When it gets hot and you want to get wet, there are some heavy ways to play in the sun.
Super Soaker dominates the water toy industry the way Kleenex does the tissue biz, and the Hasbro-manufactured line definitely sets the trends. The biggest news is the Super Deluge, which at $69.99 doesn't come cheap (not shown, Toys R Us, 195 Yonge, 416-866-8697, and others), but with 8.5 litres of aqua ammo in reservoirs including a very cool backpack, there's plenty of scope to act out your latent Rambo fantasies. Just remember the thing weighs almost 9 kilos fully loaded.
Super Soaker's Monster model (1, Zellers, Galleria, 1245 Dupont, 416-531-5704, and others, $49.99) lets you pump up the pressure with air, so it's got a very impressive range.
The Surge Hydro Rocket, by Canuck company Spinmaster, launches a plastic missile while spurting impressively at ground level (not shown, $14.99 at George's Trains, 510 Mt. Pleasant, 416-489-9783), while the Xtra Power Backfire Super Soaker squirts from both ends, letting the shooter get wet (2, $22.99, Zellers).
By providing your own 2-litre PET bottle for a water reservoir, you can keep costs down with the Blaster (3, Ontario Specialty, 133 Church, 416-366-9327), while the $-Power Soaker (4, $1.50, Toys R Us) packs a very cheap thrill.
Then there are the classic pocket-sized novelties. The 98-cent squirt dinosaur (5), the $3.98 squirt fish (6) and the $1.49 70s retro Trick Squirt (7) are all winners, from Ontario Specialty. And $9.99 buys 10 goodies whose shapes range from a squirting cellphone (8) to more gun-like objects (not numbered,Toys R Us).