[NO] TJ Fursuit Head by Dorky Dog Suits

TF7UTHL

General InfoHeadOverall Satisfaction & Scoring
Your Username
raqox

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

Name of Maker and Links
Dorky Dog Suits aka Ellie Shepherd m.facebook.com/DorkyDogSuits/ www.furaffinity.net/user/dorkydogsuits

Are you reviewing a friend?
We were friends at the beginning of this experience, but I wouldn’t say we are now

Do you have any prior experience with fursuits?
Yes, I own one other partial

Character Concept Art
www.furaffinity.net/view/11385830/

Photos of Completed Product
imgur.com/TF7UTHL
m.imgur.com/KcNnFJk
m.imgur.com/tSKn0DL
imgur.com/4j1Mn0Z

Date Commissioned or Bought
May of 2014

Date Completed or Shipped
I received it December 3rd 2015

Price Paid
$550 USD

Date of Review
January 28th, 2016

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.

Did the maker meet your deadline?
An initial deadline wasn’t set, but no future deadlines that the maker set were made

Did you tell the maker about any issues you had?
No, it wouldn’t be worth it

How many hours have you worn/used the item(s) you’re reviewing?
Give your best estimate.
Probably around 10+


FURSUIT HEAD
The following questions ask you to explain how satisfied you are with each feature of the head of the fursuit. 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 fursuit.
Are you satisfied with how it fits you? How is the ventilation? How is the vision?

The fursuit head is a tad too loose and tends to slip around on my head, which is distracting but not a big issue. It is rather difficult to get it on when I’m wearing my glasses though, which is a shame since I specifically gave her measurements for my glasses as well.
There are parts of the fursuit that I’ve had to touch up, a thin part of foam on the inside has already ripped and the ears do not seem to be secured on very well.
It is not lined but I didn’t really expect it to be.
The ventilation is awesome, I really don’t have any issues breathing in it.
The vision is also pretty great, I don’t have a lot of problems navigating in it.

Appearance Satisfaction
Please describe how satisfied you are with how your fursuit piece looks from the outside.
How is the symmetry? Is the shaving even? How does the fur feel and look? How satisfied are you with the overall expression and appearance of the head? Does it match the concept art?

The symmetry is fairly decent, he doesn’t have a lot of symmetrical markings in the first place. I have noticed that the eyes are a bit crooked, but it’s fairly difficult to notice.
The shaving is even everywhere except the inside of the ears where it is pretty choppy.
It was airbrushed, but I have no problem brushing and smoothing it. As of right now I’ve had no problems with the markings rubbing off or bleeding!
The expression of the suit is pretty dang great, and it looks like a high quality suit head. The eyes were supposed to be follow me but they don’t really achieve that effect, but I’m not salty about it.
It does match concept art surprisingly well, normally artists draw his markings up in the air but Ellie made the face markings look remarkably similar to the reference sheet.

Special Attachments and Features
Please describe how satisfied you are with any extra features your head has.
What are they and how do they work? How easy are they to wear? How is the quality?

I would like to say that I was promised she would make jewelry for my suit head in the two weeks between it being “finished” and being shipped. That didn’t happen.


OVERALL VISUAL SATISFACTION
The following questions ask how satisfied you are with the overall 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
10/10 she did a great job with this!

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?
She used an airbrush so everything flows smoothly


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?
Initially it was very easy since we were good friends at the beginning of this experience.

How satisfied are you with the response time from the maker?
How long did it take them to respond?
For a very long time she would respond very quickly, within a day or so. However, for a while I guess she jumped ship and stopped checking Facebook so my messages went unread. Her accounts over at FA seem to be abandoned for the time being. I had to track her down on her personal tumblr to get any updates, which was totally unacceptable.

How satisfied are you with the level of professionalism and friendliness of the maker?
Were they pleasant to work with?
They were definitely not pleasant to work with. She would put off sending me updates because she was going on vacation all the time, I would wait patiently for her to send me some WIP which did not come until nearly two months before it was finished.
Multiple times she would tell me random things are done, then when I would ask for pictures she would tell me she still had to do these things.
She also would constantly forget what I had ordered and what I had paid for it, and asked me multiple times to re-send my reference sheet.
I even paid a $50 rush fee around August 2015 for my suit to take priority in her queue, but yet she would guilt trip me by saying that she had to ask her other clients if it was okay if she could give my suit priority.
She also reminded me her quality had improved since I had initially commissioned her (in the year it took her to not do anything), so I ended up paying above my originally quoted price.

How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Were any deadlines missed or was it done early?
Very unsatisifed, it took her a year and a half to finish my suit head and even then I almost didn’t get it in time for MFF because she waited so long to ship the head.

How satisfied are you with the overall quality of your project?
I’d say a 7/10

How satisfied are you with the overall customer service with the maker?
Probably a 2/10

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

Cons –
Customer service was a nightmare
Deadlines will not be met
Complaints will be met with guilt trips
She will ignore you and even up and abandon social media where she can be contacted

I love my fursuit head, it looks amazing. I do hope Ellie will become more professional because she has a great talent. Until then I recommend staying away.

 




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.Negative  

 


[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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