Sunday, 2 September 2012

Icicles No. 34 strap-on Vibrator


Years ago I used to have plastic wearable strap-on called the Knicker Critter which annoyingly I was allergic too and never got to use it as I wanted to, due to its cheaper materials. I haven't tried an insertable strap-on for over 10 years. So when I saw The Icicles No. 34 the worlds first and only glass strap-on rabbit from Pipedreams come up for review from Eden Fantasys,  I couldn't resist applying. Because of my love of glass, rabbits and sensory play I was really excited to try this.

The item comes in the usual Pipedreams gorgeous luxury packaging.
Packaging
Icicles never disappoint when it comes to packaging. The beautiful white solid cardboard box, with stunning photos of the rabbit inside.

The Icicles images are really photographed beautifully, I love the black background and lighting they have used its absolutely gorgeous. ( that's the photographer in me as I can appreciate how difficult this is to achieve).

 The magnetic square allows you to open the front panel like a book, revealing more beautiful images of a model wearing her glass bunny. Inside is a solid block of foam with cutouts for the glass bunny, wired remote and bullet, plus four nylon webbing pastel pink straps with poppers. Its a solid well packaged box, but sadly no storage bag or manual.


Description
Icicles by Pipedreams makes the most beautiful glass toys. This is no exception the Icicle NO. 34 is handmade into the most uniquely shaped piece of boroscilicate glass.

It is designed into the shape of a rabbit, but I personally feel the ears are a bit short so its could be a teddy or a butterfly either way the arms/wings or feet are stretched into a star forming into glass circles, which you attach the four pink harness straps to.

 It has an insertable lifelike penis shaped extension coming from this well endowed bunny/butterfly. 

The "arms and legs" are designed with holes to attach the pink elastic straps through.

 The 4 elastic straps.

These 4 pastel pink elastic straps will secure this glass vibrator against the body; in which 3 of them have bra-like adjustments to fit your body. 

All 4 of the elastic straps snap securely through these holes with popper connectors.

All 4 straps allowing you plenty of leeway to fit round the body in different ways to hold it firmly in place; leaving you hands free to play with other things.



Along with the glass bunny and fitting straps you also get a bullet with 10 functions.
This remote is a highly feminine semi- translucent pink casing made of ABS plastic, you can even see the batteries and the inner workings which is a nice touch.
The wired bullet attaches to the remote via jack plug.
 You have a full 24 inches/61cm length of wire, giving you ample room to hold the control and have the toy inserted.

The bullet is designed to fit into the glass hole on the back of the glass bunny, technically his tail.
The neat thing is you can see the cam motor spinning inside.


Another fun addition is the fact the bullet contains an LED in the end so it lights up and flashes to the vibrations.


The Science bit
Measurements
Insertable shaft length is 7.4cm long,
Width of shaft is 1.85cm,
Width of head is 2.6cm,
Flat length of whole item 10cm long,
The length of the bullet is 3.9cm long.
The width of the bullet is 1.45cm,
Remote is 4.25 inches/11cm long,
Weight of the glass bunny/butterfly is 163grams/5.75oz.


The Vibrations
The remote has a thumb slide panel to replace the 3 AAA batteries. I did however find this removable panel annoying as it did keep falling off, it wasn't as secure as it should have been.

On the front of the cute remote you have a plastic rocker switch to work the 10 functions.

Click once to turn onto low vibes and then click the mode button above it to continue to scroll through the 10 functions. I found the vibrations quite buzzy and too high frequency for me.
  1. Low,
  2. Medium,
  3. Fast, 
  4. Pulses, 3 every second,
  5. 1 long 4 short pulses,
  6. Revving up revving down, accelerating up for 3 seconds, 3 secs accelerating down,
  7. 14 incremental (getting faster) buzzes 2 a second,
  8. 6 long, 6 medium, 22 quick,
  9. 1 long pulse, 11 pulses, 2 a second,
  10. 1 long and 30 fast pulses.
Simply click the on button to click off at any time, great incase you are disturbed.


How do you wear your new rabbit?
When faced with 4 straps of differing lengths and no instructions it was a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. I found that to try and wear the item like the model (above) is completely ridiculous, its obviously taken to save her embarrassment or to wear the shaft along your lips, rather than inserted.
Its such a shame that Pipedreams couldn't add a diagram to advise some alternate ways to wear this toy.
So Initially I set up the harness like the model and found the insertable shaft kept trying to fall forwards pulling itself out which meant I had to hold it in with my fingers, not practical when wanting to play with your partner or even relax.


