Tantus Goddess Handle

Recently Tantus have gone and given their popular dildo the Goddess a bit of a revamp, and added a brand new handle to the base. EdenFantasys were kind enough to send it to me to review this month, and you can see what I thought about it after the jump!

The Goddess Handle is a one of a pair of new products from Tantus this year, including the Echo Handle, which follows the success of the Anaconda – Tantus’s first handled dildo – by adding a handle to the base of one of their most popular designs. 
The dildo has a total length of 10 3/4″, with 6 1/2″ of this designed to be insertable, and the remainder taken up by the 4 1/4″ handle. The handle itself has a matte finish to add grip, while the insertable portion is similar to the original Goddess in design, and features a smooth shiny surface.
The Goddess Handle has an interesting shape, featuring a lot of texture, but in contrast to the original Goddess this texture is significantly less pronounced. At the top of the dildo is a nice bulbous head which flares out at the sides like a bell, forming the widest point of the toy at 4 3/4″ around. Beneath this the circumference narrows slightly to an average of 4 3/8″ going into the shaft. On the reverse of the dildo the shaft is almost completely smooth, with only some shallow vertical grooves wrapping around from the sides, but on the front it’s a different matter. The front of the dildo features three raised areas each of which takes the form of an almost triangular shape, with its peak pointed towards the head. This texture is really quite subtle, and is nowhere near as pronounced as in the Echo. The texture stops short of the handle, leaving a 1 1/4″ section that is completely smooth, and that has the narrowest circumference of the shaft at only 4 1/4″
The Goddess Handle is made from 100% platinum silicone, like all Tantus products, but what’s unusual for Tantus is that the silicone is very firm. Most Tantus toys have a nice degree squishability and flex in them, and you can squeeze them and bend them about with relative ease. The Goddess Handle is very different though; there’s little give in the material at all when you try to squeeze it, and it’s quite inflexible. The need for this rigidity is understandable when considering the addition of the handle, as due to the extra length and weight of material it needs to hold its shape and not bend about too much during use. The construction of the Goddess Handle is impeccable, as I’ve come to expect from Tantus. The dildo is made entirely in one piece, and the surface is free from any mould lines or imperfections. The “strawberry” colour of the material is a bright fluorescent-neon pink, which is a much bolder shade than the “pearl pink” used in other Tantus toys.
The slender design of the Goddess Handle makes it nice and easy to insert, especially if you’re using it anally, but you still get a little “pop” from the flare of the head as it goes in. The end is somewhat blunt, so for a complete novice it might not be the best toy for first anal use. The subtle texture of the Goddess is really nice for thrusting, and the whole dildo slides in and out of the body seamlessly, with very little friction. If you’re completely relaxed when thrusting then the texture isn’t that obvious, but if you squeeze down tightly against the dildo with your muscles then you can really feel it. I find that this is the most pleasurable way to enjoy the Goddess; if you attempt it with the Echo it can feel too intense, but the amount of texture on the Goddess is just right to provide pleasurable stimulation as the bumps slide in and out, but without it being too much.   The slim girth of the dildo means that it doesn’t feel that filling when it’s inside, but the texture compensates for this perfectly, so it balances out. Another nice feature of the dildo is how the material reacts to the body. The longer you’re using it the more of your body heat the silicone will soak up, until the temperature reaches equilibrium and a wonderfully natural feeling results.

One of the main features of the Goddess Handle is in fact the handle itself, and this is useful in more than one way; if you like to squat over your dildos and ride them, as opposed to manually thrusting, then you can still do that, the handle just provides a little extra height so you don’t need to squat so low, which can be quite useful. The handle can also be used in the manner that it’s intended – to aid thrusting – whether by yourself or with a partner. The handle is very solid, providing a firm grip, and allowing you to direct your thrusts where you want them to go, especially if you’re trying to angle the tip into the prostate for example. I wouldn’t say that it’s the best dildo for stimulating the prostate, just in terms of its shape, but with careful manipulation via the handle you can quickly have it hitting your sweet spots.

One thing I don’t like about the Goddess Handle is the firmness of the material; if you’re thrusting quite vigorously with the dildo, or have a partner that’s using it on you, and you accidentally go too deep then it can be quite painful, especially anally. The rectum is notably quite shallow, so if you happen to hit the top of it when you’re thrusting then it can feel like a battering ram, as there’s not enough give in the material to cushion the impact, nor enough flex for the dildo to bend around and go deeper into the colon. Personally I find that this lets the product down, as it’s really designed to be used on you by another person, but you have to make sure that they’re going to be extra careful with it, or else you’re going to be too worried about them potentially injuring you to enjoy the experience. I think it would have been better if Tantus had designed it with the firmer silicone only in the bottom half of the dildo, to allow for some flexibility near the tip where it’s needed.

