[YES] Sungazer Lizard by Beastcub


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: eiudragon

Relationship With Maker

The maker was NOT a friend when the item was purchased, but they ARE a friend now

Prior Experience

No, this was my first suit

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, the arms and legs were short. Beast Cub sewed a few layers of scutes and shipped them promptly for me to sew in. I made a few from spare fabric sent with the suit.

Wear Time

100
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

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

Species

Sungazer Lizard
Filed under Reptilia

Made in Year

Transaction Information

8500 USD paid in installments
Filed under $6000 and over.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

YES – the ETA was accurate


Date of Review

September 18, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
December 2016
Completion/Ship Date
May 2017
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Sungazer Lizard plantigrade fullsuit in a toony style as a commission.

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.

Super awesome! The head is built on a ball cap and carved foam and plush stuffing to shape. Big eye balls to view out of and the mouth is totally hollow which makes for excellent ventilation! It is super easy to use a straw to stay hydrated. Teeth are hand sculpted and the tongue is also plush fabric.

I had to add some magnets at the jaw to help connect the head to the neck scutes. This is a pop the top style head, so the neck scutes are intentionally not sewn into the jaw. Just needed a few more to help hide my head from small people looking up at me. It’s perfect now!

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

It’s so dang cute. It makes everyone smile! She also sent it with a fake flower so that people would know it’s a girl.

It’s very symmetrical. Foam is very sturdy with a bit of give for forgiving storage and transport.

Slight airbrushing to help blend fabrics, so only a couple spots are slightly crunchy. She took a brush to it really well so it looks awesome.

Eyes are static and mesh.

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

Best feature is that the head flips up easily so I don’t have to remove the head to take a breather and cool off. One less thing to have to carry!

Also it has a fan!

The back of the head “zips” up with magnets!

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.

Slightly tight on the arms. Fabric has some give which helps with movement and weight shifts. I had to make a collar of fabric for this to help hide the gaps at the neck when I bent over.

Scutes hide the front zipper. Some magnets help keep the scutes touching across the zipper and hide it fantastically!

Some machine sewn seams needed reinforcing. This suit is intended for volunteering with the local reptile society. I went through and sewed a blanket stitch everywhere. This thing is going to last forever now!

Not lined, had quite a few threads that needed trimming.

This suit I am told should be hot!!! The back is 3-4 layers of minky fabric thick. But I managed a 13 hour day fully in suit quite well. I’m incredibly heat tolerant, my body is meant for this!

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

The scales actually something called pebble fur. It’s perfect for lizard skin. The back armor and thorns are all made by Beastcub. Holy cow sewing madness and it is so rare to see this level of plating sewn.

Based from the concept art some simplification was needed. I am very happy with the outcome and it represents the art well.

I dislike where the scutes from the arms and legs start. They are at my knees and elbows which make it a point of stress that has had to be repaired. Ideally a jagged edge verses a straight line would have been artistically best.

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 match the suit perfectly, used the same fabric as the body. Comes with resin claws. Very dexterous for communicating.
Hands are long in the fingers and the thumb is set farther toward the wrist than is ideal for my hands. If I could get them made again, I probably would. It literally is the only part of this suit that doesn’t fit comfortably.

Feet are made on a pair of sneakers I provided. This is fantastic. I can wear these forever!! Resin claws, airbrushing, and the same fabric as used on the the body.

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

From the outside everything looks great and completes the suit.

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.

Sewn into the body, supported by a belt. It looks like it should be heavy, but it’s just poly-fill. I love wearing this and never noticed the additional weight.

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

This thing actually articulates!! Each row is a segment and the seams create a happy accident where they are jointed. Super fantastic swing and wiggle while I walk. It’s only poly fill in there, so the articulation is awe inspiring.

Some simplification of the concept art was needed. I am very happy with the result.

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?

The maker did a great job locating the right colors, superior fabric, and so very skilled in her sewing skills to make this come to life.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

When it arrived, the arms and legs were short. These were easily remedied and it looks fantastic together.

This toony lizard has brought me so much joy

Overall Project Quality

This is a high quality suit! With all handmade items a little TLC and some skill on the buyer’s end can take every suit to the next level! This suit will last for as long as the fabric does.

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

Initial Contact

EASY!

Maker Response Time

within 24 hours always!

Maker Professionalism

Incredibly professional

Project Completion Time

We were both shocked it was finished before Anthrocon! It was a requested deadline, but there were no promises due to the complexity of the build.

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 Beastcub Creations.


Final Comments

After a few tweaks and reinforcing, this suit is honesty incredible! It’s durable, puts up with tons of interaction with kids, it’s come out the the washing machine 6 times now and EVERYTHING is still holding strong. I loved this suit so much I hired her for another one!

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