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Review – Fun Toys G Ring and G Plug

Today I have a few toys from Fun Toys, a company that is completely new to me. I’d heard of them through other toy reviewers, but never tried out one of their products.

First, some background: I’ve had awful luck with remote vibes. Batteries that run down too fast. Apps that just plain won’t work. And my personal most hated: the remote that only works from six inches away pointed directly at the vibrator, and can be foiled by the thinnest of underpants. What is the point of even making it a remote?

I was excited to try out the G Ring and G Plug from Fun Toys as a set, since it’s not just another version of remote controlled toys – the G Ring works as both a remote control for the G Plug, and as a vibrator by itself.

My first impressions of these toys were positive. Packaging is nowhere near as important as the toy inside, but I do think good packaging shows attention to detail,

and if I am in a shop it does play a part in what I notice first and what I am drawn to pick up. The canisters these toys come in have an image of the toy on one side and a pretty drawing on the other. They’re sturdy so you could use them for storage later. Inside, you get a storage pouch (which I did not like much; the fabric it’s made from feels cheap) a USB charger, and an instruction booklet.

The toys themselves are attractive and certainly have a luxurious feel. They are coated in velvety smooth silicone and come in dark blue and pink. (of course I got the dark blue. I would be pleased never to see a pink toy again in my life) They are rechargeable

I got the plug in a large size, which honestly does not seem that large to me. I img_20160825_123602don’t consider myself someone who needs HUGE butt toys, but there you are. Your mileage may vary! The actual measurements are 5” around, 4” long with 1” of that length being the neck. This plug has a very slim neck, which I like for longer term wear. It’s also in my preferred teardrop shape. The base is relatively small (about an inch and a half across) which I also think lends itself well to wearing under clothing and for longer times. For me, this was a comfortable plug to wear.

Because it had been such an issue with other remote toys, the first thing I did was a clothing test. Will this remote be what I want it to? I put on some yoga pants on to see if the G ring would still work. It did! This is a major plus for me. (as a side note, you can also turn off the vibration function on the G-ring and use it solely as a remote)

picture-36Happy though I was with the remote function of the Ring, vibration is very important to me as well. It fit on my finger well, snug enough not to fall off easily but not too tight. I have to say, as a clitoral vibrator, this was not particularly great. I enjoy more rumbly feelings, and like to cover more area. This was comparable to other finger vibes I have tried, so I cannot recommend it solely as a vibrator based on my own experience. People who like gentler vibrations might find it more enjoyable. It’s a neat idea, but when it comes down to it this isn’t the toy I’d be reaching for if I really want an orgasm.

Both of these have a variety of patterns but I generally don’t go in for those. I like speed variation, but cycling through 6 different patterns is annoying to me. (Does anyone love the patterns? Let me know!)

Also, the buttons are hard to use while this is in action as a vibrator. The img_20160701_121631placement is accessible but once there’s any kind of lube or bodily fluid on them it’s difficult to press them, particularly since they are small and close together. I can’t see any way the design could have worked around this at all. It’s too small to place them anywhere else, really.

I decided I should do a good old endurance test of these as well. After a full charge, turned on at full power, the G-Ring lasted for 45 minutes and the plug for an hour and 15 minutes. Not bad at all!

Overall, I would say this set feels like an excellent idea that didn’t quite make it in practice. The design is beautiful and luxurious, I found the plug comfortable, and having a remote that is also a vibrator is brilliant. The remote function worked well for me and was superior to so many other remotes.  So much was right about this but ultimately it was a good but not great toy for me.

Disclaimer: The G Ring and G Plug were provided to me free of charge by Fun Toys in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

G Ring and G Plug

Review – Lovehoney Main Squeeze

I have tried other types of kegel-type toys, and thus far the Main Squeeze by Lovehoney is my favorite version of the “round things you can put in your vagina and walk around with all day” toy.

What? What do you use YOUR kitchen scale for?

What? What do you use YOUR kitchen scale for?

