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What It Is
The KAOS Nemesis is a water balloon launcher that lets kids engage in serious water balloon battles—a time-honored summer tradition. It's easy to fill up the balloons and throw them. The KAOS Nemesis sort of resembles a lacrosse stick, and balloons are launched in a way similar to that of lacrosse players except that you have the option to use just one hand to throw. (We also thought of Jai-Alai.) The filled balloon rests in the top of the KAOS Nemesis, which is a cup. Hold the Nemesis by the grip handle and hurl the water balloon toward your opponent. The KAOS Nemesis can launch balloons up to 100 feet, depending on the strength of your arm. One KAOS Nemesis water balloon launcher comes with 50 textured water balloons and one deluxe water filler. (If you want to have a real water balloon battle, you'll need to buy two sets so you have two KAOS Nemesis launchers.)
Why It’s Fun
This is a fairly simple toy, but it packs a big punch. The KAOS Nemesis is easy to use and, most importantly, fun to use. It adds a new level of excitement to traditional water balloon fights.
Who It’s For
The KAOS Nemesis is for ages 8 and up.
What to Be Aware of
The water balloons are made of biodegradable latex.
You may want to stretch the balloons a bit before filling to make it easier.
The deluxe water filler only fits on a hose or a sink with a threaded faucet. (We got pretty wet filling them out of a traditional bathroom sink, but it was hilarious.)