[YES] Confetti Ben fullsuit by Menagerie Works


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: MsFoxTrott

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

Sort of. I have worn mascot suits and complex cosplay, but not actual fursuits.

Informed Maker of Issues

I let the maker know about disparities in their concept art and they were receptive. They were also great when I brought up needing repairs recently on the tail.

Wear Time

40+hrs
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Digitigrade, Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Bat
Filed under Glires

Made in Year

Transaction Information

3000 USD paid in installments
Filed under $3000 and over.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

NO – the ETA was passed


Date of Review

August 18, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
July 2017
Completion/Ship Date
March 2018
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Confetti Ben digitigrade fullsuit 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 love how the head fits. The inside is very comfortably lined and I can see through the iris and pupils. I can comfortably wear my glasses underneath. As long as I wear a balaclava and take breaks, the lining doesn’t get sweaty.

Ventilation is satisfactory. The eyes are the main source of airflow, although if I tilt my head upwards, my jaw opens enough to catch a breeze. Other than that, it’s par for the course with fursuit heads.

Vision is good. While peripheral vision isn’t strong, I can see well enough in front of me to walk without a handler. The only downside is that the neck ruff prevents me from turning my head to look down; if I need to look at my feet, I have to bring my feet up.

Overall, the head feels great to wear.

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

I believe Menagerie Workshop’s weakest point is the head. While they are well-furred and the airbrushing is often phenomenal, semi-toony characters like Confetti Ben fall in an awkward place. In my opinion, the muzzle sculpt is at a low angle, so it droops downward significantly rather than going straight out. This means I always appear to be looking down my nose at someone. This can be mildly alleviated in pictures by tilting my head back, but it is still not preferable. I wish I had a record of the expression I wanted on the suit head–unfortunately, I was never sent a copy of the Google Form when I sought my initial quote.

The eyes are a little lopsided (not centered on the same horizontal line) and are closer together than I’d like. Again, this seems like a common theme in semi-toony Menagerie Workshop suits. It’s not a deal breaker, but it furthers my dissatisfaction with Menagerie heads.

Despite the issues with the eyes and the head sculpt, the rest of the head is great. The fur feels incredibly fluffy. I love how they did the silly mohawk my character has. The sprinkle markings are incredibly cute, and the “cheek horns” on the concept art were tastefully translated into fur tufts in the suit. (a note on the markings: I didn’t care where the sprinkles were placed, as long as they were on the character. there’s too many to be picky about them)

A note–while writing this review, I found a copy of Menagerie Workshop’s concept art they sent me while drafting my suit. (the above concept art is by Synchra, not Menagerie) They show whiskers. My head doesn’t have whiskers, but I guess if even I forgot, I can’t really complain, can I?

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.

At first, I had an issue getting the shoulders of the suit to sit comfortably. Turns out, I just needed to break the suit in, and now it fits wonderfully!

Mobility is understandably limited by the character. As discussed above, the neck ruff prevents me from looking down, but that’s minor. I could honestly do the splits in the suit if I felt acrobatic enough. I can stretch my arms out and down no problem, but they can’t go over my head due to the fleece wing “membrane”. (again, understandable) I can run without the digitigrade padding slipping or any body parts flying off.

I haven’t popped a seam in the body yet. The fur is durable. I rolled around on the floor once, and all that happened was a minor dirt stain on the white part. I can brush it with an acceptable amount of fur coming off on the brush.

The legs are lined by the digitigrade padding; otherwise, there is no lining. From the inside, you can see the bits where the sprinkle markings were sewn in. This is fine and in no way detracts from the overall appearance.

The airflow is perfectly fine for a suit in this style. I actually suited for 10hrs with regular breaks and had no problem.

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

The bodysuit is AMAZING. Complex suits are Menagerie Workshop’s strong suit, pun intended, and it 100% shows in the complex body. The sprinkles were sewn in amazingly. The fur transitions from one color to the other without any obvious seams. The parts that needed a shave were shaved evenly and feel just as heavenly as the parts with longer fur. I can brush the fur no problem. The chubby digitigrade legs are absolutely adorable and give the character a bit of a waddle when they walk. The body matches the concept art wonderfully, right down to where the membrane connects to the body. Every time I go out with this suit, people fawn over the body, and I can see why. It’s AWESOME!

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

Instead of making a heavy head piece, the maker added a neck ruff–basically, a donut shape made out of the same fur the head mohawk is made from. This hides the transition from head to bodysuit fairly well, except for a spot in the back where whatever I wear underneath can be seen. (this is most obvious from behind, when the head is angled downward–see the turnaround gif) The neck ruff is just as quality as the rest of the bodysuit and also functions as a good frisbee.

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.

