29 September 2012

Doc Johnson "The Big Man"


I'm a big fan of the stranger looking toys out there, so when I saw the Big Man I instantly started wondering how that shape would feel inside, and it wasn't long before it inevitably found its way into my possession.

The Big Man is a new and unusually-shaped butt plug from Doc Johnson's platinum silicone range, and it comes available in a choice of either purple or black. I opted for the purple version and I can't help but think that it reminds me of "Grimace" from the McDonald's family of characters, but I'm sure there would be numerous complaints if this particular toy ever showed up in a Happy Meal. The plug features an angled tip that leans off-centre, and which is pointed approximately 45 degrees away from the vertical. On one side of the plug the contours following on from the tip form the shape of a tear drop, or a droplet of water, while on the opposite side the outline shows three pronounced ridges which wrap around before softening and blending into the rest of the shape. The final third of the plug is quite traditional with a gently-rounded underside to the bulb, which adjoins the neck and then the base.

The Big Man is a rather large plug, especially considering that it's the middle-sized model of this particular toy design. Usually with Doc Johnson plugs when there's a size option I go "Super", as in the case of the Super Big End and the Super Big Guy, but I did a little checking first and realised that going any larger than simply "Big" would be a mistake in this circumstance. The Big Man stands at a shave over 5 5/8" tall, which as you can see from the photos below makes it taller than the Super Big End, although not by a great deal. Of this length 5 1/4" are insertable, which is 1/4" more than with the Super Big End. The first place where the plug is smaller than the Super Big End is in its circumference around the widest point, which is 1/4" less at 7 1/4", and it also has a comparatively narrow neck size at only 3 3/4" around. On the whole the two plugs are in a similar league, but what the Big Man falls short on in width it makes up for with extra length, so it's important to be mindful of this. It's definitely a plug for the advanced user.

The base of the plug is 2 1/2" wide which is a nice big size to make it anal safe. Oddly the base of the plug is completely round instead of oblong. I can't really see any justification for making the base this shape, other than that someone in charge of the designs felt bored and decided to try something different that week. I suppose arguably it could be said to add something to the aesthetics of the plug, but I'm not sure that I'd buy that. I'm not a huge fan of round bases simply because they're more bulky. Oblong bases are slimline and nestle more comfortably between the buttocks, whereas round ones are ultimately more noticeable, especially for long-term wear. The other issue with a round base, especially on a plug of an asymmetric design such as this one, is that they can swivel. It's possible for the plug to rotate inside you whilst you're wearing it, and there's no way for you to know which way it's facing other than to remove it. If you have a strong preference towards the plug facing a certain direction then this could prove bothersome. This wouldn't be an issue with an oblong base as they become anchored in place along the cleft of the buttocks. The upside is, of course, that if you do actually wish to rotate the plug inside you then it's much more easily done with this shaped base.


The Big Man is made entirely from a platinum silicone like a number of Doc Johnson products. It's a really high quality material which is odourless, non-porous, and completely body-safe. Unusually the silicone that's used in this product is much firmer than that which Doc Johnson typically make their toys from. It's the same as the silicone used in the Super Big Guy and is really stiff and hard to compress, so it's definitely something worth noting. The toy is constructed quite well out of a single piece of silicone, so there are no mould-lines present anywhere along the surface. The only niggle I have is with a portion of the base where a little piece of silicone seems to be flaking away. One would have hoped that quality control would have spotted this, but it isn't a major problem.

Inserting the plug requires a little jiggling around due to its shape; you can't simply squat over it and lower yourself down onto it, as is often easier with larger plugs, due to the angled tip getting in the way. The tip itself is quite small and easy to get inside, so it helps to insert that first while you're in a more comfortable position, then shift and lower yourself onto the rest of it. The size of the plug means that it's going to be a stretch even for someone with decent anal experience, and this draws more attention to the ridges on one side. The bumps are definitely noticeable going in, especially because of the firm material which prevents them from being so readily flattened under pressure, and this makes a nice change from your typical conical plug. You have a couple of options about which way you wish to orientate the Big Man, but I found the best one was with the tip pointing towards the backbone and with the ridges facing the prostate. Once the plug is fully inside it feels surprisingly big which seems to be a by-product of the firmer silicone. It's definitely less comfortable inside than the Super Big End, and I couldn't imagine keeping it there for extended periods, but the upside is that the ridges really press firmly against the prostate and provide constant stimulation. For the most part the extra length of the tip didn't prove bothersome, and I can be quite sensitive to these things as I found with the Super Big Guy, so I was pleased about that. Rotating the plug so that it was facing the opposite direction was something which I found much less enjoyable; while doing so did relieve some of the intense pressure on the prostate, having the tip angled forwards felt less comfortable and as though it was poking me inside. The base was reasonably comfortable to wear and made a nice handle to grab onto when it came to removing the plug. Thankfully when it was time to pull the plug out it was very easy to do so due to the rounded underside of the bulb, even with the neck being slightly narrow, so there was no discomfort to be had there.


As silicone is one of the most hygienic and non-porous materials a sex toy can be made from cleaning is an ease. The plug can be washed with antibacterial soap and hot water, sprayed with a specialist toy cleaner, as well as being boiled, wiped down with a 10% bleach solution, or popped in the dishwasher to sterilise it Remember to only use water-based lubricants with a silicone toy.

The packaging for the Big Man is of a very simple plastic clamshell design, and is a little too bulky to be convenient to store the toy in on a day-to-day basis.

Overall I think the Big Man is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand I really like the shape and the colour, and then on the other I'm just not a fan of how hard the material is, nor the design of the base. What it really boils down to is that there are plugs of this size that I like more than the Big Man, and that I can comfortably wear for longer periods, so it's probably not going to see that much use in the future.

You can buy the Big Man from EdenFantasys.

Platinum Silicone anal toys have a curvaceous tip and waved body that are absolutely perfect for all of you prostate stimulation fans out there.

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