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.