This suit doesn’t really have hands in the traditional sense. Instead, the arms are through the furry brown top portion of the wing. The hands sit at the end in the “mitten” portion that is shaved shorter than the rest of the arm. The claws are sorta prehensile; I can stick my fingers just barely into the hole their stuffing is in, and manipulate them enough to wiggle, but not enough to manipulate anything. I can also dip my fingers into the last wing joint (ahead of the yellow portion of the membrane) and manipulate that, but not at the same time as the claws. Considering the suit style hadn’t been attempted by Menagerie before, and it’s a complex design in the first place, I am satisfied by how it came out.

The coolest part of the hands/arms is that I can slip out my hands without taking the whole suit off. Menagerie designed a slit about where my wrist lies that I can poke my hand through, leaving the claw/last joint portion of the wing flaccid while I check my phone, grab a drink, etc. Once I put my hand back in, it’s like the slit wasn’t even there. It’s an amazing touch. My only concern is that, since the edges of the slits are unfinished, I take out a bit of fur each time I pull my hands in/out; however, I could be taking them out too roughly.

The feet, oh my God, I love the feet. Those are the comfiest shoes I’ve ever worn. Period. They’re like slippers made out of the world’s softest pillows. A hook and eye clasp in the back keeps my feet from flying off. They’re padded with a soft fleece-like material that doesn’t trap odor. As the legs are long enough to go over the tops of the feet, my ankles don’t show. The bottoms are a hard sole. My only foot problem is that I stepped on a rock once, and it damaged a bit of the sole, but that’s my own fault for suiting in a dirty area.

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

Given the complexity of the design and the price I paid for it, the wings/arms/hands are done really well! They’re so cute in motion. Symmetry is great, the shaving is even, and the fur and fleece are super soft. I’d hug myself. High quality materials were used everywhere in the suit, with great attention paid to the concept art.

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 base is a section of what looks like couch upholstery fabric, sewn into the bodysuit, and attached to the actual fur tail. The upholstery fabric base is then sewn into a belt and buckle, like a seat belt, that I can secure around my waist. Unfortunately, after my first outing, a few seams ripped under the base of the tail. It’s still attached, but I can still poke a few fingers through and touch the stuffing.

Other than that, the tail wears really well. I can reach around, pick it up, and carry it if need be. The sprinkles were sewn in wonderfully, as they were throughout the suit.

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 is adorable overall! Great shaving, great feel, great colors, great sprinkles, but I am a little disappointed that it wasn’t closer to the concept art. The concept art shows it as thicker at the base than at the end. While Menagerie Workshop was in their own concept art phase, they drew a very short tail; I asked for a longer tail, specified a floor-dragger, and forgot to specify the thickness. Makers can’t read minds. That said, I wish I had specified more clearly what I wanted.

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

I have donuts on my tail.

The donuts are stinkin’ adorable. They’re literally just plush donuts sewn around the tail, with their own icing and sprinkle markings. They’re sewn in, so I can’t remove them, but that’s probably better for the long run. The donuts also have an interesting side effect–the “dough” brown part of the donut lifts the tail off the ground enough to prevent the tan underside from dragging too much, allowing the easily-replaceable donuts to drag instead. It’s a neat unintended touch!

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?

I provided my own concept art (the above Synchra image). Menagerie Workshop provided their own take on the concept art. While I feel like their concept art was different from the final product in overall bodyshape (upright faux-digitigrade vs the full padding and squat posture of the suit), seeing their interpretation allowed us to iron out any differences early on. The wing membranes and the tail lengths were adjusted to the final versions you see in the linked concept art Menagerie provided.

As noted above, there are so many sprinkles on the Confetti Ben design, that I’m totally flexible with where they go. Menagerie took the sprinkle placement of an image and made it work wonderfully on a suit.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

The costume works well altogether. After an initial breaking-in of the costume, everything fit perfectly. The head is consistent with the maker’s style.

Overall Project Quality

Overall, the project met my expectations. It was DEFINITELY worth the $3000 I spent. I hope Menagerie raises their prices for fursuits similar to mine, because that’s an absolute steal.

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 Menagerie Workshop through their website, after searching a database of makers. They provided excellent communication of their needs throughout.

Maker Response Time

There were some times where the maker was prompt, and other times where it took a week or two to get a response. Pretty standard. Towards the end, I got a Twitter, and they responded just as promptly through that.

Maker Professionalism

Menagerie is extraordinarily professional. They treated me as a respected client, which I much prefer to the whole buddy-buddy thing some fursuit makers have going on. Since they completed my suit, they’ve followed me on Twitter and frequently retweet images of my suit.

Project Completion Time

If I remember right, the project was completed a month. They had a bit of a queue backup, but once they started work, it got done fast. I remember seeing updates on Twitter and the full process took just a few weeks. Their dedication is crazy!

Rating

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"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

YES!
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This means the reviewer would recommend Menagerie Works.


Final Comments

The maker was kind, expressed her excitement on working on my suit, and supportive throughout the process. While their heads aren’t for me, I would absolutely go to Menagerie again for another complex bodysuit in their cuddly style. Thank you so much for making such an awesome work of art, just for me!

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