Triple Crown Vibrating Beads (Bona Dea)

Triple Crown Vibrating Beads

Triple Crown Vibrating Beads provided for review by Babeland

Joseph

I am rather inexperienced with anal toys of all kinds. The only one that I’ve ever used other than the Bona Dea (what this product is called everywhere but Babeland) is the Flexi Felix. With that in mind, I do not endorse this product.

Although it feels pretty good when you actually get it in and all the beads are vibrating, it has some HUGE design flaws that prevent its comfortable use. But before I get into that, let’s talk about its construction.

The Bona Dea is a set of three beads with an independently controlled vibrating bullet in each bead. It is 6-1/2″ x 1-1/8″ and is made from 100% silicone which makes it silky smooth and easy to disinfect. The bullets are made from hard plastic, have a push-button on/off control and last for about 40 minutes. They take two LR41 (tiny watch) batteries a piece. These batteries will run you about $ .50 each if you need to replace them.

Now that you have an idea of just what it is, allow me to tear it to shreds. I have enough complaints that I am actually going to employ the list method of bitching. It is more scientific.

  1. Those fucking vibrating bullets: They need TWO tiny little batteries to work and only last for 40 minutes. They are made of hard plastic which means that they cannot be disinfected. They twist apart so you can replace the aforementioned tiny batteries. That means there is a large opportunity for feces and bacteria to get inside of them and fester. The on/off control is placed in the same spot that you have to push in order to insert the Bona Dea. That makes accidentally turning them on and off inevitable.
  2. The removal key: This is an included metal hook that is the only way to remove those fucking vibrating bullets. You must cram it down the hole that a bullet rests in, turn in 90 degrees, and then yank it out hard. Think about that for a moment. BEFORE you can clean this thing that has been in an ass, you must grab it, shove a metal thing down a small hole, then pull a hard plastic bullet that has also been in said ass out and it ain’t easy. You have to hold on to the beads to have enough leverage to pull the bullet out. F-U-N! Oh yeah, the key can scratch the beads or the bullets creating new crevices for bacteria.
  3. The holes that the bullets go into: These serve as somewhat of a colon shovel. Enough said.
  4. The linkage method of the beads: The beads are not linked in the middle like normal anal beads (0-0-0) but are linked at the edges (0_0_0). This both makes them harder to remove and makes the colon shovels more effective by stretching them upon removal. Sheesh.

Bona Dea FAIL!

It seems like it would be better to embed the bullets completely and make them rechargeable rather than the arduous and clumsily method chosen. Then the linking method could be properly done, the thing could be properly cleaned, and I wouldn’t be so infuriated.

Ewwww

Oooo-Sexy

Mimi

Wow… what to say… what to say…

He’s right. Pulling the Bona Dea from its stylish packaging, it looks impressive and exciting. Vibrating beads in my ass? That sounds fantastic. I’ll try anything twice.

I did try it – numerous times, actually. It does feel good once you insert them, accidentally turning one off in the process, and as they come out vibrating on an orgasmic wave. All of that is fine or great even.

Then cleaning them is terrible and not worth the previous pleasure. I repeat, Not Worth The Previous Pleasure. Even if you do it immediately, build up can occur inside the vibrating bullets, and it has for us as I’m sure it does for everyone. The poo will go where it will. Try getting it out of those little bullet crevices without damaging it. I dare you. Post a YouTube video. Convince me, please.

It won’t matter, though, because I’m totally throwing it out. Now.

The Naked Truth

Aesthetics: ★★★★★

Ease of Cleaning: ☆☆☆☆☆

Retention: ★★★★★

Experience Level: ★★★★☆

Overall: ★☆☆☆☆

where it belongs

Good looks will only take you so far…

njoy’s Fun Wand

Case Case and toy inside

Mimi

I purchased njoy’s Fun Wand almost two years ago to accompany my Hitachi Magic Wand from Babeland after searching online for the right dildo. My specifications were for the toy to be metal, glass, or silicone; double sided; curved for g-spot stimulation; and slender.

