[YES] Arizona Shiba Inu Partial by ARocco Suits

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www.instagram.com/beetledreams/ (@beetledreams)

Item Being Reviewed
Character name, type of commission, etc. This will be used to help title the submission on FursuitReview
Arizona Shiba Inu Partial

Name of Maker and Links
www.etsy.com/shop/ARoccoSUITS (@aroccosuits)

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Character Concept Art

Photos of Completed Product

Date Commissioned or Bought
September 7th, 2016

Date Completed or Shipped
October 14th, 2016.

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

Price Paid
650 USD

(This review is filed under a sort by price of $501 - $999)

Date of Review
December 15th, 2016

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

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

Did the maker meet your deadline?
Yes. No explicit deadline was set. The product was completed within the 2 month window outlined on Terms of Service sheet.

Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
Yes, they were very understanding and responsive when I mentioned any issues. In my first email, I mistakenly sent an outdated reference sheet with the wrong species and tail style shown. When I mentioned this to Arocco, they were very helpful, and happily altered the foam base and tail design. I was very impressed by their willingness to help.

I did not notify the maker about issues with fur color, because I did not notice them until the suit arrived.

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

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 well. It does not slide/shift and is not constricting. It can be slightly difficult to put on because of a small “lip” of foam beneath the jaw area, but this also helps keep the head securely in place. Thus, I have no problem with it.

Ventilation is VERY good. There is a very large opening in the mouth, that prevents the head from becoming too hot or constrictive.

Vision is good. Blind spots are small. Some holes in eye mesh are clogged by paint, primarily in the highlights of the eyes. The obstructions are not a major inconvenience.

The head is lined properly, with some foam showing near the jaw. This is not an issue, and it is still neat and comfortable.

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

The symmetry is very good. Both the markings and shape of the face are very symmetrical. There are no noticeable discrepancies.

The seams on the face are very smooth. No seams are visible between fleece parts, or between fleece and fur. The fleece portion of the face is very neat and clean. However, there are some neatness issues on the ears. On the tips of the ears, some hot glue was found stuck in the fur, and some short fur is glued down onto the ear. Some fur is also trapped in the glue where the neck meets the head. Additionally, the shaving on the back of the ears was very choppy and uneven. The length of the fur is inconsistent at the tip of the ear as well. A small hole can also be found in the fleece near the base of the jaw.

Overall, I am satisfied with the head’s appearance. Different expressions can be achieved from different angles. The head features follow-me eyes.

The markings and patterns on the suit match the concept art very well. The shape of both the head and tail are consistent with the character’s species. Unfortunately, I was not satisfied with the fur color choices. Portions of fur intended to be dark brown are almost indistinguishable from the lighter fur. On the concept art, this dark fur was much closer to black. In photos and from a distance, the two furs appear to be the same color.

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.

Overall, I am mostly satisfied with the fit of the hands and arm sleeves. The arm sleeves are fairly lose, and sometimes slide off my arms when the elastic is in place. The handpaws do not always meet the arm sleeves, and can create a small gap. However, this is easily fixed by disregarding the elastic strap. The handpaws themselves are very comfortable. They fit me well, and do not slide or fall off during wear.

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

The hands and arm sleeves are all symmetrical. The transitions between the sleeves and paws are smooth when aligned properly.

There is no shaving on these parts.

As previously mentioned, the portions of darker fur are too similar to other furs on the suit, and do not match the concept art. The seams between different furs/fabrics are very clean. The paw pads are made of pink kinky (cuddle) fur. The color very closely matches the paws pictured on the reference sheet. They are visually appealing and soft. I am very satisfied with the shape of the paws. Very cute and toony.

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.

The tail fits decently well. It is not heavy or cumbersome. I find it difficult at times to keep the tail fixed to the belt properly. The belt loop is a very wide band of elastic. Because it stretches across the entire base of the tail, it often comes away from my body and slides along the belt. This can be corrected by affixing the band to the belt with small clips. Despite this, the elastic is attached well to the base of the tail.

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

The tail is constructed well. The tail is a very challenging curly shape, but the maker patterned and formed it well. It is very visually appealing and matches the character’s species well.

There is no shaving on the tail. Some fur is trapped in the glue where the elastic loop meets the fabric, but it is not visible when the tail is being worn.

The tail is intentionally asymmetrical. This matches the reference material.

As aforementioned, the dark brown featured on the tail is not as dark as I would have liked it to be.

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
The suit matches the markings shown in the concept art well. Some colors were not particularly well suited to the reference sheet. The dark brown on these pieces are not nearly as dark as pictured on the reference sheet.

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?
Overall, I am mostly satisfied with the fit of my costume. There are some fit issues associated with the arm sleeves and tail, but the head and paws fit very well.Colors are consistent between parts.

All seams are neat on both hands and sleeves.

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?
It was very easy to contact the maker for a quote. This contact was conducted through email. The maker was very friendly, and responded quickly.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
The maker responded to all emails very swiftly. Usually within 24 hours.

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
No deadline was given for the project. Completed within the 2 month window outlined on the maker’s Terms of service Page. It was completed well before the end of the two month period, much faster than I has expected.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
I am fairly satisfied with the overall quality of the suit. The durability, symmetry, vision, ventilation, and overall look of the piece are all very good.
There were some issues with fur color, exposed glue and uneven shaving. I still enjoy the costume’s appearance.

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service and professionalism of the maker?
I was VERY satisfied with the customer service of this maker. They always responded swiftly, and with great professionalism. They were very patient about all changes I requested, and eager to fix and issues. They were extremely kind and helpful throughout the process.

Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
Overall, I was satisfied with my experience with this maker.
Their customer service is nothing short of spectacular. They are always very kind and professional in their communication. They are very happy to help the customer make desired changes. I was very impressed by their customer interactions.

It is visually appealing. Very cute and toony. All work with fleece is exceptionally clean and even. This is consistent throughout their body of work.

My only major grievances are that the darker brown fur featured in the suit did not match the concept art particularly well. Additionally, there were some issues with shaving and fur trapped in glue.

Prices are very reasonable, customer service is simply stellar, and quality is generally good. I highly recommend this maker to anyone in the market for a partial or fursuit parts!

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