[YES] Lou Knaptand Partial by Lobita Works

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General InfoHeadBodysuitHands and FeetTailsWingsOverall Satisfaction & Scoring
Your Username
baremyfangs
www.weasyl.com/~eclair

Item Being Reviewed
Character name, type of commission, etc. This will be used to help title the submission on FursuitReview
Lou Knaptand Partial Fursuit

Name of Maker and Links
www.furaffinity.net/user/lobitaworks

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Are you reviewing a friend?
No

Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
Not at the time of purchase, but I have tried on a few fursuits since then

Character Concept Art
www.furaffinity.net/view/16657569/ (current ref)
www.furaffinity.net/view/10605529/ (ref provided for commission)
i.imgur.com/SqelJM6.png (head turnaround provided for commission)

Photos of Completed Product
www.furaffinity.net/view/12189497/
knapknapknap.tumblr.com/post/143265623085/

Date Commissioned or Bought
First contacted maker April 2013
Commission slot taken on October 31st, 2013

Date Completed or Shipped
Completed November 29th, 2013
Received December 5th, 2013

Completion Time
(How completion times are calculated.)
1 - 3 Months, 7 - 12 Months

Price Paid
~1000 USD

(This review is filed under a sort by price of $1000 and Over)

Date of Review
Original review: March 20, 2014. Tweaking the wording slightly and adding some additional comments after owning the suit 2+ years.

Do you currently still own the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Yes

Price Sold For
If you have sold the suit/parts since this review, how much did you sell for? Put N/A if not sold or leave blank if you decline to say.

Did the maker meet your deadline?
Yes

Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
Yes

How many hours have you worn/used the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Give your best estimate.
~50 hours

HEAD
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the head of the costume. If you are reviewing only a set of ears, your answers would also go in this section.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear this piece of your costume.
Are you satisfied with how it fits you? How is the ventilation? How is the vision?

Fit: The lining of is very comfortable, and the head has padding inside for the top of my head, my forehead, and my chin. It’s comfortable and breathable, and nothing’s stabbed, poked, or made it otherwise unpleasant to wear. The head is lined all the way to the neck-flap with spandex, which makes it look very neat and helps keep the fur cool and clean. Inside the head is quite roomy compared to some other heads I’ve worn, which are snug to the wearer’s face. I tend to prefer this for breathability reasons, but very active and bouncy suiters may want to keep this in mind and request additional padding if necessary.

Ventilation: Great ventilation! The wide mouth allows fresh air to flow freely against my mouth and nose. I haven’t felt short of breath or uncomfortable, and am able to suit for a few hours at a time, indoors or outdoors.

Vision: The head had a large blind spot right in front of me, but Denali let me know ahead of time that the shape of the nose would impede vision somewhat, which I gave the okay for. The eyes offer a wide range of vision that’s also very clear. There’s an additional bit of vision possible through the mouth, which is handy for reading or checking my phone.

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume piece looks from the outside.
How is the symmetry? Is the shaving even? How does the fur feel and look? How satisfied are you with the overall expression and appearance of the head? Does it match the concept art?

Symmetry: The two eyes are slightly asymmetrical, but not as much as the official pictures would suggest. I asked Denali about the eyes after seeing the glamour shots and she did a good job of fixing it without starting any hacking or slashing at the head. One is still at a slightly different angle than the other, but it’s now very hard to tell and is more just part of the expression rather than a flaw. The markings, ears, and other features are symmetrical and proportionate.

Shaving: No backing shows anywhere. The shaving is done evenly and cleanly. Though the fur used on the face is already rather short in pile, the shaving still helps bring out the dimensions of the head, accentuating the nose, muzzle, and cheeks.

Look and feel: The fur used for the head, arms, and paws is rather short and not as soft as longer furs like luxury shag, but still plush and pleasant to touch. The fauxhawk is also lovely and soft to the touch. All the fur is easy to brush.

