Bad Dragon’s Clayton, Elden & Pearce

From Left to Right: Bad Dragon’s Clayton, Elden and Pearce

Vendor: Bad Dragon

Material

All toys made by Bad Dragon but especially the anal toys are at the top range of the market.  The relatively large number of “Flop” toys on their Clearnace section on their website is testimony that only perfect examples of the hand-cast toys leave their factory in Phoenix, AZ. While a Flop is an inexpensive way to start out your journey into Bad Dragon or a ready made can scratch the rectal itch quickly (in high season, it usually takes 4 to 8 weeks for a toy to be made), I highly recommend to buy a individually customized toy because if you invest so much money into an anal toys, it should be 100% what you want.

There a ton of options out there. The most important choice when it comes to customizing a specific toy it the firmness. There are three degrees:  Soft, medium and firm, with XL toys not available in firm. Choosing the right firmness is weighing off different aspects: 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. However the softer the material the less stability a toy has so especially with long toys there is a chance they will collapse easily. The firmness also determines who the texture feels. Cast in soft silicone a ridge might easily flap away while in firm the sphincter might struggle to take it. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is, the larger the toy, the harder it will feel. In order to get an impression of the different firmness degrees, Bad Dragon sells a set of sample discs.

Detail of the Cooling-Lava Colored Base of Clayton and the Bumps Intensified Ridges

While the firmness can only be felt (or sometimes seen when a toy flips over), choosing a coloring is the most creative aspect when it comes to ordering a toy. The options are almost limitless, starting a patterns exclusive for the specific toy (called “Natural” and “Signature”) or temporary available patterns over fades and marbles to uni colors. Friends and I can spend hours discussing which color would look best on a certain toy. Due to being made out of platinum silicone, the colors will not fade or discolor.

The platinum in the term refers to the catalyst used for curing the silicone. For cheaper silicone tin is used which has all sorts of negative side effects while platinum as a noble metal is body safe and hypoallergenic. Cleaning is also easier because platinum silicone is able to withstand acid or heat. While in theory you can autoclave all Bad Dragon toys, putting them in the dish washer or throw them in hot water with dish soap also does the trick. In this case, the super smooth surface of platinum silicone makes the washing easy so they are the ideal toy to quickly clean between swapping the person taking them up the butt. For that reason toys made out of platinum silicone have replaced all my vinyl and rubber toys over the course of the last few years.

What now follows is a bit of a controversial topic. In theory, silicone toys must not be used with silicone or hybrid lubes. The silicone oil in these lubes disintegrates the silicone, making it floppy and the surface sticky. However, there are a lot of people who use high quality silicone lube on their platinum silicone toys and do not encounter any problems. My personal opinion is to err on the side of caution and not take any chances. Bad Dragon as a good reason why they only sell water-based lube. While platinum silicone is fine with any kind of water- and oil-based lube, my lube of choice for the silicone’s smooth surface are slicker, stickier lubes like Elbow Grease H2O Thick Gel or Vet Gel, especially Kerbel Gleitschleim (which is a very German think I assume).

Detail of the Elden’s Head with the Two Prongs for Easy Insertion

Shape

Today, Bad Dragon offers 66 different anal toys, each year introducing some new ones and phasing out others. Sometimes during special sales, they offer “Legacy Toys” which brings back already phased out toys. While in theory the toys are gender neutral, some are more designed with prostates or a clitoris in mind.

The basic size range of Bad Dragon is S to XL which covers the range from a small dick to (double) fisting. Some toys are also available in Mini or just a one-size toy. So do not fall in love with a design on the product overview page to quickly, you might be disappointed that your favorite dragon dick does not come in an interesting size – like my unhappy love affair with Kippy, Kage and Hunter.

Speaking of dragon dick: As the name “Bad Dragon” already implies, their toys are inspired by anthropomorphic creatures. They started out with just dragons but now feature demons, aliens, werewolves, unicorns, octopi or real animals like horses and dogs. Being inspired by (fantasy) animals most dildos feature a knot (a bulge at the bottom of the shaft). What (almost) all toys have in common is some degree of texturing which imitate veins and scales through bumps and ridges. These elements do not only increase the diameter but also make the toy harder to take. So always take the “deepness” of the texture into consideration when looking at the maximum diameter and pondering if you can take the toy. There is a strong interaction with the firmness and texture. The firmer the silicone, the more intense the texture will be felt. This does not necessarily mean that texture is felt more intense when the toy is in firm because the flapping/ giving in on a soft toy can be more stimulation than to chafe over an unforgiving form ridge. If these textures are too intimidating but you still want the quality and lush designs of Bad Dragon, they do offer tamer toys like a natural dildo called Archer or the Egg which is perfect for training a hole to open up.

Detail of the Veins and Ridges just above Pearce’s Base

When looking at the detailed size charts and choosing a larger size, it is important to keep in mind that the toys scale proportionally: The texturing gets deeper and thus more intense, the knot (most of the time the largest diameter of the shaft) moves down further. Since most anal enthusiasts can easily take larger diameter but are not well with taking big toys deeply, the knot might be out of reach due to being too low.

To some toys, two special features can be added. The first is the suction cup. If you can add it, get it! It makes playing and riding the toy much easier. As a material, silicone is somewhat sticky on its own (that’s the reason why no matter how thoroughly you clean it, there is ALWAYS dust on the toys!) but the strong cup which is integrated into the base design keeps the dildo in place (or sticking on the bathroom wall), even when riding it vigorously.

The second add-on is the cumtube which is a tube cast in the middle of the toy. It comes with a syringe you can fill with (cum-like) water-based lube and shoot it into your ass, simulating the feeling of the dragon’s dick cumming in you. Naturally, such a tube makes cleaning the toy more difficult. Also, in my testee panel the opinions on the cumtube’s effect are split. Some love it, some find it overrated. I would recommend ordering one of their Lil’Squirt toys to try out the effect for yourself before investing money into a bigger toy with a cumtube.

Detail of the Clayton’s Cone-Shaped Tip with three Ridges below

Playing with the Dildos

Clayton the Earth Dragon

Clayton is one of the few Bad Dragon dragons which do not have a knot. The shaft stands upright rising from a big, sturdy base. This uprightness and the gradual increase of diameter makes it a good toy to start exploring depth and preparing to take longer Bad Dragons – if you can take the heavy texture.

The glans is almost cone-shaped for easy insertion. Below it are three deep ridges which especially in soft firmness massage the sphincter and seduce it to open up. The middle third of the shaft has a chain of scales on all four sides with on the back coming from there the frenulum would be are the deepest, almost saw-like, on the left and right they are very subtle. Most of my testees only noticed them when Clayton was turned inside their hole, because the front and back scales are so intense. The last third starts out with two subtle raising, yet noticeable bulges on the topside. Some testees called them “knot” but I think that is an overstatement. The bottom until the base is textured with three deep ridges, their edges being even more texture with little bumps. The ridges do not go around the shaft but have gaps on the top- and underside. Because of this when riding the entire shaft, the mid-section scales are felt more prominently.