When it comes for caring for the dildo it’s a very simple affair. Silicone is a naturally odourless and non-porous material, which lends itself to a variety of cleaning methods, including sterilisation. You can wash it with antibacterial soap and hot water, use a toy wipe, pop it in the dishwasher, wipe it down with a 10% bleach solution, and even leave it submerged in boiling water for a couple of minutes – provided you can find a pan large enough to put it in. The only downside is that you’ll probably want to wash the dildo before use as well as after, as the material does attract a lot of dust. As always with silicone, remember to only use water-based lubes.
Overall I’m pretty pleased with the Goddess Handle. It’s another quality product from Tantus that certainly has its own variety of uses. The only let down for me is just how firm the material is, and for that reason I’d probably be more inclined to go for the regular Goddess instead.
You can buy the Goddess Handle directly from Tantus, as well as EdenFantasys.

Dual-Density Dilemma

My two favourite dildos at present are probably my Pierre Fitch dildo by Fleshjack, and my Max O2 from Tantus. The thing is I like them for quite different reasons, and I’m starting to wish that someone would think to combine the aspects.
My love of the Fleshjack dildos stems largely from a mental place, and also a visual one. Many dildos are penis-shaped, but to me there’s a difference between being penis-shaped and being an actual penis. When I look at a Fleshjack dildo I know that it’s not merely a generic phallus carved by an artist, but it’s the replica of a real penis, the penis of a porn star, a penis that has had vast quantities of hot steamy sex. Every inch, every beautiful detail belongs to living breathing man, and for me this is an incredible turn-on. It’s the closest I’m likely to ever get to handling this impressive organ that I’ve seen in films, and it’s that unique selling point that draws me to the product, and indeed to others in the Fleshjack range.
My love for the Max O2, on the other hand, is purely physical. This is a dildo which delivers realism from a completely different angle; it feels real to the touch. Most of the time when you buy a dildo, whether an expensive one or a cheap one, whatever it’s made of it just feels nothing like a penis. In hardness or in softness, a dildo typically is uniform throughout, and comparatively a real penis has variety. Whilst erect  the shaft of the penis becomes firm and rigid, to hold its shape, while the engorged head remains soft and spongy, acting like a cushion in its ability to be gently compressed. Somehow Tantus have managed to capture this in their O2 range; by combining soft material on the outside with firm material on the inside, they’ve created a dildo that feels real, and just begs to be squeezed and manipulated. That in itself makes it a turn-on and a joy to use.
Shall we just imagine how things would be if these two products could be merged into one. A dildo which not only looks like one of the finest penises in porn, identical down to the slightest detail, but which also feels exactly how that penis should feel, being soft and hard in all the right places. It would absolutely tick every one of my boxes, and I dare say that from my perspective it would be the perfect dildo. All that remains is to hope that someone makes one, but I wonder if it would ever happen. The two products seem to target different markets, while Fleshjack are good enough to make their dildos from silicone, most porn-actor-replica products are made from materials of a lower grade. They sell largely on the novelty of who they’re modelled on, with less focus on quality. The dual-density O2 dildos on the other hand sell exclusively on the idea of quality, they’re high end dildos for people who really care about what they’re using, and want the maximum experience. The question is, how much cross-over is there between the two markets? I know I’d snap up such a product instantly, and probably wouldn’t leave the house for a week, but just how much of a niche am I?

Edit: Since the time I wrote this Fleshjack have started making their dildos out of a new, softer silicone, similar to that used in the Tantus Pack ‘n’ Play No. 1, and consequently they feel even more realistic. I’m not certain that this entirely invalidates my point, as the dual-density dildos still maintain a uniquely lifelike feeling, but I am perhaps in less of a hurry now to see my idea become a reality.

Tantus Echo

The Tantus Echo is my first foray into the world of textured dildos. The majority of what I’ve tried up until this point has been quite plain in that regard, so everything about the design of the Echo told me that I needed to try it.

