[YES] Ampere Dragon Fullsuit by TunnsySaysIDK

General InformationGives some information about the item and the person writing the review.


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Ampere
Furaffinity: amperedragon
Twitter: amperedragon

Relationship With Maker

The maker was NOT a friend when the item was purchased, but they ARE a friend now

Prior Experience

Yes, I have a self built partial. This is my first custom commissioned fursuit.

Informed Maker of Issues

Yes, I got advice from the maker on a couple minor adjustments to improve comfort and to repair a piece that was accidentally damaged.

Wear Time

~25 hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Fullsuit
Style: Plantigrade, Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Made in Year

Transaction Information

$2680 USD paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

April 5, 2020

Buy/Commission Date
December 2018
Completion/Ship Date
September 2019
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Ampere Fullsuit with plantigrade padding in a toony style as a commission.

Character Concept Art


https://www.furaffinity.net/view/25711670/

Photos of Completed Product

HeadGives information about the head of the costume. If reviewing a set of ears, the answers would also go in this section.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

Despite its size and weight, the head is quite comfortable to wear. It can be a tiny bit tight slipping it on or off, but once it is in place it fits snugly and comfortably. I have never had issues with it slipping during wear or needing to adjust it mid-performance. The lycra lining and excellent ventilation help to keep it from becoming too hot and stuffy. There is no breathing difficultly and airflow through the mouth is quite good. Vents are installed in the base of the ears, which helps allow heat to escape. Vision is excellent in front, with only a small blind spot directly in front due to the muzzle. It’s possible to see approximately 45 degrees to each side without turning the head.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The head matches the concept art closely. Everything appears to be symmetrical, or is close enough to not be noticed from casual observation. The fur feels smooth and soft. Shaving is smooth and mostly uniform across the head. The spikes are scaled appropriately to other head features and do not cause any visual disruption due to their mounting. There are a couple spots where the edges of the fur are visible when examined up close or can be felt by touch, but it does not detract from the overall appearance of the head. Expression is great, especially when the follow-effect eyes and moving jaw are put to their full use.

Special Attachments and Features Information about any special or unique features this piece has with regard to the reviewer's satisfaction of them.

The main special feature is a moving jaw, which can be a bit tricky to work but allows for tons of expression. The mechanics of it are concealed under the liner of the head, making them a challenge to adjust, but it also adds durability to the mechanism. The jaw itself is a single large piece of foam and feels very study.

BodyGives information about the main body of the costume. If reviewing a separate set of pants/legs or torso, the answers would also go in this section.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The body fits like a glove! It is extremely comfortable and accommodates all but the most extreme movements with minimal tightness. The seams are double-sewn and have never given any indication of excessive stress. Portions of the body are lined with lycra, but most is simple fur backing. While not particularly smooth, it is soft to the touch. The suit breathes quite well, and can be worn for several hours without becoming uncomfortably hot.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The suit is symmetrical and matches the concept art very well. The fur is very soft and smooth, with vibrant colors that go well together. The minky used to create scales on the front is a nice contrast in feel to the rest of the fur, yet there are no rough edges between the two sections. Markings on the back side of the suit match the concept art and look great when worn. The spikes on the back aren’t quite as seamless as those on the head or tail due to slightly shorter fur, but the bases can be hidden with careful brushing. Unfortunately, the sleeves do tend to twist so the stripes don’t always line up with those on the handpaws, but that is the only notable issue with the body.

Hands and FeetGives information about the hands and/or feet of the costume.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The hands and feet are the only portion of the suit that I would say I’m not completely satisfied with. The fingers of the hands are a little long and have a little too much material between them, requiring adjustment semi-frequently to prevent the hands from slipping and the fingers from becoming twisted. They are easy to manipulate and can be used to hold objects fine. The wrists are long enough to hide exposure unless something causes the sleeves of the suit to pull up.