My Clayton is colored in its Signature color which is a perfect fit for the story behind the dildos: It looks like lava cooling coming from a bright yellow over rich orange with red highlights to a black-red base. Yellow and orange are usually not my favorite colors but this color quickly became one of my favorite ones!

 

Detail of Elden’s large Difference between the Big Knot and the Thin Neck

Elden the Faerie Dragon

Well… Elden… A toy I have been getting many reader questions about. And the product pictures got me quickly excited about this toy. But it sadly has one big flaw that caused me to re-order a second one in a different firmness, hoping it will fix the issue.

Elden starts out with two little prongs that makes targeting the sphincter easy. Below them is the first little thickening that sets the tone for the bulges running left and right of the shaft until the knot. While the underside it smooth, there is a string of deep bumps on the upside. This heavy texture makes it a good toy to be twisted and gently fucked for maximum anus stimulation. The lower third of the shaft is the massive knot that has four tiny bumps on the sides two thin and deep strains on the upside. The knot flows into a really thin neck which ends in a large base that is heavily textured with bumps and ridges.

Theoretically, Elden has all what I love in a toy: Deep texture for stimulation and a large knot with a tiny base for maximum stretch sensation. BUT: The body of the toy is so heavy, that when being mounted onto the floor using the big suction cup, it collapses completely, making it almost impossible to ride. When fucking someone, one hand needs to hold the base, the other needs to hold and press the knot against the hole. My Elden is soft and I have already ordered one in Medium. Once I have tried that out, I will update this review. But I have also talked to the guys at Bad Dragon if they can make a split firmness with a firm base and neck (ideally additionally extending into the knot) and a body in the firmness of your choice.

4th Kind is the color of my Elden. It looks a bit subtle in the pictures but as soon it starts to glow in the dark or under UV light, the blue highlights really makes this toy pop out.

Detail of Pearce’s Prince Albert Piercing

Pearce the Orc

For years, I misspelled Pearce as Pierce (even the kink world holds challenges for a dyslexic person) because the homophony describes the prominent feature of this dildo: The sculptured PA piercing at the glans. Otherwise Pearce is a fairly standard realistic dildo. From the first look, the evenly shaped glans with the foreskin pulled back (making it one of the few uncut ones from Bad Dragon) should make for an easy insertion. But the large Prince Albert Screw in Ball piercing with a large ball is something an inexperienced hole need to train to take. The experienced ones enjoy the way the big ball massages the prostate when riding the dick. Below the glans there are subtle ridges of the pulled back foreskin. While the shaft might look smooth and dull, the massive increase in diameter causes the anus the swallow the toy once you passed the largest point creating an unexpected feeling of fullness and massive stretch of the hole. Just above the realistically sculptured ball base there are a few subtle ridges and veins but to be honest, you do not feel much of them because you are so focused on the stretch and fullness.

Colorwise I followed Bad Dragon’s inspiration and went for Pearce’s Signature which is a gorgeous woodland camouflage.

Bad Dragon Wereables

Bad Dragon Wereable Magnus & Flint

Vendor: Bad Dragon

For many perverts transformation into an anthropomorphic being is a major kink. Part of coming close to their being of choice or calling is putting on gear which in a sexual content should include the dick. For that reason I have been asked a lot of times for an educated opinion on the Bad Dragon Wereables. So I got my hand on their Flint and Magnus to tell you all about it.

Construction

The construction of the two models I have tested extensively follows the design of most cock sheaths: The main body is a long sheath for covering the dick’s shaft onto which at the end a loop is molded to put around the balls for keeping the sheath in place(more on that later). The inside of the sheath is textured to massage the top’s dick while fucking, on Flint with thicker grooves while Magnus has finer ones. Unlike other cock sheaths the wall thickness is not even around the dick. Since the outside texture follows the design of some of the most iconic Bad Dragon dildos, it is sometimes thicker like on the deep ridges on Flint’s bottom or Magnus’ knot. The wereables are made out of soft silicone. So even Flint’s ridges or Magnus’ prominent veins will certainly add tantalizing sensations but will not be a difficult struggle. Due to the stretchiness, putting the sheath on is also easy, because it stretches well, even over girthier dicks. While the sheaths are made out of the same silicone as their other toys, the color choice is limited to solid colors.

Detail of the Veins on Magnus‘ Sheath

Depending in the model the wereables are one size only or come up to three sizes. I recommend getting a size with a slightly smaller internal diameter than the diameter of your dick’s shaft for a snug fit. If you choose one of the wereables with a closed tip, make sure not to buy a too short one! I had a chance to fuck with a medium David which was too short and it was an unpleasant and unpractical experience.

Flint put on a Dildo

Playing with the Wereables

Most of my testees – both top and bottom – enjoyed playing with the wereables. The extravagant colors and sophisticated textures add an enticing visual to the play and new sensations to fucking. It takes a few rounds to figure out which texture works best in which position. Flint was more appreciated in doggy style because the ridges massage the prostate while Magnus won favors in sledgehammer fucking with the bottom on the back resp. in the sling because it really gave the knot a pop feeling. Some of my testees used the wereables without a bottom and enjoyed the sheath as small and handy travel masturbators. Especially the deeper grooves of Flint are great for that and the soft material lets you control the pressure easily.

To put the wereable on, lube up the dick, pull them over the shaft and put the scrotal loop around the balls. I recommend lubing up the sheath afterwards after it has been put in place. Otherwise adjusting the fit becomes difficult.

Detail of the Grooves inside Magnus‘ Sheath

As good as the soft silicone feels and allows the movement of the bottom’s sphincter to be felt by the top, it is also the drop of bitter with this toy. The loop around the balls is too soft and stretches too much. On a well lubed up shaft it moves a fair bit. On the one hand, this is good, because the groves inside the sheath massage the top’s dick. On the other hand especially when the bottom’s hole is just open enough to let the toy covered dick in, it stays inside, sliding along the dick, until the pull gets too much and pops out. With guys who don’t have low-hangers, Flint’s wide loop came off during heavy pounding. Also, Flint’s tip is so thin, it sometimes folds down when entering a hole. So I would recommend the wereables for loose holes and not to for something to start out the fucking with.

Of course, the wereables are not only made for dicks! They are a good way to spice up dildos which have become uninteresting. Naturally, for a securish fit, dildos with balls are better than just shafts. If the dildo has nothing to put the scrotal loop around, the sheath must be hold in place by hand otherwise it might disappear inside the bottom’s ass.

Detail of Flint’s Scrotum Loop with the Bad Dragon Logo Stamped on the Right Side

Being made out of platinum silicone, cleaning is easy: They can be autoclaved, put into hot water with dish soap or vinegar cleaner, rinsed off, dried and sanitized. But since they are silicone toys, it means they should not be used with silicone lube. Since they are so textured, I recommend a slicker lube like Elbow Grease H2O Thick Gel which stays in place.

