When Hasbro introduced again three basic Super Soakers this spring, I used to be fairly pumped — however now, two of them are being recalled. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that the Super Soaker XP20 and XP30 used an excessive amount of lead within the ink when the producer printed their labels, and ought to be instantly be returned to Hasbro for a full refund.
They have been completely offered at Target between March and July of this 12 months, and the CPSC says that Hasbro managed to ship some 52,900 of them thus far. If you’re a kind of almost 53,000 consumers, you possibly can e-mail [email protected] or click here for an online kind.
(If you’re undecided which Super Soakers we’re speaking about, check out the images above and beneath.)
You additionally could be questioning: did these new Super Soakers end up any good? I’ve solely had an opportunity to strive the blue Super Soaker XP100 thus far, and… I can’t say it’s my favourite, however it’s enjoyable. It shoots a pleasant sharp stream of water, and I like the way it’s now obtained a quick-release tank as an alternative of getting to painstakingly screw and unscrew each time you want a refill.
Unfortunately — maybe as a consequence of Hasbro utilizing the unique, basic pinch-trigger mechanism, see BlasterHub’s review here — it additionally tends to leak everywhere, consistently dribbling and even spraying water out the top for those who pump it as much as full strain.
I nonetheless need a CPS2000 as an alternative. As earlier than, I’ll go away you with this excellent oral history of the Super Soaker, and this video in regards to the black NASA scientist, Lonnie Johnson, who initially got here up with the concept.