People love VixSkin—it’s as simple as that. But because my own experience with the VixSkin Maverick wasn’t an overwhelming success, I knew I had to try more VixSkin, to give this beloved line of dual-density silicone dildos a second chance. Enter Vixen Creations’ VixSkin Johnny.
Johnny is beautiful. More realistic-looking than the VixSkin classics Mustang and Maverick,1 Johnny features a lifelike forward bent, a pronounced (but not exaggerated) coronal ridge, and a retracted-foreskin section that I find incredibly attractive.
And, most importantly for my discerning vag, Johnny feels slightly firmer than Maverick (review here). Read the next section of this review for my mini-essay on realistic dildos, or skip to the “In Use” section for details about how Johnny feels!
Dual-Density Dildos vs. Dicks
First, a little background. The big idea behind dual-density silicone dildos is that they always remains erect, no matter how fast you thrust, while also giving the sensation of skin-like softness. This means that (in theory at least) a dual-density dildo can feel a lot more like an actual penis than a single-density silicone toy.2
Some dual-density dildos feel more realistic than others, though. And VixSkin is often cited as being the most-realistic-feeling dual-density line. I mostly agree with this: I think VixSkin shafts are very convincing in use, but the heads…well, they’re squishy-squishy.
That’s right, VixSkin heads are doubly, super-duper squishy.3 This makes them incredibly fun to poke, squeeze, and suck on. But it also means that they have more give than a full-out erection.4 And some VixSkin heads are a little softer than others, depending on how far each model’s firm core goes up into the head.
So this is why I chose Johnny: I knew that, unlike Maverick, whose head is all squish, Johnny’s core extends partway up into the head.
And I wanted this little bit of extra firmness. Also, Johnny’s outer layer of silicone may be slightly thinner than Maverick’s; the shaft feels a bit firmer overall—more realistic, in my opinion.5
My point in telling you all this, basically, is that dildos are dildos and penises are penises—don’t expect too much.6 That said, I am really glad that I got a Johnny for those times when I want a realistic-looking dick and there’s not a live one available. Here’s more about how Johnny feels, in all its glorious, squishy demi-realism.
In Use: Johnny, Johnny, Johnny…7
Facing Forward: Cowgirl/Missionary
Even though I don’t think VixSkin is exactly like the real deal, Johnny is an awesome dildo. I can ride, and ride, and ride Johnny, on and on. Because of VixSkin’s softness, using Johnny is never uncomfortable8
Johnny is also the perfect size for me: the product listing says that the maximum diameter is 1.75″, but my measuring tape shows Johnny’s coronal ridge coming in at 6″ circumference (≈1.9″ diameter).9 And the 7″ length is great too—a little more than I actually want inserted, so that I can wrap the extra length around to better hit the underside of my clit on the way out.
With its soft head, Johnny is easy for me to insert with no warmup.10 Johnny’s head is the perfect shape: nicely rounded at first, followed by a slight curve inward, and then finished off by a generous, flared coronal ridge.11 (I’m all about ridges, and Johnny is definitely not lacking in this department.) The top third of an inch is the squishiest part, and then I can feel Johnny’s firm core begin at the most rounded part of its head. But the coronal ridge is still very gentle; it’s noticeable, for sure, but the silicone is soft enough that it bends up or down with each fast stroke.
This is why I think Johnny feels most realistic when I use short, slow thrusts instead of fast ones. As Johnny’s big ridge gently strokes my G-spot, I can imagine that it is a real penis. But when I make Johnny go faster, the squishiness of Johnny’s head becomes more obvious, and I have to thrust harder than normal to achieve orgasm. Yes, it takes me longer than normal to come on Johnny than on firmer dual-density toys, but it’s time well spent once I feel myself spasming around Johnny.
When I am riding Johnny fast—which is most of the time, because that’s my style—the foreskin ridging is as noticeable as the coronal ridge. I’m really glad for that extra texture. It creates the kind of drag that I find stimulating in the best way.
Finally, moving down the shaft, the pronounced veins are an interesting detail. I don’t notice them a lot, but they do gently tug at the mouth of my vagina.
But the BALLS
As much as I enjoy thrusting Johnny by hand, Johnny’s low-hanging balls make it awkward to do for long. (And I know I’m not alone in this: I’ve seen at least two people write into Reddit’s Sex Toys sub in the last four months asking it was possible/safe to cut through silicone just because they also wanted to castrate Johnny.)12 Of course, if you’re using Johnny in a harness, this won’t be a problem, but if you’re using it solo, be prepared!
With some dildos, I can just wrap my hand around the balls and jerk for a good while without discomfort, but holding Johnny’s large base hurts even my experienced wrist after a couple minutes. Sure, the balls are squishy and sometimes I like to squeeze them, but for a successful masturbation experience, I really have to ride Johnny instead of thrusting the dildo by hand.
