Hitachi magic wand vibrator is a two-speed massager with a soft flexible head.Since I briefly mentioned the Mighty Hitachi when I announced that I would be doing these Follow-Up Friday posts, and since it was the first vibrator I owned (apart from a slimline classic-style vibe that was given to me as a gift, but I never had the courage to try it because at the time I was such a frigid cow, and then it was subsequently stolen).

Hmm, maybe I should clarify that the Hitachi Magic Wand was the first vibrator I ever USED. So, I guess I started my journey in sex toy exploration with a powerhouse.

Anyway, I never really posted a proper review of it, did I? In looking back at some of my earlier posts, I realize that I had no clue how to write about sex toys. Some may argue that I still don’t, but at least I’m improving. My original Hitachi Magic Wand post is really more of a sales pitch. That’s probably because I was trying to get started selling sex toys via home romance parties at the time. I’ve pretty much given up on that venture and stick to reviewing now, but this isn’t meant to be about me, so…

The Hitachi Magic Wand is legendary. It’s the quintessential sex toy that’s not a sex toy, and I ordered it based on the recommendations from the Sex is Fun gang. I started listening to that podcast way back in 2006, so I’ve had my Hitachi for several years now, and it’s still going strong. There are only two speeds (low and high), but for a vibrator this powerful that’s really all you need, as I rarely use the high setting.

It did take me a several tries to get used to vibrations on my clit. In fact, the first few times I used my Magic Wand it scared me. I’ve never had any problems climaxing from clitoral stimulation, but the Hitachi produced such intense sensations, I was afraid it would buzz away my nerve endings. Wrapping a soft cloth around the head or using it outside my clothes took the edge off to where I could finally really play with it, and soon I could put that sucker right up against me and come in seconds. So that’s pretty much how all this got started. Getting a Hitachi Magic Wand made me realize that I had been missing out on something incredible all these years, which quickly lead to my desire for more sex toys.

As I’ve acquired more vibrators and pleasure objects over time, my poor Hitachi has been left to sit in the drawer, rarely used these days. Not because I don’t like it anymore, because it’s still an extremely effective piece of equipment that will always be a part of my collection (until it breaks, and then I’ll get another), but because it’s just not very convenient to use. Here’s why:

  • It has to be plugged in, which requires a power outlet, and the cord isn’t long enough. Unless I want to stand close enough to the wall (which I’ve been known to do at times), I have to use an extension cord. I bought the Hitachi its own dedicated extension cord, because who wants to spend time searching for one when you need to orgasm NOW, but it just makes it a nightmare to store with all that extra cord.
  • It’s big and bulky. Seriously. It’s one unwieldy vibe. That doesn’t matter so much for solo play, but trying to squeeze this thing in between bodies during sex is just too awkward.
  • It’s loud. I live in a small house, with paper-thin walls and family members with very sensitive ears. I need my vibes to be quiet.

I wouldn’t have even considered the above disadvantages 5 years ago, but now that I’ve tried other wand-style massagers that are more compact, battery operated (therefore cordless), waterproof, and just overall more practical and easy to use when it comes to spur-of-the-moment need, I understand the Hitachi Magic Wand‘s limitations. But it’s still worth having one around.

It’s a new year, and I’d like to try something different. Rather than only posting current reviews, I’m going to start doing Follow-Up Friday posts. Now that this blog has been around for several months, and I’ve reviewed enough products to make this a possibility, I thought it would be useful to post follow-ups reviews on sex toys I’ve had for a while.

When I first started reviewing adult products, I only had about half a dozen sex toys. Over time and after trying many different types and styles of sex toys, I find that I’m not as easily impressed. There are some products that I’ve barely touched since completing my review of them, and still others I didn’t use again (but most of those were ones I didn’t like anyway, like the Silk Egg).

A lot of that is lack of time. I mean, there are only so many hours in the day, and I always have new stuff that needs reviewing, so those items take priority when it comes to my playtime selection. But for anyone considering a certain sex toy, it might be useful to know how or if the reviewer’s opinion has changed over time.

I can say right now that my Hitachi Magic Wand doesn’t get nearly as much use as it once did. In fact, the last time I played with it was when I reviewed the Mini Mistress Massager, to see which one was more powerful. I still love the fact that the Hitachi delivers mind-blowing clitoral orgasms every time (and expediently, too), but it’s so loud and big and bulky and has to be plugged in and is really just kind of a hassle when compared to more compact (and cordless) vibes that are just way more convenient. This doesn’t count as a follow-up, by the way. It’s just an example.

