[YES] Taz Poison Fullsuit by Starslikeroses

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Your Username
www.furaffinity.net/user/poisonakataz/

Item Being Reviewed
Character name, type of commission, etc. This will be used to help title the submission on FursuitReview
Taz Poison the Folf Fullsuit

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

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Are you reviewing a friend?
No, but we do get along nicely outside of furryism. :)

Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
I’ve been doing professional mascotting (usually sports related) for the past 6 years. I also have made five fursuit heads, thought I do not make them anymore.

Character Concept Art
www.furaffinity.net/view/20722163/
www.furaffinity.net/view/19096700/
www.furaffinity.net/view/19096624/

Photos of Completed Product
www.furaffinity.net/view/19096624/
www.furaffinity.net/view/20722075/
www.furaffinity.net/view/20722004/
www.furaffinity.net/view/20722046/
www.furaffinity.net/view/20694265/

Date Commissioned or Bought
December 2015

Date Completed or Shipped
End of July 2016

Completion Time
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Price Paid
$1000 plus shipping

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

Date of Review
Originally July 31st, 2016.
Updated on August 20th and publicly posted to FursuitReview on August 21st, 2016.

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

Price Sold For
If you have sold the item since this review, how much did you sell for?

Did the maker meet your deadline?
Just in the nick of time! :) But it was my fault for requesting a special item at the tail end, and I knew it would take extra time.

Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
No issues. ^_^

How many hours have you worn/used the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Give your best estimate.
Originally (31 Jul): Worn to one long event (today) and spent over ten hours doing photos and video.
Updated (20 Aug): Proud to say that I have now worn my suit to four different events. ^_^ There’s really nothing to change about the review; the only thing different about the suit is that I now wear a MorphSuit underneath it. And that I discovered that I can wear clothes (such as dresses) over it.

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.

The head fits perfectly. :) It was made with a fox blank from DreamVisionCreations and so is proportioned very well. I have considered adding more padding to the moving jaw, but after practicing in front of the mirror, I think her mouth opens just fine. :)

Ventilation is better than I thought it would be, and having an open mouth is just wonderful. I didn’t ask to have a fan put it. I’m pretty used to the inside of mascot/fursuit heads.

Vision is a little less than how I thought it would be, as I generally don’t work with toony eyes. I got used to it very quickly, however, and just today I did a photoshoot on top of a firetruck. I was comfortable climbing around it and I always knew where I was and what was around me. :)

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume piece looks from the outside.

Symmetry is awesome; no complaints there. Shaving impressed me– I thought Roses would use two different furs for this, but it appears that she merely shaved the fur. I myself have never had much luck shaving fur– one of the reasons I gave up making heads. :P But this… This is lovely. :)

Fur feels nice and soft. Artist used minky in the ears. Feels like a baby blanket. Also, there are hairstyles that attach to the head via magnets. I chose not to wear any hair at the event I entertained at today, but she used sparkle fur for one style that looks super cute.

The one disappointment I have with the head is the airbrushing around the nose and eyes. It feels fine, but up close, I think it looks almost like there’s dirt on the face. Luckily, most people won’t notice; perhaps thinking that the paint around the eyes is make-up. After all, Taz IS a girl!

The expression is sooooooo cute. And when she opens her mouth, it’s even cuter. I got about a million “Oh, you’re adorable!”‘s today on the head. The eyes are toony but follow-me. Not a STRONG follow-me effect, but I like it. :D

Yeah, it matches the concept art. And even if it didn’t I’d still be happy.

Special Attachments and Features
Please describe how satisfied you are with any extra features your head has.

Roses and I put our heads together on how to get Taz’s eyes to light up. I had a terrible idea– put “blind” white eyes from DVC behind the toony eyes and then make the vision through the tear ducts. But it was Roses who had a stroke of genius– cut the WHOLE eye part of the mask out, put in toony eyes, and install LED tape wire (I think that’s what it’s called?) around the inside of the eyes. Really, really, REALLY cool effect. Also, it doesn’t hurt my vision and I can perform just fine it. :) Eyes also have three settings– static, slow blink, and fast blink.

Quality doesn’t bother me one bit. The battery pack is comfortably housed in a pocket on the inside back of the head.

BODY
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.

Oh my God. It’s like a heavy pair of pajamas. So cuddly.

