8 July 2012

Tantus Goddess Handle

Recently Tantus have gone and given their popular dildo the Goddess a bit of a revamp, and added a brand new handle to the base. EdenFantasys were kind enough to send it to me to review this month, and you can see what I thought about it after the jump!

The Goddess Handle is a one of a pair of new products from Tantus this year, including the Echo Handle, which follows the success of the Anaconda - Tantus's first handled dildo - by adding a handle to the base of one of their most popular designs. 

The dildo has a total length of 10 3/4", with 6 1/2" of this designed to be insertable, and the remainder taken up by the 4 1/4" handle. The handle itself has a matte finish to add grip, while the insertable portion is similar to the original Goddess in design, and features a smooth shiny surface.

The Goddess Handle has an interesting shape, featuring a lot of texture, but in contrast to the original Goddess this texture is significantly less pronounced. At the top of the dildo is a nice bulbous head which flares out at the sides like a bell, forming the widest point of the toy at 4 3/4" around. Beneath this the circumference narrows slightly to an average of 4 3/8" going into the shaft. On the reverse of the dildo the shaft is almost completely smooth, with only some shallow vertical grooves wrapping around from the sides, but on the front it's a different matter. The front of the dildo features three raised areas each of which takes the form of an almost triangular shape, with its peak pointed towards the head. This texture is really quite subtle, and is nowhere near as pronounced as in the Echo. The texture stops short of the handle, leaving a 1 1/4" section that is completely smooth, and that has the narrowest circumference of the shaft at only 4 1/4"

The Goddess Handle is made from 100% platinum silicone, like all Tantus products, but what's unusual for Tantus is that the silicone is very firm. Most Tantus toys have a nice degree squishability and flex in them, and you can squeeze them and bend them about with relative ease. The Goddess Handle is very different though; there's little give in the material at all when you try to squeeze it, and it's quite inflexible. The need for this rigidity is understandable when considering the addition of the handle, as due to the extra length and weight of material it needs to hold its shape and not bend about too much during use. The construction of the Goddess Handle is impeccable, as I've come to expect from Tantus. The dildo is made entirely in one piece, and the surface is free from any mould lines or imperfections. The "strawberry" colour of the material is a bright fluorescent-neon pink, which is a much bolder shade than the "pearl pink" used in other Tantus toys.

The slender design of the Goddess Handle makes it nice and easy to insert, especially if you're using it anally, but you still get a little "pop" from the flare of the head as it goes in. The end is somewhat blunt, so for a complete novice it might not be the best toy for first anal use. The subtle texture of the Goddess is really nice for thrusting, and the whole dildo slides in and out of the body seamlessly, with very little friction. If you're completely relaxed when thrusting then the texture isn't that obvious, but if you squeeze down tightly against the dildo with your muscles then you can really feel it. I find that this is the most pleasurable way to enjoy the Goddess; if you attempt it with the Echo it can feel too intense, but the amount of texture on the Goddess is just right to provide pleasurable stimulation as the bumps slide in and out, but without it being too much.   The slim girth of the dildo means that it doesn't feel that filling when it's inside, but the texture compensates for this perfectly, so it balances out. Another nice feature of the dildo is how the material reacts to the body. The longer you're using it the more of your body heat the silicone will soak up, until the temperature reaches equilibrium and a wonderfully natural feeling results.

One of the main features of the Goddess Handle is in fact the handle itself, and this is useful in more than one way; if you like to squat over your dildos and ride them, as opposed to manually thrusting, then you can still do that, the handle just provides a little extra height so you don't need to squat so low, which can be quite useful. The handle can also be used in the manner that it's intended - to aid thrusting - whether by yourself or with a partner. The handle is very solid, providing a firm grip, and allowing you to direct your thrusts where you want them to go, especially if you're trying to angle the tip into the prostate for example. I wouldn't say that it's the best dildo for stimulating the prostate, just in terms of its shape, but with careful manipulation via the handle you can quickly have it hitting your sweet spots.

One thing I don't like about the Goddess Handle is the firmness of the material; if you're thrusting quite vigorously with the dildo, or have a partner that's using it on you, and you accidentally go too deep then it can be quite painful, especially anally. The rectum is notably quite shallow, so if you happen to hit the top of it when you're thrusting then it can feel like a battering ram, as there's not enough give in the material to cushion the impact, nor enough flex for the dildo to bend around and go deeper into the colon. Personally I find that this lets the product down, as it's really designed to be used on you by another person, but you have to make sure that they're going to be extra careful with it, or else you're going to be too worried about them potentially injuring you to enjoy the experience. I think it would have been better if Tantus had designed it with the firmer silicone only in the bottom half of the dildo, to allow for some flexibility near the tip where it's needed.

When it comes for caring for the dildo it's a very simple affair. Silicone is a naturally odourless and non-porous material, which lends itself to a variety of cleaning methods, including sterilisation. You can wash it with antibacterial soap and hot water, use a toy wipe, pop it in the dishwasher, wipe it down with a 10% bleach solution, and even leave it submerged in boiling water for a couple of minutes - provided you can find a pan large enough to put it in. The only downside is that you'll probably want to wash the dildo before use as well as after, as the material does attract a lot of dust. As always with silicone, remember to only use water-based lubes.

Overall I'm pretty pleased with the Goddess Handle. It's another quality product from Tantus that certainly has its own variety of uses. The only let down for me is just how firm the material is, and for that reason I'd probably be more inclined to go for the regular Goddess instead.

You can buy the Goddess Handle directly from Tantus, as well as EdenFantasys.

1 comment:

  1. I was having a hard time choosing between this version of the Goddess and the normal one. I think I just figured it out. Thanks for the review!

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