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I received a boxed gift set containing both this little Paladone Happy Man Corkscrew, and his matching twin the little Paladone Happy Man Bottle Stopper as one of a number of gifts on my hen weekend.
The Happy Man Corkscrew is one of those manual type corkscrews that you need to twist and twist and twist until it has buried right inside the cork and then yank the cork and the corkscrew out with brute force. We didn't use the little man on my hen weekend as I didn't want anyone to yank him out of a bottle of wine with a bit too much brute force and break him. Plus after a fair few bottles of wine and champagne I don't think anyone was really in any fit state to be using a manual type corkscrew! But the Happy Man corkscrew was definitely a talking point over the weekend, and he certainly created lots of laughs.
He stands about 8cm tall, and he's made from a hard red plastic. He's standing legs and arms akimbo, and he has a huge grin on his little red plastic face. He does actually stand upright on his two little feet, and he doesn't wobble or fall over, despite his rather long twisty metal corkscrew protrusion! He even has a cute little rounded bum cheeks! His rather long protrusion, his manhood, is the actual corkscrew part of him, and it is unfeasibly long! His manhood i.e. the corkscrew part juts out proudly from his little body, well 'little body' in comparison to the size of the corkscrew!
To use the corkscrew just grip the little man and then push the tip of the metal corkscrew into the cork and then twist and twist, and keep twisting until the twisty metal corkscrew is virtually at the the bottom of the cork. Then grip the wine bottle tightly with one hand, and the little man tightly with the other hand and pull the little man and the cork out of the wine bottle. I find it easier to wiggle and pull the cork out of the bottle, rather than just pull it. My husband says that he has has no issue just pulling the cork out, but he's much stronger than me so I guess that's why he can always manage to just pull the cork straight out. I'm a little wimp and so I do always need to wiggle the cork a little as well otherwise I find that I can't pull it out. Once the cork is out of the wine bottle then it just very easy twists off the little mans protrusion!
He isn't dishwasher safe, I normally just wipe his plastic body and the twisty metal corkscrew part over with a piece of kitchen roll. I've had him for quite a few years now and he's still in perfect condition, the long twisty metal corkscrew part is still very firmly attached to his little plastic body.
He's definitely a quirky and fun, albeit slightly rude, novelty gift. He would made a perfect hen night gift, as my little man was, or maybe a Secret Santa gift or stocking filler for someone that you know would appreciate him. I believe that you can pick up the corkscrew on his own for around £5 on Amazon, or in a twin pack with the bottle stopper for around £9, so they aren't expensive. I'd definitely recommend him!
Around Christmas time we invited a few friends around for drinks as we usually orgainise a Christmas gathering over the holidays to catch up and have a good night.
This year we decided to do a secret Santa, so we all were allocated someone to get presents for, with a gift price set at under £10. It was a bit of a laugh and everyone seemed to buy each other silly, novelty gifts. I received the Paladone Happy Man Corkscrew and also a match of this the Paladone Happy Man Bottle Opener.
The Paladone Happy Man Corkscrew is a hilarious little corkscrew, if you have a cheeky sense of humour, and I love mine. It is basic a little red man, with a corkscrew attached to where his manly bits should be, he also has his little red bum out on the other side. The little man looks really happy and has a great big smile on his face and is standing with his arms and legs wide open.
The corkscrew is surprisingly very good quality, it is sturdy and very easy to use. I have had no problems yet with this, and the little man is comfortable to hold while you are de-corking your wine bottle. The only problem I have with this is that you have to physically pull the cork out yourself with this corkscrew and I am used to removing corks with the corkscrews that are designed with 'legs' to push down and remove the cork easily.
I seen this recently in HMV in the novelty section for £5, which is quite expensive, though as a gift it is funny and functional and it definitely got a few laughs between us at the party. I do not think I would have bought this myself, but I was happy to receive it as a present.
Overall I think that this is the perfect gag present for a Christmas party. It is surprisingly good quality for a novelty corkscrew and every time I open the cupboard and see it, or have a bottle of wine to de-cork, I do smile to myself. It is however a little expensive and doesn't suit every ones humour and taste, so I would give this 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
=== The product ===
This is a corkscrew to remove corks from wine bottles. It is shiny red plastic and where it's willy should be there is a corkscrew coming out so it almost looks like he has a large twirly erection!
