If you would have asked me just a few years ago what I thought about sex toys, the word “boring” likely would have been one of the most descriptive adjectives I could have come up with. Pink, purple, blue, skin tone. Looks like the real thing or looks basic and functional. Boring. So boring.
Luckily I decided to dig a little deeper in my quest for that mythical rainbow holographic dildo.
Early on I found common adult store toys like BS’s Pride Rainbows or NS Novelties’ Colours Pleasures, which all looked more interesting than a single-color toy but didn’t quite scratch the itch. A bit later I found LuzArte’s line of Jollet glitter dildos then Uberrime’s glittery Astra and their line of gorgeous Night Kings and fuck yeah! Sparkle and color! Take me to where more of that sort of thing is!
On closer approach to the fantasy market, Split Peaches and Lust Arts both grabbed me, especially between their respective Unicorn Horn and Lust Burster. Dildos that don’t look like dicks? What? So awesome! That of course led right into the wonderful world of food-themed dildos.
That’s around the time I learned about Bad Dragon. A tiny bit of research later and I had opened up an entire world of beautiful fantasy toys made by hundreds of independent shops across the world. From there it didn’t take long to create a personal “best of” shop list to share, eventually leading to the creation of this website. For that, though, I haven’t yet shared a list of individual toy design favorites. Now’s the time.
Let’s focus mostly on the last year, shall we?
One of the first fantasy toy shops I found through Etsy was Love Muscle Toys, a shop specializing in darker leanings somewhere between sci-fi and horror. Their Skull Pillar design screams “buy me” every time I see it pop onto my feed.
I’d be crazy not to mention Velvet Alley next. Their shop is, what, a year old? Yet they already make top of the line morbid, horror-esque, and gothic toys. Behold:
The third toy – the blender – is a stroker. Are you fucking kidding me? How has no one done this before?! I’m not even the target audience for it and I want one just to have one.
My evidently macabre interests naturally found Factory D to be a quality addition to the visual memory bank when they came out with a brain design earlier this year. Similarly, their Atlantis design is captivating. Just look at those colors.
Next on the morbid menu and tripping off some trypophobia for some (among other fears not pictured below) were Something Squishy both having an excellent approach to design and adding interesting things inside their existing toys, fully taking advantage of the Near Clear silicone bandwagon a few months ago.
While you might be thinking “I would have to buy a soft toothbrush to clean some of these toys” and now have dentistry on the mind, I bring you Darque Path. It took everything in me this summer to not spend money I didn’t have on their tooth squishy, and just as that faded they came out with a witch’s cauldron. Hands down, the Hallows cauldron was my favorite insertable toy I saw this past year.
While we’re turning things into things, how ’bout some lamp love? How has no one made a silicone lava lamp dildo before now? Or have they and, for the niche, it fell off into forever unknown obscurity? I find that doubtful. Nawty Toy Box, already making beautiful dildos, provides:
Similarly super colorful and eye-catching comes Darker Horse Toys. Their Moanstone was an immediate no-duh for me, but then they came out with their Baphomet design, making the concepts of satan and sin look just so cute.
Many of these toys walk the line between sex toy and display piece, where at a glance you’d likely miss that they were sex toys at all, so now it’s time for a sincere attempt at fantasy dick. That brings us to Sasquatch by Happy Hole Toys. Ever seen the horror movie Willow Creek? That.
And This. Is. Nothing. There are so many more shops, toys, colorations, styles and approaches to silicone sex toys out there both past and present, and I can’t conceivably cover everything in a single post. This is a mere drop in the bucket of toys that have caught my attention over the past year or so of preparing for and keeping this site.
If you like what you see, please check out these shops and have a gander at the directory for way, way more cool shit.