Monday, June 09, 2014

Hot Summer Days, Cool Water Fun with Nerf {Review}

Whether it's a sprinkler, a water balloon fight, or water pistols, water play in the backyard is such a fun way to cool off while getting active on a hot summer day. In just a few short weeks, we will be heading to our annual Canada Day camping weekend, and with anywhere from 10-15 kids running around, we've had some awesome Super Soaker battles over the years. Boo is already talking about how much he enjoys them, and how much he's looking forward to debuting his new Nerf Super Soaker Barrage.

Hasbro Canada sent over a couple of these new toys for us to try out - the Barrage for Boo, and a Nerf Rebelle Dolphina Bow Blaster for me. I mean, Mommy needs some protection after all, and I used to be quite the archer (or at least I thought so), so it was a perfect pick.

The Dolphina doesn't have the huge capacity of the Barrage (holds up to 25 ounces of water), but it's light and easy to use, and is fun to hold and shoot. Simply pull back the handle/"arrow" and then push it forward quickly to send out a thick stream at your target. It has a good distance reach for the ease of operation.
Nerf Rebelle Dolphina Bow

The Rebelle series is geared towards girls, with prettier colours and styling, but it's not tea party girly. With the tagline "The beauty of strength and power. That’s you inside and out." I think the brand has a positive focus for girls. I loved playing superheroes and cops & robbers and the like when I was a kid. This line would have been perfect for me - a little bit girly, a little bit rough and tumble. And now, it's a fun toy for me to join in with Boo in water play, while re-living my past archery days.

Nerf Super Soaker Barrage

The Barrage holds up to 84 ounces of water and has 3 different modes - Flood, Scatter, and Distance. Choose your mode to suit your target and soak away! The product description indicates that the Distance mode can shoot the water up to 38 feet, and this seems pretty accurate. Boo used it to water my garden on the other side of our 55 foot lot. Changing modes involves a simple twist of the nozzle, and the pump action was easy for my 8 year-old to handle. This product is suggested for ages 7 and up, which makes sense, as it can get heavy when completely full.

One final note - excessive packaging and crazy security features drive me nuts with toys. I like that these products came in open packaging, no extra cardboard to make a fully enclosed box or plastic to seal them in. And the soakers were attached to the recyclable packaging with recyclable cardboard and paper string:
Super easy to open with no tools or scissors, and it all went into the blue bin. 

I foresee these toys becoming a big part of our summer backyard fun. And they'll definitely get a workout on Canada Day weekend! I'm interested to see what the girls think of the Rebelle, and if they prefer it to the more traditional Super Soakers. They may want the capacity of one of the larger water guns, but we'll see. I'll let you know!

Disclosure: I received complimentary review product from Hasbro Canada. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own (or those of my family).

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