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The Big Black Box

The Devine Playchest is a good solution to a variety of storage problems, but it won't be the ideal solution for everyone. If you need something portable, that keeps lube bottles upright, and that holds a couple dozen toys at once, it might be for you. The pricetag requires careful consideration before purchase, however.
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Pros:
Roomy, attractive, keeps lube bottles upright.
Cons:
Expensive, cheap lock mechanism.
Rating by reviewer:
4
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The Devine Playchest is made of faux patent leather, with a semi-reptilian texture. It's pretty enough, which is both a pro and a con. It's a pro for those who like to own pretty things, but on the other hand, pretty things draw the eye, and sex toy storage might be something you'd rather have blend into the background unnoticed.

Another simultaneous pro and con in the Playchest design is the locking mechanism. It's secure enough to keep small children and pets out of your things, and it might remind a nosy roommate or family member that their snooping is an invasion of privacy, because any lock will send that message, but the determined snoop will break into it fairly easily. If your goal with this box is to keep intrusive, judgmental, or controlling individuals from finding your toys, this is not the storage option for you. In those cases, try a toolbox, a decorative trunk, a footlocker, or a locking train case. Or skip the lock and try clever camouflage instead. But if you simply wish to avoid children or pets dragging your toys out in front of dinner guests, this box will do -- any child old enough to have mastered lock picking skills will likely know better than to show them off.

One small irritation with the clasp is that it won't easily snap into place -- not because of any fault with the lock, but rather because the strap catches on the toybox itself, so you'll need to reposition it during the closing process. On the other hand, that irritation works the other way around, too, and an unlocked trunk might seem locked to a hurried snoop when the strap refuses to slide back out of the way.

The best feature of the Playchest is the storage capacity. It features two net pockets in the lid, which will each hold several small toys, or one larger one. The Sqweel 2 fits snugly width-wise, while the Lelo Ella is a good fit lengthwise. A longer toy might fit as well, provided you're willing to let it stick out of the netting.

Inside, the Devine Playchest features a velcro divider, which happens to work perfectly for creating a narrow section for lube bottles. Between the elastic straps, and the way the divider can be placed firmly against the bottles, it's ideal for preventing wasteful spills. This also leaves a much wider section for toys. One can easily fit more than twenty average sized toys in that space, arranged in a variety of ways. I found that standing toys upright makes it much easier to find the one I want without emptying my storage each time in the process.

While those folks who review toys on a regular basis will probably fail to crowd their entire stash into the Devine Playchest, it will likely hold the average collection quite handily. Or it can just hold the current favorites, making them quickly available at playtime while the rest remain locked away somewhere more secure.

As for travel, I would not recommend trying to fly with the Devine Playchest. It's not built to endure the indignities of baggage handling, and while it might work as a carry on, depending on the airline's individual size restrictions, most of the intended contents would not make it past security. TSA has decided that dildos can be used as weapons, and carrying a selection of liquids on board a plane just isn't going to happen. So the Playchest is perfect for a land based romantic getaway, but it won't be joining the mile high club any time soon.

Overall, I think the Playchest is a useful product, but for the price point, I'd prefer a hard sided case, like a toolbox or large camera case, for the times when portability is necessary, or a decent piece of furniture, like an antique trunk or locking media cabinet, for blending into a room unnoticed. However, this is a matter of personal preference, so I'd advise others to give some thought to their own personal preferences before making their decision.
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I'd very much like to share pictures of the fully loaded box, as that's the most useful part of a storage review, but all of my efforts in that area have been fully thwarted. My borrowed camera only took dark, blurry pictures, and then had to be returned faster than anticipated. Should I acquire a camera before time runs out on editing this review, there might be less blurry pictures, but I won't make any promises regarding the lighting. I'm a terrible photographer.
This product was provided at a discounted price in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.
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  • Sangsara
    Sangsara  
    I want it but it is expensive. Thanx
  • deltalima
    deltalima  
    Love your review! Thanks
  • VioletMoonstone
    VioletMoonstone  
    It's so expensive... Do you think it could be used for makeup and just look like a big makeup box or is it too obvious what it's used for? I might consider getting one for that reason. The price turns me off though. Thanks for the review.
  • Sodom and Gomorrah
    Sodom and Gomorrah  
    Thanks for the great review!
  • Shadow0990
    Shadow0990  
    Thanks for the review
  • Yoga
    Yoga  
    Thanks!
  • comatose-kitty
    comatose-kitty  
    I wonder if it's worth the huge price tag if the lock sucks so much
  • ToyGeek
    ToyGeek  
    @ VioletMoonstone -- no, I would not try to use this for makeup, not when there are many cheaper options designed specifically for makeup. It's simply too big, and you'd always be digging, because it lacks the tiny little storage trays that real makeup cases feature.

    @comatose-kitty -- if the lock is critical to your needs, pass on this case.

    @everyone -- thanks for the comments.
  • xjonxthexgreenx
    xjonxthexgreenx  
    thanks for the review
  • Ashleyxx
    Ashleyxx  
    thanks for your review
  • Ashleyxx
    Ashleyxx  
    thanks for your review
  • Doublenut
    Doublenut  
    Thank you!
  • xxxbluexxx
    xxxbluexxx  
    nice review!
  • amazon
    amazon  
    Thanks
  • Martiniman
    Martiniman  
    Thanks for the review!
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