=== How to use this ===
All you need to do is line this up with your cork and apply some pressure while twisting. Once the corkscrew has gone in to the cork then you need to hold the bottle steady and pull the corkscrew out. A little strength is needed but this is a fun novelty item to use to open a bottle of wine effectively.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from numerous stockists and mine came from Amazon and cost around £3.00. I only purchased this because I already had the bottle opener and bottle stopper and I have been quite pleased with the quality.
=== Overall opinion ===
I received a bottle stopper in this range from a friend and I also have the bottle opener and I waited a little while for the price to drop on this. I paid around £3.00, however, the price does fluctuate from time to time, like everything on Amazon!
This is an ample size to fit in my utensil drawer when not in use. Although the point of the corkscrew is naturally a little sharp so I try and put this at the back of the drawer where I won't get stabbed by the tip! The design of this is very funny, it's a real novelty item and though some people might consider this a little bit trashy I think it's funny and it definitely helps to break the ice when we have gatherings and this comes out.
I have found that this is fairly simple to use, well, compared to other similar designed corkscrews. Naturally a little bit of pressure is needed to ensure that the corkscrew turns properly and that the cork is then removed, however, I would expect that with this type of corkscrew. This works well and twists through the cork nicely, the length is long enough that the bottom of the cork is almost reached but usually not penetrated and I have not had a single failure when trying to remove a cork so far. This is a real novelty product and I'm happy with my purchase. It works, it looks funny, it matches the other items I already have and the price is usually quite reasonable.
If you are looking to purchase this 'happy man' then I would suggest adding it to your Amazon basket and checking back occasionally to see if the price has decreased anymore since your last visit. This is how I purchase a fair few items from Amazon and it's a great way to save yourself some money.
I have done a couple of reviews on the Paladone Mr happy man collection I got as gifts that was a bottle opener and bottle stopper however the only one I did not have was this one the Paladone happy man corkscrew. I had to purchase this one myself and was actually purchased with my very first Amazon Dooyoo voucher. When I first set eyes on the Paladone happy man collection I thought how tasteless they were not now i love them and have the collection on full view in my kitchen.
Paladone happy man corkscrew can be purchased from Amazon uk, Ebay uk, Find me a gift uk and some gadget shops. Paladone happy man corkscrew costs around £5.99 that's how much I paid.
Paladone happy man corkscrew comes packaged in a clear plastic wrapping with a cardboard insert but you can see the corkscrew inside, the only way to open the packaging is to cut through the packaging with scissors.
Paladone happy man corkscrew is made from solid plastic, he is bright red in colour. Mr happy man stands on his feet and has his hands up in the air, he also has a smile on his face. The corkscrew is metal and is roughly 3cm long, this is positioned on his private area to look like a big penis.
To use the corkscrew just pick up the Paladone happy man and position his corkscrew on top of the cork, push gently and then twist into the cork, pull and the cork should pop right out. This corkscrew works , dose its job well.
Should this get sticky with wine he is safe to be put in the dishwasher or washed in hot soapy water in the sink.
I love quirky little gadgets and toys although these look tasteless they are in fact a talking point when friends and family are in my kitchen, I also like walking past and seeing the three of them stand side by side they bring a smirk to my face.
I think Paladone happy man corkscrew would make a fantastic gift for wine lovers and obviously people with a sense of humor.
I highly recommend Paladone happy man corkscrew.
This was one of a series of 3 Paladone Happy Man wacky 'adult' presents that our friends gave to us as a 'Welcome to Your New Home' gift a few months back. It is basically a novelty gadget that has a functional purpose - in this case being as a corkscrew, and it retails for around the £5 mark and is fairly widely available on line.
