Small egg vibrator in the shape of hummingbird.Babeland originally sent me this sex toy to review, and they called it a Blue Bird Bullet. But according to the packaging and other adult toy stores, it’s actually Sophia’s Fluttering Hummer. Personally, I prefer the name Blue Bird Bullet.

This was one of–if not the–first bullet I reviewed after I started this blog. I reviewed quite a few bullets that summer. I was trying to get my hands on as many sex toys as possible so I could post lots of reviews, and back then I recall really liking this little vibe. It’s different to the typical hard plastic bullet–I mean, it IS essentially just a hard plastic bullet, but it’s encased in a bird-shaped sleeve.

Soft squishy material like this, especially any long, thin appendages, tends to flutter when vibration travels through it. The tip of the nose/beak on this bird is capable of some intense pinpoint clitoral stimulation. The wings spread out nicely to stimulate the labia, and if all else fails, you can flip the bird over and use its back as a regular bullet. Well, one that’s covered with a squishy sleeve, that is.

As other bullets and vibrators arrived to be played with and reviewed, my Blue Bird Bullet got stashed away with a few other toys that weren’t frequent flyers. When I do a sex toy cull I have three piles: use, store, and tear up. This bullet has been in storage since the first round of What’s Inside Wednesday posts, so I knew I needed to dig it out and see if it’s worth keeping.

Turns out it’s not, so the next time I have a sex toy demolition party, this one will be first up on the chopping block. But to be useful, and fair, I should tell you why.

  • The material is a lint magnet and has a lot of skin drag. I understood the bird to be made from TPR, but on some websites it’s listed as jelly. Either way, it’s certainly not my material of choice.
  • This thing is a bastard to clean and keep clean. Everything sticks to the surface, and thanks to the wire connecting the bird with its battery pack, Blue Bird Bullet isn’t waterproof.
  • I said in my original review this vibe was powerful, and I’m sure back then I thought it was. It’s strong enough to get the job done, but I was underwhelmed when I played with it recently. Except for the tip of the beak on my clit. That’s intense. But My We-Vibe Touch can do that, as well as be waterproof, more powerful, and rechargeable.
  • I’ve become a sex toy snob. Seriously. I’m to the point where I really don’t want to have to keep buying batteries to run cheap sticky toys when I have rechargeable vibes I like much more.
  • I need the storage space back. Okay, this little bullet doesn’t take up that much room, but it’s still “adult novelty” junk, and I’d rather have, say… a We-Vibe Tango or maybe even a Fun Factory Yooo in its place.

I can’t wait to tear this one up.

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.

Plastic and silicone rechargeable vibratorLet me fill you guys in on what happened with my Lelo Iris. I guess I should explain that I don’t remember exactly when I last used this vibe, but I think it was late last summer. Back when my sex toy collection consisted of nothing more than an Iris, a Hitachi Magic Wand, a Pocket Rocket Jr, and a few Liberator Shapes, my Iris got more action than any of the others. Yes, even more than the Hitachi because there’s no cord to contend with, and the Iris has dual motors with a variety of patterns and pulses.

I loved the shape, design, vibration patterns, dual motors, and everything else about the Iris, except for the control. I thought it was a bit awkward at first, and it took me a while to get used to it, but over time the button sensitivity diminished. Even just trying to push it to turn on the power got difficult, as the button became really firm and hard to press. Trying to increase speed or change function also became trickier because the firmness of the button made pushing it in just the right place a nightmare. That’s too much work and frustration to deal with when I have a stash of other sex toys that maybe aren’t exactly the same, but at least have easier-to-use controls and do as their told. So, my Iris had been neglected for many months.

The other day I decided take it out, dust it off, charge up the battery, and reacquaint myself with an old friend. There’s a light around the control button that flashes while it’s charging, and it stays lit when the battery is fully charged. Only, I got impatient after an hour or so and tried to use it even though the light was still flashing. It wouldn’t turn on. Thinking I must have locked it the last time I put it away, I pressed and held the center of the button to unlock it, and still nothing happened. Assuming the battery was so drained that it would need the entire recommended 3 hours of charging time, I plugged it back in and left it. For several hours, in fact.

Well, the light never quit flashing, even after leaving it for over 6 hours. Also, I can’t get either motor to come on. I’ve tried everything I can think of, so I must conclude that the battery has gone bad and isn’t holding any kind of charge. This is a total bummer.