The Echo is a 7″ long dildo with around 6 3/8″ of that being insertable, which puts it at a nice length for the majority of people. The average diameter is 1 1/2″, which from my perspective is a little small, but it’s realistically-sized and definitely enough to be satisfying. It’s a textured dildo, but it has what I like to think of as “macro-texture.” The surface of the shaft is completely smooth and shiny, to give you a frictionless gliding action when using it, but it has big pronounced areas of detail to really stimulate the body with.
Like all Tantus products the Echo is made from their own blend of 100% platinum silicone. I’m a big fan of this material, and in my opinion it’s the best silicone on the market. What’s great about it is that it’s firm enough to easily hold it’s shape, but it’s flexible enough to bend around inside the body and go where the body tells it to go. It also has a nice amount of give in it when you squeeze it, which is an important factor when using it anally as it’s gentle on the sphincter and allows for a comfortable insertion. The other bonuses of the material are that it’s completely body-safe, and odourless too, so you won’t stink out your toy drawer.
The shape of the Echo is what makes it such a special product. The top of the dildo resembles the glans of the penis in shape, and while the tip of it is nicely rounded, it is a little on the blunt side. Normally I’d suggest that something of this girth is fine for a beginner to take anally, but as it has no significant taper I wouldn’t recommend it in this circumstance without something else to warm up with first. The head portion has a nice pronounced coronal ridge which forms the thickest point of the dildo. Below the head are four more ridges going down the shaft, which each follow the same design of the corona, giving the dildo its distinctive look. These ridges wrap around the shaft, but not quite all the way. The underside of the dildo has a raised column running vertically down from the head to the base, which gives the dildo a wonderful contrast of being highly textured on one side, but largely smooth on the other.
When it comes to using the dildo anally it feels fantastic. If you’re comfortable with the size then the tip will slip inside without a problem. Once you get over the first ridge there’s a nice familiar “pop” letting you know that it’s in. As you push the dildo in deeper this is then followed by several smaller “pops” as you traverse each ridge. The Echo is a dildo that’s most enjoyable when thrusting with it, and there are two ways to do this. For the most intense experience you can really clench the dildo firmly inside you, and then when you thrust with it you can feel each of the ridges butting up against the sphincter. This could be potentially uncomfortable for some people, especially if the clenching is an involuntary response. The way I’d recommend using the dildo is to completely relax your anus when thrusting, but this can take some practice to master. This way you can still feel all the texture in the sphincter, but it’s much more subtle and pleasurable. It also allows for smoother thrusting with less resistance, and takes your attention away from the sphincter and redirects it to the prostate. The ridges on the Echo are perfect for stimulating the prostate; as you thrust it inside you can feel each one rippling against the gland, and the faster you thrust the more intense and pleasurable the sensations. I’ve experienced greater prostate stimulation with the Echo so far than I have with any of the prostate massagers I own. The Echo gives you a couple of options for positions you can use it in. The base is broad enough that you can stand it up somewhere, squat over it, and ride it like that. The base can also be used like a good handle to hold onto and thrust it inside yourself while lying down, but slipping a finger into the empty bullet hole offers an extra degree of control.
The base of the Echo has been greatly improved since the original design. it’s now much thicker and more substantial, and therefore great for using in a harness. I think that the Echo would be brilliant for pegging as the size isn’t too intimidating, but the ridges really do feel incredible against the prostate when thrust rapidly. If you peg in the doggy-style position, then my tip would be to put the dildo in the harness upside down, in order to orientate the ridges best with your partner’s anatomy.

The Echo comes packaged with a vibrating bullet which can be inserted into a specially made bullet hole in the base. The bullet hole has some internal ribbing so as to aid with removal, and this seems to work quite well in preventing the formation of a vacuum. The bullet itself has about the same intensity as the RO-80mm from Rocks Off. The problem with toys with bullet holes is that the hole is in the base, and you want the vibrations down at the tip, but they simply don’t travel that well through inches of thick silicone. The inclusion of the bullet is nice, but it’s mostly gimmicky as it doesn’t add much to the experience of using the toy. Personally I prefer to use the dildo without the bullet, as the main draw of the Echo is really its texture. There’s always the option of using the bullet separately, so it’s like getting two toys in one.
One of my concerns about the Echo surrounds the bullet hole. The silicone around the edge of the hole is frayed in places, and even has some small tears. My worry is that every time you stretch the material as you attempt to remove the bullet, it will place strain on the tears, which will gradually grow into a larger split. The only remedy I can think of is to take a very sharp craft knife and try to remove a small ring of material around the hole, slightly deeper than the tears, thus excising the problem before it can exacerbate. Obviously this isn’t an ideal thing to have to do, but as I don’t intend to use the bullet in it it might not be necessary.
A peculiarity of my Echo is that it has a strong Leaning Tower of Pisa thing going on. On one side the base is only 3/8″ thick, but on the other it’s a full 1/2″. This may not sound like a great deal, but it’s enough to give the dildo a very pronounced slant to the left. It’s hard to tell whether it’s a case of one side having too little material, or the other side having excess, but I’m inclined to go with the latter, on account of the thicker side not fitting into the plastic tray of the packaging that well. It’s not that big of a deal as it doesn’t prevent me from using the dildo the way I want to, but I always feel like a quality control person should have spotted something so glaring.
When it comes to cleaning the dildo silicone is a great material to have. The Echo can be washed the usual way with antibacterial soap and hot water, but it can also be completely sterilised by wiping it down with a 10% bleach solution, popping it in a pan of boiling water for a couple of minutes, or even tossing it into the dishwasher – but remember to remover the bullet first! The Echo is very prone to attract dust, which is a common complaint with silicone toys, so it may require a rinse prior to use. The only downside to silicone toys is that you only want to use water-based lubes with them, as silicone lubes could potentially degrade the material.
I have to say that I really love the Echo, and if I could change anything at all it would just be to make it a little thicker.