The construction is a solid red plastic man figure with a metal cork screw piece sticking out from his lower front in a rather suggestive manner (that's about as polite as I can put it on a 'family' website). Size wise, it measures 8 cm high, by 5.5 cm wide by 5 cm deep, so not significantly large and can be easily stored in a draw. The man has his arms and legs outstretched which form to provide a grip to grab onto when using the corkscrew, where the idea is to screw the metal screw bit into the cork of a wine bottle and then gripping the man figure to pull the cork out of the bottle. Of note, the man also has a rather suggestive smile on his face which just adds to the wackiness of this gadget (I've not noticed if the smile gets any bigger when we screw the metal bit into a cork ...............!!)
When we first opened it out of the box, it certainly did bring a smile to our faces because it is rather suggestive, and when we have left it on the table during dinner parties and BBQs, it certainly does create a talking point amongst our friends. It is a rather well designed product that does feel firm (don't read anything into that!!) in your hand, and it is nicely balanced so that it can stand on the man's 2 feet without falling over. So it does look like a 'professional' item, and when stood with the other 2 figurines in the Paladone Happy Man series, they do become a talking point at any gathering.
Durability wise, over a few months of use, it hasn't shown any signs of weakness. It is obviously a manual corkscrew in that you have to physically pull the cork out, so the connection between the figurine and the metal screw bit takes the load and bearing, and so far there are no signs of looseness or cracking in that area. We've even run it through the dishwasher a few times with no problems. The one piece moulding of the solid body in red shiny plastic also seems robust enough to be able to grip it effectively to screw the corkscrew bit into a cork with ease, where the spread eagled arms and legs allow you to get a good grip in your hand. Overall, this is not an item that seems to be about to fail and break when you are using it.
In summary, this is a gadget that you will either love, or be totally shocked by depending on your point of view. From my point of view, it is a novelty gadget (an adult one at that) which is fun and functional and does create a few smirks and funny comments from around the table. Probably not the sort of thing that you would leave out for your children to find, but it definitely is a conversation piece that will break the ice with any gathering, and all this for around the £5 mark.
So from me, it is highly recommended.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
The Happy man Corkscrew is the perfect novelty gift. It bright, shiny, useful and has a fun element to it. I was given this as Christmas, and even though it has now broke (a downside to this product) i still proudly display it on my kitchen worktop
The happy man corkscrew is has a unique quirky appearance. It is amazingly bright ans shiny in it's colour, giving it a stand-out, eye catching look in any kitchen or dining area. The happy expression on the mans face further give this an appealing look and creates a friendly, fun atmosphere.
As for the corkscrew, we can all guess what that is meant to represent!
This product is not particularly easy or comfortable to handle, it has a smooth yet bumpy figure which makes turning and unscrewing with the corkscrew a difficult and longer than expect job. Meanwhile the smooth texture to the man does add some comfort when holding and in that respect it is ergonomic.
Ease of Use
As said in the paragraph above this product isn't easy to handle due to it bumpy figure. However the outstretched arms and legs do act as a handle to grip and push against when un-screwing this is a must have otherwise it would be very difficult to unscrew the cork from a bottle.
The bright colours however do make the product easy to use because it is incredibly easy to find. in a environment (kitchen) usually full of wood and metal colours this corkscrew stands out and is incredibly easy to find in the kitchen. This is really useful for me in-particularly as i am always losing something.
I have to say for all it good bit this problem does have one major flaw. It isn't particularly well put tethered and the cork screw on mine has broken off meaning i can't use it. I will say though that it was partly my fault as I was using it very forcefully when it snapped of the main body. However it does seem to be that it wasn't well manufactured if i could snap it off.
Overall this product is very good, both at working and aesthetically making it a brilliant product. If it wasn't the fatc thta it broke this happy man corkscrew would be 5 stars. Even though it has broke a still have it on my kitchen worktop as it is a very good product to look at and really adds character to my kitchen. I would most definitly recommend this to anyone and advise them to use it carefully so it doesn't snap like mine did.
** Paladone Happy Man Bottle Corkscrew **
The Paladone Happy Man Bottle Corkscrew is an great gift and so I bought this little man for my husband who celebrated his birthday. It wasn't the main gift of course but just something nice to give as a extra. This is the Corkscrew version but you also have the Bottle stopper which I also gave otherwise one would be so lonely.
