The much anticipated Hydro Cannon is the largest water blaster in the new 2011 (Nerf) Super Soaker line. It's big, it's tough and the most exciting part about this blaster is it does incorporate the awesome Constant Pressure System (CPS) tech found in the glory day blasters of the 90's.
Amazon.com finally came good and lo and behold, my Super Soaker Hydro Cannon arrived today. After doing my little victory dance, I cracked it open and can safely say.. its pretty damn cool...
|The Super Soaker Hydro Cannon. MEGA!|
|The front of the Hydro Cannon Box|
The Hydro Cannon comes in a really big, long skinny box and features both the 'Nerf' and 'Super Soaker' branding on the packaging. The blaster's box blurb boasts ranges of up to 35 feet.
|Back of the box. Gets you excited:)|
|Inside the box.|
Once removed from the packaging, the first thing I noticed about the blaster is its build quality. It's solidly built with a matt finish and feels really well made in the hand; it's definitely a good looking piece that takes its design cues from a bazooka or rocket launcher.
The blaster's pump utilises a hand grip similar to a Nerf N-Strike Raider and requires the user to slide it back and forth in order to prime the Hydro Cannon. It feels a LITTLE awkward, but you get used to it after a while.
The Hydro Cannon has a relatively large aperture that allows for quite a lot of water to shoot out of the muzzle. The blaster does utilise CPS tech to fire, however unlike the blasters of old, it performs much like the Super Soaker Flashflood's "Flood" mode. Rather than firing a thick steady stream, it practically "dumps" a good amount of water onto your opponent with gusto. This makes the Hydro Cannon a fantastic intimidating blaster and drenching is a definite, however the tank is relatively small for this type of blaster which means you'd run empty pretty quickly.
|Compared to a Point Break|
|The cap. See the lil hole? AWESOME.|
The fact it isn't a stream though means I don't believe it's the best weapon to use in a water fight on your own and it kinda big and heavy when full of water, but if you're backing someone else up and playing in pairs, then it's a fantastic supporting blaster because it is, well and truly, a CANNON.
|Interesting how the box directs you to supersoaker.com, not Nerf..|
Haven't seen them in Australia just yet, but I picked mine up from Amazon.com for around 40 dollars US that included shipping. My guess will be they'll be around 30 dollars AUS when they do come to Australia.. which I think is definitely worth it:)
Out of the box performance: 8.5/10
Cool factor: 9/10
Price point: 8/10