Super Soaker

Super Soaker Doodlewash

When I visited my family in Texas, my mother would often have water pistols on hand to keep the kids and adults occupied while the holiday dinner was being prepared. One year, I remember a new and more dastardly water gun appeared on the scene in the form of a Super Soaker, shown here in doodlewash. This king of water guns uses manually-pressurized air to shoot water up to 50 feet with surprising power and alarming accuracy. With only my usual tiny and properly named “squirt” gun in hand, I unknowingly stepped into a family battle I was destined to lose.

When this little baby first hit the market in 1989, it was called the Power Drencher, which is a rather horrible brand name so within a couple years it was rebranded and sales started to soar. The relentless firehouse effect of water spray and ability to precisely target your victim is also the key to its overwhelming success. Needless to say, if you aren’t the one holding this little guy, you’re the one who is about to unceremoniously drown as your brother-in-law assassinates you while maniacally giggling.

I’ve never really understood the exact rules to a water fight whether it’s with guns or balloons. Perhaps the complete pandemonium and lack of a rule book is all part of the fun. But without some sort of goal or purpose, I always found myself lost during these “fights” and eventually just wet and bored. But I have to admit to marveling at the power of the Super Soaker and wanting to give it a try. By the time I was able to pry it out of my brother-in-law’s hands, however, people were already done being hosed by the thing and the entire yard emptied. So I was left taking sad little potshots at tumbleweeds.

Though our family was late to get the Super Soaker, it was most popular in the 90’s. This was both because it was a hot new item and also because Michael Jackson cited it as his favorite toy saying, “if you come to Neverland, it’s a rule that you’re about to get wet.” Fast forward to 2010 and we have images of Vice President Joe Biden getting soaked on the white lawn.

But, perhaps the weirdest and most disturbing part of the Super Soaker’s history is the questionable and short-lived release of the Oozinator, a gun made to look like an alien creature that squirted either water or a white, slimy substance called “bio-ooze.” This was quietly discontinued by Hasbro but not before going unintentionally viral because of the hilariously disturbing television ads.

These toys are fun little reminders of what a weird and wonderful world we live in. Though I’m not likely to be joining in these water fights again any time soon, it’s a fun memory to recall. If you ever do find yourself in the middle of this type of family fun, I do recommend going for the best if you want to “win.” Be sure to grab yourself a Super Soaker and you’ll be ready to become the next reigning champion and strike fear into the hearts of everyone you love.

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Yellow, Sap Green, Cobalt Blue, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Cobalt Teal and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


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  1. Sand Salt Moon 7 years ago

    Thanks for listing the colors!!!

  2. Kari 7 years ago

    I did not own one as a child, but we had something similar we bought for our kids. They were content just getting each other wet. No rules necessary. Great job on getting that neon green! I wonder if Phineas would like being soaked in the summer.. 😊

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃 Yeah…no rules is probably the most fun. As for Phineas…I don’t think he’d like it. He doesn’t like to get wet (hmmm…wonder if he’s part Gremlin…hehe)

  3. dapplegrey 7 years ago

    I think that might even make it on to my list of scary things to draw (always assuming I could lay my hands on one, which is unlikely here in the UK) – it looks worryingly like a neon plastic automatic weapon. But at least the colour does make it more outrageous and less terrifying (and how well you’ve captured it)! 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe!! Thanks so much!! It is kind of frightening isn’t it?! I guess without the colors it would be truly terrifying…. that’s the good old USA for ya! 😉

  4. Jodi 7 years ago

    My boys had a variety of these, but the most fun was when we got my Grandma one for Christmas. She was such a hoot. She lived in a senior high-rise apartment and would stand on the balcony of the 7th floor and squirt unsuspecting “seniors” below! You would have loved her Charlie. Stella was my star. you rocked the super soaker doodlewash! recognized and reminisced immediately. 🙂 Thanks for the sweet memories.

  5. Jacob 7 years ago

    Citrus Polo-coloured Super Soaker equals ultimate doodlewash fun! 😉 Marvellous, Charlie – this takes me back to the summer holidays. My brother had one of these (though it wasn’t such an awesome colour), but I never did – I was never allowed near it, and had to make do, as you did, with a rubbish smaller squirter – one which had no distance or accuracy whatsoever. Hardly fair! But fun memories.

    • Author

      Haha…without my Citrus Polos, this is as close as I’ll get to being able to sketch something with these yummy colors! 😊hehe… Did you see the video I linked to? They went a bit far with this particular you in the line extensions. 😳lol

  6. Wow, amazing job with this, Charlie! I’m sure this wasn’t an easy color to mix. Woo! (We used to play with these outside when our daughter was little, so much fun!)

    • Author

      Thanks Laura!! 💜😃 I actually had no idea how to mix up the color so I just used layers of color instead. 😊hehe… But these are fun in the summer when it’s hot enough to enjoy getting really wet I guess! Lol

  7. That Aussie Geek 7 years ago

    Great painting, but thanks also for adding the link to the tv advert, I’d never heard of that variant or seen the commercial. It’s a wonder that even made it to TV!

    • Author

      Thanks Lindsay!! 😃 Wasn’t sure if anyone would be curious enough to actually click that link! Lol It’s totally bizarre, isn’t it? I had to do research to assure myself it wasn’t a fake add. It wasn’t. It actually happened. Amazing!! Haha!

  8. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    There are rules to water fights?! 😆 Terrific doodlewash of a super soaker! ❤️ Looks just like the one I used to chase off birds from trying to nest in the holes woodpeckers made in our siding. Grrr. LOL!

  9. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    WOWZA! Loving your super duper doodlewash Charlie! You could have renamed your Sap green as Zap green to see if anyone noticed! Hehe! 😉👍🎨

    • Author

      Hehe!! Thanks so much Jill!! 💕😃 I wish they made a zap green!! I want that color!! I needed it for this one as Sap green didn’t do much. The Azo yellow and cobalt teal layers finally made it pop! Lol

  10. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    Gorgeous greens and excellent rendering today Charlie. I’m glad I didn’t have to play with wild looking super soaker. Hehe

  11. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Getting soaked is a summer ritual I think. We had tiny squirt guns and the hose (much better) as kids. Kids in the city use open fire hydrants…watch out when trying to cross the street! (K)

    • Author

      Yeah…the garden hose was super effective!! lol But open fire hydrants probably win out for the being the most impressive! 😉👍🏻hehe

  12. Scribble Fiend 7 years ago

    Oooh, the Super Soaker! Reminds me of the Nerf guns, another childhood favorite of mine!

  13. jmnowak 7 years ago

    No, I’m not going to Like this doodle, Charlie, although it is good. It’s just that I’m not ‘into’ guns, whether toys or otherwise! ‘nuf said!! 🙂

  14. blogturtle 7 years ago

    Awesome super soaker, Charlie! Brings back memories.
    Say hello to my little friend! “maniacally giggling!”
    Muh ha ha ha!

  15. Cathe 7 years ago

    Super vibrant super soaker! It’s so much to look at and read your memories Charlie. Nothing like a family water fight! We used to have them at my parent’s house, nothing like a bunch of adults getting soaked! Such fun memories!

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe! 💕😃Haha! A bunch of adult is the best kind of silly fun! No blaming it on the kids that way. Just being crazy! Love it!

  16. Rachel Murphree 7 years ago

    There’s no winning against the foe holding these, that’s for sure. really like the form modeling in this one.

  17. Lisa 4 years ago

    Love it! We had a big family gathering where the SS came out too. It was loads of fun on a hot day!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe! Yay! Glad you found this one… I had actually forgotten about it until you brought it up! lol Fun times!! 😃💕

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