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Life In Plastic: TOY REVIEW: Ice Clan Dragon (McFarlane Toys ...

Ah, dragons, is there anything they can t make better? We could go on for years about what dragons represent in fiction, or the way modern ones have taken on feline characteristics in addition to basically being dinosaurs, or even how the four-legs-and-two-wings bone structure makes them six-legged. They re dragons. You know dragons.

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Dragon statues can be found in many a curio shop across the globe, and considering that McFarlane Toys has essentially made fancy statues for years, this seemed like a natural progression. The line lasted for a bunch of wves and several years, and is something that not only commands (wrongfully) high prices, they re looked upon really fondly. I used to have a ton, most of which are owned by a friend now but I ve kept all those terrain pieces, which show up in tons of my photos. And this dragon is no different any time I take a picture of a toy and need snow, I use its base!

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McFarlane Dragons were arranged by clans, suh as Fire, Water, Ice, Sorcerer, and Komodo(!). The Ice Clan came later int he game, with this figure the first one showing up in the sixth series of figures. This figure cost about £20 when I got it in 2006, so it should be easy to find it at *checks ebay* wait, what? Oooookayyyyy, this figure is now suddenly worth £60- £120. Blarghle. Grrrrrsk. I like it when people can AFFORD toys. Eh, be patient, you ll find a few. Wow. Ahem. Anyway. The figure comes with a display base. Wow.

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The dragon is pretty big he s only about four-fiveish inches tall, but he more than makes up for it in length, which is true for many of these figures. The dragon s got heft, too and although these come in various levels of durability and fragility, the Ice Dragon is one of the most sturdy. He s been bouncing around in boxes of mine for a while without any real damage (but now that I know the value, he ll be better-kept). This isn t like the later Aqua Clan Dragons, who just sort of disintegrate.

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His tail is bendable rubber. It s not the most flexible in the world (it s always going to be essentially the same shape and trajectory), but it is pretty durable. This one has not begun to rot or develop stress marks in the years it s been loose, after all.

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The dragon comes with a display base, a nice chunk of snow (albeit with some unsightly black pegs), that s big enough for all four of its feet and, in fact, good as a generic snow base a slong as you can ignore the pegs and tiny human.

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Speaking of that human, it s extremely small and usually has two arms. This is a teensy little wizard. Some of the Dragons came with humans, and this little guy can be easy to miss at times, but it s there. Unremovable, too.

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The peg holes on the dragon s feet aren t too obvious. its limited articuation a couple of points in the neck, and two limbs helps anchor it on the base, too. But aside from its head, you won t see many different poses for this figure. Its head has a gorgeous crest, and its eyes even look intelligent. Much of the credit can go to its fantastic paint job, in off-white and shades of blue, which manages to look both real and utterly fantastical. McFarlane tends to nail it on their paint, though, so this is no surprise.

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Its texturing is rather complex across the whole body, with leathery, scalry, and even some furry textures this dragon has some insulating hair around its ankles and feet, which just confuses what kind of animal it is even more.

Well, there you go! One of the many dragons in this beautiful line perhaps not the most accessible but certainly sturdy, and a great display piece. Someday, perhaps, we shall see some of the others in this line. Stay tuned!

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Toy Review: The Tantus Alan – Emmeline Peaches Reviews

As I removed the Alan1 from my thoroughly satisfied vagina the other day Mr. Peaches let out a chuckle and followed by a light tease: Haven t you tested that one enough? I snickered back and we bantered playfully for a while but we both knew the truth: he was absolutely right. Ever since I received the Alan2 to review I ve used it more than only of my other insertable testers. That s not to say that those testers are bad, or even less desirable, it s just there s something about the Alan3 which is intrinsically fuckable. It s not just a dildo. It s an everyday dildo: The kind you return to again and again for its gentle qualities and consistency. The Alan4 is not the most mind-blowing toy I ve tired, but it is one of the most reliably satisfying in a standard sense and this, ironically, makes it one of the most addictive too.

As a sex toy tester that s a problem. By virtue of our role we often have to try a toy, write about it and then move on to the next toy in the testing line. This means that sometimes, even if we absolutely adore how a certain toy feels, we may not be able to revisit it for a while as we move on to our next review product. The truth of the matter is I kept of testing the Alan5 because I wasn t ready to place it to one side yet. To me that perfectly encapsulates the Alan6.

The Tantus Alan

If I didn t know better I d say that the Alan7 avoided the name (Average) Joe purely because it would be a bit of a clich . However the Alan8 was actually named in tribute to a real person (though the dildo isn t moulded) after them. Buuut as a Brit I also can t help but think of this9 too.

Toy Review: The Tantus Alan – Emmeline Peaches ReviewsThe Tantus Alan pulls out all the stops.

