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Paladone Happy Man Bottle Opener
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Paladone Happy Man Bottle Opener
Date: 03/01/13, updated on 03/01/13 (75 review reads)
Advantages: Works very well as a bottle opener - funny to look at - durable
Disadvantages: May cause your Nana to have a kitten!!
I had came across Paladone Happy Man range on Amazon a few months ago when looking at the quirky gadget section on Amazon - there is a total of three to choose from - Bottle Opening, Bottle Stopper and Corkscrew - as a lady who doesn't care very much for wine (unless its very expensive pink and bubbly!) and prefers a bottle of budweiser I picked the bottle opener as I felt I would get miles more use out of it!
... And you ask why I bought this? I thought it looked very cute (as well as rude) and is a bit of a conversation starting when I have guests over! As well as the fact its a little bit different to your standard bottle opener!
When I recieved this from Amazon the Happy Man came packaged with a protective plastic molded around it which needed a scissor job to cut into - being truthful I thought this would be made out of cheap plastic and was worried it would come damaged as a result but how it has outdone my expectations in more ways than one! When you bang it down on a surface it does give you that cheap plastic clunk noise - but in actual fact its very well made and not feeble in the slightest.
Another way it has lived up to my expectations is the amount of detail on the appearance - its very funny to look at in terms of its smily happy face (eyes and mouth) moulded into the head... the tiny little hands, arms, legs and feet... and the buttocks on the back when you turn it around! Then of course the main feature - the penis shape which sticks out the front has the bottle opener carved into the middle of it. Due to Happy Man being shaped to be bent slightly backwardswith the weight of the arms on the back and the penis bottle opener on the front he actually stands up on his own balancing perfectly due to the way he is proportioned.
The shape of the Happy man in terms of torso, arms and legs make holding this in your hand whilst opening a bottle very comfortable which was unexpected - remember this was bought as a novelty item rather than an item of comfort!
So up until now, the Happy Man appears perfect in everyway... one thing I thought would really let him down was the ability to open bottles - being considered more a novelty than a practical item. The metal carved into the bottle opener like the plastic is made from good metal which is rounded off in at the sides to easily grip on to every type of bottle I have used this against. I have actually found this tends to work better at opening bottles better than a standard bottle opener from a shop!
In all - I love this! Although as previously mentioned I am not a huge wine drinker I want to buy the matching bottle stopper and corkscrew just to go with my bottle opener as I believe they would be just as good comically and practically as what I have found in this little guy!
The only issues I have had with this bottle opener are the opinions of a couple of others who think its a little bit too rude and don't see the funny side... which is my family really. My mum was a little bit disgusted in this and my Grandmother nearly choked on her false teeth when she got an eyeful of this! My 6 year old daughter however found it very funny - I did make a habit out of hiding it away from her innocent eyes but she did find it, have a little laugh about it then forgot about it. So I would just say beware around children (and older family members who may not see the funny side!)
So to sum it up - Very durable, it actually is practical and is a funny little thing to look at. I would recommend this to everyone!
At present you can buy this on Amazon for £6.50 which is about the price I had paid for it!
Summary: Great little novelty toy for your kitchen