Where to buy?

Like all Bad Dragon toys, they are exclusively sold and made to order at the Bad Dragon website. Depending on the size they cost between $60 and $80 with no surcharge for a different color.

Bad Dragon’s Trucker, Sleipnir & Egg

From Left to Right Bad Dragon’s Sleipnir, Egg and Tucker

Vendor: Bad Dragon

I intended to post this review weeks ago, before ToyTorture.com went on Spring Break. But the move to a new server took longer than anticipated. So here it is: The first review on the new server is also the final review of the Anal Toy Special which is about a manufacturer who according to quality and quantity of reader questions you apparently can’t get enough from: Bad Dragon.

Material

Bad Dragon toys clearly fall in the category of premium anal toys. This is largely due to how and what out of they are made. While they have some inventory in stock, there are no off the rack toys but each and every toy is individually made by hand in Phoenix, AZ. While the clearance section is a good way to get an inspiration what is possible, I usually recommend to configure a Bad Dragon. If you invest in such a high price toy, it should be really yours.

The Bad Dragon Logo Cast into the Egg’s Base

Speaking of configuration possibilities, you can choose between three degrees of firmness: Soft, medium and firm. XL toys are not available in firm and for toys which do not have to stand up like an insertable there is also the super-soft option. Choosing the right firmness is weighing off different aspects: 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. However the softer the material the less stability a toy has so especially with long toys there is a chance they will collapse easily. The firmness also determines who the texture feels. Cast in soft silicone a ridge might easily flap away while in firm the sphincter might struggle to take it. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is, the larger the toy, the harder it will feel. In order to get an impression of the different firmness degrees, Bad Dragon sells a set of sample discs.

Bad Dragon Sleipnir

Another important element of configuring an individual Bad Dragon toy is the coloring. There are literally countless option from basic and subtle uni colors over extravagant fades and marbling to unique designs which are either designed and available only for a specific toy or available for a limited time. The colors will not fade or discolor over time which is due to the material being used.

All Bad Dragon toys are made out of platinum silicone which in the last few years replaced vinyl as my favorite anal toy material for several reasons. The platinum in the term refers to the catalyst used for curing the silicone. For cheaper silicone tin is used which has all sorts of negative side effects while platinum as a noble metal is body safe and hypoallergenic. Cleaning is also easier because platinum silicone being able to withstand acid or heat. While in theory you can autoclave all Bad Dragon toys, putting them in the dish washer or throw them in hot water with dish soap also does the trick. In this case, the super smooth surface of platinum silicone makes the washing easy so they are the ideal toy to quickly clean between swapping the person taking them up the butt.

Bad Dragon’s Egg

While platinum silicone can withstand a lot, do not use silicone or hybrid lubes on them! The silicone oil in them will disintegrate the silicone and ultimately the toy.  I often get messages from people who have been using their silicone toys with silicone lube and did not have any problems. But I get as many messages of desperate people who’s toys got sticky and floppy. So I recommend to be better safe than sorry. Platinum silicone is fine with any kind of water- and oil-based lube. My lube of choice for the silicone’s smooth surface are slicker, stickier lubes like Elbow Grease H2O Thick Gel or Vet Gel, especially Kerbel Gleitschleim (which is a very German thing I assume).

Shape

At the moment Bad Dragon offers 65 different anal toys, each year introducing some new ones and phasing out others. While in theory the toys are gender neutral, some are more designed with prostates or a clitoris in mind. One day I might write a buying guide to Bad Dragons to elaborate this further.

The basic size range of Bad Dragon is S to XL which covers the range from a small dick to (double) fisting. Some toys are also available in Mini or just a one-size toy. So do not fall in love with a design on the product overview page to quickly, you might be disappointed that your favorite dragon dick does not come in an interesting size.

Bad Dragon’s Tucker

Speaking of dragon dick: As the name “Bad Dragon” already implies, their toys are inspired by anthropomorphic creatures. They started out with just dragons but now feature demons, aliens, werewolves, unicorns, octopi or real animals like horses and dogs. Being inspired by (fantasy) animals most dildos feature a knot (a bulge at the bottom of the shaft). What (almost) all toys have in common is some degree of texturing which imitate veins and scales through bumps and ridges. These elements do not only increase the diameter but also make the toy harder to take. So always take the “deepness” of the texture into consideration when looking at the maximum diameter and pondering if you can take the toy. There is a strong interaction with the firmness and texture. The firmer the silicone, the more intense the texture will be felt. This does not necessarily mean that texture is felt more intense when the toy is in firm because the flapping/ giving in on a soft toy can be more stimulation than to chafe over an unforgiving form ridge. As Bad Dragon ventured more into “mainstream” they introduced tamer toys like the Egg (see below) a Unicorn’s horn.

Detail of Sleipnir’s Ridges

When looking at the detailed size charts and choosing a larger size, it is important to keep in mind that the toys scale proportionally: The texturing gets deeper and thus more intense, the knot (most of the time the largest diameter of the shaft) moves down further. Since most anal enthusiasts can easily take larger diameter but are not well with taking big toys deeply, the knot might be out of reach due to being too low.

To some toys, two special features can be added. The first is the suction cup. If you can add it, get it! It makes playing and riding the toy much easier. As a material, silicone is somewhat sticky on its own (that’s the reason why no matter how thoroughly you clean it, there is ALWAYS dust on the toys!) but the strong cup which is integrated into the base design keeps the dildo in place (or sticking on the bathroom wall), even when riding it vigorously.

The second add-on is the cumtube which is a tube cast in the middle of the toy. It comes with a syringe you can fill with (cum-like) water-based lube and shoot it into your ass, simulating the feeling of the dragon’s dick cumming in you. Naturally, such a tube makes cleaning the toy more difficult. Also, in my testee panel the opinions on the cumtube’s effect are split. Some love it, some find it overrated. I would recommend ordering one of their Lil’Squirt toys to try out the effect for yourself before investing money into a bigger toy with a cumtube.

Detail of the Egg’s Suction Cup

Playing with the Dildos

Egg Plug

The Egg Plug is an unspectacular plug by Bad Dragon standards: The body has roughly the oval shape of an egg and the neck and base is modeled after a golden egg cup. No ridges, no bumps, no frills at all but a thing ornament line where the “egg” meets the cup and at the top rim of the base.

While this might sound dull and actually uncreative – especially keeping in mind that there are already other manufacturer who make high quality egg shaped plugs. However, this product is the answer to many reader questions: It is the combination of a gentle ass-opening toy with the colorfulness of Bad Dragon. The smooth and round shape are perfect to pre-stretch the hole to take larger and/ or more textured toys. Especially in combination with the suction cup (which my egg has), it is ideal for riding, training the sphincter to open up. So it is a good toy for working up to a fist. Unlike its main competitor with which this toy shares a name, the Bad Dragon Egg Plug is an action toy. The large base and relatively large neck diameter compared to the maximum stretch make it difficult to wear over extended periods of time.