The Paladone Happy Man Bottle Corkscrew comes for around five pounds and you can buy it on Amazon. It was delivered within two days and it was perfect timing since my husband was at work. When I saw both little men I have to say that the Bottle stopper made a better impression on me.
This Corkscrew looks funny but compared to the other one he looks a little plain! I think the other one has a little bit more impact and maybe it has to do with the black rubber rings which give him a more dramatic appearance. This little man is not disappointing though and he's made of plastic and has a right bright red colour. He's easy to hold and to use.
It's still a great product to get but compared to the bottle stopper it has little impact and while everybody laughs with the other one, this one stays home alone. A bit sad really but I'm still happy with him.
I was given this. Just totally at random by a friend who thought this is the greatest thing to have graced the face of the earth. I got very drunk. Then I gave it to the charity shop, who tried to sell it for 10p. It's still there.
I'll confess this; in terms of rudimentary proto-culture fertility gods it's a pretty powerful symbol - the giant spiraled and pointy phallus of the Zeus-energy riddled god as it penetrates the initially resisting material of the cork, gliding on through liquid smooth is really quite the novelty for all of one second.
It's a cheap, garish, novelty corkscrew. This is the gift that someone gets you when they either A) hate you or B) don't really know you.
I found the little mans hands got trapped between my fingers the more wine I drank, this could have been my fault but I'm going to put the blame fair and square on the poor design. I had the impression that the metal corkscrew could and would come loose from the plump little fertility idols body after opening two bottles of wine.
It is a cheap bit of tat.
Paladone have two other little pudgy fertility gods, one is designed to replace the cork and has a little man with a phallus that goes into the bottle of wine much like that scene in American Pie. The other is a bottle opener and is similarly...just awful!
Save yourself the bother and don't buy this for anyone - if you want to show off your slightly risque, naughty side there are many different ways of doing it that don't involve this waste of resources - Edible knickers left out, a sacred drawn on the wall about the fireplace or even just winking at people and doing the 'big fish, little fish' gestures. Just to convince you even more, i hear from a (reliable source) that in the factory they make these with kittens, monkeys and ...uh...toxic plastics which are pumped into both the water system and air.
The Secret Santa at work is always a bit of a cringe worthy moment, with the bosses present, the fact you don't know what on earth you'll be opening in front of the whole office in five minutes time and the anxiety that you had to buy for the boring sod with no particular hobbies or discernable sense of humour and you hope they don't find out.
This Christmas just gone was all of the above, plus even more embarrassment as I received this Paladone Happy Man Corkscrew as my Secret Santa! I was quite shocked when I opened my ordinary looking gift box, though very amused. A corkscrew should never be sniffed at, it is imperative that households should have a good number lying about for emergencies. This is no ordinary piece of equipment, it is not only a practical gift, it is also a humorous one.
This corkscrew is made of a strong plastic material, quite cheap looking but seems to be durable so far. It has only had three months worth of usage but no cracks or breakages as yet. It is a bright red colour and stands out like a sore thumb in the kitchen. The corkscrew element is located in the male figures nether regions, it is a no frills piece of kit. You manually insert the screw and pull it out once it has a firm grip of the cork.
This bottle opener will not win any prizes for removing a cork in one swift movement or for ease of use, but that's not what the intension of this product is. It is produced as a novelty item for adults to bring out when they have a party or as a conversation starter with guests. After the initial embarrassment of opening this at work I appreciated its comical value and wouldn't mind increasing my Paladone kitchen collection in the near future. You can also get bottle stoppers and a beer opener in the same fashion from high street stores or the net for less than about £7.
The corkscrew is approximately 8cm x 5cm x 5cm so quite small, though you can't really tuck it away in a drawer like your average bottle opener because it won't fold down, so you'll need to decide on a hiding place in advance if you have guests who won't appreciate its comedy value.
This was a great Secret Santa gift and I think the range of people you could cover by giving this as a small gift or birthday present is quite large, as long as they appreciate its hilarity!
As far as novelty gifts and gadgets go, you quite often find that the novelty value and the talking points they raise often outweigh their practical usage. This is certainly not the sort of thing we'd normally use on a regular basis, but when our son's in bed and when we entertain, this is always a good, quirky gadget to bring out.
