[NO] Khia Partial by Nova Fur
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Filed under Felidae
Filed under $501 - $999.
HeadGives information about the head of the costume. If reviewing a set of ears, the answers would also go in this section.
It fit snugly. However…The head was not lined. I’m not sure if the maker still does this, but the lack of lining made it quite uncomfortable and had me concerned about wearing it for longer than a few minutes. The lining inside the ears was glued down and is bubbling in parts where the glue did not fasten well. The ventilation was poor due to the exposed foam pressing up against my face and a lack of vent holes. The visibility was the most debilitating part of the head. Due to the positioning of the eyes and materials used to make them (perfectly round, rigid plastic), it posed a major blind spot directly in front of me, so that I had to turn my head inside my suit or look to the side to see what was ahead. I did not bring this up to the maker, unfortunately, as I was new to fursuiting and believed that visibility was always poor in a fursuit. However, once I received a 2.0 version of my fursuit head from a different maker and had something to compare to, I realized the vision in the NovaFur suit was almost unacceptably poor.
The symmetry was somewhat poor, particularly in the jaw. The shaving was a bit choppy but overall okay, but reduced the look of my character to be much darker than intended due to the type of fur that was used (a sort of gradient fur that is lighter at the top of each strand, darker toward the end of each strand). The markings were painted on using barely-visible material – I believe the maker has moved on from doing this, but in my case, the markings that distinguish my character were simply not visible. The fur was rigid where paint was applied. The ear colour of my character was changed “to make the character look more dynamic”, which was insulting, and again, changed the appearance of my character. At this point, I had already corrected the character’s tongue colour, which was posted to NF’s instagram as a WIP before I could approve it, and was given a cold response, so I was too hesitant to correct the ear colour. The follow-me eye effect was not extremely prevalent. In comparison to the character’s reference sheet, I was not satisfied that the finished work resembled my character.
Hands and FeetGives information about the hands and/or feet of the costume.
The handpaws were not satisfactory. They were very loose and fell off if I held my hands at ease to other side, had a lot of exposed backing, the silicone pawpads were glued down over exposed backing and have started to fall off in spite of pretty much never being worn. They aren’t lined.
One of the sleeves was too tight compared to the other, which fit perfectly. These were returned to the maker to be repaired, but after sitting in their possession for a few months, the repairs were not completed.
The feetpaws were originally given to me in unwearable condition – the bottom pad on one of the feet was lifting upon delivery and I could not walk in them, they were VERY difficult to put on as they were built around sneakers that had been heavily hot-glued. These were returned, and a completely new set was given to me at no extra charge. I still use the new set and really appreciate that the maker took the time to correct the feetpaws.
The fur on the handpaws was trimmed directly across at the wrist, which does not look good, especially when butted up against the sleeves. The fur on the back of the hand also went in the opposite direction of the sleeves, which I thought was odd. Again, I’m not sure if the maker still does this, but they did hurt the visual appearance of my suit’s handpaws. They also did not come with claws, which I had requested early in the commission process and presumably paid for. When I brought up the lack of claws to the maker and asked if I could supply NF with pre-chosen claws, I was given an unhelpful reply of roughly “it depends” and felt too uncomfortable to pursue it further. When I turned over items to be repaired, the maker said nothing about the fact that I was not handing over the handpaws. In hindsight, I should have been more insistent in having these corrected as they were a major component of my suit. :c
The sleeves could have been shaved, though I’m glad that they weren’t, as they were built off of the same frosted fur as the head and would have been too dark.
The feet were originally the roughest part of the suit – there was so much exposed foam at the top that I didn’t want to wear them. These were corrected and I was presented with new feet that looked and felt MUCH better, although the claws, which were supposed to be silver or grey, were black, which didn’t match my reference sheets or request.
TailsGives information about any tails the costume may have.
Wearing the tail is fine. It’s not too heavy, and the loops are fairly sturdy.
It’s alright. I find the separation of two different coloured furs to be a bit choppy and the end of the tail to be blunt and abrupt. I do wish the tail was a little more dynamic – it’s a very straight-forward, bean-like shape, seems like it might have been two tear-drop shapes sewn together.
OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.
Overall, I sincerely hope the maker makes a big effort to improve their business practices and to treat their clients and their characters with respect, as well as taking criticism well and not directly to heart, as hard as it can sometimes be as an artist. As I had no experience with fursuits and had no idea what to expect, I was initially VERY excited about the suit, and as it began to whither and things such as visibility became known to me, I did my best to make the best of it, but in the end the character’s lack of resemblance and phyiscal issues put me off. I was approached by the maker when I discussed with another client of theirs that I was thinking of refurbishing it, and the maker offered to rebuild the head, which was VERY kind of them, but I was hesitant due to the way the ill-fitting sleeves were handled, which had been turned over for repairs that were never made :c I did ask them if we could instead consider an arrangement for me to pay for changes to the tongue in order to sell the suit, but was completely ignored So at that point, I guess I gave up on the suit being a positive experience. I wish this could have been more positive, but in the end, upon looking back, and as I keep finding holes and flaws in the suit, it was just not a good experience for me. Again, I hope changes are made for the maker’s future endeavours.
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