Medical-grade stainless steel, 1” at its widest, curved perfectly for g-spot stimulation, and double sided with one end beaded – the Fun Wand seemed perfect. The graduated beads were a selling point for me because I wanted to have the option of that sensation. If you’ve read my other reviews, you know that I prefer versatile toys.

When I first held it in my hands I remember thinking that 11 ounces was heavier than I thought, but the weight felt “right”. Not heavy enough to be scary, not light enough to incite apathy. Very satisfying. I also enjoyed how responsive the Fun Wand is to temperature. (It seems redundant to mention temperature play with a metal toy, but you know, if you’ve never experimented with metal before, it might not occur to you right away.) I like a slight pinch of cold steel before insertion, but if that’s really not your thing, the Fun Wand warms up quickly in your hands or under warm water.

Initially masturbating with the Fun Wand was really awkward, in fact I experienced a “SHIT I just spent $88 on a toy I don’t like” moment. Reasons: 1.) super smoothness + lube = one slippery object, 2.) it’s 7-1/2” long, which after insertion leaves you few inches leftover to maneuver. However, these complications are easily remedied with practice and not overdoing it with the lubrication.

Alas, I took a deep breath and kept at it, despite slippage that disrupted my rhythm and my chi. There’s a payoff to determination. It’s a big wet one commonly referred to as female ejaculation. I’ll admit that I don’t actually care a whole lot about squirting. I’ve had many really intense, amazing orgasms that did not come with a wet dramatic finish.  I’ve also squirted before when it seemed entirely unwarranted. I didn’t even feel an orgasm coming! It’s exciting in a way, amusing, and inconvenient to varying degrees (you will need to change your sheets, maybe flip the mattress, etc.) – it’s not the measuring stick for a good time. So if you don’t do it right away or even within a few weeks of using this product like I did, don’t stress about it.

You will have a good time. You will have fun. They changed the name of this product from Saturn Wand to Fun Wand. Why? Because it’s a lot of damn fun. (Actually, I’m guessing.)

The Fun Wand is also great for anal play, especially for beginners. The beads are small (again, 1” at it’s largest), smooth, and easy to clean. I can’t personally vouch for this, but it seems like men would enjoy it, too.

Fun, sexy, versatile, high quality – could you ask for a better dildo?

Joseph

We affectionately refer to this toy as “the spaceship” because of its sleek, futuristic style. I guess it was the second sex toy I had ever seen up close before and it did a lot to sell me on the use of sex toys. This is not something that is sketchy or questionable. The words “dong” and “ultra-erotic” belong nowhere near this toy.

It comes in a very sturdy black box emblazed with the brand name njoy in silver. Inside the box is a form fitted resting place for the Fun Wand covered by a soft fuchsia fabric. Much like a really fancy coffin….

Anyway, morbid comparisons aside, the packaging alone speaks of quality and care rather than marketing and lowest common denominator.  The medical grade shiny steel toy itself is seamless and has a very satisfying weight to it. The design makes it clear that it was created to be multi-purpose. One end is wider and curved in a way that immediately pops “g-spot” into one’s mind and the other end has graduated beads that look very much like a set of anal beads. I wonder why.

Although I have not personally experimented with it yet, it seems like it could certainly be used for men or women. The experience that I do have with it is helping Mimi use it when my fingers are too sore to do the job. I’ll be honest, it is not comfortable to use on someone else. The graduated beads do not lend themselves to being held at that angle and the steel is not forgiving. Having said that, I have a special place in my heart for anything that makes Mimi squirm the way that this toy does.

If you are looking for a toy that will bring a little respectability to your toy chest and last forever without costing several hundred dollars, the Fun Wand is a very attractive option.

The Naked Truth:

Intensity: ★★★★★

Volume: N/A

Aesthetic design: ★★★★★

Versatility: ★★★★☆

Ease of cleaning: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★

spaceship

“I’m givin’ her all I’ve got, Captain!”

Flexi Felix

"I have no right to be this cute."

