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.

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)”

Acquired: Water Warriors Drench Force (2017)

The Water Warriors Drench Force is the largest of the new water blasters released by Buzz Bee Toys for 2017. It is a large syringe-type water blaster with a top-mounted reservoir, but features a novel nozzle valve. On its packaging, it prominently displays the phrase: “Blasts up to 50 feet!” Will definitely be doing range testing on this water blaster!

More info to come…