Review: Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm, Finally Pump Free Soaking Fun!

by nessel on June 6, 2011

Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm

I remember way back in the day – back when you used to pull a trigger on a water gun and little squirts of water came out.  Then along came the Super Soaker, and water guns became water cannons – blasting enough water to put out a forest fire.  The only catch was instead of gently squeezing a trigger, you now had to pump the water gun, and work your biceps, to get that blast of water.

The trade off between a powerful water gun and the simplicity of pulling a trigger has finally ended with the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm.    The Super Soaker Thunderstorm is battery operated, just pull the trigger and water shoots out 25 feet.  I knew it was only a matter of time before batteries saved our poor kids from actually having to pump to get water!

The Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm In Action

We first learned about the Thunderstorm during our visit to Toy Fair 2011.  Of course Toy Fair takes place in February, not exactly ideal water gun testing season here in the Northeast.  Now that June has finally arrived we were able to get out hands on the Nerf Super Soaker and give it a test.

See Our Hands-On Review of the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm -

Remember When Nerf Just Made Footballs?

Now, maybe I am dated myself, but I remember when Nerf was just another name for a soft squishy football that always smelled a little funny.  In recent years, the Nerf brand was all about Nerf Dart guns, so I guess it only makes sense that Nerf would expand into the Super Soaker water gun line.  While I do miss playing Nerf football, Nerf water gun fights are pretty fun in their own right.

Surprise, Batteries Don’t Screw This Toy Up

There is a disturbing trend to add batteries and electronics to games and toys that absolutely do not need them (read  our shock and horror over Monopoly Live).  At first glance, it seems like adding batteries to a water gun is another one of those bad ideas.  However, after using the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm for a while, we can say that the batteries really do serve a real purpose.

The pump action super soakers are great for older kids (7 and up), but younger kids often find it difficult and frustrating to do the pumping.   As we showed in the video, with the battery operated Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm all you do is press the trigger and water shoots out.  Hold the trigger and you get a continuous stream of water.  So simple, even a Dad can do it.    More importantly, younger kids can play with the Thunderstorm and battle their pump action Super Soaker armed older siblings.

Conclusion: Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm

The Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm is a great option for kids who want in on the Super Soaker fun, but are not looking to build their biceps with the pumping action required on other Super Soakers.   The water clip only holds 10 ounces, which means you do have to refill often.  On the plus side, you can buy additional water clips and just pop them in when your current clip runs dry.

Older kids who like their water guns to have the power of a fire hose will want to go with the pump action Super Soakers.  On the other hand, younger kids who are willing to give up some fire power for the ease of just pulling a trigger to soak their siblings, will love the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm.

Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm Gets 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -

4 D Rating - Well Done

Any Product That Receives 4 or 5 D’s is Dad Does Approved!

Dad Does Approved

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Learn More At Hasbro/Nerf Super Soakers

Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm sells for about $15

FULL DISCLOSURE: We purchased the Nerf Super Soaker Thunderstorm with our own hard earned cash. We received no money for doing this review and receive nothing if you do decide to buy a Super Soaker Thunderstorm. If you get a Thunderstorm and then see your biceps shrinking due to lack of pumping, don’t blame us. This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!

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  • Damon

    I have to agree, we reviewed it ourselves and it was pretty much the best water gun that my 5 year old could actually use. 

    • http://www.daddoes.com Dan Dad Does

      Hi Damon,

      Thanks for the comments.  I had not seen your review before we did ours, but I just read it – very nice job.  I know we don’t agree on Monopoly Live, so nice we can agree on this one!

  • http://profiles.google.com/natalienweeks natalie weeks

    Thanks for the review on this one! I have 3 under 5 and the pump action guns don’t really allow for those 3 to keep up with my 3 …over 5, lol~ they’d beter lookout this year! We’re get’n battery operated WITH some extra clips…IT’S ON!

    • http://www.daddoes.com Dan Dad Does

      Wow – 3 under 5 and 3 over 5 – that makes me tired just thinking about all those kids.  I think the answer is you get the Thunderstorm and use it to keep everyone in line :)

  • Mary Ann

    Thanks for the video, marking the driveway with 10, 20 and 30 foot ranges shows off the capabilities of this sure- to-be- a- hit this summer toy.

  • Poetaniknowit

    super soaker kinda went backwards with this new one……..the whole point of the invention of the super soaker was to put out a decent priced squirt gun that didnt require batteries, a real shame that they put the super soaker on all this new junk

  • MommyB

    This is a great toy. For my daughters 3rd birthday she got the big giant pump one and she loved it but need help holding and pumping it. So we got her this one and she loves it!  she loves to run around shooting things and having water gun battles… My only complaint is that that it doesn’t hold much water, which is NOT a big issue simply because she is little and more water =heavy gun. FUN FUN TOY!

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  • steven

    so can nerf super soaker thunderstorm be operate without the batteries?

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