[OK] Banban Stoat Head by Maj-Mania

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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Noodle
Twitter: Banban_Stoat

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

I have worn fursuits before, but this is my first time owning a fursuit.

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, head did not fit and they resized it for me.

Wear Time

15+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Head base: Cupcake Critters
Eye blanks: West Wind Howling
Final product: Maj-Mania

Commission Information

Type: Head
Style: Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Stoat
Filed under Musteloidea

Made in Year

Transaction Information

275 USD paid in a lump sum
Filed under $300 and under.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

NO – the ETA was passed


Date of Review

December 2, 2018

Buy/Commission Date
July 3rd 2018
Completion/Ship Date
September 30 2018
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Banban fursuit head in a toony style as a commission.

Review Video

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 somewhat tight to wear, but it fits without major discomfort. There was a lack of ventilation upon receiving it so I had to modify that on my own. Even with my modifications to the ventilation, it is still very hard to breathe. I placed ventilation areas in the bottoms of the ears, but they are unusable since my hair juts out right where the ears begin. I cannot wear my glasses inside my suit because my face barely even fits in there, but not to the point of major discomfort. My jaw is not aligned with that of the suits and it makes it very difficult to make use of the mouth ventilation.

The vision is very limited– I can see to the sides of me (not peripheral), but not in the middle. There is a massive blind spot and when my eyes were installed, they were turned more inward than outward. If you look at the head head-on, the pupils are not visible, just the eye blanks. On the inside of the head, there are giant white spots beside the eye mesh because the insides were not painted black. I plan to remedy this myself soon. I have to turn my head to see decently and often hold things right next to my eye due to my limited vision without my glasses.

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

The fur feels very nice and silky. It is a great white shade for my character and everything about the head matches my reference art very well. The shaving is mostly even, but on the upper cheek/ear area, there are some spots where the fur is very thin and the green foam is visible. The fur is easily brushed.

The inside of the mouth is partially furred– the bottom half and tongue have a wonderful material, and the two top teeth are installed. I sent four teeth with his base to the person intended to fur it. They did not fur the roof of his mouth.

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 concept art matches the product perfectly. We did compromise regarding the hair and adjusted the original headbase, which had spikes of foam for the hair, to fit accordingly to the new, fluffier design.

How well does everything fit together and match up?

The head fits correctly, albeit a bit tight. I had the head modified after initially receiving it so I could wear it but it still fits rather snug around me. It is consistent with the maker’s other works.

Overall Project Quality

I am mostly satisfied, especially with this being my first fursuit and for a low cost. I wish to change some features on my own or with another maker in the future, but I will enjoy wearing him in this current state until then.

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

Initial Contact

Very easy! The maker approached me on Twitter after I showed interest in getting my headbase furred by a non-popular maker.

Maker Response Time

The response time was not an issue, during the project there was some silence from both parties due to my maker going through a move and me waiting for the eye blanks to arrive before sending the payment.

Maker Professionalism

The maker was a kind person to work with and communicated with me respectfully. We were able to resolve issues that arose.

Project Completion Time

I am satisfied with the quickness of my project, even if it was past the ETA. I had been hoping to wear Banban to a con that took place on the 28th of September but was equally happy to receive the product in general.

Rating

FursuitReview scores by having the reviewer answer the following question:
"Would you recommend this maker to another?"

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This review has been marked with a neutral rating.
This means the reviewer MIGHT recommend Cupcake Critters & Maj-Mania & West Wind Howling depending on circumstances that have been clarified in this review.


Final Comments

Majeste was a nice maker to work with. They were efficient in their work and communications and open to compromise. The process was simple and modifications were easy to be communicated and fixed. Going forward, I hope to wear Banban a lot, but with more modifications done to him.

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