England may be rainy, but it get EXTRA soaked recently when iSoaker was in town. Check out my iSoakin’ London pictures on iSoaker.com. Soak on!
Recently got my hands on two more Hardee’s Super Soaker Collectibles from 1995 and posted their pictures on iSoaker.com. Due to the fact that these are no longer available (over 20 years old?!), I have no plans on opening them for testing purposes.
Enjoy the pictures, though!
Posted New-In-Box Super Soaker Super Charger SC 600 pictures onto iSoaker.com. While I’ve reviewed the Super Soaker SC 600 water blaster nearly 2 decades ago (?!), I did not have the habit back then of taking photos of water blasters still in their packaging. Now that I managed to acquire one still in its box, I can correct that oversight.
While I’ve had a Super Soaker CPS 2700 since its release year, I actually never got my hands on the silver version of this classic CPS-class water blaster until now. Enjoy these images of a Blast(er) from the Past!
Still probably my favourite water blaster, recently got my hands on a New-In-Box Super Soaker CPS 1500. While appearing to be the 2nd version of the packaging, still nice to see one of these water blasters is near pristine condition.
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.
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.
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!
Some more landing page “splash” graphics have been added into the random image display for iSoaker.com. I’ll admit that while I’ve toyed with the idea of making the background image of the header for iSoaker.com also random, I realized it became overly distracting when browsing pages. Changing images are good in some places, but consistency tends to win out for navigational elements.
Buzz Bee Toys (now, technically, Alex Brands Buzz Bee Holdings LLC) has now updated their website. While buzzbeetoys.com still works, but it actually redirects visitors to an Alex Brands URL (http://www.alexbrands.com/pa_brand/buzz-bee-toys/) New products for 2017 are shown and it appears some items may even be for sale online (though none appear available at the moment).