Essentially, it's an 'adult' novelty item - a corkscrew with the screw where a man's privates would normally be. It's a hard plastic and a vibrant red in colour, and the man's arms and legs stick out at four angles, to give a kind of grippable element to it when you're opening your bottle of wine. The man has a smile on his face - I guess you could read into that anything you want. It certainly brings a smirk to people's faces whenever they use it!
Naturally, the idea of using this is that it opens bottles of wine, and for this purpose it's okay. I suppose it's no different to most 'manual' corkscrews that work without a lever to help the cork come out. The screw itself has a sharp enough end to screw into the cork, and it threads quite straight. Pulling it out once it's all screwed in properly is about as easy as with any other similar corkscrew, but the one main worry I have with this type of corkscrew is how secure the top is connected to the screw. I feel kind of wrong about testing the strength of it by wiggling the screw while holding on to the man (!), and so we've just tested it by using it.
So far, it has held strong and has proven to be sturdy enough to do its job, without showing any signs of weakening. I guess the look of it makes it seem like it's a bit flimsy, hastily put together more as a novelty item than as a practical corkscrew, but it works well enough and is obviously well constructed. If you're looking for something that's a fun gift, either for a Secret Santa or just as a little present for a friend's birthday, then this is quite a good little gift. The packaging takes up a decent amount of room, so as a stocking filler it's a bit impractical, and of course you'd need to be careful about who you'd be giving it to - a person's sense of humour would have to be taken into account for this - but overall I can say that this is a brilliantly conceived idea.
It retails for around the £5 mark, depending on where you look for it, however a lot of people seem to be picking them up at car boot sales and receiving them as gifts. It's definitely the sort of thing that is an acquired taste and something that just isn't going to appeal to everyone. I like it, I think it's quirky and it's a great talking point when it comes out. Sure, it's a bit 'naughty' and is definitely an 'adult' novelty toy, but if it's the sort of thing that appeals to you, then I'd recommend it. It's a quality design, works well and is a great novelty idea. Recommended.
Paladone Happy Man Corckscrew
As a gift from a friend of mine I received the Paladone Happy Man Bottle Stopper which I thought was already very funny. Never seen something so original and every time I see it I still have to smile. It's always a hit on birthday parties and when people are getting over and every body is fascinated by it and you always get people starting to joke about it. Well they can laugh twice because of course that friend also gave me the Paladone Happy Man Corckscrew. You can't give one without the other right!
Now to be honest I thought the Happy man bottle stopper was for some reason more funnier than this one. I think the bottle stopper is in some way more unique and original and just a funnier idea. That doesn't mean I don't like this one. I think the idea is again very good and the little man certainly looks happy again with his waving hands and big smile. As you can see on the picture it's a very red and shiny little plastic man with his arms and legs spread. In the middle is a metal corkscrew bit.
The corkscrew is big enough to fit in the cork and the shape of the little man is easy enough to hold on to in order to have a good grip. You can easily turn him around and unscrew the cork out of the bottle. The whole looks and feels very secure and it doesn't give me the feeling that the metal corkscrew will fall off.
So in the end it's not just a little man that puts a smile on my face but it's actually quite handy in opening a wine bottle. With the help of his little friend they are a good team. This happy man is available for around 4 pounds which is a very good price.
Along with all of my Christmas presents I received I did get one or two novelty items from friends, one of which was the Paladone Happy Man Cork Screw, maybe not something which would be to everybody's taste but it did cause a bit of amusement in our house. The cork screw is basically a bright red plastic man with his arms and legs out stretched and what can only be described as a large corkscrew shaped willy. He has a happy cheerful face which consists of 2 eyes which are slightly raised and a smiling mouth which is cut into the plastic, he has quite large chunky feet and hands, these are not overly detailed for example there are no toes or fingers just the hand and feet outline. The shape of the 'Happy Man' Cork Screw makes it very easy and comfortable to hold when removing a cork from a bottle.