I tried to solve this problem by fitting Johnny into my new Liberator Wing toy mount‘s dildo hole (which is way too narrow).13 This makes Johnny’s balls the anchor that holds the shaft in place, and it works OK for hands-free riding.14 Plus, I’m sure that twisting Johnny’s balls to fit it into the Wing’s small opening will cause the toy’s base to bend, like Johnnies already tend to do with time or if not stored upright.15
But, despite all my complaints about them, Johnny’s balls do have one benefit. If Johnny’s head is facing the back of my vag, the dildo’s long ball-shelf can actually hold a small bullet vibe. This works if I’m kneeling or standing with Johnny almost fully inserted, but not moving it around. I would 100% recommend writing sex toy reviews—or anything, really—like this.
Speaking of facing Johnny backward…
In general, I’m much, much more likely to pick cowgirl over doggy style for both PIV and with dildos. But I’ve found Johnny to be great fun when its head is pressing into the back wall of my vag. My back wall is much less sensitive than the front (witness my Fun Factory Boss review), and so it really can’t distinguish much difference between Johnny and an actual penis. Though I’m a lot less likely to orgasm when riding anything cowgirl, Johnny’s squishy head feels amazing pressed into my back wall. And the shaft is everything I’ve ever hoped for from a dual-density dildo.
TL;DR: High-Quality Squish
VixSkin’s Johnny is a great replica of a penis. For around $100, you get a toy whose shaft feels pretty darn realistic in use (especially once it’s lubed up). And, though I love thrusting Johnny, its head doesn’t quite have the impact that a real cock head does on my G-spot. But that’s OK, because Johnny is still great to squish around while using a vibe. Plus, despite its larger size, Johnny is a comfortable ride; I like using it doggy-style especially because the back wall of my vag isn’t so picky about firmness. (And if I were able to take dildos as big as Johnny anally, then I’m sure it’d be a very pleasant match.)
The VixSkin Johnny is available in three flesh tones, or check out all the VixSkin options. If you’d like more firmness, Johnny comes in purple and black single-density silicone too.
I’d like to thank Vixen Creations for sending me this dildo (and for their great customer service) in exchange for my honest review!
- I like the foreskin-esque ridges on these toys and all, they’re just not realistic realistic—they’re stylized realism.
- I say “in theory” because some dual-density dildos feel a lot more realistic than others. Plus, dual-density dildos don’t have to look realistic. For people who don’t want a toy that looks like a disembodied cock, I’d suggest the Tantus Flurry and Cush, the VixSkin Raquel, and Blush’s Real Nude line. Or, Doc Johnson’s TruSkyn series includes the Tru Touch and the Tru Curve. See the Dual-Density section of my firmness guide for a complete listing of dual-density silicone options.
- This outer layer is probably somewhere around 00-30 silicone, like “soft” fantasy toy options. See my Silicone Dildo Firmness Guide for full details. This is in comparison with the outer layer of Tantus’ dual-density silicone toys, which is 5(A?) shore, so somewhat firmer than VixSkin but still soft.
- I’d argue that the uncored heads of some Tantus O2 toys and some Tantus Super Soft toys feel most cock-head-like. But it’s a trade-off: Tantus O2 shafts are firmer than penis shafts. I have to ask myself: Do I want a more realistic shaft and a softer head (VixSkin), or a more realistic head and a slightly-too-firm shaft (Tantus O2)? I pretty much always opt for the firmer choice—like my Uncut #1—if I’m looking for fast vaginal orgasms.
- If you ignore the stickiness of VixSkin silicone, that is. Softer silicones are often tacky, plus VixSkin includes silicone lube within the silicone blend, something that I’m guessing adds to the stickiness.
- Unless you’re willing to spend upward of $400: I’m itching to try out a Sinthetics Upgraded (dual-density) dildo and a RealCock one day. These expensive options may be more realistic-feeling; I can’t say.
- Heading inspired by the early Red Hot Chili Peppers song “Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky.“
- If I’m using enough lube, of course.
- But if you are looking for a toy that’s about 1.75″, Johnny shouldn’t be too much of a stretch because of the softness of the ridge. The rest of the shaft is about 5.75″ max., so about 1.8″.
- Of course, YMMV.
- Another dildo with a similar head shape that I really, really love is the BS Is Nice Nude.
- My answer to this question is: Sure, it’s possible, but if you don’t have a really sharp knife, you could easily damage the toy (or yourself?) beyond repair, and create jagged edges that would also be awkward to grasp. Then, because Johnny’s balls are dual-density, cutting them off could cause the outer layer of silicone to start peeling. In the end, this could not only look bad, but make Johnny impossible to fully sanitize.
- Definitely not designed for larger toys. To fit larger bases, you have to remove the outer cover of the Wing and then really wiggle the toy base.
- I may have already pulled a few stitches out of the Wing’s lining this way, though. Here’s how the set-up looks:
- It’s best to keep Johnny stored in its box, standing upright, if you care about keeping the balls as straight as when they were new.