Expression and appearance: The expression is exactly what I imagined for the character. The eyes are static, but different angles still bring out different expressions. The shapes are done well, the head isn’t overly big (even on my rather tiny frame), and everything is put together cleanly and almost seamlessly. The fur choice is great! On the fauxhawk, the long-pile fur has darker “roots” that make it look more like real hair.

Does it match the concept art: Denali did really well incorporating elements of my drawing style with her fursuit-building style. I feel like the suit really reflects how I imagine my character looks, it includes her defining features like the angular teeth and doesn’t feel like a generic canine given a coat of character-accurate fur. The expression, colors, proportions, and features all match up with the concept art. It’s a unique product that really brings to life what I envisioned. Overall I’m thrilled with the head!

Special Attachments and Features
Please describe how satisfied you are with any extra features your head has.
What are they and how do they work? How easy are they to wear? How is the quality?

Not sure where else I can mention it, but the only issue I’ve had is that a small piece of the sculpy broke off on the inside of one of her teeth. It wasn’t any problem to fix it up myself though, I’m decently handy with sculpting and painting.

BODYSUIT
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the body of the costume.
If you are reviewing armsleeves or legs/pants that are seperate from a bodysuit, your answers would also go in this section.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear this piece of your costume.
How satisfied are you with how the body fits? How is the quality and durability? What is the interior like? How is the airflow?
Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume piece looks from the outside.
How is the symmetry? Is the shaving even? How does the fur feel and look? How satisfied are you with the selection of colors and materials used?
Special Attachments and Features
Please describe how satisfied you are with any extra features your bodysuit has. This includes UV reactivity, EL wire, uniquely placed squeakers or padding, clothing made specifically for the costume, or anything that is sewn into the bodysuit.
What are the features and how do they work? How easy are they to wear? How is the quality?

HANDS AND FEET
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the hands and feet of the costume.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear these pieces of your costume.
How satisfied are you with how the hands and feet fit? How is the quality and durability? What is the interior like?

Fit: I only got hands (and hands with sleeves attached, so I guess I’ll put those here?). Denali asks for plenty of measurements which ensure that you get a proper fit. My hands fit nicely and do not slide off, but I can put them on comfortably as well.

Quality/durability: The seams are clean, neatly done, and strong. Nothing has popped yet and I have a range of movement with my hands comparable to what it would be if I weren’t wearing my suit. For the hands+sleeves, I still have an excellent range of motion. The fit is snug enough that nothing slides off, and I can comfortably put them on by myself. The hands/arms came unhemmed. I ended up adding bias-tape lining to the hands and arms as repeated wear was causing a bit of fraying. Judging from more recent product pictures, it looks like this has changed since I purchased my suit, and hands/sleeves now come with hemming! So my remarks on that front are a bit outdated.

Interior: The hands/arms are unlined, but that hasn’t caused me any discomfort. No fabric marks on the inside that I can see, and the seams on the inside aren’t bothersome in any way. No messiness sneakily hidden on the inside to be found here!

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume pieces look from the outside.
How is the symmetry? Is the shaving even? How does the fur feel and look? How satisfied are you with the selection of colors and materials used?

Nothing about the hands or arms is lopsided. The shaving is even, and the fur used is the same as what’s used for the head, so I’m happy with the look and feel of it. I think the color matches the concept art well and looks very natural.

TAILS
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the tail(s) of the costume.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear these pieces of your costume.
How satisfied are you with how the tail(s) fit? How is the quality and durability?
Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume pieces look from the outside.
How is the symmetry? Is the shaving even? How does the fur feel and look? How satisfied are you with the selection of colors and materials used?
Special Attachments and Features
Please describe how satisfied you are with any extra features your tail(s) have. This includes UV reactivity, EL wire, uniquely placed squeakers or padding, special articulation, or anything else unique if it wasn’t covered previously.
What are the features and how do they work? How easy are they to wear or use? How is the quality?

WINGS
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the wings of the costume.

