June 17, 2005

History Of The Super Soaker

All today I was thinking about waterguns. They are toy which actually sucessfully subverts a violent object, while still maintaining a sense of healthy aggression. They can be secretive, minimal, or amazingly complex. Check out this odd "Wookie Water Blaster." Lately the head-mounted "Ultimate Water Gun" has been getting some press. There is a great seeming museum dedicated to the guns, yet the site seems to be really screwy.

The Super Soaker changed the water gun industry when they came out in 1988. The Soaker story is an interesting manufacturing and innovation story. As well as a personal pop culture moment from my childhood.


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