So with some juggling and some help from my OH we found the best way to wear this item was to set the straps up like this diagram. The rabbit is facing away and you are looking at it from the top facing the bullet.
Worn like this diagram means I can wear this like a strap on dildo harness with the shaft inserted and with the bottom straps passed between my legs, not the most comfortable as its almost a wedgie.

How to fit it.
Loop the 2 medium lower legs straps together and step through like a pair of knickers, then tighten them up to fit your thighs comfortably. Then insert the bunny's shaft and pull up the 2 front straps and then using the longest strap wrap it around your waist and connect it up with the shortest via the bra attachment, tighten for comfort. This will keep it firmly inplace and doesn't feel like its pulling out like the diagram on the box.

Noise
Well this is quite a noise and I feel on the louder settings could be heard through a door or a wall, the lower settings would however be muffled under a duvet or with the music on.


Use
I was really looking forward to playing with this gorgeous looking glass bunny, but I'm afraid it was a complete disappointment for me.
Once we had worked out how to fit the straps its easy to fit and they secure comfortably around your thighs and the elastic will fit most sized thighs.
But...the big BUT I found the vibrations could barely be felt through the shaft and the clitoral stimulator (his head and ears) hardly reached my clit, the vibrations could hardly be felt here either.

Sadly I feel there are quite alot of design flaws to this toy, the shaft is lovely although Id prefer it a little fatter but that's not too much of an issue; my main problem is lack of vibrations through the glass, the noisy little bullet is buzzing flat out but simply isn't powerful enough to pass through the glass to enjoy. You can feel the vibrations very slightly but not enough to do anything.
You certainly couldn't be using the vibrations secretly while doing the housework like I had planned to use this for, your buzzing would be giving you away before you got into the next room.

The only saving grace is that you can use this toy by itself as a sensory toy, I adore hot play and popping the bunny into hot water (without the straps of course) it heats well and feel gorgeous once inserted. But I have other glass toys that are far better for the purpose and they have a much larger girth. I even have other pipedreams Icicle products which are far better suited for me, the rose and the tentacle being my favourites.

Design flaws
I do feel the bullet is situated in completely the wrong place. I would have rather lost the cute bunny shape and had a hole in his head (sorry bunny) to have the bullet sit through vertically so it would sit directly on my clit.
Plus if the bullet is made of rubber or have a ring of rubber around its middle it would prevent the rattling noise against the glass.


Cleaning and Maintenance
Pop out the little bullet and wipe it clean with a anti-bacterial wipe and spray with a sextoy cleaner and dry, do not submerge its not waterproof. Remove all 4 of the elastic straps and hand wash and leave to dry. The glass bunny has a few ways it can be cleaned, under hot soapy running water or boil with 10% bleach or pop in the top of your dishwasher rack. Then dry and spray with sextoy cleaner. Then store in its own packaging box as there is a place for each item or in a padded bag to prevent being scratched or being dropped.


Conclusion
I was so hoping this little guy would work for me as I love the idea of secretly wearing this under clothing or adding some fun to the housework or a surprise for my OH. But it wasn't to be, for me the vibrations were far too weak to do anything for me; despite being a gorgeous piece of excellent quality glass, the clitoral stimulator didn't reach my clit very well, the whole design could have been really improved to make it 100% better.
But the straps fitted well and are comfortable once you have worked out how to wear them, although after a few wears the elastic has already started to stretch and twist out of shape a bit. Plus an instruction booklet would have been nice.
Also a slight worry is that after prolonged use the bullet did get quite warm and my toy did start to cut out occasionally.
I am disappointed as I really wanted to love this and really thought my love of glass and rabbits would make this the perfect toy for me, sadly it wasn't to be...sigh!
Despite all this it is a gorgeous piece of well made glass that is a unique toy if you are collecting glass but dont expect much from the vibrations. Its unthreatening and would make a fun novelty toy for a complete beginner or someone who is hyper sensitive to fast vibrations, but I truly feel there are far better toys to choose from.

Pro's
Gorgeous pink glass,
Novelty insertable bunny,
Sensory play,

Con's
Noisy bullet,
Design flaw in bullet positioning and clitoral stimulator,
Poor weak vibrations,



product picture
Strap-on vibrator by Pipedream
Material: Plastic / Elastic / Borosilicate glass
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This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.


  All my thanks goes to Eden fantasys for providing me this toy for this review.
xxx

Icicles No. 34 - Strap-on vibrator
Icicles No. 34 - Strap-on vibrator

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review!

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  2. Thanks for the review and taking time to share it with us!

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  3. What a bummer. Awesome blog, though. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Thanks for the review great pictures.

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  5. Holy Smokes that's an amazing review and I love the pictures. Very good indeed!

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