Toys have long been highly collectible items. In recent years, the Super Soaker has become highly sought after among collectors, and rare models have begun to appear on eBay and around the Toronto area for hundreds of dollars.
If you’re wondering what to do with your old Super Soaker, the following will help you decide if you need to hand it off to the junk removal service, or hang on to it for an interested buyer.
What is the Super Soaker?
The original Super Soaker water gun appeared in 1990. It was invented by Lonnie Johnson, and used air pressure to allow it to reach longer distances with greater accuracy. It also produced a level of power that had yet to be reached with traditional water guns.
Its popularity grew, and the toy ultimately received the “Outdoor Toy of the Year” award in 2011. It’s still one of the most popular toys today, with enthusiasts around the world building their own collections.
The Value of Your Super Soaker
The Super Soaker has increased in value over time. Much like other collectibles, Super Soakers can be found in a variety of conditions, which impact its value to buyers.
Because many of the terms used to describe the condition of a given item can be subjective, it’s difficult to know how your Super Soaker can be classified. Many sellers offer Super Soakers that are still in their original package.
This can be misleading, as even those that have been stored over time may not be fully functional. Issues with the gun’s valve trigger have been seen with such models, and exposure to heat or sunlight can compromise the gun’s performance.
What to Look For
Knowing what to look for in your Super Soaker will help you decide to keep it or add it to your junk removal.
- Does the pump/trigger system work?
- Is the toy’s casing worn out, damaged, or has it lost its color?
- Are the original labels intact?
If you’ve got a Super Soaker, you most likely have already used it. If so, chances are that it’s got some wear or damage. If this is the case, then there’s little reason to try and sell it. Only those that are fully functioning, and have original packaging and labels can demand high prices.
Your Super Soaker has surely brought you plenty of value and enjoyment. But if you no longer use it, and its condition doesn’t warrant your selling it, it’s better off going out the door. Your local Toronto junk removal service will gladly take it, along with any other items that need to go.Written June 8, 2014 by