My Egg Plug is in the Signature color which a little custom twist: The cyan glows in the dark, making it almost a desk decoration item.

Detail of Tucker’s Glans

Tucker the Equinine

Tucker is the combination of the best of two world: A horse dick for depth and a knot for width.

Almost like the small brother of Chance Unflared Tucker starts out with a roughly dome-shaped glans which has a rim with small bumps. The glans flows quiet steeply into the shaft. The shaft is lightly textured with veins and increases slowly in diameter until at the end, there is a dog-inspired thick knot.

Especially in XL (and depending on your anatomy also in L), this design makes Tucker one of the most interesting toys in terms of “stretch” sensation: When the knot pops in, the “dull” glans also penetrates the second sphincter, causing stimulation both deep inside the body and on the anus simultaneously. Besides that, Tucker is also a good “training” toy for Chance. Being shorter and thus easier to control (to which the thick base and knot also adds), just riding the shaft until the knot, helps getting used to how to handle a horse’s glans and dick.

I chose 2nd Kind with a blue base as the color of my Tucker because I like the glow in the dark effect of it.

Sleipnir

Detail of Sleipnir’s Textured Glans with a Thick Rim to Massage the Prostate when riding it

Another horse dick but completely different than Tucker! The dildo starts out with a large and dull glans. Unlike the Chance’s and Tucker’s glans it is textured with ridges which is a good preparation for the thick ridge which runs around it and which provides a steep drop to the shaft. The shaft gradually increases in diameter. The first half of the shaft is textured by three gentle scales on both sides while from the “frenulum” down a line of in size increasing bumps runs. The lower half of the shaft features a mixture of deep ridges with shallow grooves between them.

Sleipnir is heavily curved “upwards” (if it was attached to a horse) so I highly recommend getting the suction cup. Otherwise it will even more easily flip over. The curvature is a useful element because it helps the toy to go really deep in doggy while the line or small ridges stimulate the prostate. Though you do not need to go that deep. Just riding the head is enough to start with since the thick ridge around the rim is great for a prostate massage.

Colorwise I followed Bad Dragon’s inspiration and went for Sleipnir’s Signature.

ToyTorture’s Stocking Stuffer V – Shockspot 12’’ Plus from Sexmachines.co.uk

When I am a top, I am a bit of lazy top – except when it comes to spanking. But otherwise, I like to fetter a sub tightly and leave him a sub at a machine’s mercy, tormenting with painstaking precision and no escape. That’s why I love my Venus 2000 in combination with the E-Stim Systems 2b audio setting to create a vicious feedback loop. As much as I like the bi-polar plugs to “entertain” (some say torture) the sub’s rectum, I sometimes wish for a more… physical stimulation. There a fuck machine comes into play.

Not any fuck machine but the Shockspot 12’’. Unlike most other fuck machines which are propelled by an eccentric action motor the Shockspot uses a linear motor. The main difference is that a linear motor keeps the same speed and force over the entire stroke length so the is not lag in thrust once your selected a setting. Also, since the thrust of a rotation motor is limited by the diameter of the flywheel it rarely goes deeper than 20cm, 15cm being the standard for the inexpensive machines. That is ok for some people but if you want to get punch fisted by a plug or want to experience the knot of a large anthropomorphic dildo, it is simply too short! Because of that I would choose the 12’’ over the 8’’ Shockspot. Minor yet important advantages of a liner motor are the almost limitless adjustability of the thrust angle and that the machines are compact and stores away easily. Shockspot even offers a custom carrying case if you want to travel with your fucking machine (that is something I sometimes considered building for my Venus 2000…).

While the “naked” Shockspot is a good machine, the Plus package from Sexmachines.co.uk turns it into a good-ToyTorture-ready machine. The standard adaptor to attach toys to it is a vac-u-loc adaptor. This works for my Mr Hankey Toys but for none of my Bad Dragons or Squarepegs plugs (remember the punch fisting…) so I would need the universal dildo holder. The main control interface of the Shockspot is a PC where you can control the machine, select pre-written programs or write new ones.  Especially in messier scenes involving loads of lube, a laptop in the playroom is a bit cumbersome. The Plus package also includes a physical control unit with rotary knobs to regulate all four variables influencing the thrust. So even lubey fingers should not be a problem. The Plus package also includes a Flashlight adapter but I guess for milking I stick to my Venus 2000 or my Doxy.

The big wormwood is the price: At £2,400 it is probably one of the most expensive pieces of gear a kinkster will ever buy. But friends of mine from the USA have had their Shockspot for years and they rate it not really good but satisfying and reliable so I am sure it will bring joy to the owner for years to come.

ToyTorture’s Stocking Stuffer I – Vector Heavy Padded Bondage Sleeves

ToyTorture’s Stocking Stuffer II – The London Tanners Riding Crop & DD Strap

ToyTorture’s Stocking Stuffer III – Doxy No 3 & Nexus Doxy Attachments

ToyTorture’s Stocking Stuffer IV – Squarepegs Double Fist Plug

Bad Dragon’s Fenrir, Crackers & Nocturne

From left to Right: Nocturne, Fenrir and Crackers

Vendor: Bad Dragon

Bad Dragon toys are somewhat of a phenomenon on this website. This is the forth review I am writing on their dildos (having also written about their masturbators and small sized lube applicators this year). But still, every week I get several questions about different toys I have not reviewed yet and if and when I will write about them. Initially I wanted to wait for fall to write this review to get at least a few months between the last and this review but some of you are really thirsty for a new review so I thought it would be a great toy to review before my summer break.

Detail of Cracker’s the Heavily Textured Glans and Shaft

Before I dive into the review, a big “Thank you!” to Bad Dragon who continuously support my blog and make these reviews possible!

Material

The most often question I get asked when it comes to Bad Dragon toys is: “Why are they relatively expensive compared to other toys?” Besides each being handmade, the material they use is Platinum Silicone which in my opinion is the best material for anal toys. Platinum is the catalyst used to make the silicone. Being a noble metal is it hypoallergenic and doesn’t cause adverse effect inside the body like tin which is used as a catalyst for cheap silicone. Besides being body-safe, platinum silicone can withstand acid and heat. In addition to the super-smooth surface which makes it hard to bacteria to linger, Bad Dragon toys can be cleaned easily and quickly: Either put them in hot water with an acid cleaner or even auto-clave them. Being sanitized so easily, these toys are ideal when playing with multiple partners in a safe way.

