Antipova visits a B&M store---hands-on thoughts on Leafs, Sqweel, some VixSkin, some other things, and an AMAZING STROKE OF LUCK!

Antipova Antipova
So I've been traveling the last couple of days, and I got a chance to stop at one of the good brick and mortar sex toy shops. Obviously I spent like an hour poking around and feeling everything vibrate, and smiling and asking innocent questions when the staff was saying "so this is VixSkin, which feels realistic because..." (aw! so cute!)

So I figured, first, I could share some of my impressions in a real quick format, because (especially for, like, the Leaf line, there's not a lot of information out, and I probably won't wind up buying all of them so I'll never really put up full-length reviews.) And then, something super exciting happened, that I want to share, and if I were to tell my non-EF friends they'd be like "so, what are you excited about, again?" but I know you guys will squeal with joy with me.


So, first up, some observations:

Leaf line
They had them all up except for Vitality. I felt them all and they all felt pretty powerful, any one would be a winner, but my personal favorite for shape actually turned out to be the Spirit, the heart-shaped one. It seems like it would nestle really nicely. They all have only one motor, except for Bloom, which has one in each end---it was probably just that the store model's was low of charge or something but Bloom didn't seem as strong as the others. Touch, the slender leafy-looking one (like an Iris leaf in my estimation) is super-firm, and I can see it being really successful for people with shallow g-spots who like narrow toys.

Also, the green is exactly as fresh and excellent looking as the website would have you believe. So I'm probably going to get Spirit and Touch, and maybe Vitality depending on what reviews say (since I wasn't able to feel that one personally).

Sqweel
If you need pressure, the answer is no, this won't even have close to enough. Light licks, kind of like a tickle almost, but if you put your hand up to it even halfway through the diameter of a tongue, even at the highest speed, it stops spinning. I'm really sad about this. It felt really awesome on my hand, and I am super envious of you ladies who don't need pressure, because the Sqweel is unbelievably awesome! But not designed for ladies like me.

VixSkin
Outlaw is not really as thick as the pictures would have you believe. It's not really much thicker than Lone Star. It's just very long. Buck, on the other hand, even though the dimensions listed on EF are larger than Lone Star, only the coronal ridge is. The rest of Buck is slimmer. Buck will definitely be my next VixSkin, Miss Voluptuous had me mostly convinced, but seeing it with the other coronal ridge toys (Maverick, Mustang, and Bandit) which all look too smooth for a texture-lover like me, confirmed it.

Fun Factory
Of all the G4's, they only had the Tiger out of its box, but the texture felt really nice---cushy but present. The Calla looks slightly smaller than I had expected, and looks like a very good size. The DeLight looks *way* smaller than I had thought from the product page picture! But that makes it actually probably the right size for insertion---the product page just makes it look huge for some reason. Also, LayaSpot was much louder than many of the other smallish clit vibes (like Siri, Nea, Lily, Better than Chocolate) I tried at the same time.

Nomi Tang
Wow---that touch sensor for the Better than Chocolate (and I think it's the same for the Getaway vibes?) is extremely ergonomic and fun to use.

O2
They only had Adam out, but the soft skin was much less cushy (by which I mean, same level of squishiness of silicone, but much less of it) than the soft skin on Revolution.

Outlaw Leather
Oh my gosh, the Annie-O in burgundy is my perfect harness. I can't wait til EF stocks it.

NobEssence
There are many more wood styles than even appear on their website. There's this incredible tiger-stripe one... suddenly I'm a little grateful about EF's random wood selection. Maybe they'll choose me something I didn't even know existed.

Free Range Silicone or Hey Tentacle Lovers!
These guys are super small, and looking at their stuff reminded me of a cross between Whipspider Rubberworks, Bad Dragon, and Jollies. I hope to do a bunch of research tomorrow and suggest them in the EF should carry thread. Importantly, they had one that looked like a chubbier, shorter version of the Jollies Bandito (which I love to pieces)!!! They were all made in custom colors, and a few even had "gummies"---like the sparkles or polka dots from Jollies---inside clear silicone. They looked cute, like bubble teas with the flavored gelatin cubes. They also had some semi-realistic animalish shapes (Bad Dragon style), and one that was like the NobEssence Smooth S Shape but much softer, and one that was kind of a cross between the body of a seahorse and dragon. I almost bought the seahorse-looking one, until I found this one in green (the floor model was black and copper):



It's called the Squildo! It's like a French Tickler condom in reverse! And with beautiful coronal ridge! I'm excited!

