Did you ever fantasize about making love with a mythical creature? Maybe you’ve always longed to drop your pants and thrill her with the throbbing appendage of a well-hung werebeast? At first glance, these fantasies may seem a little far out and fanciful? If you do harbor these desires, and many, many do, regular toys just don’t cut it. Bad Dragon, however, is changing all that. With a range of high quality, customizable fantasy sex toys for her and him that will blow your mind, over the last ten years Bad Dragon has redefined the sex toy industry. We caught up with them for this month’s Unbound Interview.
Bad Dragon has made a pretty big splash in the toy scene over the last ten years but for those who do not know, what is Bad Dragon and what exactly do you do?
Bad Dragon is a sex toy company, specializing in fantasy toys. Fantasy toys being toys based around Fantasy beings and creations across mythology, media, stories, etc. The aim is to have a toy that we loosely based on said character, but then leave the scenario for the customer to… Well… Fantasize about when using the product. This is aided by the unique textures and design we give to our products, allowing for all sorts of different and unique play. Our slogan is ‘Making Fantasies Real’ which is the focus we have in products and marketing we release.
How did the company come into existence and how did you pinpoint a gap in the market for fantastical sex toys?
The company is the brainchild of our current CEO Jan ‘Varka’ Mulders. He has always been attracted to the idea of adult fantasy, and was actually surprised that there were no adult fantasy toys out in the market when he was researching some to purchase. So finding a need he wanted fulfilled he set out to make one, just to see if he could, and when showing it to friends and close associates of his he was happy to see a very apparent appeal towards the product in others. So with that confidence boost in this being something that could absolutely spark into a need for the world, he created Bad Dragon alongside our other board of directors.
Who do Bad Dragon toys appeal to? Do you target a particular fetish lifestyle or do you find your products sell across the board?
Bad Dragon toys appeal to anyone who has a desire to explore a more adult side of fantasy play, or who is looking for one of the most body safe and well crafted adult toys on the market. There are no particular fetish or lifestyle our product is aimed towards, really our products sell across the board to any facet of life.
Describe some of the products you create. If I was a first time visitor to your website, what are some of the things I will find?
We create adult sex toys from dildos, masturbator sleeves, Wearables (silicone sheaths) lubricant, toy cleaner, etc. All our toys are made from 100% Platinum Cured Silicone, which is the highest grade silicone used in adult products. They are 100% body safe, non porous, hypoallergenic, and incredibly high quality in design and durability (even dishwasher and boiling safe!). The designs of the toys range quite vastly, so this is an instance where seeing is believing in many ways! However I will say that we also have a vast range of sizes, so we welcome you to use the toy sizing scale and a credit card to see how the sizes would look like in real time.
Everybody obviously knows what a dildo is, and you also make masturbators or sleeves which people will likely be familiar with too. Wereables and Packers, can you explain what they are for the uninitiated?
Wereables are silicone ‘sheaths’ that can be worn to ‘enhance’ male genitalia to give textures and thickness to girth that you would find on products like ours. The Wereables can also be fitted over our products as well to give the same effect if you happen to want something slightly thicker, or specifically the wearable texture. As for Packers they are super soft silicone versions of our products, intended to be ‘packed’ in underwear to simulate having male genitalia.
What is the creative process when developing new toys? Do you guys cosplay? How do you come up with designs and how do you get from an idea on paper to selling it on your website? And maybe you could tell us more about Bad Dragon Labs and the purpose behind that?
The creative process typically involves brainstorming sessions after researching current media, mythos, and in general fantasies that appeal to both us and our customers. Much of the creative process however is just firing off ideas and seeing what might stick, or what would be achievable given the specific time we want to launch a release for our schedule. Some of our staff do cosplay, and characters from various anime, video games, manga, movies, shows, etc definitely are on our radar for potential designs. As for getting it from paper to selling it on our website there is a ton of R&D and prototypes of designs to be physically made, reviewed, assessed on feasibility for sizing and color options, then either accepted or shelved for a later date or redesign. Finally for Bad Dragon Labs this was a community based voting system where designers could post their design, get it reviewed and critiqued by the community, and finally voted on to see if their toy would be made by us. The ultimate goal was to literally make a designers fantasy become a reality for a toy they were wanting to bring to life, with us acting as the manufacturer of the design. However, this has been shelved for the time being as we feel Bad Dragon Labs needed to be more fleshed out, in order to create a better overall experience for everyone within the process. We do have every intention of bringing back the heart and purpose we originally had for Bad Dragon Labs, however it will come at a later date and might not be called Bad Dragon Labs.
Your toys are customizable. Some of your toys have a choice of size and firmness that customers can request when they order. Size is fairly self-explanatory but can you explain why firmness matters and why some might prefer a softer toy over harder product?
We offer three different firmnesses on our dildos; Soft, Medium, and Firm. Medium is the default firmness we offer, and is aimed to simulate as close as possible to the feeling of a real fully erect penis. This is the firmness we recommend for customers who are unsure of the firmness, or are first time buyers. The other firmnesses are for more experienced users, who have a specific density/firmness they are aiming to get from sex toys. A general rule of thumb to follow is a softer toy will be harder to insert, but offers a unique feeling and the softer textures can be appealing. As for more firm, this is easier to insert, but it is quite firm so it is less flexible in maneuvering around, but the solid density is appealing to many. We offer sample disks of our various firmnesses to aid in choosing, however it does really come down to personal experience and exploration of where your preferences are. I will say also that size matters when it comes to firmness as well, some people love small toys in Firm, but will only do medium toys in the Medium firmness, it all depends on preference and trying things out.
You clearly take a lot of care in designing and creating your toys. The colors, the materials, they all look very high end. What is/are the fundamental qualities of a Bad Dragon toy that set you apart from the rest?
The fundamental quality we aim for is one of, if not, the best quality customizable sex toy you can purchase out in the market. All our toys are made from 100% platinum cured silicone, so no fillers are ever added. We offer unique and customizable colors for all our toys, allowing for incredibly appealing and creative colors to be made that are unseen in other toy manufacturing companies. All our toys are proudly handcrafted from start to finish here in our facility in the state of Arizona in the United States of America. When I say handcrafted from start to finish I mean literally from printing the 3D design, to creating our moulds, to pouring the silicone and colors, to bagging and shipping, it is all done by hand, and we aim to have that human craftsmanship appear on the products.
Your toys look so cool, I mean they’re almost ornamental. I can imagine people might start collecting them. Is that a thing? Are there avid Bad Dragon collectors?
There are! We are blessed to have such passionate fans and customers alike out there! From toys, merchandise, to our Teenie Weenies we have many collectors out there.
Other than the website, where can people buy your products? Do you do trade shows and if so which shows can people find you at in the coming months?
We currently offer our toys via our website (www.bad-dragon.com) and on Amazon.com. We do actually sell them at various trade shows and conventions, definitely stay tuned on our twitter (@bad_dragon) or subscribe to our newsletter in order to see when we will be going to events. Typically though we will go to adult trade shows and Furry Conventions.
Editors Note: Bad Dragon will be at Fetish Con in St Petersburg, FL from August 09 – 12, 2018 See: http://fetishcon.com/exhibitor/bad-dragon/
Thanks for answering these questions. Please feel free to add anything we’ve not covered that you’d like to mention.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to do this interview! We really appreciate the reach this can provide, in order to show more people the world of Fantasy toys, and how much fun they can be! We welcome you to check out our website and see if there is something that catches your eye, and if you have any questions please drop us a line on our support desk!