I feel like in recent years the term average had received quite a lot of negative connotations, but I use it in the most flattering way possible when it comes to the Alan10. The Alan11 is a mostly-straight, 6.5 inch dildo with a 1.54 diameter and a reasonably shaped coronal ridge. By all intents the Alan12 is an incredibly standard looking dildo, but it s the average aspect of the Alan13 which makes it stand out so much. This dildo is the quintessential average dildo; it takes the formula and perfects it to the point where I would probably be fine using the Alan14 and nothing but the Alan15 as my go-to dildo for a month straight. Heck, I basically already have! Still, that s not to say that the Alan16 doesn t have distinctive features. It s incredibly realistic-looking dual density design can trick both the eye and any chosen orifice into having a very natural-feeling experience with this toy. Tantus 17 dual density design leaves the external silicone on the Alan18 feeling lovely and squishy whereas the firm inner core underneath makes it feel substantial and stable during use. Combined that Alan19 provides an experience which really does stand out compared to dual density silicone.

Silicone as a sex toy material is non-porous, phthalate-free and completely body-safe and Tantus20 uses only the finest Ultra-Premium silicone for their toys. However, because the Alan21 is so detailed it does require an incredibly thorough clean in order to make sure it s 100% ready for use each session. Thankfully the Alan22 can be boiled and is dishwasher safe, which will be reassuring for some. I personally use soap and water with varying degrees of success. Sometimes I need to rewash my Alan23, other times I was thorough enough. Another distinctive feature of the Alan24 is how versatile it is. The Alan25 has a little hole in the base which makes it compatible with a suction cup or a bullet vibrator. Both of these are included with the Alan26, really unlocking its potential. The bullet included is a little too weak for my personal tastes but the Alan27 can also accommodate the Tango28, making for a flawless vibrating experience. The Alan29 is also compatible with my self-propelled fucking chair which is pretty much the best thing ever. I swear when I attach the Alan30 to that chair I become an incoherent mess, but I digress.

Toy Review: The Tantus Alan – Emmeline Peaches ReviewsThe Alan works well with its suction cup but does droop a bit.

In addition to being useable as a standard dildo, a vibrating dildo, and a section cupped dildo, the Alan31 also has a flared base, making it harness compatible and anal friendly. Is there anything this dildo can t do?! All of these additional features really do bring out the best in Alan32, but the basis for these enhancements is the Alan33 itself; a dildo which manages to be both unassuming and utterly compelling all at the same time.

The Alan34 is not too small, but neither is it overly girthy. It doesn t have a substantial G-spot curve but the gentle coronal ridge combined with the grabbing texture and softness of the Alan s35 silicone provides ample sensation. It can vibrate if you want it to or it can just be a good old fashioned dildo. It s soft and straight enough for easy thrusting while having a firm core that makes this easier. The very feel of the Alan36 hits that happy middling point in the exact right way to allow for a wonderfully comforting and pleasantly fulfilling sensation. My orgasms with the Alan37 have never been what I would term earth shattering but they are still perfectly fulfilling and impressively prolonged. There was one point where I started orgasming with the Alan38 while Mr. Peaches and I were kissing and Mr. Peaches suddenly stopped, explained he had something in his eye, cleared out his eye and then resumed and throughout the whole thing I was still having an orgasm (and continued to while I also debated whether or not to include this anecdote in my review). This potential for prolonged orgasms is basically built in to the design of the Alan39. Alan40 orgasms provide the muscle contractions that you hope they would but they never challenge these contractions with additional girth or a design that s too slim or to smooth. The grabby silicone keeps providing stimulation with each clench, too, allowing for a continued stream of enjoyment that encourages more muscle spasms. It s a perfect combination really.

Toy Review: The Tantus Alan – Emmeline Peaches ReviewsPlenty of detail means a harder cleaning time and the Alan is a dust-magnet.

Now there are downsides to the Alan41 but, apart from the cleaning difficulties, I would term most of them as personal preference. If you want a girthy toy then the Alan42 isn t your friend. The same goes if you want a smooth toy, an overtly textured toy, a toy with more of a curve or a toy with a tad more definition on the head. However if you change these things then you ve essentially just made a brand new toy; one that would probably lack some of the versatility that the Alan43 champions, too. For me that s a trade-off I m just not prepared to make.

Final Thoughts

Overall I was thrilled with the Alan44 and my sadness that our tester-period has come to an end should be pretty damned apparent. There s no Honeymoon period either *sniff*

The Alan45 is a wholesome hunk of silicone that feels as dreamy as it does natural. With a vibrating bullet, a suction cup AND harness compatibility the Alan46 provides a completely versatile experience making it suitable for all occasions. The subtle head of the Alan47 and its gently textured shaft provide an almost tender experience during use, but that doesn t mean it can t provide a strong finish. Orgasms with the Alan48 warm my heart, leave me throbbing and always tempt me back for more. I hope you can get the same amount of pleasure and comfort from this delightfully average dildo.

