Blaster Related

Do you still have all the soakers in the pictures and videos?

Sadly, most of them I sold moons ago it seems, I have managed to re-obtain my favourite ones though, so I still have some.

Are any of them for sale?

Unless said so otherwise they are not.

Are you one of those collectors or do you prefer to use them?

I am more on prefer to use side, that’s what we got them for isn’t it?!  That is why I trimmed the amount of blasters I had down quite a bit before I stopped for a while until now.  As Dirty Harry said, ‘A man’s gotta know his limitations.’  However while I like to use and enjoy my blasters, I also make sure I take care of them as well, which for some information on you can read the Blaster Care article.  I do however treat my SS 300 more as a collector piece due to its rarity and fragility.

Why are the new Super Soakers so shit?

There are many different suggestions as to why; however it is still not fully clear.  One reason was due to shelf space and a $20 maximum price point on soakers, as supposedly people thought that anymore was too expensive for a water gun.  However that reason was rather clouded when Hasbro released the HydroBlitz in 2007.  As it was a $40-50 blaster that was CPS 1500 sized and consisted of parts than a car.

Another is just simply due to the market shifting to a younger kid’s audience.  Adults like us while we might think we should be a big market for powerful no bullshit Super Soakers, probably are not the best compared to kids who Hasbro feel they can rake in the most money from, and that is all big companies like Hasbro care about at the end of the day.  Larami aren’t in charge anymore sadly.

Finally to conclude, we are still in hard times financially.  Cost of materials is higher so less can be done within a certain price point; things at the moment are sadly pretty stiff in general.  Because of that, the Super Soaker world at the moment is pretty gloomy, like a washed up movie star or patch.

What do you think of Buzz Bee Toys/Water Warriors?

While I have not had the best of luck/experience with their blasters, they do at least care more than Hasbro which I respect.  Buzz Bee Toys actually consist of a lot of ex Larami employees before the Hasbro takeover for those who don’t know.  Sadly though with the CPS patent already belonging to Hasbro, and higher manufacturing costs currently there is only so much they can do.  If it is possible I would love to see them make a really large air pressure blaster, no patent on that, and if done well then it could be amazing.  The Super Soaker 300 was a big air pressure blaster that had so much power that it outdid a lot of CPS blasters too!  It in my opinion is one of the most powerful Super Soakers made in general.  It was like the equivalent of when Ripley sets fire to all those Alien eggs when confronting the Alien Queen in Aliens.

Where can I get the older Super Soakers?

This question is asked a lot.  Your best bet is eBay, or failing that, look around toy shops as they might have some old stock from the backroom.  Car boot sales (or yard sales as they are called in the US) are also another option.  Finally, try searching local selling sites like Kijiji, people often get some stuff up there.

Which do you prefer, the CPS 2000 Mk1 or Mk2?

After previously owning both and having an Mk2, despite the Mk1 being more powerful, I personally prefer the Mk2. This is mainly because when I had the Mk1, I never really used it in battle as compared to the Mk2, it felt more fragile. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't SS 300 fragile nor was it thin and brittle like a crisp, however it still had parts that if you acted too crazily they could break over time from wear. These parts from when I had one I felt were the pump handle and the trigger. They worked fine, however when I got an Mk2, those parts felt more solid on that model.  While a few people felt that the firing chamber of the Mk1 was also fragile, to me it felt fine, although I wouldn't recommended going crazy to test its strength as it would most probably burst, along with a load of money signs as well going down the drain. The Mk2 while not being as powerful (operating at a pressure of 25 PSI compared to the Mk1's 45 PSI), is still in my opinion the preferred choice, as it is rugged and fully useable without worry of breaking anything if used normally. It still has a load of power, and gets almost the same range with a huge stream. It may hold a little less in the firing chamber, however again it is not a massive difference, and at the end of the day, I'd rather take reliability/durability even if it does mean sacrificing a little bit of performance in this case.

CPS 2000 Mk2 or CPS 2500?

Again, after having both, I'd have to go with the CPS 2000 Mk2. It might not have the nozzle flexibility the 2500 has, however I personally feel the 20x nozzle on the 2000 is designed better, giving a better longer ranged beam. The 20x on the 2500 to me is not as good as the 2000's, this is probably due to the different design of having 3 nozzles. Because of the design, the 2500 to me while being very powerful, doesn't really feel as powerful as the 2000 Mk2. So admittedly, while the 2500 is more flexible and still a great devastating blaster, I have to admit that I personally still prefer the 2000 Mk2, just has more of that insanity action packedness to me and feels more hard hitting and terrifying.  You also don’t have to worry about a poorly designed and sometimes unreliable nozzle selector with the 2000 compared to the 2500.  This problem has been somewhat remedied with the CPS 2050 I did however.