Happy Mans Cork Screw shaped willy is made from a silver metal which is twisted into the typical cork screw shape, it is quite sharp on the end meaning it easily cuts into the corks of bottles. The metal is reasonably thick and very strong, I have used my cork screw several times and so far it is showing no signs of wear and tear and has not bent at all. The packaging of Happy Man contains various bits of information about the cork screw including a short piece of information about him, this states that if he was "sized up to the average man his appendage would be almost 1.75m long" this did make me smile to think that someone had actually sat and worked this out, I bet it was a man!!
Other information included on the Happy Man packaging states that he is not dishwasher proof so he must be washed by hand at all times, and he must not be put in the microwave. It also claims that he is an 'adult' novelty gift, not suitable for children mainly due to the sharp corkscrew as well as the design of this product. Happy Man is a decent size measuring at H 8cm x W 8cm x L 8.5cm its the perfect size for removing any cork from a bottle with ease.
As I have mentioned Happy Man was a present however I have had a look online and he can be purchased at Amazon for £5.99. You can probably buy corkscrews which are much cheaper however I personally think he is worth the money for the novelty value as well as the fact that he is a very reliable and durable corkscrew. Personally I would recommend Happy Man to anyone it would make a fun gift and is ideal for any party, although he may not be to everyone's taste he is a welcome addition to my kitchen.
I bought my Paladone Happy Man Corckscrew at a car boot sale last week - it's brand new and boxed so I'm guessing whoever received this as a gift, probably at Christmas, wasn't won over by it's cheeky novelty factor. On Amazon these are currently selling for £5.99, which personally I wouldn't have paid for this, but for 50p on a car boot stall I was sold on this, bought alongside the matching bottle stopper.
The Happy Man corkscrew basically consists of a shiny red plastic man shape (which reminds me a bit of Morph the plasticine figure) with his arms and legs spread and a very strategically placed silver, metal corkscrew. No wonder the little chap's happy with an appendage that big. I suspect he's quite pleased with himself. This is clearly a quite silly, novelty device, but it has got quite a lot of laughs from people who I've invited around for drinks, and provides an interesting topic of conversation.
He's not just a pretty face though, this Happy Man, he's also very adept at opening wine bottles! The corkscrew end goes into both cork and plastic wine corks very well, just like any other normal corkscrew would, and the plastic man's spread-eagled design is actually very easy to grip and makes screwing the metal spiral in very easy. He's also a sturdy little chap, so pulling the cork out isn't a problem either, as the metal seems to be very firmly attached to the plastic bit and he's showing no signs at all of wear and tear.
Of course, the design isn't going to be to everyone's taste, it's very bright and a bit cheeky, but I like this novelty, slightly smutty corkscrew. For 50p I consider myself to have got a great bargain, and I can't really fault this silly, quirky red corkscrew from Paladone, and it looks nice next to the matching bottle stopper Paladone also produce.
Last christmas my brother got me a few novelty items, including this 'Happy Man' corkscrew, as well as his friends, the bottle stopper and bottle opener . I was really qiote pleased with these little gifts, as I do like a tipple every now and again, and found them very amusing to look at.
Essentially the happy man is a little glossy red plastic figurine, legs and arms spread out wide , and with a big grin on his face . And no wonder he is grinning, his whopper is an enormous size that any man would be proud of. However, the ladies might not be so happy, as his manhood is twisty and silver with a sharp bit on the end .
Whilst his manhood not make the ladies happy, unless they are into pain, it certainly does the trick opening wine bottles, with the spiral going down into even the rubbery kind of corks very easily. The mans spread out stance actually makes it very easy to get a good secure grip when twisting the cork out, with his tiny little buttocks resting comfortably in the palm of my hand. Now, theres a line I never thought I would have cause to write .
When not in use, he lives on display in my drinks cabinet, where he and the other happy men have provoked many comments and giggles from visitors, who seem to find his shape amusing . I feel sorry for the poor little fellow being laughed at .
You BE happy, Happy Man . Stride with pride - just be sure not to trip over your enormous spiralling weenie as you do so!
This is a fun little gadget, costing around a fiver online, that does the job it is intended to do, and never fails to raise a smile. 5 stars .
Paladone / Kitchen Tool.