I haven’t decided if I want to replace my Iris or not. It’s well past the manufacturer’s warranty, and I did get a few years of rigorous use out it. Plus, Lelo has some awesome looking newer designs I’d love to try, and I’m determined to get my hands on a GiGi first. Besides, I can still use my Iris as a non-vibrating toy. The curved shape is great for g-spot stimulation, and while the tip has some give, the shaft is still pretty firm. For that reason, I’d rather not declare my Iris officially dead. It doesn’t work anymore, so I’ll just say it’s retired.

Vibrating Makeup BrushLast summer I received a box of goodies from Pipedream to review. Included was a cute little makeup brush with a vibrating handle. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. Who would suspect a makeup brush could have any illicit purpose? Well, I might, but my point is that it’s not something that would cause embarrassment if it fell out of your handbag or the security guys decided to search through your stuff at the airport.

I still think this is an awesome idea, and I see no reason why there couldn’t be a hairbrush with a vibrating handle for those of us who might like something with a bit more size. And oomph. This one runs on watch batteries (ugh, I’m starting to really hate watch batteries) and isn’t very powerful. It does have multiple speeds, thanks to the turn-dial control on the battery compartment cap, but even at the highest setting the vibrations aren’t that intense. A hairbrush handle would be bigger, allowing more room for larger batteries and a more powerful motor.

But, this isn’t a hairbrush, it’s a makeup brush, so as such I’ll just say that it’s a fun little gadget to have around. The vibrations actually do a pretty decent job of traveling through the brush bristles, so it can be used for foreplay, teasing, and tickling. I found clitoral stimulation to be a bit more tricky, since the brush kind of gets in the way if you hold it by the battery compartment cap. To remedy this, I would hold the brush by the bristles and press the smooth part of the handle against me, but the the battery compartment cap edges and ridges around the control dial weren’t always comfortable. Nor readily accessible, if I wanted to change speed.

I think having the brush part on the battery cap, allowing the rest of the handle to be smooth, would be an improvement in design. That way, a twist of the brush could control the speed. The bristles would hopefully still carry some of the vibrations, and the handle would have a more user-friendly and comfortable shape to use as a vibrator.

When the batteries died, I honestly couldn’t be bothered to replace them, so I started using my Mini-Max brush to apply makeup. It worked pretty well for a while, but after I washed it a few times I noticed it shedding quite a bit, so now I primarily use it to dust the keyboard on my laptop.

Uniquely designed vibrator with six levels of pulsationThis week’s Follow-Up Friday is the Grrl Toyz Silk Touch Egg Vibe, which happens to be one of the only sex toys I’ve truly hated. I wasn’t quite so down on it at first. I mean, the uber-buzzy vibrations were more irritating than stimulating, and the flimsy clicky button that skipped functions or just didn’t work were a challenge to look past, as was the lack of variation in intensity, although props for the idea of having a dial control for that. Too bad it didn’t work. 

BUT, I loved the design, shape, and velvety finish on the plastic, so I tried very hard to overlook its shortcomings. I really wanted to like it.

Now, I look over my original review, and I see that I was way too kind. I actually gave this thing 3 stars? To be fair, the Silk Touch Egg Vibe was one of the first products I reviewed, so I hadn’t really experienced a lot of the better-quality vibes yet. Plus, back then I tended to emphasize the pros and gloss over the cons in my reviews. Still, there’s no way this bullet deserves that high of a rating.

By the time I added my follow-up review of it on EdenFantasys.com, I had grown to hate it, and I didn’t think it would ever be possible for me to hate a sex toy. I don’t think this toy ever gave me an orgasm, if so it was maybe during the first few times I used it, and it must have been an underwhelming climax if I can’t even remember whether I had it or not. Once I started reviewing more products and got my hands on better gear, I gave up even trying to like my Silk Touch Egg. It would frustrate me by its irritatingly buzzy vibrations that numbed my clit and made it impossible for me to get off.

I would visibly sneer at my Silk Touch Egg whenever I caught a glimpse of it in my toy drawer. I resented it for taking up space. It didn’t deserve to hang out with my LaysSpot and Hitachi, so I soon stashed it in the far corner of my junk drawer. And that’s where it has stayed, along with a few other toys I’ve retired because I got bored with them or found better replacements, so it’s not alone, but it’s definitely my least favorite vibe so far.

The kicker is, this thing retails for close to $30. Now, I know that’s not a lot for a sex toy, but for $30 (or less) there are much more worthy vibes out there. However, that’s just my opinion. If you look at other reviews for the Silk Touch Egg, you’ll see that quite a few people loved it, so I’ll insert the just-because-I-hate-it-doesn’t-mean-you-won’t-like-it caveat here. But I think it’s junk.

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.