Lonnie Johnson's having a good week. The former NASA engineer just won $73 million in a royalties dispute with the toymaker Hasbro for inventing the Super Soaker, the coolest toy you ever had growing up. The lawsuit also covered royalties for Nerf which Johnson also masterminded because he is awesome.
Long ago and far away in a place called the 1980s, a man with a dream and a uniquely excellent knowledge of fluid dynamics decided to quit his day job designing rocket ships and design the world's best ever water gun instead. For that, we thank you Lonnie Johnson.
Will we ever feel too old to love Nerf guns? No, I doubt it. What about Super Soakers? Oh hush, of course not. Shooting things with toy guns is an intrinsic human joy. Here's what you'll be firing this year.
Nostalgia nothing, where were badass Super Soakers like this when I was a kid?
Filed in things I'm going to do when I'm a dad: when my lazy punk of a son refuses to get out of bed, he's going to get shot with a super soaker. With no mom in sight, he's dead meat.
The Super Soakers of yore were precision weapons. Small. Thin, accurate squirts. A continuous aquatic laser beam. No more. The Hydro Cannon acts just like it sounds: It's a crude, brutish instrument. More »
The Xploderz water gun brings all the hurt of a paintball gun, but no mess. Instead, when that pellet tags you, you're greeted with a blast of water. Which probably feels quite refreshing in warm weather.
My Super Soaker of yore wouldn't stand a chance against this beast of a weapon. Called the Thunderstorm, this new Super Soaker only costs $15 (cheap enough to dual-wield) and is battery-powered for automatic shooting (which requires no pumping). But perhaps most awesomely, it uses magazines to reload itself. That way…
Lonnie Johnson did risk assessment for the Atlantis space shuttle. He helped get the B-2 stealth bomber off the ground. He gave us the Super Soaker. And now, with his latest invention, he might just make solar power viable.
Amidst all the toy guns and super soakers, I see a very colorful Samurai complete with a fanciful mustache, an intimidating kabuto and thoughtful ball armor. I love the symmetry of it all.
To my surprise, the Super Soaker wasn't always clad in neon yellow and lime green. Turns out the original prototype had much humbler beginnings, with its parts being made from simple PVC piping and a 2-liter bottle.
Buying a water gun at Target is all well and good, but you'll have the same equipment as everybody else. If you want a leg up, you need to build it yourself. And you might as well go crazy.
For it's 20th anniversary (I can't believe Super Soakers are 20 years old!), Hasbro is bringing back the classic Soaker, complete with poignant 1989 neon, back to market. Will kids today respect the best?
Some guy got tired of kids wrapping his house in toilet paper every night. So he borrowed some mil spec night vision goggles, filled a super soaker with pee and drenched them when they showed.
For those of you who've finally repressed Frucci's homoerotic slow-mo watergun facial montage, we'd like to offer a piece of apparel to commemorate the occasion (and bring back painful memories). By ReThink clothing, the Super Soaker T-shirt gives a metallic sheen to the classic water weapon, putting it on aesthetic…
It's the 4th of July weekend, which means sun for most of us and all kinds of fun outdoor activities, many of them including squirt guns. If you're hardcore, you use nothing but the Super Soaker, which was first introduced in 1989 and has evolved into personal water cannons that seem capable of blasting holes in…
Jellio's Candy Table doesn't actually have candy inside (which would be tooth decayingly fantastic), but it does have super soaker-like squirt guns. Not the new, lame super soakers, but the old simple ones from the early '90s. We're not sure if it's actually a real Super Soaker or just a replica, but in either case,…
Who didn't like Super Soakers as a kid? You pump it a lot, it builds pressure, then it shoots liquid. In many ways, they were very similar to humans, which is why Lonnie Johnson, its inventor, is looking for ways to use harvest waste heat from humans to power a tiny Johnson system. The full name is the Johnson…