Detailf of Cracker’s and Nocturne’s Horns on the Base

Despite platinum silicone being a very resilient material, it must not been exposed to silicone lube! The silicone oil inside it will disintegrated the toy. The same basically applies to hybrid lubes. I write this warning in every review and thus have been contacted multiple times by people who have been using lubes containing silicone oil for years with their Bad Dragon toys and nothing happened. I still would err on the side of caution and use only water- or oil-based lubes. Since the surface is so smooth, I recommend using sticky water-based lube like Elbow Grease H2O Thick Gel.

The Platinum Silicone for anal toys comes in three firmness degrees: Soft, Medium and Firm,  XL toys are not being available in firm and due to collapsing too easily the Super Soft option is only available for masturbators and packers. Choosing the right firmness is weighing off different aspects: 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. However the softer the material the less stability a toy has so especially with long toys there is a chance they will collapse easily. The firmness also determines who the texture feels. Cast in soft silicone a ridge might easily flap away while in firm the sphincter might struggle to take it. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is, the larger the toy, the harder it will feel. In order to get an impression of the different firmness degrees, Bad Dragon sells a set of sample discs.

Fenrir’s Texture in Comparison to the Short Shaft and Large Knot

Shape

Currently Bad Dragon offers 65 different dildos and plugs. Almost all of them come in four sizes from small (like a small dick) to XL (single or double fist); some also are available in Mini. The designs are inspired by anthropomorphic beings like Dragons, Werewolves and Gryphons and some real ones like horses and dogs. Like most animal dicks they feature a knot just above the base which when ridden almost feels like getting punch-fisted. The shafts usually are heavily textured with bumps and ridges imitating veins and scales. This texture not only increases the diameter but also makes it harder to take the toys while on the plus-side stimulating the sensible nerve endings inside the sphincter. Keep this in mind when choosing the firmness!

Nocturne’s Unique Design with a Large Glans and Two Knots without a Shaft

When looking at the detailed size charts and choosing a larger size, it is important to keep in mind that the toys scale proportionally: The texturing gets deeper and thus more intense, the knot (most of the time the largest diameter of the shaft) moves down further. Since most anal enthusiasts can easily take larger diameter but are not well with taking big toys deeply, the knot might be out of reach due to being too low.

To some toys, two special features can be added. The first is the suction cup. If you can add it, get it! It makes playing and riding the toy much easier. As a material, silicone is somewhat sticky on its own (that’s the reason why no matter how thoroughly you clean it, there is ALWAYS dust on the toys!) but the strong cup which is integrated into the base design keeps the dildo in place (or sticking on the bathroom wall), even when riding it vigorously.

The second add-on is the cumtube which is a tube cast in the middle of the toy. It comes with a syringe you can fill with (cum-like) water-based lube and shoot it into your ass, simulating the feeling of the dragon’s dick cumming in you. Naturally, such a tube makes cleaning the toy more difficult. Also, in my testee panel the opinions on the cumtube’s effect are split. Some love it, some find it overrated. I would recommend ordering one of their Lil’Squirt toys to try out the effect for yourself before investing money into a bigger toy with a cumtube.

Fenrir the Wolf Dragon

Playing with the Dildos

Fenrir the Wolf Dragon

Fenrir open up the sphincter gently with a small, tapered glans. But just below it the shaft gets heavily textured with three deep ridges on both sides and string of bumps on the back. Behind this short shaft two massive spheres textured with veins form a massive knot. Between the knot and the base there is another shaft which is smaller than the one above the knot and relatively long. This makes keeping Fenrir in somewhat comfortable which the thick knot teases the prostate. Fenrir has quickly become one of my favorite toys due to the shaft being relatively short. So even if you are not depth-trained, you can experience the feeling of getting fucked by a knot. I played with Fenrir in both available firmness degrees: My friend’s is soft, mine is medium. When you have a small or tight colon, I recommend getting it in soft. The shaft above the knot bends more easily allowing it to “curl” up when the knot penetrates the sphincter.

My Fenrir is colored in Fenrir’s Signature, a fade from yellow to a dark bronze tone with golden sparkles.

Nocturne the Enderfang

Nocturne the Enderfang

The tip of Nocturne is a long, gently tapered glans which narrows a bit just to widen again for a slightly larger knot which again narrows and widens to a considerably larger knot. The shaft is not heavily textured. Between the knots there are some very soft ridges and on the backside of the middle-knot there are two strings of very subtle bumps. Though it is heavily curved which makes navigating it inside the depth of the colon more easily. Both these properties makes it good to start exploring depth play because the smoothness makes passing the second sphincter easy.

On the base facing away from the shaft there are three horns. Depending on your colon and thus in which way Nocturne gets inserted, the can stimulate the perineum when riding it. I have been told by a female reader that they are also great for stimulating the clitoris.

My Nocturne is colored in Pearce’s Natural and made in medium firmness. I had the opportunity to try a friend’s soft Nocturne and did not really like it. Being a novice to depth play, the additional firmness supports the light (!) force when going deep where a soft would curl up. Though once more experienced and going for a more vigorous deep fucking, the soft firmness is great to enjoy the alternating stretch of the three knots without causing injuries.

 

Crackers the Cockatrice

Crackers the Cockatrice

If you are into rough, tough loving, Crackers is the right toy for you! I do not say it often, but it presented a challenge to me, I have not yet mastered. The glans is massive with a relatively dull tip. It is textured with three ridges, each one increasing in depth and the lower two being textured with bumps. Below the glans there is a small, narrow “resting point” until the shaft quickly grows to a massive diameter and then tapers towards the base. The back of the shaft is textured with light ridges but the sides and the front feature bumps which raise higher the lower your get. The base is highly rugged but below the glans it features highly risen horns which depending how you take the toy, will stimulate your perineum.

Despite the soft firmness, due to the size and the texture Crackers is the most intense Bad Dragon toy I own. Due to not having a knob but just having a massive shaft, taking Crackers completely simply leaves you with a feeling of your ass being really stuffed.

Seadragon Lil’Squirt

Toy Properties

Form: Dildo
Material: Platinum Silicone.
Colors: 66 different ones possible
Firmness: Soft; does not collapse when standing up.
Lube: Water, Oil
Cleaning: Soaking in hot water with dish-soap than use sanitizer. If the cum tube has been used, full and empty the system two to three times with warm soap water to clean out lube residue.
Safer Sex: Clean and sanitize it thoroughly
Storage: Store in a well-ventilated place not touching other toys to prevent damage.

Vendor: Bad Dragon

Construction

Like all Bad Dragon toys, the Lil’Squirt’s design was inspired by the genitals of an anthropomorphic animal, in this case a seadragon. This leads to a stimulating texture covering the surface of the toy. The smooth glans is nicely tapered for easy insertion. Just below the rim are some gentle ridges which flow into three thick skeins. Just above the thick knot there are three deep ridges. At the bottom of the toy there is a prepuce shaped base.