Flexi Felix provided for us by Babeland

Joseph

The cute, 100% silicone caterpillar toy is by far the most comfortable thing that I have ever inserted into my anus. Granted, it is the only thing I have ever inserted into my anus but after having a look at some of the other toys on the market, I know the Flexi Felix made the process much easier than it could have been.

I had an understandable amount of anxiety about crossing that puckered line. There are all kinds of things for a heterosexual male in American society to worry about when considering anal play that is anything other than straight male on female. Stigmas abound. Our society does not encourage sexual acts that put men in an exposed or subordinate position. Men’s sexuality is about power and control. This message is constantly reinforced in both direct and indirect ways. I think that may be part of America’s problem with male homosexuality.

Ok, I’m done ranting about our society’s fucked up standards about sex. Perhaps one day we’ll make a whole post about it but for now, back to the Felix.

The Flexi Felix is a 12” (10” insertable length) set of anal beads manufactured by Fun Factory. It is 100% silky soft silicone and has a head with a smirking caterpillar face at its base. It is cute but not cutesy. It is by far the most approachable thing designed to go in one’s ass that I have ever seen.

Insertion was easy and comfortable with the exception of the stem in between the beads being a little too thin to get a good grip on. Fully inserted it is unobtrusive…almost to a fault. I couldn’t really feel it, which seems to defeat the purpose. It would, however make it easy to wear in all day which I could see as having some “I’m so naughty” appeal.

Removal during orgasm was not an altogether pleasant experience for me, but I don’t blame the product for that. I blame my inexperience with anal play. It is still a strange and kind of uncomfortable feeling and that prevents me from fully enjoying it.

Cleaning the Felix is really simple. Just drop it in a pot of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes and you’re good to go.

As a genuine beginner, I cannot give this product a better endorsement. It is easy, approachable, and it has a good attitude!

"I practice yoga to center my spirit."

Would you be smirking if you had Felix’s job?

Mimi

The Flexi Felix is my first anal bead type toy and with its 3/4″ to 1″ diameter beads, it’s very approachable for first-timers. Even if you’re entirely new to anal play, the Flexi Felix is as friendly to your ass as it looks. And it does look friendly, doesn’t it? Such a cute specimen of anal love. Offered in bright pink, light blue, and black silicone, the updated stylishness of the Flexi Felix adds to its approachability and ease of use. You just know when you’re holding it in your hands that this isn’t just another sketchy looking “string” of beads that you have to entrust to your tender and questionable anal orifice. Oh no. This is better, much better.

The silicone is incredibly smooth and relatively easy to insert, given how flexible it is (they don’t call it “Flexi” for nothin’), so you can play alone or with a partner without much – if any – discomfort or bent over frustration. Really. I had the whole strand in, tucked the caterpillar head under my panties, zipped up my shorts, washed my hands, and came back out into the living room within just a few minutes. You won’t even need to pause your movie, or worry about your tea getting cold.

Left in for a few hours, Flexi Felix feels pretty good. It creates a whole other meaning in my mind to the phrase, “dirty little secret”. And I am certainly a girl who likes her secrets. However, it is the experience of this reviewer that the Flexi Felix is hands down at its absolute best when pulled out during orgasm. This toy is perfect when you want a little extra OMFG without a whole lot of effort, time, or lube.

As you can imagine, this “easy as cake” quality can become rather… boring. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate “easy” when I come across it, which is why I still enjoy the Flexi Felix and will happily let it occupy a space in my toy box. Still, I will always favor a more versatile toy over a one hit wonder. It’s just my nature. If you function similarly, you might want to shop around a bit. (I know that Babeland in particular offers some other anal toys that are challenging/fun/practical.)

And to top it all off, the Flexi Felix is that, since it is silicone, you can disinfect it by boiling it for 10-15 minutes, putting it in the top rack of your dishwasher, or with soap and water. (I prefer boiling.) Remember to use a water-based lubricant with this toy. It will last you a long time if you take care of it.

Rewarded for his efforts

Unwinding after a long day of putting up with other people’s shit.

The Naked Truth:

Intensity: ★★★½☆

Volume: N/A

Design: ★★★★½

Versatility: ★★☆☆☆

Ease of cleaning: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★☆