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Released in 1991 the Super Soaker took over from the humble water pistol in style and became the envy of kids everywhere. It began with its simple pump action gun which provided high power water via a pistol action and countless water fights, the only way to survive one of these was to avoid if you can and then hope the pressure or water quickly ran out.
Super Soakers are now made under the Hasbro Nerf brand, the original name was Super Drencher when Lonnie George Johnson and American engineer invented it. He originally licensed the soaker to Larami Corp, two years later sales over $200 million happened and today well over $1 billion of sales have been made.
Larami was later purchased by Hasbro, and Lonnie invested his profits into developing a number of potential products and has a growing number of patents.
Later versions included variable nozzles to focus or alter the spray radius, alongside numerous colors, and extra large tanks to give you those extra seconds to drench your foes.