[YES] Fergus Cat Digi Fullsuit by Made by Mercury

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: pawltergeist

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

Yes. I owned one partial suit by a different maker before commissioning this suit. I have only ever worn one suit before this one.

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, there were a few things about the foam base that needed changing and there was some confusion regarding colours/markings, but they were all resolved professionally and easily.

Wear Time

10+
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Digitigrade, Toony
Shipped From: United Kingdom

Species

Domestic Cat
Filed under Felidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

2210 GBP paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

NO – the ETA was passed


Date of Review

July 24, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
April 2017
Completion/Ship Date
January 2018
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Fullsuit with digitigrade padding in a toony style.

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.

I’m very satisfied with how well the head fits me. It fits exactly to my head size with a little bit of room, I don’t feel as if the head is going to fall off and I can freely move around without worrying. It’s very comfortable to wear and I can easily suit for hours comfortably.

The head is lined with a Lycra material, it definitely helps against sweat and air is able to circulate the head well. I always wear a balaclava underneath the head for extra protection, but I’m confident I would be able to wear the head without this comfortably.

Ventilation is great! I can breath well in the head and there is airflow through the mesh pupils and through the mouth. The mouth does get a bit moist during wear, but I understand this is standard for fursuits and not an issue.

Vision is great also! I can see very well through the eyes, there isn’t a lot of peripheral vision, but this isn’t an issue. I do have to turn my head to see more, but for the most part I can see perfectly fine. There is a slight blind spot between the eyes where the muzzle is, but it’s easy to ignore while suiting and I adjusted to it pretty quickly.

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 of the suit is perfect, everything is balanced well and appears to be equal and even, there aren’t any signs of lopsidedness. While my character does have asymmetrical markings, all the markings that occur on both sides are equal and even. The suit matches the character design perfectly and I couldn’t be happier with how he turned out!

Shaving is even throughout the areas that are shaved down, no backing is visible and the shaving is smooth. The transition between fur lengths and fur colours is smooth and even and exactly what I expected and hoped for, having seen previous work by this maker.

The fur feels soft, fluffy and luxurious, it’s very good quality fur. All markings are sewn in neatly and are very visible, I am unsure if the airbrushing on the head would bleed if it got wet, but it does not rub off. The fur is easily brushed and maintained, there are some kinks in the fur, but this is likely due to how it was stored beforehand and can be easily resolved using small amounts of heat.

I’m very satisfied with the look and expression of the head, the overall appearance is everything I hoped it would be. As the eyes are static, I can’t really achieve other expressions without the help of the magnetic eyebrows which I commissioned for the head, these allow me to change the expression to angry or sleepy, which looks awesome!

The head design matches the concept art perfectly, no were markings simplified.

At one point there was some confusion about certain colours/markings, but these were quickly and professionally dealt with and I’m very happy with the outcome.

I did have to ask for the head base to be altered slightly (ears made smaller and muzzle smaller) but this was partly down to me, as I drew the ears larger on my reference sheet. Both of these issues were quickly and professionally resolved and the head looks amazing!

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

Fergus has magnets in his eyes which allow for magnetic eyelids to be attached to change his expression. These work really well and I’m very happy with how they look, it allows me to express various different emotions all with one head!

They are very easy to attach and are secure once one and I am able to remove them whilst in suit, though to put them on I would do this with the head off.

The quality of the eyelids is very good, they are durable and easy to use and I enjoy using them to express various emotions!

The head also features whiskers on both the muzzle and the eyebrows, which I feel really add to the look I was hoping for when commissioning a suit of a cat character! These are durable and enhance the look of the suit.

BodyGives information about the main body of the costume. If reviewing a separate set of pants/legs or torso, 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.

I’m very satisfied with how well the body fits. I made the duct tape dummy with my ez cooldown vest on and it fits very well with or without the vest. It’s very comfortable to wear and is like wearing a giant pillow. I have somewhat limited movement, which is expected in digitigrade suits, however, I’m able to run and skip whilst in suit so where movement is somewhat limited, I still have a large range of movement!

My only issue with the padding in the legs is that it pushes down on my knees whilst I’m sitting down and getting up from sitting down can be difficult. I have issues with my knees anyway so it’s not the fault of the suit that I am uncomfortable whilst sitting down.

The seams on the suit are very durable and strong and I can easily move without popping seams, I don’t feel as if the suit is going to fall apart at all.

The interior is partially lined where the rear and leg padding is. I’m not sure what material is used here, but it’s durable. The leg padding is removable for cleaning and storing, which is a great feature, as it makes the suit easier to manage. There are construction marks on the inside, but they are interior and do not affect the look of the suit at all.

The airflow in suit is good and I can easily feel airflow when stood in front of a fan. It’s about as hot as I expected a digitigrade suit to be.

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 of the bodysuit is perfect and nothing is lopsided, all markings match up perfectly and they match the colour and character design very well.

The entire bodysuit is made of standard length fur, which I am very happy with as the character is a long haired breed of cat.