Even then, it was kind of expensive so I wasn't going to buy it immediately. But then I saw these two huge baskets, with just a few toys in them, and the label "retired floor models, give them a quick boil and they'll be good as new!"

I asked if the ones in the baskets were for sale---apparently they had all been taken up from the stockroom and sorted into a $25 pile and a $15 pile for some expo they had recently held. They all got mixed around between the baskets so the lady told me that any one I wanted would be $20.

This was amazing, because the baskets had an FF Cavalier, an Ophoria Beyond 6, a CalEx Couture dildo, and

ENORMOUS STROKE OF LUCK



Orbit and Wave!

So I snatched'em both, and got the squildo too so I wasn't completely ripping them off. Poor Orbit has some fingernail marks and you can tell it was in floor model service for several years, but Wave is just like new!

I haven't gotten a chance to bleach them or try them out yet---but oh my gosh, guys! I am so excited!

If you have any questions about anything I saw/felt, ask! I will be glad to share info---I know for a lot of people it can be really difficult to get to one of the (like, 6 in the entire US) good brick and mortar stores.
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Sir Sir
I want to get a Squildo for my friend. Where is that from? I must find it and buy it for him.
12/10/2011
AndroAngel AndroAngel
Wow, that really is an amazing stroke of luck. I'm impressed! I hope Eden gets the squildo, too, because it amuses me greatly.
12/10/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Yay, I'm even more excited about the Spirit Leaf I have on the way, now! Thanks for posting all this ~*awesome*~ info.
12/10/2011
null null
That squid is so cool! I'll have to look around for one, I wonder if they have other colors...
12/10/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Sir
I want to get a Squildo for my friend. Where is that from? I must find it and buy it for him.
I think their company (Free Range Silicone) only has a facebook page instead of a real website right now, but search them on facebook and they should pop right up! From the writing on the pamphlet with the one I got, it sounds like you can choose custom colors too!
12/10/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by null
That squid is so cool! I'll have to look around for one, I wonder if they have other colors...
They had lots of colors! There were three in stock at the store I was at---a black/copper blend, the green/white (which glows red under a blacklight) one that I got, and another that was something like blue/silver.
12/10/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Yay, I'm even more excited about the Spirit Leaf I have on the way, now! Thanks for posting all this ~*awesome*~ info.
Ooh, you're going to love it! Congratulations!

And, my pleasure completely. I had such a fun time there, and I'm glad to be able to share!
12/10/2011
- Kira - - Kira -
Oo! Oo! I'm so jealous! I have a Spirit on the way but the anticipation is killing me!! I just gotta know - what would you rate in strength wise? Since you played with the Siri and Nea etc. how does it compare to those?

The DeLight is so much smaller in person than it looks on the product page. It looks huge on the product page. It was a nice surprise when mine came and was handheld.

We have a nice sex shop near us, but they don't get new stuff that fast. I need to make some calls so I can check out the new stuff in person faster. Hmm.
12/10/2011
lexical lexical
SQUILDO, OMG! That has to be the coolest thing I've ever seen.

I'm also waiting on my Leaf Touch...Cannot wait til it gets here Hopefully tomorrow? Eeeeee!
12/11/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by - Kira -
Oo! Oo! I'm so jealous! I have a Spirit on the way but the anticipation is killing me!! I just gotta know - what would you rate in strength wise? Since you played with the Siri and Nea etc. how does it compare to those?

The DeLight is ... More
Oh, much much stronger than Nea, and a fair amount stronger than Siri as well.

It did seem to be the case that the motor was closer to the center in some (like Life) and closer to the edge of the vibe in others (like Spirit), so there might be a little variation from Leaf to Leaf in that way. But in general, all of them except Bloom (which I assume had an almost-dead battery when I was there) were stronger than the Lelo clit vibes.
12/11/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by lexical
SQUILDO, OMG! That has to be the coolest thing I've ever seen.

I'm also waiting on my Leaf Touch...Cannot wait til it gets here Hopefully tomorrow? Eeeeee!
I really liked the feel of that one! It looked the most boring on their website, but it really stood out in my hand! You should definitely test it internally and tell me how it feels, that's the use I'd be curious about.
12/11/2011
Elnoa Elnoa
Freerange Silicone has a website: link

They don't mass produce anything. They are three hipsters who make this stuff as it's ordered, and sell a bit to some stores.
12/11/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
I really liked the feel of that one! It looked the most boring on their website, but it really stood out in my hand! You should definitely test it internally and tell me how it feels, that's the use I'd be curious about.
Meant to add:

I think it's also designed for people who want very pinpoint clit stimulation.


