I don’t think there’s a single person in Canada that isn’t thrilled to see the end of this winter. Here in Saskatchewan, it was one of the longest, coldest and snowiest winters that anyone can remember and from what I saw on the news, most of Canada dealt with winter weather that was just as uncharacteristically harsh. Then, to top it all off, in a month when we should have been happily welcoming the arrival of spring, we instead dealt with snowstorms and temperatures that stuck stubbornly in the negative double-digits.
But finally the weather has warmed up enough to melt the snow and the sun is shining enough that I sometimes feel too hot. What a wonderful feeling it is! I am so happy to say goodbye to winter, and one of my very favourite toy companies, Hasbro, has thought of a great way to do so in style. The company has introduced some amazing new Nerf Super Soaker products so that kids can “blast away winter” once and for all! I was lucky enough to review the brand new Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm Water Blaster and Clip System refill and I couldn’t wait to do some blasting of my own.
When the Thunderstorm arrived, I immediately fell in love with the modern orange, blue and white design. It really stood out and gave the water blaster a very current look. The reason I really wanted to try this new Super Soaker, however, wasn’t because of its look. The Thunderstorm Water Blaster is the very first battery powered Super Soaker, so that no pumping is required to spray the gun! Just pull the trigger and the powerful spray created by four AA batteries shoots up to 25 feet!
While I am never one to turn away from a good water blaster battle, the person I really wanted to test out this gun was Zackary. Ordinary pump-action water guns can be so difficult for younger children to operate and I used to hate seeing how frustrated Zackary would get as he tried to muster the strength to power his water blaster. Thanks to the battery-powered spray of the Thunderstorm, Zackary was able to use the Nerf Super Soaker with no frustration and no need for adult assistance.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! For even more wet adventures, the gun also features a quick-change water clip system. Extra clips retail for about four dollars and really have the potential to increase the fun of a water blaster battle since an empty cartridge can be exchanged for a full one in a matter of seconds. The clip system refills even literally feature a handy clip so that you can attach them to your belt for easy access.
The Thunderstorm Water Blaster didn’t seem like it quite had the same amount of power or the range of a larger pump-action water gun, but Zackary didn’t mind at all and the battery-powered water stream was still strong enough to thoroughly soak anyone he decided to target. In addition to the new Thunderstorm, Hasbro has also introduced some other fantastic water blasters like the Tornado Strike, the Hydro Cannon and the Scatter Blast. Blasting away winter has never been so much fun!
I love the Thunderstorm and despite the fact that I intended it for Zackary, the entire family has had a blast (no pun intended) playing with this innovative Super Soaker. So why not grab one of the new Super Soaker water guns, head outside with the kids, and blast away winter once and for all? With the quick-change clip system refills and water guns that even the youngest water-lovers can operate, the fun can last all summer!
Buy It: The new Nerf Super Soaker spring line is available at major toy retailers and online
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