I chose the 90g  version, but Lovehoney also offers a 60g, and a single-ball 30g. I picked this size by weighing the ones I already own for comparison.

To be fair, the set pictured comes in at a whopping 130 g, so OBVIOUSLY my vagina could handle more (RAWR), but this is the heaviest set Lovehoney makes right now.

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The Main Squeeze is as cute as its name.

 

 

 

These are a good size for me, measuring about 3 and a quarter inches long and 4 and a half inches around.

They are fully coated in a deep purple silicone, which was an excellent design choice. The silicone has some “drag” so they are more grippy. There are no sneaky crevices or removable parts, so they are easy to clean! Which has not always been my experience with other toys.

The one thing I am not completely happy with is that the loose inner weights aren’t really mobile enough for me to be able to feel them. For me, the best part of this kind of toy is the sensation I get from the internal motion. Put them in and go jogging! Or dancing! Or run up and down the stairs!* I suspect the reason these are less impressive in that department is because I chose the heaviest ones, so maybe it’s a more mass = less room to jiggle sort of thing. Not really sure about that, since I have not tried out the lighter version. Anyhow, there is little enough jiggle that I can forget these are in fairly easily.

I feel like I should make a terrible pun involving the word "box" here, but it's just not coming to me . . . .

I feel like I should make a terrible pun involving the word “box” here, but it’s just not coming to me . . . .

The packaging these come in is basic and tidy. I like the approach Lovehoney has taken with their packaging, since it offers a clear picture of the product alongside light and cute text. It’s not needlessly gendered, nor does it include explicit illustrations or text, so it feels inclusive of a much broader range of customers.  This would be appropriate for a more conservative person and also for a whole range of sexualities and gender identities. I like that! Inside the box is a small leaflet giving basic use and care instructions.

 

 

Overall, I am very pleased with the Main Squeeze. The tiny things that make it less than 100% perfect for me are minor enough that I can still enjoy this toy as it is. I feel that it’s a solid Kegel toy, and a good value for the price.

Bonus outtake shot of the handsome Mr. Mistoffelees photobombing.

Bonus outtake shot of the handsome Mr. Mistoffelees photobombing me.

Full disclosure: I won this toy as a prize in Lovehoney’s “Show us your O-face” contest, so it was given to me for free.

 

*Tried this as part of a move-in once. It made carrying things to the upper floors much less awful.

Review x2 – Tantus Mikey and Mark

I am reviewing these two together because they’re friends now.  When nestled together in a toybox, dildos are known to form very close relationships with one another and I want to honor that.

In this picture they're trying to high-five, but you can't really tell. Just trust me on this.

In this picture they’re trying to high-five, but you can’t really tell. Just trust me on this.

Those are two dildos from Tantus’ O2 line, Mikey and Mark.  (I had a really shitty boyfriend called Mikey once, so the fact that I can get past the name just shows you how awesome this toy is. I also briefly hooked up with a Mark. He was hot.  Okay, digression over – back to the dildos!)

What makes the O2 toys really stand out is the dual density silicone.  The O2 toys all have a firm core, covered by a softer outer layer.  The combination feels amazing!  They are firm enough to have some real heft and not flop all over the place, but they have some give to them when squeezed.  When I got my first (Mikey, in the now discontinued black color) I spend quite a while just squeezing and stroking the shaft, enjoying the feel of it.  Yes, that’s right, I gave a dildo a handjob.  That is how much I love the feel of these!

I will love him and squeeze him and call him George.

I will love him and squeeze him and call him George.

Moving on to specifics, I’ll start with Mikey.  It’s the shorter and thicker of the two, with 5.5″ of insertable length and 5.5″ around.  For me personally, this is a really good girth.  It’s “Oh, god that’s big and I am nice and stretched!” thick, as opposed to “Naw, seriously? You think that is going where? NOPE!” thick.*  The length works well for me too: filling but never enough to bump my cervix.  As much as I tend to be all about the big toys, there is seriously only so far you can go inside my vagina (or any vagina, really) until you run out of room.

