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My boyfriend and I are big kids really so the chance at playing with a super soaker was very appealing and took us both back to our childhood! The reason he bought this super soaker was to try and persuade the very loud, angry cats that seemed to enjoy using our back yard as a boxing ring! I don't think that he really needed to go and get such an expensive toy to play with when Tesco have their own water guns for half the price but I think he secretly wanted a cool soaker to play with, besides we have a niece and a nephew a piece so they can play with it when they come over. The Hasbro super soakers have remained really similar for years and I can remember playing with ones similar to this design when I was younger. This style of gun comes in either red or blue which is quite good as it means if you have two children they can have one each so they do not get mixed up.
==Price and availability==
The cost of this super soaker really depends where you go, Amazon have it for £17.00 and Toys R us for £14.99, which is where he got it from.
I guess the main appeal of this super soaker is that the reservoir bottle can be swapped for any other regular pop bottle with a screw neck, this means that if you really want to get serious with the super soaker you can attach a 2 LT bottle of water and then carry some spare ammunition with you in the form of the smaller pop bottles. The reservoir at the back is a screw off bottle and has the same ridges as a regular drinks bottle. I would describe the bottle it comes with as quite cheap looking really. The bottle is came with was not neatly moulded and the ridges were a bit rough; it has the appearance of not being finished properly. It is a deep red colour which I thought may stop you being able to see if the gun is full or not but the plastic is quite thin so if you hold it to the light you can see how much water is inside. I think the main idea of the water gun is that you can use different bottles with it so that is why they only sell it with such a small cheap looking bottle. This is a really novel idea and I knew it was the main reason my chap bought it. The super soaker is quite a large gun really, with the reservoir bottle it comes with it is quite light though. It is designed to be held with two hands, one on the large grip handle and one of the pump shaft. The handle is quite big and the plastic has a bumpy texture to help prevent it slipping out of your hand. The pump shaft pulls down in a piston motion and pulls the water out of the reservoir and fires it out of the nozzle. It is relatively easy to handle, although the harder and stronger you pull the better the jet of water. There is a big difference in seeing a 7 year old, my boyfriends nephew use it and him being a grown 28 year old man. The super soaker is a mixture of red and orange and it looks quite menacing for a water pistol!
==Water water everywhere..==
The super soaker can fire quite a lot of water out in the second it takes the pump to slide down the shaft. As this does this there is a small hole for air to be pulled into the reservoir so that it does not cause a vacuum; this helps keep the pump pumping freely. As the pump shaft gets closer to the main body of the gun, you need to quickly pull it back out and keep on pumping to shoot. It is impossible to get a continuous jet of water as it is piston based but if you pump quick enough you can try and maintain the shot. If you relinquish the pressure on the pump the water jet turns into a spluttering shower and depending on how the wind is flowing you can end up with a face full of water. This also happens when the reservoir is starting to empty. If you keep the water flowing, the water empties really quickly out of the reservoir. I can safely say I have never been 'shot at' with it (they know much better than that!) but it would not hurt and I am quite confident of that. It is however, truly despised by the neighbours cats who last summer had a little taste of the super soaker from the bedroom window. I am an animal lover and I have a cat myself so believe me when I say that we just wanted to stop them fighting and not upset them too much!
You can change over to another bottle of ammunition really quickly. You need to hold the gun upside down, nozzle up and screw it upwards so nothing spills out. If you are using a bottle that has previously had juice or pop in it, you need to swill it out really well or the stickiness could clog up the gun and hamper its performance. Also you should avoid any bottle that has had harmful or toxic material in.
We have tried the gun with a 2LT coke bottle but unfortunately it just isn't as much fun as the gun is so heavy to hold, you feel like you're are carrying a cannon! It makes the base really heavy so you need to over compensate and push up with your hand on the pump. It is not comfortable and not very fun. Not only is this, but the little tube that goes into the reservoir to pull the liquid through to the nozzle actually quite short. This means that as the bottle empties to halfway you need to tilt it downwards to allow the tube to suck up the remainder of the water. Even with one of the large 1LT bottles you struggle to get the last half of the water to be sucked up. You will have the most fun if you have a few of the 500 ml bottle water or 330 ml coke bottles.