The Bad Dragon Seadragon Lil’Squirt in Midnight Sky

The useable length of this dildo is just short of 90mm and the largest diameter is the knot with 31.5mm. The base at the bottom measures 42x50mm to prevent the dildo of accidently being sucked into the ass. At the tip of the glans there is a “piss” hole which connects to a hose at the bottom of the toy. The clear, flexible hose is 84cm long. Attached to it is a syringe with 60ml capacity.

Detail of the Seadragon’s Texture

Like the name implies: This toy is little compared to other Bad Dragon toys. If you like the shape but want to step up your game, take a look at their Spritz dildo which has the same design but comes in sizes from beginner friendly to ass busting. Like most Bad Dragon toys Spritz can also be outfitted with a cum tube, turning it into a Giant Squirt I guess.

Playing with the Seadragon Lil’Squirt

As an anal toy on its own, all Bad Dragon Lil’Squirts are for the real novice who wants to train his ass to take a dick; even the Mini size on other models is considerably larger than the Seadragon’s which is the largest of the Lil’Squirts. With the small size and soft material firmness they are ideal for people who cramp easily and need to start out with something small and comfortable to accustom their sphincter of being penetrated. Despite the size the texture stimulates the delicate nerve endings inside the sphincter almost like the Lil’Squirt’s big brothers.

Size Comparison: Seadragon Lil’Squirt lying on an XL Crackers

For the rectal experienced player, the Lil’Squirt works great as a lube applicator or enema toy. Simply fill the syringe with your favorite water-based lube (silicone lube will disintegrate the hose and the toy!), push the air out of the tube until the lube oozes out of the tip of the glans and push the Lil’Squirt in. Depending on the force of the piston being pushed down, the feeling of lube entering the body is somewhere between a gentle flooding and having a hard shooter orgasm long and forcefully inside the ass. The injection mechanism is sealed enough even for liquids with low viscosity like piss or water. Especially for this kind of play, the syringe can be replaced with a larger capacity one.

Cum Lube oozing out of the Cum Tube

Finally, with a price tag of just $35, the Lil’Squirt is an inexpensive way to try out if the feeling of a cum tube is pleasurable before investing in a big toy with that feature.

Where to buy?

All Bad Dragon toys are sold exclusively through the manufacturer. All Lil’Squirts cost $35, regardless of the model and the color.

Blaze, Flint & Chance – A Pack of Bad Dragons

The Three Bad Dragon Dildos reviewed this Time: Flint, Blaze and Chance

Vendor: Bad Dragon

This is the third test of Bad Dragon toys I am writing. And it seems: The more I write about these toys, the more questions I get about specific toys. Luckily, through their unique design, testing and writing about these toys is always interesting. So, if you have read the previous reviews, you can quickly skip to “Playing with the Dildos”. If you are new to Bad Dragon or even ToyTorture.com: Welcome to this pervy little place. Let me tell you something more about these extravagant anal toys…

Material

Bad Dragon prides itself in producing some of the best anal toys out there which starts out with using quality materials. Bad Dragon only uses platinum silicone. This kind of silicone is similar to what sometimes is referred to as “medical silicone” online. While it is medial grade, medical silicone is too firm to make anal toys out of it. The “platinum” refers to the catalyst being used for making silicone. Platinum silicone can withstand acid and heat better than other catalysts like tin for example which can have adverse effects on the body. Being so robust, platinum silicone toys are easy to clean: You can put them in hot water, rub them down with mild acid or autoclave them.  Additionally the surface is super-smooth which makes it hard for bacteria to linger and grow. So these toys are ideal when playing with different partners because they are easy to clean thoroughly.

Detail of the Scales texturing Flint’s Shaft

However, one thing silicone toys do not forgive is the use of silicone or hybrid lube. The silicone will disintegrate the toy, first making it sticky, then gooey. Only use water- or oil-based lube with these toys!

All Bad Dragon anal toys can be made in three different degrees of firmness: Soft, Medium and Firm while firm is not available on XL toys. 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. 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. In any case, silicone will always be softer than vinyl, rubber or metal. To help find the right firmness, Bad Dragon offers a set of discs in all degrees of firmness.

One advantage of silicone is that you can easily color and that it is hard to discolor. Bad Dragon offer 56 basic colors for all toys plus special ones for specific plus special effects like florescence or glitter plus patterns. Maybe one day when I am bored I will calculate the number of colors and patterns possible. To a certain degree, there is an interdependency of firmness and color pattern: Soft toys can’t fade from one color to another. The silicone is too viscous and would flow into each other instead of producing a nice fade.

Blaze’s almost smooth Glans, Shaft and Knot

Shape

At the date of the publishing of this review, Bad Dragon offer 62 butt plugs and dildos – not including little lube applicators, vibrators and packers. For most toys the size ranges from small (like a smaller dick) to XL (depending on the toy real of a single or even double fisting).

While most people when shopping for toys only look at the diameter, at Bad Dragon toys the depth and thus the position of the maximum diameter are important. Most fistees are more trained to take width rather than depth. So it can be a bit disappointing when the enticing, big knot is way below the level one can take depth-wise.

The name “Bad Dragon” shows the company’s affiliation with the furry scene. All the dildos are inspired by anthropomorphic fantasy creatures like dragons or werewolves and some real ones like dogs and horses. This design inspiration reflects in the toy design. Most toys are heavily textured with veins or scales running the shaft and ridges or bumps subtly increasing the diameter. The texture stimulates the many nerve endings inside the sphincter. But the more texture, the harder to toy will be to take. So I highly recommend taking the degree of texturing into consideration when choosing the size and firmness.

Detail of Chance’s Glans

To some toys, two special features can be added. The first is the suction cup. If you can add it, get it! It makes playing and riding the toy much easier. As a material, silicone is somewhat sticky on its own (that’s the reason why no matter how thoroughly you clean it, there is ALWAYS dust on the toys!) but the strong cup which is integrated into the base design keeps the dildo in place (or sticking on the bathroom wall), even when riding it vigorously.

The second add-on is the cumtube which is a tube cast in the middle of the toy. It comes with a syringe you can fill with (cum-like) water-based lube and shoot it into your ass, simulating the feeling of the dragon’s dick cumming in you. Naturally, such a tube makes cleaning the toy more difficult. Also, in my testee panel the opinions on the cumtube’s effect are split. Some love it, some find it overrated. I would recommend ordering one of their Lil’Squirt toys (I will be reviewing their Seadragon Lil’Squirt in May) to try out the effect for yourself before investing money into a bigger toy with a cumtube.

Flint and Blaze Glowing after having been Exposed to UV Light

Playing with the Dildos

Blaze the Fire Drake

Blaze’s shape is almost like a traditional, anatomically correct dildo. It starts out with a big, fat glans below which are some gentle ripples and then grows into a big, fat knot which is textured by really subtle veins. It tappers again above the base so you can comfortably rest on it, enjoying the filling feeling of the big knot. Blaze is one of the few toys which comes in five sizes: From Mini to XL. This adds to him being a good beginner’s toy with a maximum diameter 4.25cm and usable length of approx. 10cm. My Blaze is made in Blaze’s Signature color which fluoresces blue. Especially in play setting with UV lighting or a dark room after having been “charged” with black light, this effect adds a nice visual aspect to the scene.

