[YES] Leilia Spaniel Fullsuit by Made By Mercury

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Please note that this review utilizes a form that is no longer in use. As such, the questions and format differ slightly from other reviews.

 

General InfoHeadBodyHands & FeetTail & EarsGeneral AspectsOverall Satisfaction & Scoring

Your Username
LeiliaClay

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

Name of Maker
Made by Mercury

Maker’s Website or Furaffinity Page
www.furaffinity.net/user/madebymercury/

Are you reviewing a friend?
No

Character Concept Art
www.furaffinity.net/view/17752895/

Photos of Completed Product
www.furaffinity.net/view/17783445/

www.furaffinity.net/view/17909699/

Date Commissioned or Bought
June 2015

Date Completed or Shipped
September 2015

Price Paid
Roughly $2,500

Date of Review
12/08/15

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.
N/A

Did the maker meet your deadline?
Very much so!

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.
Around 13-15 hours?

Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
None at all

HEAD
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with each feature of the head of the fursuit.

How satisfied are you with the fit of the head?
Is it too tight or loose? Does anything poke you, stab you, make it uncomfortable to wear? Is it lined comfortably?
The head fits great. It is very snug, but in a good way. It is lined comfortably and I really enjoy wearing it. There is some fur around the inside of the muzzle that tickles my nose and upper lip sometimes, but I don’t notice it after wearing it for a bit.

How is the ventilation?
Can you breathe well? Is the mask stuffy? Does the air circulate through your head?
The ventilation seems very good! I can breathe quite well through it.

How is the vision?
Can you see well in front of you? Is there a large blind spot? Do you have to turn your head to see? (Note: most suits do not have peripheral vision)
I am really impressed with the vision! I have very little experience with fursuits, but I was expecting my vision to be much more limited than it is. The blind spot in the front is very small, and I don’t have to turn my head too much to see things.

How is the symmetry?
Are the eyes or ears lopsided? Are the markings symmetrical per character design?
Symmetry is just perfect. The eyes and ears are completely even with each other. The only real markings on her face are freckles, and those are intentionally asymmetrical and I love it. :)

Is the shaving even?
Can you see the backing? Is it choppy? Is the transition to long fur what you were looking for?
The shaving looks gorgeous. I really love the transition to longer fur on the cheeks, and the hair tuft on top is adorable.

How satisfied are you with the expression and overall appearance of the head?
Her expression is sweet and happy and exactly how I imagined her! The head is most definitely the part I am most satisfied with, it is perfect in every way.

BODY
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with each feature of the body of the fursuit.

How satisfied are you with how the body fits?
Is it comfortable to wear? Does it allow for good movement?
The body fits like a glove! It is incredibly comfortable and I can move around in her great!

How is the quality and durability of the body?
Are the seams durable? Can you move without popping seams?
Everything has stayed together with no issues so far, and I have worn her on multiple occasions, danced in her, played frisbee, etc.

How satisfied are you with the selection of colors and the material used?
The reddish fur color she chose is so perfect I still can’t get over it. It is practically the exact color of my welsh springer spaniel, which the suit was inspired by, haha! I really love all the different furs she used as well, they all mesh together wonderfully.

HANDS AND FEET
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with each feature of the body of the fursuit.

How satisfied are you with the fit of the hands and feet?
Will your wrists/ankles show if you stretch too much? Do they stay on your hands or do they slide off? Can you put them on comfortably with ease?
The hands fit amazingly and stay on great! The feet fit great too, and are super comfortable. One of the feet was a bit narrower at the top and took a bit of effort to put on initially, but once it was on I didn’t notice. It has loosened up over a few wears.

How is the quality of the hands and feet? Are you satisfied with the materials used?
Have seams popped? Have paw pads or claws fallen off?
They hands have held up really well, I have has zero issues with them.

The feet are great, though I have had some issues with the outdoor soles coming detached from the feet in a few places. Easily fixed with some glue, though. I did have some popped seams on one of the feet(the same mentioned above that had a narrower opening at the top), I think maybe from forcing my foot into it a bit too roughly. This was also easily fixed, and was in a spot that was not noticeable once the suit was on.

TAIL
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with each feature of the tail of the fursuit.

How is the quality of the tail? Are you satisfied with the materials used?
Is it too cumbersome? Can you pull on it without tearing? Are the straps secure and even?
If there is any padding or armature, does it look right and function correctly?

The tail is great! It is attached to the body, and is very secure. It is not super heavy or large, but has enough weight that I can wag it and it looks really cute. :)

How accurate to the concept art is your tail?
Did they get all the markings? Are the colors accurate?
The tail looks exactly like the reference!

EARS
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with each feature of the ears, especially if they are seperate from the fursuit head.

How is the quality of the ears? Are you satisfied with the materials used?
Are they too cumbersome? Can you pull on them without tearing? Are they even on your head?
Gosh, the ears are probably my favorite part!! They look just like a Welsh springer spaniel’s ears; perfect length, placement and I love the materials. The inside of the ears are even lined with super soft short fur! They seem very durable so far, and I like to flop then around and pull on them gently often.

How easy is it to wear your ears?
Do they fall off? Are they painful to clip on? Do you require someone else to put them on for you?
N/A, they are attached to the head

 

VISUAL ASPECTS
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with visual aspects associated with the fursuit.

How satisfied are you with how closely the suit matches the concept art?
If there was no concept art, please state N/A
100% satisfied. She really nailed every aspect! The only thing that was not included were the ear bows, but I ordered some bows myself that work perfectly, and I love the idea that I can change them out now if I want to.

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 looks amazing all together, the colors look great together and match really well.

COMMUNICATION
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 incredibly easy! Her quote form was easy to use and she was very clear on her opening times for accepting quotes.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
In general it was pretty good. There were times that it would take her a bit to respond, but it was never more than a week at most. And if anything, I could always contact her almost immediately on her Twitter account if needed.

How satisfied are you with the level of professionalism and friendliness of the maker?
Were they pleasant to work with?
Extremely professional and always friendly. I felt very comfortable working with her through out the whole process.

OVERALL
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with your overall experience with the maker and the fursuit itself.

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
My deadline was Midwest Furfest, so she met my deadline with a few months to spare! Honesty, for the quality of my suit, you really couldn’t have asked for a better turn around time.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
Incredibly satisfied. She really went above and beyond my expectations with this suit, it is truly perfect.

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service with the maker?
Very! She responded to all my questions, and even made small changes without any issues.

When I had questions about repairing my feet she responded immediately and was very helpful in giving me tips to repair them.

Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
Wonderful experience, I can’t recommend Mercury enough! Choosing a maker from the UK when I live in the US made me a little nervous at first, but in the end I am so happy that I choose her to bring my character to life!

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.

Positive

[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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