To sum up, this super soaker is averagely priced for a branded model and I would say that no the whole the feel of it and the build justifies the money spent on it. The only drawback to the design is the cheaply constructed reservoir bottle but this has no effect of the impact of the gun and it does not leak. The gun can shoot quite far but you really need to pump hard to try and maintain the force at the target; if you wanted a more powerful continuous jet then you should really look at the guns with triggers that allow you to pump it up first and then disperse with a trigger. Who knew the world of super soakers could be so mind boggling? This is a good toy for the money, the downside is the short reservoir tube but to be honest the larger bottles make it a little too heavy to hold in the first place.
Now that it's summer again, what better time than to go out into the garden and get absolutely soaked? My brother has two of these, and we all have loads of fun running round chasing each other and getting drenched.
The Hasbro Super Soaker: Soaker Wars Bottle Blitz whilst not having the catchiest name ever is very easy to use. Most water guns involve opening a hatch and then pouring in water from a tap which can be quite awkward with a bulky water gun, however with this model you simply put the barrel in some water and then slide the handle forward, letting in the water which is stored in the bottle attached to the back of the gun. And instead of having a trigger which squirts water, you just pull the handle back and it pumps the water out. Depending on how forcibly you pull the handle, the water stream can go up to 25 feet.
We have a huge variety of different water guns and I think this is one of my favourites. It doesn't shoot the furthest out of all of them but 25 feet is quite a long way, and it is quite a compact gun - many water guns are incredibly bulky and quite heavy for a child to run around with.
It comes with a bottle attached to contain water which screws on and off, but you can also attach your own bigger bottle so you can carry even more water. If you are having a water fight you can carry numerous bottles with you so you don't have to keep refilling. It makes for a much more efficient battle. However, this does make the gun heavier so younger children should probably just stick with the bottle provided. The handle has ridges which make it easier to grip, so that even when you are soaking wet you can still hold onto the gun without it slipping. It is made of plastic and is very strong and durable. It has been dropped and knocked around lots of times and is still intact.
There are endless games you can play with water guns. You can simply run around shooting each other, or make it a team game, you can play capture the flag, the list goes on. We've come up with so many games in the past, I don't think I could remember them all. This gun has provided hours of entertainment for me and my siblings, and every year when it's hot we get the guns out and play with them.
It is recommended for children over the age of 6, but I do not think you have to be a young child to enjoy playing with this toy. Anyone can have fun with it, and it is a great toy for the summer. It feels really refreshing to be hit with a blast of cold water when it's boiling hot outside.
It comes in two colours - red or blue - and can be purchased on Amazon for only £16.49 - a great price for a toy that will keep children entertained for hours and will last a long time. A really fun toy - if you're looking to purchase a water gun I would recommend this one,
We have recently come back from a beach holidy and we wanted to pick up some water toys before we went to save dipping into the holiday money. I gave my partner the task of water guns for the kids and he and our 8 year old son came back very pleased with themselves after finding these Bottle Blitz Super Soakers on special offer in Argos-£9.99 each. Usually they're around £14-£16.
I was a bit dubious at first as the age range is 6 years and up, my daughter is only 5 and my son is almost 3 so it wasn't practical for them but figured that we would give it a go.
They were such a hit!
The soakers come in red or blue, we had one of each, they are quite long in length and look pretty powerful. The packaging claims that the guns can spray up to 25 feet. It has a single nozzle so gives out a stream line shot.
The soaker has a good sized handle and it has ridges on it for gripping.
It comes with a bottle to hold the water in, or if you want to hold more water you can attach a bottle from home up to 2 litres in capacity. This only increases the length of time you can go without refilling, it doesn't increase the squirt. To change the bottle you simply screw on the bottle, it's very easy. There is a tube which allows the water to travel through to the nozzle similar to a straw and it sits at the bottom of the bottle so there is no need to stop unless you have run out of water.
You spray the water by continuously pumping the handle. You move the handle forward to fill it from the tank and then backwards to spray it.
I don't think we got anywhere near the 25 feet as claimed on the packaging but we certainly got drenched! My daughter was able to use it although she did find it quite heavy when filled with water and my son and husband had a ball.
It was very lightweight when filled with the bottle it came with as it only holds about 0.5 litre although it can get awkward to handle with a larger bottle. We just rested it on our shoulders with the larger bottle.
It is very durable, made out of tough plastic and despite being thrown on the floor, squashed into suitcases and stood on they are still in one piece.
I would definately buy these Super Soakers again, they are ideal for older children but due to the single nozzle stream they can sting a little when you get hit!
Pump action water pistol with 25ft range.