The fur feels soft, fluffy and luxurious, it’s very good quality fur. All markings are sewn in neatly and are very visible.

I am very happy with the selection of colours and Mercury discussed all options with me beforehand so I knew what to expect and I was confident with the decisions made. The colours don’t match exactly, but this is often impossible with colour matching and the colours chosen are very close and I’m very happy with how they look.

As this is a digi suit it does have leg and butt padding, it creates a very animal-like leg shape and I’m very happy with how it looks in and out of suit.

The bodysuit also matches extremely well to the concept art and I’m overall very happy with how it turned out!

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.

Both the hands and feet are very comfortable to wear and fit very well. They allow for good movement and the hands have reasonable dexterity. My wrists and ankles don’t show if I stretch too much, they stay on very well and I can easily put them on, however I sometimes need help tucking the cuff of the hands into the wrists of the bodysuit, as this is difficult to do while my other hand has a paw on it.

The seams are very durable and I can easily move without the seams popping, the pawpads have stayed on and have not shown signs of wear or damage.

The feet are entirely foam based and very comfortable, there is a Lycra lining in them which helps with absorbing sweat and makes cleaning a lot easier. The interior of the hands has some quilted material which is where the hand padding is, as they are stuffed hand paws, this also makes cleaning easier and the padding helps secure the hands which makes wearing them a lot easier.

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 of both hands and feet is perfect and there are no issues with lopsidedness. They match the character design perfectly also.

The shaving on them is even and there are no areas where the backing is visible and the shaving is smooth and not choppy at all. The transition between fur lengths is natural looking and very smooth.

The fur feels soft and luxurious, all markings are sewn on and the fur is very easily brushed and maintained.

I’m very satisfied with the use of colours and fur types used. The pawpads are vinyl on both the hands and the feet, as I have indoor feet. As the feet are for indoor use, they can get dirty easily, but I have resolved this issue by using fursuit sandals, which has helped keep them clean and safe from damage.

They match the concept are perfectly and I’ve very happy with the outcome!

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 very comfortable to wear and allows for a good range of movement. It’s easy to put on through the tail hole in the back of the suit using a belt, as it has too very strong, durable belt loops.

The seams are durable and strong and I can move easily without the risk of seams popping. The straps are very secure and even.

The tail is stuffed and this allows it to retain its shape. It looks great and functions as it should.

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

There is only one colour with the tail, no markings, but it does match the character design perfectly.

The fur feels soft and luxurious and is very easy to brush and maintain.

I’m very happy with the colour used for it and it looks and feels very high quality. It moves and acts how I expected it to and does bounce slightly off the padded calves the bodysuit, but this isn’t an issue and it sways and moves with my own movement.

It matches the concept art perfectly and I’m very happy with the outcome!

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 well does everything fit together and match up?

All the markings look great and match up perfectly, nothing is out of place and all colours and markings are consistent. There are no visible gaps at all.

Every fits perfectly and everything looks amazing when worn together. The padding looks smooth and defined and really helps to bring together the look of the suit!
There are no parts of the suit that tug on others and there hasn’t been any damage since I received the suit.

The style of the suit is very consistent with the maker’s style and based on previous projects it looks exactly how I expected it to. Mercury did try out some new patterns for digitigrade legs and hands, which I was very happy with the result of!

Overall Project Quality

I feel as if Mercury exceeded my expectations and the finished suit was definitely worth every penny, I’m so overwhelmingly happy with how well they brought Fergus to life and every part of him is even more perfect than I could ever have imagined. I feel as if the suit is extremely durable and will last a very long time. I can’t thank Mercury enough for bringing him to life.

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

Initial Contact

I found out about open slots through their Twitter page and I contacted them via their quote form and then through emails. It was very easy to communicate with them and very easy to understand what they needed and if I had any questions they were happy to answer them.

Maker Response Time

They contacted me within a month for the quote and shortly after that regarding whether or not I wanted to proceed with the commission. Communication was all via email.

Maker Professionalism

I’m very satisfied with communication throughout the entire process, Mercury is lovely to work with and communication was very easy and professional. They detailed everything I needed to know about the commission profess and I felt very confident about the commission process.

Project Completion Time

I was placed onto a queue once quotes had been closed and there was a link to their Trello so I was able to keep up to date with where they were on the queue. Once started, my commission was finished within a month. I had asked for a February completion date if possible and they had given an estimation of December completion, but as the Christmas holidays were coming up, the project was completed in January, which I didn’t mind and understood. My fursuit was shipped in a timely manner and I received it the following day.

Rating

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YES!
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This means the reviewer would recommend Made by Mercury.


Final Comments

Working with Mercury was so easy and straight forward and a great pleasure, I would definitely work with them again and would definitely recommend them to others for their overall professionalism and fantastic results.

I’m so happy with how everything turned out and how close to the concept art they were able to get the suit, he’s a pleasure to wear out and I hope to be suiting in him for many years to come!


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