Wear Satisfaction
Please describe how it is to wear these pieces of your costume.
How satisfied are you with how the wings fit? How is the quality and durability?
Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume pieces look from the outside.
How is the symmetry? Is the shaving even? How does the fur feel and look? How satisfied are you with the selection of colors and materials used?
Special Attachments and Features
Please describe how satisfied you are with any extra features your wings have. This includes UV reactivity, EL wire, uniquely placed squeakers or padding, special articulation, or anything else unique if it wasn’t covered previously.
What are the features and how do they work? How easy are they to wear or use? How is the quality?

OVERALL VISUAL SATISFACTION
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with the overall visual aspects associated with the costume.

How satisfied are you with how closely the suit matches the concept art?
If there was no concept art, please state N/A
Denali drew up her own concept sketch based on the references provided to help visualize how the suit would look in her style. In doing so, she did not deviate too far from my original concept art, so everything was still very recognizable. The suit itself matches the concept art very well.

How satisfied are you with how well everything fits together and matches up?
Do you markings match up at the seams? Are the colors consistent?
No markings or anything, but the same fur is used throughout, so the colors are consistent, nothing looks out of place.

MAKER INTERACTION AND COMMISSION PROCESS
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with all the aspects of communication between you and the maker.

How satisfied are you with how easy it was to initially contact the maker for a quote?
Initiating contact with Denali was easy and pleasant. I first contacted her with some general questions, which she all answered cordially and informatively, and she was also very helpful in setting everything up for a price quote.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
Very! Responses were quick, often within the same day.

How satisfied are you with the level of professionalism and friendliness of the maker?
Were they pleasant to work with?
Lobitaworks was great to work with. They sounded enthusiastic about making the suit, they were always upfront with their answers and information, and every response I got was friendly and professional. I got a lot of progress photos, which I really appreciated, and Denali always asked for my ok before she went on to the next step.

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
When I contacted lobitaworks, I had set aside almost the full amount I expected I would be paying for a partial commission. However, I would have been traveling to Europe starting mid-December and didn’t want to risk shipping a suit overseas. I could ask about possible fall completion, have no set deadline and ask the suit to be shipped to a permanent address in the US for me to pick up later, or wait to commission until a summer slot was available so it could be shipped to me when i returned to the US. A Fall start was tentative and could ultimately not be met, but hadn’t been set as a hard deadline. On on October 31st, Denali contacted me to ask if I was interested in a slot that had opened up, which meant the suit could be completed before I had to leave the US. I was ecstatic! I agreed, and the suit was finished promptly after that, so that I received it a little over a week before my departure date. In all, I think they really went above and beyond to make this project happen, and I’m still super grateful that they did so.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
I’m not sure what I can add—the suit is built to last and looks great. I love it and other people do too!

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service with the maker?
The Lobitaworks team really shines when it comes to customer service. I’m a happy customer!

Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
Pros:
-Quick, friendly, professional responses. Communication was always a breeze.
-A good amount of WIP pictures were provided.
-Maker seemed genuinely interested and enthused to create the character.
-The suit is constructed well, seams are durable, glued elements are all still as solidly set into the head as they were on the day I received it. I’ve worn the suit to several events and outings over the years and it’s held up well through all of them.
-Maker did a fantastic job of matching the concept art, keeping the unique look of the character. People in Dendermonde have even recognized the suit as a knaptand, which means Lobitaworks deserves huge props for accuracy!

Cons:
I really can’t think of any!

I could go on about how happy I am with my suit; it looks great, it wears great, it’s precisely what I wanted for my character and I’m so glad Lobitaworks brought my Lou to life. In the end I can only emphasize that this experience was an amazing one from start to finish and that I can in full confidence recommend Lobitaworks to anyone hoping to commission a suit!

FINAL SCORE
Please pick a score that you feel honestly reflects your commissioning experience as a whole, including the quality of your item(s), the appearance, and how you were treated by the maker.

[YES] Positive = The reviewer would recommend this maker to another

[YES] Positive = The reviewer would recommend this maker to another
[OK] Neutral = The reviewer may or may not recommend this maker, depending on certain circumstances (reviewer clarifies what these are)
[NO] Negative = The reviewer would not recommend this maker to another, unless the maker significantly changes their practices




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