[YES] Shetani Partial by MagpieBones

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

No

Informed Maker of Issues

No

Wear Time

60+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Partial
Style: Realistic
Shipped From: Unknown

Species

cheetah
Filed under Felidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1300 USD
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Met Deadline

YES – the deadline was met


Date of Review

March 30, 2017

Buy/Commission Date
January 2014
Completion/Ship Date
June 2014
Item Completion Time (?)

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 head closes with elastic straps and velcro, so the fit is exact. The maker provided some extra foamies for padding adjustment, which I used a bit of on the forehead and jaw to get an optimal fit.
The open top/back of the head and large eye holes provide great ventilation. The moving jaw also helps with this.
Vision is perfect due to the nature of the mask.

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

The head is absolutely gorgeous and I am thrilled to bits with it! Despite the lack of eyes or facial padding, it still manages to convey a gentle expression.
The head is symmetrical and well constructed. All markings are airbrushed; they match the reference and look good.
The white fur on the muzzle is shaved a bit thin and the backing is visible up close, but all in all this is a very minor flaw.

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

The head is designed to use the wearer’s own eyes and hair. The back of the head closes with two elastic/velcro straps and velcro on the hood and neck piece. This method works very well and I am quite pleased with it. I am able to get the head on by myself if need be, but it is much more efficient and looks better when I have a second person to help.
On occasion, there will be a hard bump visibly protruding from my hair near the top of the hood closure, but I feel that may have to do with the person who assists me with putting the head on.

Hands and FeetGives information about the hands and/or feet of the costume.


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

The arm sleeves fit well and are easy to get on. They are sewn to an elastic strap to keep them from sliding down. The maker requested a paper tracing of my hands to get the glove fit just right. The sleeves are unlined and there are pen markings on the inside, but these are not visible when worn. There has been some chipping of claws and paw pads due to regular wear and tear over the life of the fursuit.

The feetpaws are built on slip-on shoes and have a small invisible zipper on the inside of the ankle. They are comfy and easy to wear.
Note: The maker does not offer parade-sole or outdoor style feet. Over time, the fur on the bottoms of the paws has begun to rub off and both center pawpads have cracked. I am not considering this a strike against the maker, as I was inexperienced with fursuits and assumed the feet would be fine to wear outdoors. I recommend others who commission this maker to use fursuit sandals or similar foot coverings, and/or strictly wear their feetpaws on carpeted surfaces to prolong the life of the paws.

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

I am satisfied with the look of both the hand- and feetpaws. The fur is soft, of good quality, and easily brushable. There are tons of airbrushed markings, and they all look great, with no smudging or bleeding. Everything looks wonderfully realistic. The pawpads are made of latex, which has the added bonus of transmitting body heat, so it feels all the more realistic when I give a handshake or high-five! (My suit was one of the first to utilize latex pawpads and the maker checked with me beforehand to make sure that would be okay; she now only offers latex pads.)

TailsGives information about any tails the costume may have.


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

The tail attaches to a belt with two elastic loops. I have had no problems with 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 tail looks beautiful and I absolutely love it! I wear it on its own at cons sometimes and get tons of compliments.
The tail tip and two rings are sewn and all the rest of the markings are airbrushed. I have had no issues with markings rubbing off. The fur feels lovely and soft. The shape and padding are great and provide a nice realistic sway when walking.

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?

How satisfied are you with how closely the suit matches the concept art?
Very satisfied

How well does everything fit together and match up?

How satisfied are you with how well everything fits together and matches up?
Very satisfied

Overall Project Quality

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
Very satisfied.

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

Initial Contact

How satisfied are you with how easy it was to initially contact the maker for a quote?
Very satisfied. Maker announced imminent opening via FA journal a few weeks before, and quote was submitted via email. It took me 2 tries to have my project accepted.

Maker Response Time

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
Very satisfied. Once work began on the suit, updates were frequent.

Maker Professionalism

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service and professionalism of the maker?
Very satisfied.

Project Completion Time

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Very satisfied. Deadline was Anthrocon 2014 and the suit arrived with a few weeks to spare.

Rating

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

YES!
This review has been marked with a positive rating.
This means the reviewer would recommend MagpieBones.


Final Comments

MagpieBones is very professional and a pleasure to work with. This being my first fursuit, I had a few questions before the process began, which she answered promptly. Updates were frequent and I never felt like I was being ignored or that I had to pester her for a response. She contacted me twice during the process, once to clarify a marking and once to ensure that I would be okay with her trying an experimental method on the pawpads. Even years later, I messaged her asking about some fursuit maintenance particulars, and she was happy to provide a few tips.

My suit was shipped in a cardboard box marked “fragile” with sufficient internal packaging (I don’t recall exactly what, as it’s been a few years, but everything arrived just fine).

All in all, MagpieBones is an excellent fursuit maker. Her work is unique and definitely a stand-out in the fandom. I highly recommend her!


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