[YES] Necomimi Fursuit Head by Sharpe19

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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 InfoHeadEarsVisual & Communication AspectsOverall Satisfaction & Scoring

Your Username
Bornes

Item Being Reviewed
Character name, type of commission, etc. This will be used to help title the submission on FursuitReview
Necomimi Fursuit Head by Sharpe19

Name of Maker
Sharpe19 / Sharpe Costumes

Maker’s Website or Furaffinity Page
Sharpe19 / Sharpe Costumes

Are you reviewing a friend?
No

Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
Yes.

Character Concept Art
No real concept art. I just told her I wanted a more realistic version of my last fursuit head.
This is my last fursuit head.

Photos of Completed Product
www.furaffinity.net/view/12028186/
www.furaffinity.net/view/14101714/
www.furaffinity.net/view/14101676/

Date Commissioned or Bought
Early 2012

Date Completed or Shipped
2014

Price Paid
$800 to Sharpe, $100 for the necomimi ears (I bought those myself and shipped them to sharpe)

Date of Review
7 January 2015

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?
There was technically no deadline, but she still missed dates. I will explain in the ‘overall’ section.

Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
Most of them.

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

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 perfectly and it is the most responsive jaw I’ve ever used! Without the necomimi headset in it is very comfortable and I love wearing it.
(the head can be worn without the headset inside if desired)

How is the ventilation?
Can you breathe well? Is the mask stuffy? Does the air circulate through your head?
The ventilation seems pretty standard. Not bad, but not anything to write home about, either.

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)
Vision is pretty good. Seems standard. Unless the LEDs in the eyes are on. There are many situations where those blind me completely. I don’t have much experience with LED eyes but what little I do have, this also seems standard.

How is the symmetry?
Are the eyes or ears lopsided? Are the markings symmetrical per character design?
I would not put this against Sharpe as this head was basically an experiment. But the inside of the head has these velcro elastic strips to hold in the necomimi headset. The way they are designed, it is very easy for the headset to slip right or left and make the ears look all wonky. You can see how off they are in this video. Which is the first time I put it on.

It has a learning curve and I eventually figured it out. I’m not sure what could be done differently but the setup she used just doesn’t seem like it’d be the most effective. There’s some extra parts in the head that also have velcro and I still haven’t figured out what “the most correct way” to put the headset in the head is.

I haven’t talked to Sharpe about it because it just seems like something you would not be able to explain unless you were there in person to demonstrate. I would not even be able to provide very good pictures of it simply because of where it is in the head.

Outside of this issue, which again I don’t hold against Sharpe, the symmetry is perfect.

Is the shaving even?
Can you see the backing? Is it choppy? Is the transition to long fur what you were looking for?
All good!

How satisfied are you with the expression and overall appearance of the head?
LOVE IT. I don’t know how to explain it but it’s just super good. A surprise too since the head it was based on is not as happy looking. It’s cool to have them be similar yet differentiated. I market them as “Twins” now.

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?
The necomimi headset itself, made by Neurowear, is definitely not worth the cost (currently ~$60 USD but $100 when I first commissioned this) and because of that I’ve replaced it 3 times, driving up the cost of maintenance on this head. This has nothing to do with Sharpe but I am listing it for anyone who is interested in putting necomimi headsets in their fursuit heads. I also have a pretty good list of Necomimi pros and cons here on my tumblr.

The Fursuit ears are separate from the head and are attached to small posts either on the headset or on stand-alone podiums via velcro. The ears themselves are amazing looking and appear to be extremely sturdy. The problems come in with the “foamies” of the female port of the ears. I will try to explain. Sorry for probably crappy wording here.

The posts (male port) get inserted into the female port, which is basically a sort of hole in the base of the fursuit ear. Instead of making her own ports, Sharpe contacted the creator of the necomimi headset and had them send her the actual ports.

When the fursuit head is worn without the necomimi headset, it still uses the necomimi ports.. If that makes sense. I show how to attach the ears both ways in this video. Easier to see it demonstrated than try to explain.

