[YES] Roku Smilodon Premade Partial + Bodysuit Commission by Fursuits by Mars


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: rivalowolf

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

Yes. I have a fullsuit from another well known maker

Informed Maker of Issues

I did. I asked for some advice fixing small holes seeing as though I had no experience.

Wear Time

10 hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Bodysuit, Other Bundles, Partial
Style: Digitigrade, Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Sabertoothed Tiger (Smilodon)
Filed under Felidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1500 USD paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

YES – the ETA was accurate


Date of Review

July 1, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
September 2017
Completion/Ship Date
November 2017
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Roku – Premade partial and subsequent custom digitrigrade bodysuit.

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 is a little difficult to pop on, but once on, the fit is totally fine. The vision isn’t amazing (low field of vision) but it’s certainly workable and it lines up well. The mouth will open wider and move if you fit it under your chin, otherwise it rests closed.

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 what I absolutely fell in love with. The design is great and the fur is of great quality. The eyes are a little crossed when looking straight on, but that’s alright. The saber fangs are pushed out when in a resting position, which looks a little funky in my opinion.. but it’s only visible from straight on and otherwise looks great. The whisker spots are glued, and although they move atop the fur, they are firmly in place. The jaw moving gives the suit a new look, which I love. I’ll mention that all whiskers were straight, though unfortunately my cat damaged one after it was fully owned by me (if noticed from the photos). Symmetry is pretty darn good, and the shaving is even and professional.

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.

AWESOME. It fits perfectly. I made my DTD tight, and the body was made tight where it could and still allowed for flexibility around the joints. The back hangs a little loose, but it’s so great in the front I can’t tell while wearing.

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

The body looks fantastic. Even know the digi looks big while I look down at my legs while wearing it, the complete costume is really natural in proportions and has a good stumpy appearance to the curve.

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.

Hands are four fingered, relatively simple to wear even with the fingers being padded. Feet are slip in with reinforcement. Your feet can slide to each side while in the pouch, but I believe theres enough room to slide a shoe in. Regardless, your feet do not slide upward as they were made to fit.

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

Looks fine to me! The foot shaping is nice and the flat claw look on them are fine. I do like the built in indoor paws on the bottoms. Handpaws are great.

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.

I have two tails. One is a bobtail that came with the partial, the other is a nub that’s built on the bodysuit (per request). Wear is simple, one is attached, the other can be worn on a belt.

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

Both look great. They both wag really easily which is cute.

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?

Considering it was premade as per her concept art… perfectly.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

You know what, I’m super happy with my Mars suit. I love how it looks when complete, and I really feel like I can get into character with it. The fit is great overall, and the only physical complaint was a small hole here and there. She did an outstanding job, especially price considering. I will admit that I wish that the head had some more vision and ventilation, or a way to comfortably hold the mouth open without giving up my mouth line-up.. but that’s a trait that any fursuit can exhibit depending on the design and type.

Overall Project Quality

Just awesome. I really love this suit, and it went beyond the price paid. Complaints feel small compared to all the great qualities.

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

Initial Contact

Super simple. Via email or telegram it was immediate.

Maker Response Time

Pretty satisfied. She always got back to me relatively quickly, although sometimes it was a couple of days.

Maker Professionalism

Super professional! She always answered my questions and gave advice when requested. She was very serious about meeting satisfaction and deadlines, even when she herself mentioned she doesn’t do hard deadlines anymore.

Project Completion Time

Honestly, it was pretty darn good. I felt that she may have used up the extent of the flex time given, even when majority was finished long before then, but she always made the con deadlines I gave without problem (both with partial completion and bodysuit).

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 Fursuits by Mars.


Final Comments

I didn’t know Mars very well going in to this process, despite having her on Facebook and Twitter in the past. She had always been nice to me, so I tried to disregard all that I had heard of her reputation until I could form my own opinion. If nothing else, I was buying a premade partial and I wouldnt be too disappointed if there were missed deadlines or some quality flaws, as per what others had said. But I was really pleasantly surprised throughout the process. I really believe Mars has moved to try and improve her image through better practices, quality, communication, and satisfaction. There were no hard deadlines, yet she always tried to make (and did meet) my con preferences while maintaining updates and communication along the way. Some time updates were prompted by her, others by me. She used the time that was given and still met these soft deadlines which meant a lot to me.. and I felt it really spoke about her current practices. While there may be long owned clients still, at least shes bettering her practice so that new commissioners are met, rather than adding to the problem. I think Mars has a great style and really delivers a great product considering what she charges, of which the small flaws are no problem.

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