General InformationGives some information about the item and the person writing the review.
About the Reviewer
Relationship With Maker
The maker IS a friend
Yes, I’ve been suiting for 7 years and owned quite a range of suits from various makers.
I want to note that while the maker was a friend when this was made, we became friends when she made me 2 heads previously to this, many years ago – so we did still become friends via her work!
Informed Maker of Issues
Yes, chin rest sat in my neck a little, maker immediately offered to sort this for me and even upgraded the hinges and gave her some gloss for her nose and lips. The full spa treatment! Since this she has fit beautifully and there have been no issues at all.
30+ hours, at least
About the Maker
Made in Year
Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy
YES – the ETA was accurate
Date of Review
September 6, 2018
Item Being Reviewed
Medosai Head in a real/toon hybrid style as a commission.
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.
How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.
Very comfortable. Resin heads are notorious for being a little on the uncomfortable side, but I am very happy when wearing this head. The fit is absolutely spot on, it is not too tight or too loose anywhere, and the moving jaw is lovely. I am able to articulate it when I want to, and am able to talk without moving it if I want to. The vision is absolutely excellent, dare I say it is better than many toony heads I own! People are often surprised (in a good way) when they try her on and see how good the vision is.
How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.
I AM OVER THE MOON WITH HOW SHE LOOKS SO MUCH SO I SHOUT THIS
She is absolutely 100% what I had pictured in my mind when I commissioned her. She is symmetrical, no obviously asymmetrical areas on her that I can see, the shaving is lovely and even, and transitions exactly as I wanted it. The fur is an exact match to my current bodysuit, so it sits beautifully. The airbrushing around the eyes to make her paw pad markings is fantastic, it’s not crunchy and the fur is still soft. The paint doesn’t come off when rubbed at all. The expression is lovely, she doesn’t look crazy surprised just relaxed. The NFT hair is able to be posed, and a lot of fun! It matched the concept art exactly.
OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.
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?
A perfect match. The fur isn’t hard to access, but she did a beautiful job making sure it all sat where it should and how it should. There are no visible gaps or anything like that. It is consistent with her resin based heads, actually if anything I like it the most of them all 😛
Overall Project Quality
Over the moon with this head. The experience of commissioning it was painless, and the product was worth more than I paid in my opinion! I’ve watched this maker grow and improve in such a short space of time, that I can compare this head to one she made for me only a few years ago and note all the incredible improvements. I recommend her to anyone in the UK looking for a quality UK maker, and anyone outside of the UK wanting high quality work and willing to pay for import!
Details the interactions between the customer/reviewer and the maker of the item with regard to the buying process.
Very easy. I had her added on twitter, so I just messaged her on there. Having worked with her previously I knew roughly what to expect.
Maker Response Time
Taya responded immediately, and the whole process was very painless. We kept communication via twitter and telegram.
I am very satisfied. I could ask for an update at any time and Taya would reply usually within the hour. When there were major things to show she would upload photos for me to see, and she was as excited about it all as I was! Taya was very professional but incredibly approachable the entire time, and I have since gone back to her for some paws for another suit of mine. I was also blown away by how fast the turn around was for those and with how consistent her work and approach was.
Project Completion Time
Very satisfied. I think it was over due by a week, or something very minor like that, and a mutual friend of ours who works near her was able to pick it up for me and deliver it to me, saving on postage and time! She started work on it exactly when I was told to expect her to, and received photos of the head base quite quickly. I had not asked for a specific date for completion, but had insinuated I would love to have it for Confuzzled in May. I still got the head in April as expected, and this gave me time to try it out and get used to wearing it before the con.
I have commissioned this maker a number of times over the years, and I’ve always been super happy with the results and the service. This particular head is my pride and joy, and I would recommend Sparklepup Studios to everyone and anyone. She is fantastic at toony and realistic heads, and skilled with a number of materials. Her airbrush work is incredible, and very long lasting, and having been witness to a number of her other suits I can vouch for her bodysuits, paws, tails and feet too! She’s also skilled with LEDs and special parts on a suit, which is hard to find. She’s also willing to give unique creatures a go, from animals that aren’t real to animals you don’t see much (carious rodents for example!). She is also one of very very few makers that will take on bodysuit only commissions, again something you don’t see a lot of. Please consider this talented wonderful person to make your next suit! 🙂