Mark, on the other hand, is longer and thinner – from the base there’s 6” insertable length and about 5” around.  The girth is at the Goldilocks point for me  – just right for every day.

It’s like Mikey is all, “HEY! I AM INSIDE YOU!!!” while Mark is all, “Hey.  I am inside you.”  I know everyone is different, so anything I say about size is particular to my own personal holes.  But for me, these really are two perfect sizes for different days.  Some days I want more of an opened up and pushed feeling, and some days I am more for the nice and easy snug-but-not-stretched feeling.

Both these dildos have a flared base, so they can be used anally.  Yay for flared bases!  (If you use a toy both vaginally and anally, it is VERY IMPORTANT for it to be sterilized between holes.  Silicone can be sterilized by being put in boiling water for 2 minutes, or cleaning with a 10% bleach solution.  Or autoclaving.**)

The flared base also makes these a good fit for a harness.

This is not a very good picture, but I wanted to post it because it looks like my cock is trying to decide which book to read.  And that made me happy.

This is not a very good picture, but I wanted to post it because it looks like my cock is trying to decide which book to read. And that made me happy.

I love both of these, and would be hard-pressed to choose a favorite.  The quality is great, the design is great, and they both feel great to me.  All-around winners in my toy box, these two.

*Of course, this is not a scientific measurement, since those points are different for everyone.  Also, some things LOOK way too big but are not.  Sometimes.  Maybe.  With enough lube.

**I am seriously curious about having an autoclave for my toys.  Or possibly I am just having Kinky Mad Scientist fantasies.  Or both.  It could be both.

Review – Tantus Fantasy Gag

This is much bigger than it looks.  I have huge hands.

Behold! The Gaggy Goodness!

So many things about this gag make me happy.

It is phallic (think I already covered that one).  It is made from pure, smooth silicone.  As anyone who has ever had a sub-par gag shoved in their mouth will know, this means a lot.  I once had someone use a nasty cheap ball gag on me, which left not only a gross taste but also made my lips and tongue slightly numb.  Who knows what chemicals were in that thing, but they certainly were not body-safe and I do not remember this person stating “chemical burns – giving” as one of their kinks.

Silicone is ideal for toys that are going to be inserted anywhere, including the mouth.  I am much more careful these days, since I now know that I have some chemical sensitivities but really, NO ONE should be putting toys of unknown composition into any orifices.  When you choose silicone you are choosing something that can be sanitized by boiling, putting through the dishwasher, or cleansing with a bleach solution.  This is particularly important if you are sharing toys or if you are using toys in different holes (for example, a dildo you use in your anus and your vagina).

I originally got this as a Christmas gift from Master.  I thought, “Aw, what a cute little wee cock.”  I was surprised by how NOT-little it felt after it had been in my mouth just a short time.  The insertable part measures 3″ long and about 5 1/4″ around at its widest point.  That is plenty of length and girth for my mouth!

Like, I cant buy hats.  Seriously.

Oh, and also? I have a HUGE head.

The density of the silicone has a nice rubbery give to it.  It feels flexible when I suck on it, but is resilient to moderate biting.  This is relevant if you are doing any kind of heavier impact or pain play while you are wearing it.  I, for one, tend to bite down reflexively if I am wearing a gag during heavier punishment scenes.  If you bite REALLY hard, it is possible to leave faint tooth marks, but that’s about it.  I’ve already had this over a year and it’s held up well.

I tend to drool a lot with gags in general, which is pretty common according to my informal survey of people I know.  If you or your partner find drool a turn-on, this is a GREAT gag for you.  Saliva everywhere!

As filling as I find this, it does not muffle sound much at all.  It does, however, make it impossible to speak, since it is filling enough to get in the way of my tongue.  If you want to make someone scream and moan but take away their ability to say anything, again, this is an excellent choice.  Since the person wearing it won’t be able to use words, it is best to set up a safe signal (rather than a safe word) before you begin.

