Vendor: Bad Dragon
Some toy makers quickly establish a reputation that is almost iconic. This is the case with Bad Dragon. Founded in 2008 only within 8 years they have become one of the most esteemed makers of anal toys. What sets them apart from other manufacturers is that they take the inspiration for their shape from anthropomorphic fantasy creatures.
Their unique design and praise online lead to many questions regarding the toys. So I was very happy when Bad Dragon sent me the three dildos for a thorough test which I got the most questions about: Apollo the Chimera, David the Werewolf and Vergil the Drippy Dragon. Since my testee panel and I are more on the fistee side of the experience curve the first and the third toy are size XL while David the Werewolf is an L.
All Bad Dragon anal toys are made out of high quality Platinum silicone. The term platinum refers to the catalyst used to make the material. Platinum silicone can withstand acid and heat better than other catalysts like tin for example yet is soft enough to be cast into anal toys. Bad Dragon cast the toys in various firmnesses. To find out which firmness is right for you, you can order a sample set. Soft toys are good for not yet well trained asses or really large toys because the sphincter can deform the toy a bit to fit well; because of that Bad Dragon only makes their XL toys up to medium firmness. However the softer the material the less stability a toy has so especially with long toys there is a chance they will collapse with the soft material. Also keep in mind: The thicker a toy the harder it will feel. Since silicone is by default a softer material even the hard firmness is way softer than hard vinyl or even metal. Another material property of silicone is that compared to other materials you can more easily add color. Bad Dragon really takes advantage of this property and offers the widest range in colors and patterns in anal toys I know off!
Silicone toys are great if you use them with multiple partners. Even on a microscopic level it is super smooth so bacteria have a hard time to establish themselves. The smoothness and heat resistance also benefits cleaning because you can easily wash the toy with hot soapy water and spray it with a sanitizer afterwards. If you want to be really sure you can actually autoclave the toy.
When it comes to lube silicone is a bit special. ONLY use water- or oil-based lubes! The silicone oil in silicone or hybrid lubes will disintegrate the toy!
Currently Bad Dragon offers different 52 shapes all inspired by fantasy creatures. Most of the toys have a size range from small (close to the size of a normal dick) to XL (for the experienced fistee) so almost everybody can enjoy the shape matching his width experience level. One thing to keep in mind when choosing the size is the ration between maximum diameter and length. Unlike most other anal toys at Bad Dragon the maximum diameter in the lower third of the shaft. So even though you theoretically might be able to take the diameter if you are not trained for depth you might never reach it. So carefully asses your training level and maybe choose an intermediary toy for training.
Another thing to keep in mind when selecting the toys it the surface structure. Being anthropomorphic the shaft has more texture than other dildos. This can range from subtle veins (like on Vergil the Drippy Dragon) over thick ridges (like on David the Werewolf) to deep and complex patterns (like on Apollo the Chimera). The more texture there is the harder it will be to take the toy because there is more “stress” on the sphincter. But on the other side: The sphincter is one of the body areas with the most nerve endings so the more texture there is the more the nerves will get stimulated. And for some people there is also an erotic pleasure to be found struggling a bit against the sphincter with “squarerish” toy (just don’t struggle to hard otherwise serious injurious can result!).
You can customize most Bad Dragon toys with different features. The most useful feature I found is the split firmness between shaft and base when choosing another firmness but hard. The hard base gives the toy more stability especially when riding it. Silicone as a material is a bit sticky so on must dry smooth surfaces a hard base in strong enough to keep the toy in place. If you really want to get a go on your toy or play in wet areas (for example your shower) most toys can be equipped with a suction cup. Another interesting feature I know only from friends’ toys is the cumtube. Bad Dragon will cast a silicone tube in the middle of the new toy. Cumtube equipped toys come with a syringe which you can fill with their (or other manufacturers) water-based (!!!) cum lube that you can shoot out of the tube into your ass. This cumtube provoked a bit of controversy in my test panel. There were guys who loved the feeling of a liquid being splashed into their ass and went on to order actually order a Bad Dragon dildo with a cumtube. On the other hand there were guys like me who didn’t feel that much or weren’t too impressed by the sensation and were more thinking about the practical aspect because a cumtube will make cleaning the toy a bit more difficult.
Playing with the Toys
Out of the three this is probably the toy which comes closest to a “traditional” dildo. The long, steep glans-like tip is ideal for slowly opening up the sphincter. Once opened up the rather smooth and “simple” shaft does not irritate the sphincter too much when fucking the hole. The knot again gradually becomes bigger so with a little depth training taking the entire toy won’t be a challenge. Getting fucked with the entire length is an interesting sensation because it combines the friction sensation of a dildo on the shaft with the stretching sensation of a plug when you take the knot.
Theoretically the sensation is the same as with Vergil the Drippy Dragon. However this toy is more for the experienced play. The glans is a bit blunter and has a more complex shape so it is a little bit harder to take it. With the overall thicker ridges getting fucked with this dildo will be more stimulating (or challenging). Last but not least the ratio between the glans diameter and the knot is bigger so the knot is a bigger (and again probably more lustful) challenge.
Since this toy due to being XL is rather long and heavy most testees enjoyed this toy most in the middle of a fisting scene when their hole was already loose. Just lying back and relaxing proved best to take this big toy. Also navigating the length inside a hole was easier with a top in command who could use two hands. Of cause, if you have very well trained thighs and a greedy ass riding this toy is also possible and much fun.
The Apollo is unlike the other two toys. Due to the ratio of length and diameter and the fact that there is only a short “resting” section between the glans and the knot I would rather consider it a plug than a dildo. It is the most textured toy of the three which makes taking it a bit more difficult but you are rewarded with a great simulation of your sphincter. Especially the scale pattern on the outside of plug is awesome when riding it.
Speaking of riding it: The overall toy is convex shaped so it follows the way most colons bend which makes riding it easy. Of cause you need a trained hole to take such diameter yet the stretching sensation when taking the second bump is very hot. A friend actually coined the term “knotting the dragon” for it.