Recommend to:

People who like standard sized/shaped dildos. People who like dual density. People looking for a good all-arounder.

Do Not Recommend to:

People who don t like realistic toys. People who prefer a curved dildo. People who don t want/need a suction cup and bullet compatible toy.

Tantus49 provided me with the Alan50 in exchange for an honest review. If you want to thank them and support my blog then please do consider using the affiliate links provided in this post to make your Tantus51 purchases.

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NECA Toys God Of War III – 7″ Ultimate Kratos Review (900th Toy …

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NECA Toys God Of War III Ultimate Kratos is a special commemorative release celebrating a decade of Sony s thrilling God of War video game series. This figure features a brand new sculpt with superior deco, detail, and tooling.

This menacing 7 scale action figure features over 30 points of articulation and an incredibly realistic sculpt. He s fully equipped to do battle with the gods themselves: accessories include two flaming Blades of Athena, two Cestus gauntlets, and two interchangeable head sculpts based on both the promotional art and in-game models for Kratos. Comes in collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with opening flap.

This is our 900th toy review! A new milestone has been reached!

Thank you to NECA Toys for providing their God Of War III 7 Ultimate Kratos figure for review.

Availability: February 2016

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Kratos stands at 7 tall and features one of the most impressive deco s that NECA Toys has ever done in our opinion. The grey wash is splattered over the lighter grey as well as the red on his torso, head, and left arm. The video game likeness here is uncanny, and NECA continues to make some great figure in their Ultimate line-up. Just like in the video game, Kratos includes the Blades of Athena, which he can store on his back as well as hold in his hands. The blades are not connected to the chains on his forearms, which is unlike the game. The chains are sculpted to his forearms, and the issue here is that they are painted in both gold and silver. These are mismatched, and the bracelets on his forearms that the chains are sculpted onto are gold, so it s a factory issue that the paint bleeds over on the chains. This is a small issue, considering that the figure is so great.

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He has a shoulder guard on his right shoulder, which is spattered in blood from his kills throughout the game. The shoulder guard below that can be removed so that the Nemean Cestus (lion head gauntlets) can be held. The shoulder guards have some nice detail on them, and both of them are made of soft plastic.

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The skirt is painted with a gold and brown pattern on the front, and around the sides and back it is left brown with some line work sculpted in to represent leather. The skirt is held in place by a belt, which is painted in gold and has a very nice detailed pattern all around it. The skirt also has the holes at the bottom as seen in the game, and the holes have a black ring over it sculpted on the front only. Underneath the skirt are bandages painted in grey that feature some nice sculpted texture.

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Kratos feet are sculpted in sandals, and over the feet are straps holding them in place. The straps are sculpted with line work and some black highlights, which makes it look realistic. These straps are also sculpted over his leg, and there are gold boots (we ll call them boots) over the straps with some black wash over it. Sculpted on the side of the boots are some light brown features, that are made of soft plastic and you can bend it. The features are nicely detailed, and have three layers. His feet are ball jointed, and they also have limited range of motion due to the boots. But this is a small set back. The sandals are also hinged at the front, and can slightly lift upward.

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On his back is a sheath for the Blades of Athena, which both can fit. The sheath is removable, and leaves two peg holes on his back. NECA thought of that, and is offering two plugs for the pack (polybagged and shown above). The plugs work nicely, but for our purposes we did not attempt to put them on and remove them. So we are unsure if there is any difficulty or not in removing them later on. The Blades of Athena have the same chain deco problem as stated above, with the silver and gold bleeding. as the forearms have. The blades are very nicely detailed and made of translucent orange plastic, and feature some nicely sculpted detail and they even have skulls above the handles.

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Kratos also includes an interchangeable closed mouth head sculpt, and two Nemean Cestus (lion head gauntlets). The Nemean Cestus are incredible. The face of the lion head is very detailed with sharp fangs, a lion s mane, nose, eyes, and mouth. The back of it is opened in parts, where you can see Kratos arm inside as he uses this weapon. His arms fit nicely inside, and just remember to remove the lower arm guard before placing it into his arm, otherwise it won t fit.

Overall:

NECA Toys have once again done an incredible job on the sculpting and painting of this figure. The video game likeness is incredible and Kratos looks like he just jumped out of the game, and onto your toy shelves. While there are some minor issues as stated above, they are small compared to this highly detailed figure. Fans of the video game franchise and NECA Toys will love this one.

Highly Recommended!

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