What I love so much about this fullsuit is that the bands and tattoos were HAND-SEWN by Roses herself. Hand-sewn details are just the best. <3 Only thing is that it's tough to get the zipper up and down; I have been practicing this and yes, I have trimmed a tiny bit of fur. I know that as time goes by I will get more and more used to it. Airflows nicely through it. I think. Haha. I've been doing this so long that the hotness doesn't bother me one bit, so I can't really tell someone with no experience what the airflow is like. :P But it certainly is not uncomfortable.

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume piece looks from the outside.

Again, everything matches and I’m very happy that she left the fur long. :D

No airbrushing, just nice hand-sewn details.

We had a discussion about the specific color choices before work began, so no problems there.

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.

WOO! Hands! <3 The handpaws, in addition to being adorable, are also fully functional. I was able to climb a firetruck, play beanbags, steal hats off of people's heads, and shakes hands. I have no idea how she lined these things, but they're so comfy that I just might wear them as gloves come winter! :D I was a tad worried about the feet. They are "stompy" feet, which, historically, I have had bad experiences with. However, the difference here is that I had the feetpaws made to my shoe size. They feel like a pair of slippers and have non-slip soles on them. I am extremely pleased with them. Now, being stompy, they don't look quite right as a partial, but what the artist doesn't know is that I have a special pair of monster-feet shoe covers in black that I intend to use when wearing Taz as a partial. I totally planned ahead! Also, the feet are lined with fur. Thus the "slipper" feel to them. And the toes and rainbow pads make them extra adorable. The bodysuit flows nicely into them.

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume pieces look from the outside.

Extremely impressed with the shaving on the hands/fingers. I’m a little concerned about the silicone paw pads falling off; I don’t know how they’re attached. I’m assuming that they are sewn down, and if so, they should hold up well.

These paws feature tiny black claws on the ends of the fingers. The claws a bit… I don’t know. Some of them kind of face different directions. They seem to be glued that way. This is NOT a complaint; just an observation. It doesn’t bother me because no one else will notice. The most important thing about performing in a lavish costume is that your audience won’t notice the stupid little imperfections. So the claws, along with the paint on the face, are not what I was expecting, but will not affect anything I try to do as Taz.

Special Attachments and Features
Please describe how satisfied you are with any extra features your hands or feet have.

Okay, the left paw has a squeaker in it that I asked for. Squeaks nice and loud and is a GREAT way to communicate inside the costume. That squeaker was a HUGE hit today, and I think it will be at other events too! The squeaker doesn’t inhibit the use of my hands, nor does it get in the way of putting the glove on.

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.

Tail was made by PawStar– I sent it to the artist to use as a reference.

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your costume pieces look from the outside.

Big and fluffy; has a wire in it. Again, it was NOT made by Roses.

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
Very satisfied! She even got the piercings I wanted. ^_^

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?
Everything matches up and the color scheme is consistent.:)

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?
I sent my same request for a fursuit to about five different artists. The only one who took the time to read everything I wrote and send me a reasonable reply was Roses. So even though she lived the furthest away in London, I went with her.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
Roses would respond within days, and always with over two paragraphs and usually pictures. Communication could not have been better. We also found ourselves occasionally talking about things outside of this project. I think we’d get along if we met in person. :) Also, as a surprise, Roses sent some little trinkets from the UK for me. I didn’t feel like a customer, I felt like I was a partner on an amazing project.

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
Would have been done right on time, but I had to go and request special fur for the hair right at the end. After asking her for the sparkle fur, she told me it would be about an extra couple weeks. I told her that that would be fine. And Taz STILL got here on time, as the two events I really want her for are in August and December.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
Could not possibly be more satisfied. I love Taz. I just love her. She’s fan-Taz-tic!

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service and professionalism of the maker?
I think she might have me as a customer again in the future. ;) I think Roses is a very talented artist who has great enthusiasm for her work. If you want to work with someone who will love your character as much as you do, go with Roses.

Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
Pros:
~Artist is an amazing person
~Pricing is VERY AFFORDABLE
~Work is cute
~Sends lots of pictures
~Loves what she does

Cons:
~Lives far, far away (Not her fault! ;P )

FINAL SCORE
FursuitReview scores by having you answer the following question: Would you recommend this maker to another?
Pick one of the scores below 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]

[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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