Procrastinator that I am, I’ve left it too late in the day to do a proper follow-up of anything for this week, and I’m not guaranteeing that EVERY Friday will be a follow-up review, as I don’t think I’ve reviewed quite that many sex toys yet, but I’d like to make it a regular thing.

So, I’m calling for requests. If there’s a product I’ve written a review for (check my blog archive or index), and you’re curious to know if I still like it, then please feel free to let me know so I can be sure to feature it in a Follow-Up Friday post.

Le Reve Dolphin VibratorPipedream kindly sent me a Le Reve Dolphin to try, and I was thrilled to receive it. I reviewed the Le Reve Massager on last summer, and the Dolphin is part of that same product line.

Instead of being hard plastic like my other Le Reve vibe, it has a soft and squishy shaft made from TPR. Also, Dolphin contains 2 motors: one that rotates the shaft, and another positioned towards the tip that vibrates.

Packaging is a black cardboard box with product pictures on all sides and basic information printed on the back, and inside there is a thin plastic insert that holds the vibe in place. I recycled the box and store my Dolphin in a zip-top plastic bag to keep it clean, as TPR attracts lint and dust.

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Le Reve Dolphin measures about 9 inches in total length, with a diameter of around 1 1/4 inches and close to a 4 1/4-inch girth. Above the metal ring is soft TPR, and the handle below is hard plastic.

Le Reve Dolphin Vibrator Measurements

The shaft tapers at the tip into a shape that resembles a dolphin’s head. There are raises sections down either side, but they don’t really add any noticeable texture, and other than that the surface is smooth with the skin drag typical of TPR.
Le Reve Dolphin Vibrator Shaft

The control pad is a soft button that lights up when the power is on. It has 3 separate sections, each marked by a raised icon, that operate the motors. The bottom controls the motor rotating the shaft, turning it on and cycling through the 4 speeds. The middle controls the vibrating tip, which has 3 pulse patterns and one setting of constant vibration, and the top shuts both motors off.

Le Reve Dolphin Vibrator Control Button Le Reve Dolphin Vibrator Battery Compartment

I had a lot of fun test driving the different settings and experimenting with all the various combinations. I really love the rotating shaft, as it feels awesome when inserted and is also very effective for external stimulation, especially when the tip is also vibrating.

Le Reve Dolphin Vibrator DescriptionLe Reve Dolphin requires 4 AAA batteries, and the compartment lid just slides off–rather easily, in fact. The batteries are no trouble to install as they fit into one of those cartridge/holder things.

There isn’t an O ring or anything to make me confident that water won’t get into the battery compartment, though, so I don’t think this vibe is actually waterproof. I know the box says it’s waterproof. Maybe I’m wrong, and it really is.

But that’s fine. I don’t have to use this vibe under water. I have plenty of other toys that I know for a fact are waterproof that I can enjoy in the shower. I’m keeping this one dry.

Update: I was asked to test the waterproof factor and offered a replacement Dolphin if mine quit working after getting wet. Well folks, I can now confirm that this vibe is not waterproof. I only took it in the shower with me once, so I didn’t even immerse it in water, and it died within 24 hours. Water got all in the battery compartment; the lid just isn’t tight enough to form any kind of seal.

Icicles N0. 9 Glass DildoPipedream has some lovely glass toys in their Icicles product line, and I was lucky to get one for review. Well, actually, I received three of them, but I’m going to talk about the Icicles No. 9 first. It’s modestly-sized, with a slightly curved shape and a just a little bit of texture that is very inviting. It has a flat, round base, so it’s safe for all types of play and can stand up on its own.

The outer packaging is a cardboard box that has full-size photos of the No. 9 on the front and sides. Some product information and a close-up picture of the texture is on the back of the box. The front of the box flips open, and you can see the glass toy through a clear plastic window. Inside is the No. 9 in a molded foam insert, which slides out of the top of the box.

