[NO] Baphomet Head by Beast Horizon
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Filed under $1000 - $2999.
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The head is somewhat heavy but this is to be expected with the type of horns and tech that are on the head. The inside of the head did not come padded but instead came with two external pads of varying thickness that attach to the top of the base inside with little squares of Velcro. The wiring for the tech is not glued down inside the head so the wires brush up against my face during wear and I worry about them getting tangled or tugged when putting the head on. The zipper is hard to zip closed without help. The fit is otherwise comfortable.
I am very happy with the appearance of the head. I was told that there would be a tongue in the head, but it arrived without one. The teeth also look like they are either unpainted or were painted in a hurry as they are a solid, stark white without gums. However, this is minor, as it still looks acceptable and I like to keep the mouth closed most of the time anyway. The rest of the head is spot-on and looks fantastic. I am especially fond of the eyes – it is not visible in photos, but they are made from an Opal-like substance which makes them look iridescent and ghostly. It is really a stunning effect.
The horns are attached by very strong magnets and can be removed for packing and transportation. The magnets are incredibly sturdy and additionally have been fitted with gaskets that keep the horns from swiveling in place and hold them reliably in their correct position. They are easily attached and removed without the need for any kind of help.
The main defining feature of Baphomet is a black pillar jutting out of its forehead with a flame at the top. This pillar includes a miniature fog machine and LED lights inside of it to further the illusion of the flame, both are turned on and off via two press-buttons hidden under the fur in front of the ears and are powered by a small portable battery connected via a USB cord. The pillar is segmented; it has been split into two halves that connect together with magnets and the top half can be removed in order to reach and perform maintenance on the fog machine.
Both the LEDs and the fog machine all work as intended and provide the desired effect when being used.
The magnets connecting the pillar pieces are extremely small – so small that the connection is too weak to keep the pillar upright if I tilt my head even slightly to the side or try to look down at all. The top half will either fall off, or shift and become noticeably crooked and begin to jiggle with any movement. (This crookedness is visible in the first complete product photo in which I am wearing a sweater.) I reached out to the maker about this issue and asked how the pillar could possibly be reinforced, and they offered to draw me a diagram explaining how I could implement stronger magnets – I agreed and asked for this diagram, but I have not heard anything from the maker since and so this diagram has never been received. I will try to reinforce the pillar myself with double sided and/or electrical tape.
OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.
The padding (or rather, lack thereof) leaves a bit to be desired. As mentioned in the Head Wear Satisfaction section, the inside of the head did not come padded but instead came with two external pads of varying thickness that attach to the plastic base inside with squares of Velcro. I tried them both on and the thicker pad proved to be more comfortable for my head, but in removing it one of the Velcro squares came off as they appeared to be poorly hot-glued. I will have to glue it back on myself.
Also as mentioned in Head Wear Satisfaction, the wires for the LEDs and fog machine are not glued down inside the head. They brush up against my cheeks while the head is being worn, and I worry about the wires getting tugged and damaged while putting on and taking off the head.
There is minimal airbrushing and color variation as the goat is meant to be jet black without any markings, but what there is, looks consistent and natural, as desired.
The experience with this maker was atrocious due to their poor communication. They were friendly when I was able to get a hold of them but they obviously have some serious problems regarding keeping in contact with their clients and meeting ETAs. I would not be so upset about the missed ETAs if they had kept in contact with me and let me know when things came up or they hit road blocks, life happens, I understand. But instead I was met with complete radio silence and numerous ignored emails and messages. This made for a very stressful experience, let alone a first experience with the fursuit making community. At the end of it all I received a product that seemed to be somewhat rushed despite the maker having ample time to make sure everything was glued down well and sturdy.
I would not recommend this maker to others at all. I have heard from other clients of the maker reporting similar experiences as well, so if anything I would advise others to Beware and steer clear of this maker until they can prove that they have cleaned up their act.
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