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Waterproof Gemini - Fusion Edition

Studio: Evolved » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/2/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Evolved Novelties is helmed by none other than Greg Alves, the man known for putting Metro on the map, starting up Zero Tolerance, and more recently fighting asshat pirates successfully, winning a multimillion dollar judgement.  So, why does Greg think he can carve out a niche in an ultra competitive market dominated by the likes of Doc Johnson, Adam & Eve, TopCo, and a few others?  First, he teamed up with equally well known Gregg Alan, a guy you may know as the head honcho at Diabolic (another favorite production company of mine) and the two took a different approach.  Rather than go cheap with their toys, they decided to take it slow and easy, using high end materials and quality testing practices, resulting in toys like the Waterproof Gemini. This was my third toy from the company to test and given the results of the other two, I know that there are going to be some really happy ladies out there when word gets around.

I was half surprised when I read online that the Gregs were not trying to compete with the big boys of toys ("Alves says launching Evolved Novelties isn't an attempt to compete with the adult toy manufacturers already on the market. Instead, just as when he launched Zero Tolerance, he is simply looking for his own place in the market.") but given the three I was sent to try out, they might be competing before long as the copycat syndrome in porn production is even more rampant in the world of sex toys.

From his interview at AVN online:  "Alves says he doesn't intend to flood the market. "We did not cut any corners," he says. "All of our toys are quality-tested. We really tried to go as high-end as possible, from the motors to the finish of the toy itself and even the stones used in some of the jewel-encrusted vibrators. We are only going to be releasing about six a month so we don't flood the market. The first month, you're going to see a couple of toys from each line we're launching." Though Alves and Alan are confident in the products that are ready to be unveiled, they have taken a humble approach to launching the line.  "We're not coming into this with a haughty attitude or acting like we know everything," Alves says. "In the last few years, we've been learning as we've gone along, but we've remained consistent in our commitment to put out the best finished goods possible. Ultimately, if we don't listen to what retailers want, we'll look foolish. We are trying to make something different. We are trying to carve our own niche in the market without directly competing with the other companies."

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Measuring in at 9.5" tall and thinner than either the Amore or the Honey Bunny,  this baby blue device was like a next step toy as it added a second vibrator with a separate motor to generate additional vibrations on the other end, effectively making it a double headed vibrator.  The version I received was light blue in color but seemingly unlike any "el cheapo" model I've looked at from a dozen lesser companies.  What set it apart right away was the cool packaging, a plain white sleeve surrounding a nice metal case with foam inside, hinges holding the top onto the body.  Having given plenty of toys out for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day, and just because I'm a swell guy, I always hate wrapping up some hard plastic shell of a package that looks as lame as stuff you buy at the dollar store.  The case had such a cool design on it that my primary toy testing buddy Nadine wanted to get the logo tattooed on her arm or back (it has a heart in the middle with flowery loops).  Bringing her back from her mental exercise in body art, she told me that she really liked the packaging too ("a nice balance between form and function").

The Waterproof Gemini takes four AAA batteries (yes, four of them) and unlike the True Love series, this device is less about raw power than a focused set of pulses that work really well for some people.  This one was made of a harder form of plastic that some people don't like as much as the jelly style (Nadine kept an open mind but not an empty head about it, finding the others more suited for her fluffy body) but as she pointed out, the thinner shape is better suited for anal probing (Shades of X-Files!) and could theorhetically be used by two ladies at once (I'm still waiting to see that happen folks).

After she left, I tested it to check the waterproof nature of the device and it passed with flying colors, the controls on the middle of the toy being a couple of simple push buttons that were easy to control; one of them controlling overall vibration from one motor while the other controlled the pulsations with a few weird patterns that might take some getting used to.  The "O" ring kept water from destroying the electronics and it was quite easy to clean, making it Recommended given how it was made of a material she wasn't as fond of and the controls did not give as much confidence that they would remain contamination free (to be fair, no problems have been found as of yet but the testing is only a few days old now thanks to Hurricane Ike tearing up my region and killing power). 

If the Waterproof Gemini is any indication of things to come, I suspect both gentlemen will be making more money from toys than their award winning movies (though I hope they continue to provide both).  For the record, this was part of the "Fusion Edition"  line and it was made in China for the socially conscious but you'll want to stock up on extra batteries while experimenting since it takes twice as many!   The rest of the tech specs were found in our forums as follows:

Fusion Edition
Fusion, a precision-crafted dual-headed massager, offers a breathtaking blend of form and functionality. With its artisan inspired design and 16 finely-tuned functions of vibration and pulsation, you will achieve an unparalleled synthesis of harmony and bliss. Whether it's used alone or with a partner, Fusion will meld both, body and soul.
•shower & bath-friendly
• made from hygienic ABS
•phthalate-free and body-safe
• 2 independent vibrating heads
•easy push button silicone controls
•16 combinations of speed and vibration
•maximum intensity with minimum noise
•ultra-powerful motor soothes and seduces
•sensually covered in a satin smooth coating

Lastly, it mentions it is RoHS compliant which essentially means the device is free of many specific health hazard chemicals, this from the RoHS website in the EU:
The definition and aim of the RoHS directive is quite simple. The RoHS directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic and electronic equipment. Any RoHS compliant component is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). For Cadmium and Hexavalent chromium, there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight at raw homogeneous materials level. For Lead, PBB, and PBDE, there must be no more than 0.1% of the material, when calculated by weight at raw homogeneous materials. Any RoHS compliant component must have 100 ppm or less of mercury and the mercury must not have been intentionally added to the component. In the EU, some military and medical equipment are exempt from RoHS compliance.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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