actual performance for larger water fights means this Zombinator is readily outclassed by larger pump-action water blasters and most air or elastic-pressure water blasters. At present, I have no further plans to remove this particular model from its packaging.

Short Review: Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Infector (2017)

Brief review of the (2017) Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Infector posted on iSoaker.com. This pistol-shaped pump-action water blaster has its Zombie Strike Revenge-themed styling, but offers no real surprises in its performance aspect. Okay for light skirmishes, this pump action water blaster is readily outclassed by larger pump-action water blasters and by most air or elastic pressurized water blasters.

Acquired: Nerf Super Soaker Dartfire

Also recently acquired the combination blaster known as the Nerf Super Soaker Dartfire by Hasbro Inc. Reminiscent of the old Nerf Switchshot series, the Dartfire can shoot both water and darts. Unlike the Switchshot blasters, the Dartfire can actually fire both at the same time, if desired. That said, I am not aware of any dart fights where water blasters were welcome, nor do I recall any water fights where anyone was worried about someone pulling out a dart blaster, either. The interesting thing is that the trigger serves a dual role; pulling it both launches the dart as well as rotates the barrel to bring the next dart into position (the added force needed for both actions explains by this trigger is larger and is meant to be pulled by two fingers as opposed to one).

More info to come…