The Man Eater is made from a rigid plastic, with a slightly pliable tummy that houses the on/off/speed switch. A bottle stopper at the bottom accesses the battery compartment. Because it's rigid, the Man Eater has no smell and a smooth texture - with the most striking thing about it being the bright green and red design that makes the toy resemble an alien beastie hungry for your sperm.
The benefit of the Man Eater is that the open mouth design fits you whether you're hung like a horse or on the smaller side. The design and coloring makes it resemble a toy - so much so that you could probably leave it on the coffee table and 99% of the population would have no idea what the toy was intended for. As a result of that, it's perfect for traveling with - just sling it in your bag when you leave and even TSA agents will probably think it's just some weird, sci-fi collectable.
Simplicity is the name of the game here. The Man Eater has a hidden switch in its pliable tummy, which you hit once to turn on, twice more to cycle through the speed settings and one last time to switch off. The battery compartment is accessed at the bottom. You unscrew it, making me suspect that the toy is waterproof (at least enough to use safely in the shower.) Putting the batteries in was a bit of a palaver - but that might be simply because I'm dim, rather than a design flaw.
Like all good pets, the Man Eater requires very little care and maintenance. Unlike a sleeve, you don't need to wash it out after each use - you can simply wipe it clean with a wet wipe or damp cloth. As far as lube goes, the experience is definitely helped by a smidge of lotion or water-based gel. Because the toy is plastic, I'd avoid silicone lube or mineral oil, but other substances work fine.
Care and maintenance is probably the Man Eater's biggest plus - because it literally takes seconds to clean up (rather than 10 minutes, like with a Fleshlight.) That makes it perfect for casual use, and much easier to manage than more traditional male toys.
The Man Eater comes in an awesome clear plastic box decorated with 50s-inspired sci-fi artwork. The toy itself is proudly on display, and looks like a comic-store collectible rather than a sex toy. Just keep it out of reach of curious kids. The Man Eater looks so much like a toy that they're likely to unpack it and play with it oblivious to the intended purpose.
It took me about half an hour to put the batteries in. This mostly indicates my lack of brains - but might also suggest that they need better instructions (or smarter customers.)
I've often pressed a vibe against the head of my cock when masturbating, and like that feeling and technique. Those who are used to sleeves - or their own right hand - might find the whole experience a little slow and frustrating. The vibrations painstakingly and slowly ratchet up the pleasure until you detonate; and while the resultant orgasm is incredibly intense, might not be a process some men have the patience for.