Reminiscing about Super Soakers
I come from an era where boom-boxes were common, we had velcro sneakers, Super Nintendos, Sega Genesis's, Nintendo 64's, Playstations, and who can forget those moon bounce shoes? but what I love the most from my childhood- right after my video games, would be super soakers.
Well I can't remember the history of Super Soakers anymore- so let's consult the internet. This information is from wikipedia, paraphrased. A gentleman by the name of Lonnie Johnson was messing around with some plumbing when he discovered he could make a toy water gun out of the experiment. Gotta love when things are discovered by accident (Slurpees and Viagra were discovered by accident, but I digress).
Originally, Larami (the manufacturer of original super soakers) sold the SS-50 model, which was a small yellow water gun with a green bottle that served a a reservoir. It was a very basic air pressure water gun based on the original prototype designed by Johnson. He took his idea to Larami and cashed in. One thing that irritated me in my younger days were two facts: #1 is that people thought these "toys" weren't for anyone over the age of 10, and #2 a super soaker was a squirt gun. Now that I am older and more tame about it, I still assert that a squirt gun and a water gun are two completely different things. One denotes a type of water shooting apparatus that "squirts" small streams of water out. A super soaker, or more conventional water gun, pumps out larger volumes of water than a simple squirt.
Authoritarian/Parental Attitudes Towards Perceived "Children's Toys"
But let's talk about my parent's attitude toward these things when I was a kid. My mother didn't have a big problem with them, but my dad hated them. He thought a 14 year old had no business "playing with a children's toy". Often I would get criticized, ridiculed and put down for the hobby. I would often be told to be quiet when I talked about water guns, and that the only authority I should be listening to was their [parental] authority.
I kept going and managed to have a fun time with the time I had. In a more retro sense, old school super soakers are a kind of "blast from the past", and are a fun sight at parties, especially to folks who remember them.
|A Nerf "CLIP system" water gun. Asshats, it's a MAGAZINE.|
Hasbro listened to the complaints and began producing severely sub-par water guns. That, essentially was the end of the era.
A toy company by the name of Buzz Bee Toys released a very nice lineup of water guns that operated on the same principles as CPS technology, and were then sued by Hasbro for doing so. Since Hasbro has not released anything substantial with CPS technology in well over five to ten years, I would immediately label Hasbro, Inc. a patent troll.
Did I mention my CPS 2500 can clean a car with two 20x shots? My original broke sometime in the 2000s, but I do have a second replacement that has seen maybe a year of use. I keep it as a display piece in my room for a time long passed. It isn't going anywhere, and reminds me of the struggles, and more importantly- the tons of fun I had with original super soakers.
They really do not make them like they used to anymore. What do I think of Hasbro's integration of super soakers into nerf guns? I think it's f****** dumb.