The Anatomic Glans of Flint and the Bumps and Ripples on his Shaft

Flint the Uncut Studded Dragon

Flint is quite the opposite of Blaze. The tip starts out with the glans lurking under a ring of foreskin which makes the tip rather dull. Starting from the frenulum around the glans are seven bumps on both sides which run down the upper side of the heavily curved shaft, flanking subtle ripples. The shaft’s lower part which is arching out is textured with deep, scale-like ridges. While the shaft’s diameter increases towards the middle and gets thinner again, this toy does not have a knot but the texturing goes down all the way to the base which is shaped like two massive balls. The color on this Flint is a bit like the one on the Blaze. It is called “The 5th Kind” and fluoresces green under UV light.

Chance the Unflared Stalion

To review Chance was a request by many readers. While most other Bad Dragons focus on the stretch of the knot and the stimulation of the texturing, this is explicitly made for depth play. The glans is a slightly dulled dome with small ripples around the rim. It tappers slightly at the shaft which except some veins and a bump in the middle is completely smooth. This lack of stimulation equals lack of irritation so Chances travels somewhat smoothly through the colon. The shaft ends in a massive base shaped like two testicles which ensure a secure stand despite not being offered with a suction cup.

Detail of the Bump and Veins halfway down the Shaft of Chance

There is also a “Flared” version of Chance out there. Flared is the state when a horse’s glans increases in size and diameter when climaxing. The wide, flat glans makes the tip extremely dull and this is only a toy for ass pigs with a really loose hole and lots of width training in the deep.

Choosing the texture for Chance is more important and more difficult than on other toys. It is available in all three firmnesses. If your colon is not extremely well trained for depth play in a way that you can stick your fist in and just keep going, do not choose firm! The toy will be too stiff to go around the bends of the colon. While soft is of course predestinated for that, through the “wobbliness” the toy is hard to control. So my personal recommendation (and the one of all my friends who own a Chance) is getting it in medium.

This Chance’s color is a “simple” fade from two blue colors called “Midnight Aquatic”.

Bad Dragon Egg Plug

An Easter Basket full of Bad Dragon Egg Plugs

ToyTorture.com is more then you see on this website. Besides answering reader questions which toy might be right for them I am giving manufacturers feedback on their products way beyond the constructive criticism in the reviews. So when Bad Dragon introduced their Egg Plug in 2017 I was thrilled on one hand. Through their signature heavy texturing on their other toys, they can be hard to take even if you are able to take the diameter on a smooth toy. Despite some smoother toys like the Blaze (which I will review next week), Bad Dragon was always lacking a training toy for stretching the sphincter gently to take bigger toys. This gap filled the Egg Plug.

The Bad Dragon Egg Plug in „Signature“ Color featuring the almost decadent golden colored Base

On the other hand, I was a bit disappointed. Being only available in Small (63.5mm diameter) and Medium (75mm diameter) the largest possible size was almost modest compared to the diameter of their bigger toys. And on the other side of the spectrum, the small already had a hefty size for a beginner. But this Friday, just in time for the Easter Holidays around the corner, they introduced three new sizes: Mini (4.7mm diameter), Large (96,5mm diameter) and Extra Large (106.6mm diameter). While the Mini has the perfect size for eager anal amateurs, the gap between the Medium and the Large is significant. So while in my conversations about the Egg Plug I always told the guys at Bad Dragon “Once you make it, I want the XL and if possible in Firm”, I have to do a reality check and long for a Large in Soft with Natural color and the suction cup. Though to be honest: The XL in Signature (or even better: Golden Base and fluorescent colored egg like “5th Kind”) would make a striking visual in all playrooms!

The Bad Dragon Egg Plugs from XL to Mini

The available colors are also something I really like about the Egg Plug. In the Natural and Signature color, the actual egg rests in what looks like a golden egg cup. Plug-shutting my hole with something golden is a visual which is almost too good to be true.

The Egg Plug starts out at $75 for the Mini with regular colors and no suction cup (which I highly recommend) and goes up top $215 for the XL with marbled color and a suction cup.

Duke’s Butt Masturbator

The Bad Dragon Duke’s Butt Masturbator

Vendor: Bad Dragon

Construction

Like almost all masturbators which cover the entire dick, Duke’s Butt has roughly the form of a 190mm long lashlight with a 105mm diameter head which tappers to a 55mm diameter shaft. The opening for the dick is 6x18mm which is just large enough for a comfortable entry yet tight enough for a hot grip. The front of the head is sculptured to look like the anus of a scaly animal, in this case Duke the Bad Dragon which has become Bad Dragon’s mascot. The shaft is textured with deep v-shaped ridges on one and slight bumps which are anatomically placed to support the fingers on the other side. This design enables a somewhat secure grip even with lubey fingers. The inside is rugged with ridges which run parallel and perpendicular. Behind the tight “sphincter” (approx. 70mm behind the opening) there is a small cavern which ends in a relatively high raised ridge on the bump-side of the shaft which feels like a second sphincter.

Detail of the Shaft’s Texturing for better Grip

Like all Bad Dragon toys Duke’s Butt is made out of high-quality platinum-silicone. Like all of the masturbators, it is made in the firmness degree “Super Soft” which is not available for their anal toys. Since each one is hand-made, you can choose from a variety of different colors and patterns. But naturally since it is a “soft” toy, fades are not available.

Playing with Duke’s Butt

Duke’s Butt works like every other masturbator: Lube your dick up excessively (But only use water- or oil-based lubes. Hybrid and silicone ones will disintegrate the toy), put some lube around the opening hole and since the rear is open and accessible, pour some lube inside it, and more or less gently put it onto your dick.

What sets this toy apart from all other masturbators I have come across is the material: If it is a masturbator without a case, it is too firm and I feel uncomfortably disconnected from my dick or if it has a case, it is too soft and floppy. The Bad Dragon ones (in the review process I had a chance of using Janine and Snowball from friends) are thick and strong enough to not collapse, but soft enough that through the grip’s tightness the jerker can control the intensity. The inside’s texturing is firm enough to stimulate yet gives in easily enough for comfortable play. The silicone warms up quickly to body temperature which made the feeling more natural and intimate.

Detail of the Anus Shaped Head

Cleaning Duke’s Butt is easy: Simply put it in warm water with dish soap, let it soak a bit and clean the inside with a thin, soft bottle sponge. You can even put it the dishwasher. For an initial drying, set it onto the head for about 4h until all water has run down and then on the side until the inside is dry. Store it lying on the side without touching other toys. Like all silicone toys, the surface is slightly sticky and it attracts dust list hell.