The strap snaps off for cleaning, and fastens with Velcro.  I do like that the strap is removable, since that makes sanitizing the gag much easier.  But the velcro itself is my only complaint.  I just don’t like it.  It gets caught on hair and fabric if I am not careful, and I prefer buckles.  That could be easily fixed by just  . . . putting a new strap on it.  Most leather workers could do that.  This is a personal preference of mine, and I realize it is a minor complaint.  And to be fair. velcro does have its advantages.  In the event that it needs to be taken off fast due to any kind of breathing issues, gagging (not the good kind), or if the person wearing it is suddenly NOT OKAY, velcro is a good safety choice.  And no matter how “light” the bondage you are using seems, safety still needs to be something you consider before any play happens.

That said, this gag probably not a good choice for anyone with a sensitive gag reflex.  In my mouth, it barely reaches the soft palate, but I do have a big mouth.  People who have an easily stimulated gag reflex, or who are new to gags and are not sure, would probably be best off starting with a bit gag or a ball gag, since neither of those fill up the mouth as deeply.

Long-term wear might also be difficult for anyone with TMJ.  I suggest trying a bit gag if you have any issues with your jaw, since it won’t stretch it as much.  My own jaw does get tired and start to lock up, but only when we get close to the hour mark.

As a final note, as vain as it may sound, I have never liked the way my face looks WIN_20150331_104520when I am wearing a ball gag.  This gag does stretch my mouth open quite a lot, but since most of the gag is hidden away inside the appearance of it is surprisingly demure.

The funny thing is, I never knew what it looked like while I was wearing it until I went to take some pictures for this review!  Even though Master has used it many times since He got it, I have never been near a mirror, and looking at it has always been the furthest thing from my mind when we are using this gag.  I just took these today and was all, “Huh, that does look better!”

The verWIN_20150331_104555sion I have of this is in the “Cocoa” color Tantus offers, but when I went to check their site it looks like right now this is only available in black.   Which is great, it goes with everything!

If you love phallic objects, silicone, and gagging your partner/being gagged by your partner, I wholeheartedly recommend this one.  It’s a favorite of mine, and will be seeing plenty of use in years to come.

Sausage party in my toybox!

Every time I hear someone haul out the old “The male body is not attractive/penises are silly looking/women are not visual” trifecta, I wince.  I mean, if you personally are not into penises and how they look, that’s cool.  But some people make these statements as if they are gospel truth.  And none of this is true in my world – I love cocks, which I don’t find at all strange since I am sexually attracted to men.

This is why I have so many realistic toys in my collection.  From a visual standpoint, I love the way a well-proportioned cock looks.  Handling a dildo shaped like one can add an extra layer of arousal for me when I am playing;  stroking it, licking and sucking it is more exciting because of the obvious nature of it.  There are a lot of beautiful toys that could be displayed as modern art on your mantelpiece and I own and love some of those, but the blatantly sexual nature of something that is obviously a rampant cock delights me.

That’s great, but you don’t just buy toys to LOOK AT, right?

Right!  The best part is when I get to play with these things!  The texture of the newer dual density toys (such as Tantus’ O2 line) is enjoyable to me since it has a softer outer layer and a denser core.  When I got my first one, I think I spent about 10 minutes just fondling and squeezing it.  I was torn between REALLY wanting to put it inside myself and being so intrigued with the texture I kept giving it a handjob.  I did make it in and it was great!  No matter how much I like looking at it, no matter how neat it feels in my hand, it has to also feel good in my vagina if it’s going to be the right dildo for me.  Here again, the cocks are a big win.  I like to feel a bit of a stretch, so a rounded head generally feels better to me going in.  I like a lot of thrusting, and prefer a larger area of pressure on my g-spot and further back closer to my cervix (the area more recently called the “A-spot” or “AFE”).  Sometimes toys that are too tapered at the tip can feel stabby once they are inside me.

WIN_20150330_101806I will always be up for trying new shapes and new designs.  But the good old, realistic dildo is a tried and true one for me, so I will always have a place for them in my collection, and in my body.