The Bubbly (and all his other Toyfriends) are made of firm, velvety silicone, which is latex- and phthalates-free. The bright, magenta surface is very smooth, but the matte texture gives it a little bit more grip than a slick, hard plastic would have. There is no give to the handle of the toy, but the narrow neck is quite bendy and flexible, maybe the pressure applied to your body very subtle and gentle in use. The bubbles themselves are fairly solid with only a tiny bit of give when you squeeze them. The differently sized bubbles make for a very unique sensation when they slowly slide in and out. The soft texture is user-friendly for all levels of experience. There is no smell or taste and the toy does not retain any odors, being of non-porous, body-friendly, high quality silicone. Silicone retains temperature well and since this toy is waterproof, you could try soaking it in warm or cool water to add a new sensation to your play.
There's no denying it. This toy is adorable. Sometimes looks can be deceiving, but that isn't the case with the Bubbly. Its futuristic design makes it incredibly versatile for individuals or couples, for vaginal or anal play. It isn't exactly discreet, but it is delightfully visually appealing and even comes with a little clear plastic stand. You can prop the toy in the stand on your bedside table so it's easily within reach or you can display it on your desk. Why not? It seems too pretty to hide away in a drawer, but that's certainly an option as well.
The Bubbly is about 8 1/4" from tip to base. Its handle is 1 1/2" in diameter, narrowing dramatically about 5" up the body to a neck that is a mere 1/2" thick and very flexible. The first bubble is 1 3/8" in diameter, the second is 1", and the third is 5/8". The "finger" made up of bubbles is 1 1/2" in length.
While the shape and size of the entire toy may be intimidating for some users to fully insert, especially beginners, the adorable, peppy design is effective in a number of other ways. Inserting it beyond the thicker body might be rather uncomfortable for most users. I think of the majority of its length more as a handle than as a shaft meant for insertion.
The vibrations that come from this toy are surprisingly deep and rumbly for a motor running on only two AAA batteries. However, they're not particularly powerful and are wonderfully quiet. They can be heard ever so slightly from beneath the covers, but most definitely would not be audible from behind closed doors.
The power and vibration patterns are controlled very easily by a single, soft button on the bottom of the base, which makes a quiet click when pressed. Pressing the button once turns the toy on. Pressing it subsequent times will cycle through the five patterns on a continuous loop until you hold the button down for one full second, which turns the toy off. The steadily increasing pulse patterns are absolutely wonderful. Loop back around to the high, steady setting for a fantastic finish.
The functions are as follows:
1 - High steady vibration
2 - Lower steady vibration
3 - Long pulses
4 - Medium pulses
5 - Rapid pulses
Unfortunately, there is no locking mechanism, but the battery compartment is so easy to use that it shouldn't be a problem to simply remove the batteries during travel. The base of the toy simply twists off and small emblems imprinted on the white plastic inside denote which way the batteries should be inserted when you replace them. Batteries come included with all of the Toyfriends and this one is said to have up to four hours of battery life! Be sure to screw the cap on tightly to ensure that the waterproof seal is maintained. The toy has held up and performed perfectly in both the bathtub and shower!
For everyday cleaning, simply wipe down your Toyfriend with a toy cleaner or anti-bacterial soap and warm water. You can sterilize the Bubbly by dunking it in a 10% bleach solution and then rinsing it well. Do not boil the entire toy or put it in your dishwasher, as the high heat may damage the mechanical components.
At the very base of the toy, the word "Tickler" is stamped into the silicone. If you do manage to insert the toy fully, that spot may be somewhat troublesome to clean. Other than that, its smooth non-porous surface is easy to clean, without any nooks and crannies.
I store mine in a toy bag to keep it separate from my other toys that might react badly with the silicone. Speaking of reactions, be sure to only use water-based lubricants with this toy as silicone[ or oil-based ones may damage its surface.
The toy comes in a white cardboard box with a colorful Toyfriend logo background. The toy itself is closed up in an easy-open plastic clamshell inside the box, visible through the window on the front. Since the item is visible through the front, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a gift box and it is a bit bulky for storage purposes.
Inside the box is a small pamphlet depicting the other Toyfriends in this line. It says:
We are the Toyfriends! The Power Toyfriends are our second generation of eligible vibrators, now bigger, stronger, and bolder. Combining great shapes and colours with an intimidating amount of power and a choice of speeds and pulsations, they are truly something else. They are still Toyfriends though, waterproof, made from super-smooth body-safe silicone and very, very quiet. So, still part of the family, just a bit more grown up.
You never forget your first toyfriend! Toyfriend is a brand created by Tickler, a Swedish designer label operating on the global market. We create a playful world of fun and exciting vibrating toy; combining genuine passion with long experience, we are now taking the natural step of making vibrating designer toys accessible to everyone.
The back of the box reads:
Say hi to your new Toyfriend! I am your new Toyfriend and I vibrate. I am very powerful, waterproof, quiet, safe to play with and made from the finest super-smooth silicone. I come with two different speeds as well as three very nice pulsation modes. My two AAA batteries are included and to get me ready for use just unscrew my back, remove the paper covering the batteries and screw the back on again. To get me started please press my button and switch speed or pulsation mode by pressing the button again. To turn me off simply hold my button down for two seconds.
Advice: Make sure you use a silicone compatible lubricant, preferably water-based with this product to avoid damaging the surface. Clean me with a toy cleaner or just warm water and soap. Do not use on swollen or inflamed areas of skin.
Disclaimer: This product is sold as a novelty only. Not intended for medical applications of any kind of use that has an adverse affect on any function of the body. Users of this novelty toy use the product at their own risk. Neither Toyfriend/Tickler nor any of its retailers assumes any responsibility or liability for the use of this product.
There is a recycling symbol right on the back of the box. Thank you, Tickler Ltd!!! Please, please, please be sure to recycle the packaging!
The larger line of Toyfriends (Power Toyfriends, including Bubbly, Nosy, Seti, and Coney) are significantly more powerful than the smaller line (Original Toyfriends, including Cute, Rebel, Sunny, Mystic and Bunny), but they still are not quite strong enough for me. This toy makes for a nice little warm-up and I absolutely adore the rumbly vibrations, but it still can't quite get me there. This item definitely could have benefited from a slightly more powerful motor and perhaps two AA batteries instead of AAAs for a little more kick.
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