Oh---seemed like: Life was for those who want broad stimulation, Spirit was for those who want nestled stimulation (like the Form 2 or something, with cupping contact around & over the clit), and Touch was for those who wanted pinpoint stimulation.
12/11/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Elnoa
Freerange Silicone has a website: link

They don't mass produce anything. They are three hipsters who make this stuff as it's ordered, and sell a bit to some stores.
Ah, hmm... I suppose being carried by something as big as Eden would be tough for them, then---but it's still worth checking. I wonder how big Whipspider was when they started having things stocked here?
12/11/2011
Elnoa Elnoa
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Originally posted by Antipova
Ah, hmm... I suppose being carried by something as big as Eden would be tough for them, then---but it's still worth checking. I wonder how big Whipspider was when they started having things stocked here?
Not sure about Whipspider, but I know they are a legitimate company.
Freerange is literally just the three people (art students, of course). They have a tumblr blog you can find at their webpage that lists more of their designs and you can request any design in pretty much any color imaginable, or even with things "inside" the toy like silicone gummi bears, sparkles and dots.
12/11/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Elnoa
Not sure about Whipspider, but I know they are a legitimate company.
Freerange is literally just the three people (art students, of course). They have a tumblr blog you can find at their webpage that lists more of their designs and you can request ... More
Wait... those were *actual* gummy bears?
12/11/2011
Elnoa Elnoa
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Originally posted by Antipova
Wait... those were *actual* gummy bears?
They make silicone gummi bears, yeah. They send them with your order, too.
12/11/2011
lexical lexical
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Meant to add:

I think it's also designed for people who want very pinpoint clit stimulation.


Oh---seemed like: Life was for those who want broad stimulation, Spirit was for those who want nestled stimulation (like the Form 2 ... More
I will definitely be giving it a thorough testing inside and out before I review I'm really excited about it because I adore pinpoint stimulation. I'll try to remember to shoot you a message when I post the review!
12/11/2011
lexical lexical
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Originally posted by Elnoa
Freerange Silicone has a website: link

They don't mass produce anything. They are three hipsters who make this stuff as it's ordered, and sell a bit to some stores.
LMAO! Love their site...

"CLICK OK IF IT IS AWESOME THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE A WHOLE BUNCH OF SEX TOYS."

Clicky, clicky, clicky!
12/11/2011
tA tA
About how squishy is the Squildo? It looks AWESOME.
12/11/2011
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
EF is carrying the Leaf line now? I did a search, and I can't find any of them!

Congratulations on your newest acquisitions! One day I want to visit one of the big sex toy brick-and-mortar stores like Babeland (actually, that's the only one that I know of, but there's not one anywhere near me).
12/11/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by Selective Sensualist
EF is carrying the Leaf line now? I did a search, and I can't find any of them!

Congratulations on your newest acquisitions! One day I want to visit one of the big sex toy brick-and-mortar stores like Babeland (actually, that's the ... More
I'm doing a DR of one of the Leaf line toys, so I'd stay to stay tuned.
12/11/2011
Rossie Rossie
Wow, that Squildo looks REALLY interesting!
12/11/2011
TheCleansing TheCleansing
Sounds like you had a nice time!
12/11/2011
Pixel Pixel
...why are you constantly finding cool new toys that I MUST HAVE OMG? You are terrible for my budget, woman! How am I supposed to save for a house with an epic kitchen when you dangle epic squid dildos in front of me?

*sigh*

Thanks for all the info! I was really wondering about the Leaf line's power...and now I must have them. (Also, omg, yay the green is that awesome in person yay!)
12/11/2011
kendra30752 kendra30752
Oh Antipova! You're a hero! I have been dying to try the leaf line and squeel! THANK YOU for the info! That was awesome of you. I hate that squeel stops spinning, but it may work for me. I hope so because I've wanted it for months!

Thank you again!
12/11/2011
slynch slynch
What's the name of the store?

We have a great B & M store in our area.
12/11/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Elnoa
They make silicone gummi bears, yeah. They send them with your order, too.
Oh man. I was afraid they were actual candies from your first comment!
12/11/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by tA
About how squishy is the Squildo? It looks AWESOME.
For me, it's just about perfect. It has a little bit of give on the shaft, but I would still call it firm---not as firm as the VIP, but if the VIP is a 9, probably a 7. The tentacles are all wriggly and have enough integrity to hold their own weight, but they're really supple and flexible, exactly like you'd hope.
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