[NO] Jacky Hyena Partial by CCS Mascots

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Wizkit and Traxon

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

Yes, Wizkit owns 4 total suits, and is expecting one to come in from commission and one that will be traded for. Traxon makes them.

Informed Maker of Issues

Wizkit did not inform Craig of most issues, however she did have the hand paws remade. She did not know of much more than there were pins left in the head and feet foam, which she too kindly dismissed because it was a rush order. As a maker myself (Traxon), I looked over the suit and was able to assess the issues with the suit and bring it up to the maker, in which he quickly lashed back with “Well wizkit did not bring this up”. The maker knew that there were issues, however he only ever made excuses with me (traxon) such as the fact pins were left in because he was just so rushed.

Wear Time

50+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Partial
Style: Toony
Shipped From: Unknown

Species

hyena
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

Approximately 500 USD via payment plan
Filed under $500 and under.

Met Deadline

YES – the deadline was met


Date of Review

August 14, 2017

Buy/Commission Date
First payment 31 May 2015, final payment 13 June 2015.
Completion/Ship Date
Picked up at Anthrocon 2015
Item Completion Time (?)

Photos of Completed Product

I made an album on facebook that shows the majority of the damage
http://facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2052322964793269.1073741843.100000467575734&type=1&l=d232e38849

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 fit of the head is pretty comfortable. There were pins still shoved in several areas of the foamwork. It is not lined, but it is still pretty comfortable. Ventilation is pretty nice, and the vision is great aside from a slightly worse than usual “under the muzzle” blind spot.

The sleeves are comfortable despite all of the spot markings falling apart.

The feet are quite comfortable, and the claws are up high enough to avoid scuffs, while not being so high they look out of place. The bottoms have held up great.

The hands had to be remade and are still incredibly uncomfortable to wear. It is hard to differentiate which handpaw is which, and the thumb and pinky spots are maybe an inch and a half making it nearly impossible to wear them since it crunches those fingers.

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

The markings are very accurate and symmetrical. The base is also very nice. The face was not shaved, but it was short fur. It seems to be very low quality though, and up close you can see that it is sparse and many spots have the appearance of “shaved to the backing” luxury shag. The transition to the cheeks looks great. The fur is very soft and where it is shag looks good. It can be brushed easily. Wizkit (the owner) is satisfied, it was meant to be a grump suit. However I (Traxon), feel that the eyebrows could have been better exaggerated. It has follow me eyes, but they are so shallow it is hard to get various looks / expressions and such with them. It matches the concept great.

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 hands are very uncomfortable. The pinky and thumb are too short, and the middle two fingers are large and make it feel flimsy. They are a good length so they don’t really show skin. They stay on pretty nice. The hands were remade and the new seams are decent. They are not lined but that’s okay.

The feet are alright. They fit snugly and do allow good movement. The ankle sleeve area is essentially form fitted, making it hard for skin to show. It is kinda hard to get them on, and would be much easier if they had a zipper or velcro. The edge is lined. The bottoms have not fallen off, but one claw has begun to fall off. The felt edging is loose on most claws. The shoe inside is just a cloth based slip on shoe. The claws are scuffed, but that is to be expected (especially with heavy use).

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

The hands are not very pretty, the pawpads are minky, but they are very uneven and seem like the maker did not care about them much. Very poorly done symmetry / looks wise. They are good fur that can be brushed well. The claws are askew and don’t point forward like they should.

The feet are alright, the only issue is that the claws are only really glued into the fur, not the foam, making them wiggly and a bit uneven. The base is purple luxury shag, and is easily taken care of. The toes are the poor quality lavender fur used on the face.

The colors are accurate.

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 is easy to wear, standard two elastic straps. It has held up well, and it is stuffed nicely.

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 nice, it is normal faux fur so it can be brushed easily, the colors are well picked. The shape is good.

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?
It matches quite well and both the owner (Wizkit) and I (Traxon) are satisfied.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

The markings match up where they need to and the colors are consistent.

Overall Project Quality

After taking a close look together, neither of us are happy at all. Much of the issues were hidden with the fur brushed over it or masked behind “it was a rush order”. Unfortunately Wizkit is not a maker, so she did not know how poor the stitching is until I (Traxon) looked over it with her to have it fixed up.

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

Initial Contact

It was very easy, and there was good contact.

Maker Response Time

They were very quick and easy to work with, a lot of wip pictures were sent.

Maker Professionalism

During the process of ordering Wizkit was very happy with the maker. He was happy to remake the paws as well (which are the current pair).
I contacted him with Wizkit’s permission to see if he continues to do the poor practices, especially since he charges $1000+ a partial now. He avoided my questions, only seeing the photos and telling me “well she didn’t tell me about the problems”, and disregarding when I sent him a message from Wizkit confirming she did not contact him because she didn’t know how badly done the partial was, and she thought that the spot markings coming apart were her fault. When I continued to try talking with him and tell him that pins being left in fursuits and other poor practices he has been doing were unacceptable, he simply told me “u are very rude I have to go to work”. Very unprofessional, especially since he cannot own up to his own poor work.

Project Completion Time

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?

It was done just in time.

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 CCS Mascots unless they significantly change their practices.


Final Comments

The original process of commissioning was easy on Wizkit, and they received the partial in a speedy manner. I wanted to help with the review (traxon), because after looking over the head for what I assumed was just going to be a muzzle marking repair and some stitches on the ear, we realized how poorly done the partial was. Personally I would avoid him by any means, his main pro is that he is a quick maker if need be (however due to skimping on quality). However, with his work being $1000+ now, you would be much better off commissioning someone who cares about the product they are creating.

Final rating: [NO], the maker needs to practice hand sewing, patterning things and sewing them properly (like the ears), not leave dangerous pins in the head and feet, and learn to own up to what they have done improperly.


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