Choosing the right of the over 20 different Bad Dragon masturbators is difficult. On the one hand there is the internal texturing. Some people prefer heavy and rough texturing over smooth ones. Bad Dragon provides cross-section animations of all masturbators so you can somewhat imagine how they might feel. On the other hand, there is the headspace. Even if you disable the Fantasy product descriptions, some gay men have a hard time imagining fucking a vagina – even if it is the one from a mermaid.

Conclusion: Uniquely textured masturbator for people who prefer individual grip tightness.
Pro Cons Where to get Price
Unique internal textures Can’t be used with silicone lube Bad Dragon $95
Grip of the toy equals sensation intensity
Easy to clean
Cool color choices
Disclaimer: This toy was sent to me by Bad Dragon for an honest and unbiased review.

Kinkonomics – Sex Toy Pricing

Last week sex toy pricing was twice the topic on Twitter: British gay sex shop Clonezone announced a sale up to 75% which lead to a little shit storm because people felt they Clonezone would generally overcharge them. Later this week, Twitter user DiggerPup responded to my review of the Mister B Nipple Claws that you could get the barrels off eBay as diamond prongs for around £3.50 instead of the £30 Mister B charges for the sex toy. Since both topics are somewhat related and the topic of sex toy pricing is a constant one in my reader questions, I decided to blog about it today.

The Iconic Mr S Store on 8th Street in San Francisco. Maintaining such a big presence in a high-rent area is expensive.

Running a business creates a lot of costs beyond the purchase price of the goods sold: Rent, insurance, capital costs, wages, income and value added taxes and many more. When the business manufactures own goods, the prices for workshop equipment, defective work and research & development also needs to be priced into the product price. If you are a multi-channel retailer (which means running an online and a brick & mortar business at the same time), your prices have to have a mixed calculation: Being competitive towards other online retailers, being the same offline and online and still covering the costs of stationary stores (for example store rent in the gay district which – especially through gentrification – is generally higher than the rent in an industrial estate).

While all retails have to cover these costs, kinky products come with the same challenges as luxury goods: They are not essential needs but part of the self-actualization so among all the other purchase possibilities they generally speaking rank amid the lowest in priority. Furthermore, once bought, the likelihood of purchasing a similar good again soon, is low compared to other products. So all the costs mentioned above need to be covered by products which are not bought often and are marketed to a niche.

For that reason, the profit margin of most kink products compared to luxury goods which ranges between 60% and 150%. This sounds like a lot, but if you take off the value added tax (in percentage points!) and take into consideration that the average receipt is relatively low because the most common purchases are cockrings, nipple clamps and lube, the profit is not that high.

The S10 Hooded Gas Mask: A good example how Labor and Material Costs increase the Price of a Pervertable

So, how does this relate to the two opening examples? First let’s talk about the Clonezone sale. The initial tweet readUp to 75%”. The word “up” is important. I went to webpage linked in the tweet on Jan 21st at 6pm and the average discount over all offers was 26.11%. At an average cloth retailer you will get a bigger discount rate at an end of season sale. Looking at the profit margin from the last paragraph and taking into consideration the VAT, the products are not that outrageously overpriced as the 75% discount would imply but priced margin-wise in the neighborhood of average department store or luxury products.

The Mister B Nipple Claws are actually a good example to illustrate why kink products are not as overpriced as they first might appear. If you wanted to make your own Nipples Claws you would need two diamond prongs which cost £9 including shipping and chain and the two bails for approx. £2. The labor time for drilling, deburring and soldering will take about 10 minutes which will cost approx. £4. So a self-made Nipple Claw would cost you £15 – not including tool depreciation and maintenance costs, the labor costs for purchasing the materials and the hypothetical costs of defective work. Taking into consideration scale effects, the Nipple Claws will have a purchase price for Mister B of £10. But Mister B is not only a multi-channel retailer, but also a wholesaler. They need to price their products so they can sell it to other retailers with a profit and they must be able to make a profit covering all the costs of their own business.

The Mr S Four Buckel Restraints and Bishop Head Harness. Two of the probably most knocked-off Piece of Bondage Gear.

While I am on the subject, I want to address a third aspect I often get asked: Why are toys from Bad Dragon, Square Pegs or Oxballs so expensive? Why buy the original products from Mr S or Regulation when there are cheaper version of them from Asia on eBay?

  1. Raw Material Price: Premium sex toy maker use premium, but thus more expensive materials. Silicone for example needs a catalyst which can be the inexpensive metal lead. But for humans, lead is an highly toxic material so body-safe products should use the catalyst platinum which naturally is more expensive. Most leather from Asia is dressed in a way which does not satisfy European or American safety standards. Potentially dangerous chemicals and processes are used among which the Chrome-6 allergy is the most common yet the most “harmless”. Since most leather pieces designed for BDSM are worn on the bare skin, these chemicals are more easily absorbed through body warmth and sweat than when the leather is used to make a cheap leather jacket which has a cloth lining.
  2. Liability Risks and Customer Loyalty: The potential harm through cheap raw materials is only one part of potential liability risk. When selling bondage gear for extremer scenes like suspension, the production quality has to be so good, that an avarage piece being sold must be able to good enough to satisfy safety requirements even when assesed in court.
    Because established companies have become a brand of their own. The customer expects a certain level of product quality. Otherwise through the small size of the kink community, a bad reputation quickly spreads which can easily get a company into big economic troubles. This kind quality control causes higher costs through more thorough manufacturing, quality testing of samples or all products and higher cull.
  3. Lack of scale effects: Most kink products are not made in large quantities. A type of bondage gear is usually only manufactured two or three pieces at a time because the capital tie-cost would be too high to produce them in bulk and just store them. Through the large number of different color and pattern options, firmness degrees and extras, each Bad Dragon toy is individually made. Despite the basic technique of making leather or polymer toys is the same, there is no real chance of gathering much experience making the individual model so there are only little scale effects (for example increased manufacturing speed and reduction of defective work).
  4. The Prototype of the Mountain Drake Dildo, submitted by user Xan to the Bad Dragon Labs

    Labor costs: These companies are usually located in the western world and there in areas with high living costs like London or LA. Through social security systems and generally high living costs than in developing countries, the labor costs of skilled craftsmen like leather tailors are considerably higher causing higher product prices.

  5. Research and Development: The more elaborate the product, the more complex the design process is going to be. For example: Oxballs uses 3D printer to rapid prototype their new toys, Bad Dragon has an entire community dedicated to product design, not to talk about how difficult it is to create a sowing pattern for ergonomically designed bondage gear. All these efforts to design new products costs time and thus labor, sometimes required special equipment (3D printer, CAD programs, etc.) and expensive raw materials.

I know that sex and kink toys are expensive and that there are always more toys a kinkster wants than he can afford. But I hope this little blog entry illustrated well why the products we perverts yearn for are most of the time worth the price in the store.

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