[OK] Mezo the Sabertooth Fullsuit by Graveyard Stuffers Suits

General InfoHeadBodyHands and FeetTailsOverall Satisfaction & ScoringMaker's Response
Your Username
Instagram: mezo.saber

Item Being Reviewed
Character name, type of commission, etc. This will be used to help title the submission on FursuitReview
Mezo the Sabertooth, Full digi-grade suit

Name of Maker and Links
Instagram: graveyardstuffers

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Are you reviewing a friend?
No

Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
Yes, previously owned / made a fullsuit.

Character Concept Art

Photos of Completed Product

Date Commissioned or Bought
05/24/2016

Date Completed or Shipped
10/28/2016

Completion Time
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Price Paid
980 USD

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

Date of Review
07/06/2017

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?
No

Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
Yes, I voiced my concerns with them privately.

How many hours have you worn/used the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Give your best estimate.
6-8 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.

A major concern I have with this maker regards pins, this is a safety concern so I want to voice it loudly.
The head was originally sold as a premade, so it was extremely loose when I received it. After tailoring and padding the head to fit me, I found 7 pins that hadn’t been removed, and were set in nuisance areas. The top of the head, around the ears, the cheeks, and one near the neck. These stabbed and scratched while wearing the head. I ended up tearing them out because they had been glued in.

Ears were not completely attached to the head when I received. Some loose thread was keeping them in place, but they weren’t secured.

Ventilation is good, there is space around the nose area so air flows through the mouth to the eyes.

Vision is good, typical blind spot around the muzzle but it isn’t huge.

Overall, he is comfortable to wear.

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

Symmetry is great.

Shaving is a little rough around the jaw, cheeks and ears. Two small spots on the face are too closely shaved, and some green from the foam is visible.

Fur is a high quality luxury shag, very nice to touch, easy to clean and untangle.

Pink marker or pink thread was used to sew the saber teeth, and slowly the sabers have been turning pink.

The character is very expressive, which sold me on him in the first place. The ‘grump’ look is well done, and I can get many expressions from different angles.

Head was pre-made, no concept art.

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.

The body has been slightly baggy since day 1. There is lots of extra room around my stomach and lower back, it tends to sag down after I’ve bent over, or sat down. I haven’t lost weight since sending my DtD.

High quality fur used, durability is hit and miss. I received the suit with lots of popped seams that I spent a few hours fixing. High-stress areas were not reinforced. (Crotch, armpits, etc.)

Unlined, 100% all natural inside. (Lots of markings and bare thread)

Very hot, very sweaty as expected. Can feel a fan or breeze under my suit.

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

Symmetry is great.

Fur is very soft and high quality. Easy to clean, even after suiting for several hours, it did not mat and still looked smooth.

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.

The hands are elbow length semi-sleeves that are comfortable to wear, but difficult to keep on. I have to adjust them throughout suiting as they slip off. The paws are very cute, and I am always getting compliments on them. Additionally, there is a break between the hand and arm sleeve that shows skin if I stretch or bend my arms. Inside is lined and hemmed.

Any movement would cause the leg fabric to tuck under the foot. Some finishing on the edges of the fabric, no lining. Difficult to move around in, probably more my fault than the makers because I have never tried stompy before.

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

Symmetry still good, no shaving was done on the paws, which is unfortunate because the pads are so cute. Same fur as rest of the suit, good stuff.

The pins. Many pins were left in the feet, and I didn’t notice them until I tripped and one stabbed my leg. One of the pins poked into my shoes and cut my toe up. I ripped these out of the foam with some tools as they’d been glued in.

Originally, the feet were a high-rise stompy style. The smoothing wasn’t well done, as the fur sat on top of a lip of foam and created a weird cliff.
Bottoms of the feet felt slapped together. Messy transition between sole and fur, and ultimately did not hold together.

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 is cute and tiny. Straps are slightly too long, causes the tail to sag after awhile. Feels sturdy, no tears or innards showing.

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

Overall good.

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
Satisifed.

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?
Somewhat satisfied, bend zones don’t accommodate for movement. Fur overall is consistent and well blended.

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?
Satisfied, maker responded next day after winning premade auction.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
Mixed. Never responded same-day, went missing near end of production and didn’t contact me to provide alternate contact. They had lost access to their email.

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
Deadline was missed, initially wanted suit by mid-August. Maker agreed to work on suit while on summer break. I hadn’t received any updates on the suit until late July, and voiced my frustrations that I’d seen no progress despite making all my payments. Received the suit on soft deadline of Halloween.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
The feet were 80% destroyed after my first outing with them. The bottoms were made of a thin yoga mat material that came apart quickly against the pavement. This exposed the foam, and mildew grew. I was able to keep the original toes and nails, but had to install all new foam, furs and bottoms.

Overall, satisfied. The maker explained that this was their first time making a fullsuit, and for the price I am not complaining. The feet and digi-grade have been completely remade by myself.

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service and professionalism of the maker?
Maker was repeatedly unclear about project status. Specified a date when they would start working on the suit, when the date came, they changed the begin date again. Lied to me about status, stating parts of the suit were completed, but did not see work being done on these parts until months later.

I voiced concerns about the arms not being long enough originally, and the maker insisted it would be fine. Since then, they’ve agreed to send me some of the body fur so that I can extend the arms and cover the break around my elbow. Originally requested the fur in January 2017, again in May, and again in June. They have been unresponsive and uncooperative since.

Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
Pros:

Their characterization is awesome, good head-shape and expression. The head feels unique. They matched my art and provided me with something I want to keep. It’s something I’m proud to wear and cherish as my first real suit.

Cons:

Their customer service and honesty needs some work. I would have preferred they tell me my deadline was unreasonable, rather than be strung along for months thinking my suit was nearly complete. They have a ton of potential in their craftsmanship, but bad service really sours the transaction.

FINAL SCORE
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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.

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They have a ton of potential in their craftsmanship, but bad service really sours the transaction.

[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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