The 2013 Super Soaker line have some pretty amazing design moulds, but alas they're mostly triggerless piston based blasters which is one big fat fail in my book. The thing is, water guns are just not as popular as they used to be so there's no desire to put any effort into making them any more than glorified syringes.
Nerf blasters are the thing everyone likes and so interestingly enough, the Flash Blast is the one Super Soaker Hasbro have brought out that DOES have a trigger and uses a rather novel spring based firing mechanism that takes its cues from Nerf blasters like the Maverick/Strong Arm to prime it. How does this translate to the water fighting arena? More after the jump.
The water tank is at the front of the Flash Blast and it's pretty small to be honest. From our tests, you can really only get a good 10-12 shots out before you start running out- and you're done at around 17-18.
Rather than a multiple pump air pressure system, the Flash Blast requires the user to prime the blaster the same way you would with a Nerf Maverick. Just pull back the cocking slide on the top of the blaster and release and you're ready to fire. It's pretty stiff, but no harder to do that a Nerf gun, but the difference is you're more likely to have wet hands in a water fight, and then it can get a little slippery to cock- especially if your hands are small.
The Flash Blast boasts 'Slam Fire'- hold the trigger in and you just need to keep cocking the slider back to allow rapid firing. I did like this except once again with wet hands and a rather stiff slider means hands get pretty tired and sore pretty quickly.
It's pretty much ok but nothing special on ranges and power and you're more likely going to antagonise and annoy your opponents rather than use this to get you anywhere with the Flash Blast. The stream is ok but not really that thick and while I wanted to like it, i think while it wins points for much needed innovation in the water gun market, it's just not practical in a water fight.