Anyway, the female port inside the ears is made out of this super soft foam. The velcro inside of the ears would come out frequently because it did not want to stick. I tried putting snaps in there, but it ripped out portions of the foam in the ear. It’s just extremely fragile and after only a year of use, I’ve had to replace the velcro inside the ears many times. (I note I replace velcro in the video, but I’m looking at the headset when I talk about that. I had problems with that too but it’s mostly inside the female port of the ears that I have issues).

The male ports have similar issues with velcro coming off, but those are made out of a smooth plastic and it’s not as frequent as the ears.

Because the ears get pushed on and pulled off, there’s a lot of stress at the base of them. I’m surprised they’ve held up so long (kudos to Sharpe there) but they are beginning to fray a bit now. The ear is starting to separate from the female port. It’s not noticeable during wear and it doesn’t affect anything currently but it’s something I’m keeping my eyes on for now.

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?
With the necomimi headset in, it is very time-consuming to put on and get everything just so. Because the ears use velcro and are surrounded by fur, sometimes they don’t get a good connection. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to tell if they have a good enough connection so I’m constantly pushing on my ears in hopes they don’t fall off. I mention it toward the end of my video linked above, but when the wind gusts hard enough, my ears can get blown off, and that’s not a particularly rare occurrence.

Given what Sharpe had to work with, I’m not sure what other connection method she could use and still have everything work correctly, so I don’t really hold these negatives against her.

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
I originally got a premade foam fursuit head from Sharpe. I liked it so much that I later asked for a resin base head with green eyes that was more realistic. She made what I asked for and it came out better than I expected. I love the result.

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?
Outside the problems inherit to the necomimi headset (and thus not Sharpe’s fault), 100% satisfied.

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?
She is very easy to talk to and usually responds very quickly, except in certain situations which I will explain about later.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
For 98% of the process she was amazing. For the last 2% it was awful and I will explain further later.

How satisfied are you with the level of professionalism and friendliness of the maker?
Were they pleasant to work with?
Despite the problems I will explain later, she has, and continues to be, very easy to work with.

I’ve contacted her since the commission and she is very helpful (like asking what type of fur was used so I can get things from other makers, etc.)

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?
There were technically no deadlines, but still dates were missed. I will explain everything in the ‘overall’ section.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
Very satisfied with the end result.

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service with the maker?
Satisfied up until I had to send the head back. Then it got aggravating very quickly. Will explain further in ‘overall’.

Describe your experience. What were the pros and cons of working with this maker? And any final comments?
(Note that most of this part was written in May 2014 so the emotions were still fresh)
The necomimi head I commissioned from Sharpe sometime in early 2012. I asked for a resin head, more realistic version of a previous foam head but with necomimi ears and green eyes. I had no deadline so Sharpe could take her time. I supplied the necomimi ears. She didn’t start it until I think early 2013. Which was fine because we went back and forth with some financial issues on my end but I did end up paying 100% upfront before any work was done.

Anyway, I thought the head was taking too long at some point, so I began to ask for estimated completion dates. These she talked around very skillfully. She never gave me a date, never an estimated date, and it was like pulling teeth to get her to even say something like “Two heads before yours”. Which obviously doesn’t help me in timing when I should expect this head. I even made a covert point to say “It’s ok if you pass the estimated date, I just want an estimate so I have an idea” but nope.

Regardless, I finally got the necomimi head in early 2014.

She forgot to make the head wearable without the necomimi headband inside. That was something she said she’d do.

I was willing to just deal with it anyway because I thought necomimi was cool enough. But after an outing with it, necomimi headband is just too heavy to deal with all the time and it was not worth it. So we spoke and she said she’d fix it. I sent the fursuit head back.

I again didn’t have a deadline, but she said it’s be an easy/fast fix so I wasn’t too worried about it. But then weeks go by and I ask what’s going on. She says she’s not going to mold it like she said she would, but she has to contact the actual necomimi company for ‘ethics reasons’ and is now waiting on them. It should be about 2 weeks, she says. I am not very thrilled at this idea, but if she doesn’t want to reverse engineer something, I guess I can’t argue. Plus I said I didn’t have a deadline.

