[NO] TJ Fursuit Head by Dorky Dog Suits

General InformationGives some information about the item and the person writing the review.


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Furaffinity: raqox

Relationship With Maker

The maker WAS a friend when the item was purchased, but they are NOT a friend now

Prior Experience

Yes, I own one other partial

Informed Maker of Issues

No, it wouldn’t be worth it

Wear Time

Probably around 10+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Head
Style: Toony
Shipped From: Unknown

Species

german shepherd
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

550 USD
Filed under $501 - $999.

Met Deadline

An initial deadline wasn’t set, but no future deadlines that the maker set were made


Date of Review

January 28, 2016

Buy/Commission Date
May 2014
Completion/Ship Date
December 2015
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

TJ Fursuit Head

Character Concept Art


Photos of Completed Product


HeadGives information about the head of the costume. If reviewing a set of ears, the answers would also go in this section.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The fursuit head is a tad too loose and tends to slip around on my head, which is distracting but not a big issue. It is rather difficult to get it on when I’m wearing my glasses though, which is a shame since I specifically gave her measurements for my glasses as well.
There are parts of the fursuit that I’ve had to touch up, a thin part of foam on the inside has already ripped and the ears do not seem to be secured on very well.
It is not lined but I didn’t really expect it to be.
The ventilation is awesome, I really don’t have any issues breathing in it.
The vision is also pretty great, I don’t have a lot of problems navigating in it.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The symmetry is fairly decent, he doesn’t have a lot of symmetrical markings in the first place. I have noticed that the eyes are a bit crooked, but it’s fairly difficult to notice.
The shaving is even everywhere except the inside of the ears where it is pretty choppy.
It was airbrushed, but I have no problem brushing and smoothing it. As of right now I’ve had no problems with the markings rubbing off or bleeding!
The expression of the suit is pretty dang great, and it looks like a high quality suit head. The eyes were supposed to be follow me but they don’t really achieve that effect, but I’m not salty about it.
It does match concept art surprisingly well, normally artists draw his markings up in the air but Ellie made the face markings look remarkably similar to the reference sheet.

Special Attachments and Features Information about any special or unique features this piece has with regard to the reviewer's satisfaction of them.

I would like to say that I was promised she would make jewelry for my suit head in the two weeks between it being “finished” and being shipped. That didn’t happen.

OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.


Product Satisfaction How satisfied the reviewer is with the overall look and feel of the costume in its entirety.

How was your concept art realized?

10/10 she did a great job with this!

How well does everything fit together and match up?

She used an airbrush so everything flows smoothly

Overall Project Quality

I’d say a 7/10

Purchase Process Details the interactions between the customer/reviewer and the maker of the item with regard to the buying process.

Initial Contact

Initially it was very easy since we were good friends at the beginning of this experience.

Maker Response Time

For a very long time she would respond very quickly, within a day or so. However, for a while I guess she jumped ship and stopped checking Facebook so my messages went unread. Her accounts over at FA seem to be abandoned for the time being. I had to track her down on her personal tumblr to get any updates, which was totally unacceptable.

Maker Professionalism

They were definitely not pleasant to work with. She would put off sending me updates because she was going on vacation all the time, I would wait patiently for her to send me some WIP which did not come until nearly two months before it was finished.
Multiple times she would tell me random things are done, then when I would ask for pictures she would tell me she still had to do these things.
She also would constantly forget what I had ordered and what I had paid for it, and asked me multiple times to re-send my reference sheet.
I even paid a $50 rush fee around August 2015 for my suit to take priority in her queue, but yet she would guilt trip me by saying that she had to ask her other clients if it was okay if she could give my suit priority.
She also reminded me her quality had improved since I had initially commissioned her (in the year it took her to not do anything), so I ended up paying above my originally quoted price.

Project Completion Time

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Very unsatisifed, it took her a year and a half to finish my suit head and even then I almost didn’t get it in time for MFF because she waited so long to ship the head.

Rating

FursuitReview scores by having the reviewer answer the following question:
"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

NO!
This review has been marked with a negative rating.
This means the reviewer would NOT recommend Dorky Dog Suits unless they significantly change their practices.


Final Comments

Pros –
Really cute fursuit

Cons –
Customer service was a nightmare
Deadlines will not be met
Complaints will be met with guilt trips
She will ignore you and even up and abandon social media where she can be contacted

I love my fursuit head, it looks amazing. I do hope Ellie will become more professional because she has a great talent. Until then I recommend staying away.


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