You can buy the Echo directly from Tantus, as well as the fine folks at SheVibe

Asstronaut Dildo

Over the Easter weekend the kind people over at SexShop365 sent me the stunning looking Asstronaut dildo to review for them, from Topco Sales’ Rascal Toys line.

The Asstronaut is a good sized dildo, aimed at someone with moderate experience in anal play. It measures in at a total height of 7.75″, and with an insertable length of 7″. Down the shaft the thickness varies from 5″ in circumference near the tip, to 5.5″ at the widest point at the bottom. It isn’t huge, but I’d still suggest that it’s not a toy for a complete novice.

It comes in quite simplistic packaging, so there’s less to throw away. The toy is secured inside a plastic clamshell, which is wrapped in a thin cardboard sleeve. The only way to get into the toy is by tearing through the cardboard, which means the packaging on the whole isn’t that suitable for toy storage. The sleeve is printed with some useful instructions on how to care for the toy, and also a mention that the product is made in China, which counteracts any eco credentials it made have gained from the minimal packaging.

The dildo is made from 100% medical-grade silicone, and so it’s completely odourless and body-safe. The type of silicone used I found to be quite firm, similar to the silicone used by Rocks Off in their products. When squeezed there isn’t a lot of give in the material, and while it is flexible to an extent, it requires a bit more effort to bend it. My personal preference is towards a softer silicone, like that found in Tantus and Doc Johnson products, as I find it more comfortable inside the body, but this will suit those who like it on the firmer side. The build quality of the dildo is largely good; the surface is completely free from visible defects, but where it is let down is by the mould line running the length of it. The seam is quite pronounced and firm to the touch, and it would have been nicer if the dildo has been formed in a manner which avoided this.
Unusually the silicone employs a combination of finishes, which gives the dildo its distinctive look. The surface is largely matte, but this is interspersed with four slightly recessed areas, where the material is shiny in contrast. The combination of the different finishes, and the depressions, gives the dildo quite a richly textured surface, which is noticeable during use. An unfortunate consequence of this is that I didn’t find the dildo to be enjoyable for thrusting with, due to the friction. The material didn’t glide very smoothly in and out of the body, regardless of how much lubricant was applied, and there was a slight feeling of roughness present at times.

The shape of the dildo is gently curved, which gives you a choice of which way you insert it, but I didn’t find  it made much difference either way. The curve isn’t pronounced enough to offer any significant prostate stimulation, beyond that which you might experience with a completely straight dildo. The body is also divided into four subtle bulges, but these aren’t so distinct that you really notice the feeling of a bump during use, and they largely blend into the rest of the texture of the dildo. To finish the dildo off is a broad 3″ x 2.5″ base, which offers a nice amount of stability when standing it upright, and which is also harness compatible if desired.

Despite having a rather blunt tip, and being made from a firm material, the dildo is actually quite comfortable to insert, without the need for preparation beforehand. Unlike some silicones I’ve experienced, I found that the material didn’t readily absorb any heat from the body during prolonged use, and so didn’t exhibit a more natural feeling that I’ve come to appreciate.

The dildo is very easy to clean; as it’s silicone it’s non-porous and can be sterilised in boiling water or by wiping with a 10% bleach solution, as well as simply being washed in warm water with anti-bacterial soap. The material does tend to attract quite a lot of dust and fluff, so it’s best to leave it to air dry, rather than use a towel on it.

Over all my experience with the Asstronaut really wasn’t out of this world, but I still think it’s a great looking item. If you enjoy a firm, highly-textured toy, then this dildo could be the one for you, but if like me you prefer your dildos supple and smooth, you might want to consider something else.

You can buy the Asstronaut from SexShop365.co.uk, and it’s also available in black.