“You must not fail, Zero M. This mission is critical…” With those words the commercial for the Zero M Sonic Blaster staring a young Kurt Russell opens and quickly turns into a bizarre parody world where a lone 10 year old and his ruptured eardrum is gamely protecting his home with poofs of air.
The Blaster itself is effectively a hand-pumped compressed air gun, which did not make the approval of Consumer Reports back in 1966.
The Mattel Agent Zero M Sonic Blaster 5530 fires compressed air with a deafening blast. Our measurements top out at 157 dB–above a level that can do permanent damage to the hearing of an adult. We rate the toy Not Acceptable.