Now more than ever it is obvious that there is insufficient market for large guns. I won't trace the "fall" from the legendary Monster XL. But rather, take for instance the CPS 4100. It retailed for $30 the year it was released, and was a substantial step-down relative to the previous season as far as being the largest Super Soaker produced that year. It didn't sell well at all. It didn't fare any better in 2004 either, when it retailed for $20 in most US markets. Now it's gone.
Enter the Triple Aggressor, which I believe debuted alongside the 4100 for a similar $20. Unlike its CPS shelf-mate, the TA survived at least until this season, again priced at $20. On top of it all, a physically much smaller blaster in the form of the Flash Flood is introduced for around $20.
Smaller guns evidently sell better that bigger ones at similar prices. Personally, I'd opt for the mondo-sized 4100 over anything produced this year or last. On the other hand, if smaller guns can be made that WILL sell for $20, profit margin is higher (assumed) AND they take up less space. More can fit on the shelf, on the truck, etc. More money made and saved, in other words.
I disagree that this is a good year. We've seen a steady decline in the overall size of blasters for years now and this summer is no different. Blasters are smaller than ever. A few are CPS based, you say? So what?
They're all like this: :baby:
Give me a CPS like this: :cps3000:
Or this: :bm2700:
Edited By Aquarius on 1117161672