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This clear glass dildo has a beautiful blue spiral in the center, and once I took it out of the foam I noticed a slightly iridescent finish to the surface. No. 9 measures almost 6 1/2 inches long, with a 1 1/4-inch diameter giving it nearly 4 inches in girth. The surface is smooth apart from the 3 raised ridges towards the tip of the shaft. The base is actually more of an oval shape, so it might work in the right harness, as long as the weight of the glass isn’t a problem.

Icicles Glass Dildo Sex Toy

Icicles Glass Dildo Sex ToyThe shaft has a gentle curve, which is nicely shaped for G-spot stimulation. The ridges curve up along the underside of the shaft to meet at a point close to the top, adding some nice variation without being too much texture. This would be an ideal first glass toy or a great choice for those experienced with smooth glass who are curious about texture.

Icicles Glass Dildo Sex ToyGlass as a sex toy material has a lot of advantages. It’s completely body-safe and hygienic, as it’s nonporous and can be boiled. Also great for temperature play, glass at room temperature feels cool to the skin, but can be warmed quickly with hot water or chilled even more in the refrigerator. Even with texture, glass has a slick surface, so it takes very little lube. Not to mention, glass sex toys are high-quality and usually very pretty.

The No 9 is no exception, and I really like it. It’s just the right size for when I feel like I need something inside of me, and glass being a solid material really gives me that sense of fullness. I also quite like it for external stimulation, as the ribbed head feels nice gliding across my skin. The curve is pretty subtle, but the firmness of the glass makes this one an effective G-spot toy if you like prodding and pressure. I tend to prefer soft toys for thrusting, but very slow and shallow thrusts with this one worked for me.

Topco Vida Zara G-Spot VibratorI requested the Vida Zara from Fascinations to review because it’s so sleek and pretty, and as should be pretty obvious by now, I’m always willing to try vibrating sex toys. Vida has several high-quality vibrators, but I was particularly drawn to the shape of this one since the bulbous tip is bent for G-spot stimulation, but it’s not a drastic curve.

I must admit, I totally overestimated Zara‘s size. I know the dimensions are listed on the product page, but for some reason I still have a hard time visualizing just how big or small something is. At just 6 1/2 inches long, with a little over 3 inches of insertable length, this compact little vibe is discreet and easily incorporated into partner play. The widest point on the tip is right around 1 1/2 inches in diameter, giving it a fairly modest girth of close to 4 inches.

Now, what I didn’t expect and was totally impressed with is the packaging. It is awesome! I hope all Vida vibes come in zippered leather cases. Actually, I don’t know if it’s real leather or not–it smells like it could be, but I’m not sure. Either way, I love it. It’s gorgeous and very discreet.

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Inside its lovely black case, the Zara sits nestled in a really soft and spongy foam insert. Behind it is a narrow slot for the owner’s manual, which doubles as a product catalog. Lift out the insert to find the charger cable stored underneath. A very pretty travel/storage pouch is also included. I don’t know what kind of material it’s made from, but it’s nice and soft, with a nifty wee pocket and satiny ribbon ties.

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As for the vibe itself, Zara is made from silicone and “anodized gun metal aluminum” so it’s nonporous and has the added benefit of being waterproof. The silicone has quite a bit of drag to it (so water-based lube only), and the fact that it attracts lint is very obvious by the dark color. There is a single, oval-shaped button located on the top of the handle that lights up when in use, and the motor has 5 speeds of constant vibration. Press the button to turn the vibe on and cycle through the settings, then just hold the button for a few seconds at any time to switch it off.

Topco Vida Zara G-Spot VibePerhaps the impressive packaging gave me unrealistic expectations for the performance of this vibe, but I must say that the vibrations themselves are somewhat underwhelming, and I really can’t tell that much difference in the intensity. The motor certainly gets louder and more high-pitched as you work your way through the speeds, but I don’t feel that much of an increase in strength. Also, the vibrations are a bit buzzy and can be felt all the way through the handle. Still, the Zara has the advantage of being very firm, so it’s really effective for applying pressure to the G-spot, with or without the power turned on.

I think this could be a great vibe, but it definitely needs a more powerful motor. Also, I love the Zara’s design, but I think the control button would have been more conveniently placed closer towards the bottom and on the underside of the handle. That way, I could more easily operate it with my thumb, but I think I’m just being nit-picky now, and it certainly wouldn’t look as good there. This would make an ideal present for anyone new to using sex toys, as it’s not the least bit intimidating and comes packaged ready for gift-giving.