Remember a few weeks ago when I sadly reported in a Follow-Up Friday post that my Starlet Toyfriend was no longer working? Well, as it turns out I was right about something being wrong with the button. Once I figured out what, I was able to fix it, and the good news is that the motor still works just fine.

See, there’s a silicone sleeve that covers the plastic cap to the battery compartment. Inside this sleeve is a silicone nub that hangs down. I know it’s not really visible in the photo, and for that I apologize, but it’s the same pink color, so it’s not going to show up all that well. This nub is supposed to fit into a small hole in the plastic cap underneath, where there’s a recessed button.

Pressing the bottom of the battery cap (with the silicone sleeve on) pushes the nub down, which in turn hits the button and turns the motor on. But if the silicone nub has slipped out of position, as was the case with mine, then nothing happens because the nub isn’t making contact with the little button underneath.

I know the pictures aren’t really all that great, so I made a video that pretty much explains it all. Now, I also want to let you guys know that I’ve been in touch with a rep from the company, who not only forwarded this information to the relevant people at Toyfriends, but is also sending me a replacement. I love it when companies are receptive to feedback on their products and make the effort to ensure customer satisfaction.

I’ve been reviewing sex toys for over a year, and I now possess way more than I need, and definitely more than I can reasonably use. There’s also a space issue, so my sex toy collection can’t be allowed to grow beyond my storage capacity. In order to keep accepting new products to review, I need to make room for them. That means it’s time to cull.

Please understand, I fully intend to keep the good stuff. I just want to trash the crap. So, I went through and took out every sex toy that I haven’t played with since reviewing it. From that pile, I sorted out the ones I had no interest in ever using again. Not surprisingly, these were mostly cheap vibes. The material was either lint-magnet TPR, skin-drag heavy pseudo silicone, or flimsy plastic. In many the motors were weak and/or too loud. Or took watch batteries.

We’re not supposed to throw away old electronics and stuff like that in the regular trash. Luckily, I have a place nearby where I can drop off electronics to be recycled, so that’s where these toys are ultimately headed. But before I do that, I thought I’d have some fun with them one last time. A different kind of fun, that is.

See, I really don’t want to hand the attendants at the recycling center a bag full of sex toys. So I hacked them up to the point where they were no longer recognizable as such. It was a lot of fun, if a bit challenging at times, and it’s interesting to see how these things are put together.

The motors I could get to are dissected and will be put to other uses, and the little circuit board things are separate from the wires, outer materials, and other stuff. If anybody really wants to go about trying to piece it all back together and manages to build something recognizable, then I say they’ve earned the knowledge that some housewife brought in a bag full of dismembered vibrators.

Anyway, I took more pictures documenting the massacre, and from time to time I’ll feature one of the victims in a What’s Inside Wednesday post. This way you’ll not only get to see which toys I trashed, but you’ll also get to see what’s inside them.

You can view all my What’s Inside Wednesday posts here: What’s Inside Wednesday archive. If you tear up any sex toys and post pictures, please share your links in the comments, thanks!

Thank you so much to everyone for participating in this giveaway! The winner is…

Comment number 84, which is Alacransita84, congratulations!

Summer is coming to a close as the kids head back to school. The added activity load can stretch schedules and budgets. There’s often not a lot of time to relax and be pampered, especially when we may need it most. Having the right kind of relaxation aids on hand might help, so I’m thrilled to be hosting a giveaway for quality pampering products from Shunga Erotic Art.

They recently sent me a selection of goodies to try, and I’ve already reviewed the Divine Oral Pleasure Lip Gloss and Massage Candle. As a prize for this giveaway they’re offering a Garden of Edo Organic Collectionset, which includes:

  • Exotic Green Tea Erotic Massage Oil, 8 fl oz
  • Intimate Kisses Exotic Green tea Aphrodisiac Oil, 3.5 fl oz
  • TOKO Organica lubricant, 5.5 fl oz
  • Lotus Noir Sensitizing Gel, 2 fl oz
  • Oriental Crystals Dead Sea Lotus Flower Bath Salts, 14 oz
Click the photo below for more information about each item in the collection. This set retails for $94.95 and is available to order from the Shunga website.

To enter the giveaway and try to win a Garden of Edo kit, all you have to do is like Shunga Erotic Art on Facebook. Leave a comment below letting me know. If you already like their page on Facebook, then that counts too, just let me know by leaving a comment. That’s the mandatory entry. Please also include a way for me to contact you if you’re the winner.

To get bonus entries, do as many of the following as you like, and please remember to leave a separate comment for each.

  • Follow Shunga on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this giveaway (can be done once a day, please leave a link to the tweet in your comment). Here’s an example: Enter to #win @ShungaEroticArt Garden of Edo Organic Collection in @buzzvibe’s #giveaway http://bit.ly/pSAVkA, ends 8-31.
  • Share the giveaway on Facebook, and please leave a link to the post in your comment.
  • Post a comment on Shunga’s Facebook page.
  • Visit the Shunga website and leave a comment letting me know what other product(s) of theirs you like or want to try.

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada who are at least 18 years old. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 31, 2011. Winner will be selected from the comments using random.org and will have 48 hours after being notified to claim the Garden of Edo Oragnic Collection.