So remember this foam head I keep bringing up? Before the necomimi commission, I sent it back to her to be destroyed (long story not worth putting in this review). OK well things happen and I decide to ask sharpe if she still has it. She says yes. I ask if I can have it back, fully expecting a no. She says sure. We go back and forth for a while and agree on things (such as a refurb for it) and I say “Just send it in the same box as the necomimi head when that gets done” Ok awesome.

Later, she informs me the necomimi head is done, but the foam head isn’t. OK, I can wait. I ask how long it’s going to take to get the foam head done. She dances around the issue again. This has become a HUGE pet peeve by now. I am at this point holding a grudge against her because she dances around estimating time frames. She doesn’t even say she’s not comfortable estimating a time frame, she just lines up fancytalk to BS around the issue.

Eventually she says “Just one more head before yours” and to watch her fb page to see the heads done. TWO HEADS LATER I ask where it is, she says either one more head or it’s almost done or something I forget. Fine. Whatever. I give up.

Finally she says she’ll ship my stuff on a very specific day.
Two weeks after that day go by.
“You said you’d ship it on X. It is now Y. Have you shipped it yet?”
She says I will have a tracking number by next monday. Wednesday comes around. I ask if she shipped it because I didn’t get a tracking number.
No answer. Another week or two.
“You said you would ship it on X. I noticed on your fb page you’ve shipped other things. Have you shipped my heads? What is going on?”

Finally she emails me back and says she shipped it, and gives me a tracking number. I don’t bother to check the tracking number until 3 days later when I feel like it should’ve been delivered already. It was the wrong tracking number. I emailed her about it, she replied back next day saying she must’ve typed the wrong one but that it indeed was shipped and sent a pic of the receipt. It arrived that day.
(end 2014 recollection)

I have worked with Sharpe twice now and have had others speak with me about their experiences with Sharpe. I think there is a problem with how she queues things. She will always put commissions first. If things come back for repairs, they are always on the backburner and never officially queued. Sharpe kept telling me to watch her facebook and twitter for updates… I admittedly never checked her Twitter, but my heads (both of them) never showed up on her facebook after I sent the necomimi back to fix what she had forgotten to do the first time. Sharpe also has (or at least had) a publicly viewable queue on FA– which my heads were not on. When I asked her how often she updated her queue, she admitted it wasn’t very often at all. How are we supposed to keep track of what to expect time-wise if she doesn’t update her queue?

So to round this up, I ordered an experimental fursuit head that was supposed to be able to be worn with or without the actual necomimi headset inside. Sharpe forgot to include the ability to wear the fursuit head without the necomimi headset. I can forgive that– we had a CRAPLOAD of emails between us. But when I sent the necomimi fursuit head back, I was completely in the dark about when my necomimi head would be finished, and was never able to obtain an answer of an estimated time of completion.

At the time, I didn’t care how long it took as long as I had some sort of solid update that work was happening. What happened was she gave me all these signals that it would not be a very long time and then it was… And when I got upset, while she never directly got upset with me, her replies came a lot less quickly, so I can only imagine she was getting irritated that I was bugging her so much about this thing that supposedly had no deadline.

All in all I think she’s fine to commission, but I wouldn’t send anything back to her later because you might not get it returned unless you constantly bug her about it, due to the way she “backqueues” repairs and stuff.

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… The end product is great and the original commission experience and after I got the final product was great.

I would not recommend sending anything back to her for repairs/refurbs/etc. Or maybe not unless you both agree on a hard deadline beforehand.

Since the commission was so complicated and there was more that went right than wrong I’m voting positive instead of neutral. Overall I am in love with the end product, I just personally didn’t like being in the dark about when my stuff was going to be done or shipped near the end. I’m not sure how common a complaint that is so maybe I’m just a difficult commissioner…

[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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