The suit has two separate sets of feet. The outdoor feet are built on a basic slip-on shoe and are easy to put on and comfortable to wear, but I’ve had the shoe detach from the foam and slip loose. The indoor feet are plush and are very difficult to put on due to my large foot size, but they feel comfortable once on. There is a zipper attachment to the body on these feet, but I cannot secure it myself while wearing the suit.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The hands and feet look fine visually. All claws are plush and are installed in the correct orientation. They are not quite as durable as I was expecting, and those on the outdoor feet are starting to show significant wear after less than 30 hours of use. The hands and indoor feet have minky pawpads to add detail to the character, while the outdoor feet are just a black sole. Shaving is even on everything and feels soft and smooth like the body.

TailsGives information about any tails the costume may have.


Wear Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to wear with regard to comfort, fit, material quality, etc.

The tail was originally attached using solely a zipper, which caused it to pull at the back of the suit and made wearing it uncomfortable. After modifications to utilize belt loops, the tail is now extremely comfortable to wear. It does tend to drag on the ground, but it moves very well with the suit and can be flexed as necessary without risking damage. Other than additional cleaning, I have not experienced any durability issues with the tail.

Appearance Satisfaction How satisfying this piece is to look at with regard to material quality, design, how closely it matches the concept, etc.

The tail is huge, but is in proportion with the rest of the suit. All markings are exactly as shown in the concept art, and thanks to the zipper attachment they line up seamlessly with those on the body. The fur feels just as soft and smooth as those on other parts of the suit. I do wish the spikes had been slightly larger for appearance sake, but they are a good size for practical purposes.

OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.


Product Satisfaction How satisfied the reviewer is with the overall look and feel of the costume in its entirety.

How was your concept art realized?

Tunny includes concept art in the price of the commission and creates it himself. I sent in a self-made reference sheet (first concept art image), then he talked with me about minor adjustments that needed to be made. The primary change was altering some elements that were originally copper-colored to a gold color due to material availability. Tunny checked in after each set of revisions to make sure I was happy with the changes and give an opportunity to note any extra revisions needed. The final suit is a very close match to Tunny’s concept art (second concept art image).

How well does everything fit together and match up?

The suit looks great together and matches up very well with the concept art. Since the same materials were used throughout, colors and feel are consistent. There is an issue with the hands and arms becoming twisted relative to each other, resulting in a misalignment of markings that cross over from one part to the next, but all other seams connect correctly and there are no gaps except at extreme ranges of motion. While the tail originally pulled at the body, a simple modification fixed that issue and now there are no stress issues within the suit. It is instantly recognizable as a TunnySaysIDK creation by those familiar with the maker’s style, and came out looking exactly as expected.

Overall Project Quality

The quote I received for my suit was lower than I anticipated, but even if it had been higher I feel that the project was fully worth the cost. My hope was to have a suit that accurately represented my character, was comfortable to wear, and that I felt confident would last five years without major maintenance. Based on my experience so far, the suit looks great, fits incredibly well, and is less strenuous to wear and perform in than I expected. It is not exactly what I expected I’d end up with when I first starting considering getting a suit made of my character, but it is something I am very satisfied with. While I would not give the commission experience a perfect score due to a handful of minor issues (but no major ones), I’d probably award it a grade of A-.

Purchase Process Details the interactions between the customer/reviewer and the maker of the item with regard to the buying process.

Initial Contact

I found out about slot openings through Tunny’s twitter post advertising slots, and filled out a quote form on his website. I received an email response approximately a week later with a quote and was offered a slot immediately rather than in the batch I was inquiring about (Tunny takes slots quarterly but keeps the quote form open continuously). I responded that I was interested but needed a couple months to save up for the down payment. Once that had been accomplished, I emailed Tunny to confirm availability and set up my project. Everything needed on my end was clearly communicated with thorough instructions.

Maker Response Time

When there was an issue that needed immediate attention, Tunny was very good about responding within a day. However, I found the response time was often a week or more for general inquiries, particularly if they weren’t time sensitive. All direct communication was done through email, but progress photos and schedule updates were often posted on Twitter & Trello instead so that all clients were aware.

Maker Professionalism

Tunny was professional with all communication and kept messages related to the project, I just wish he had been better about responding in a timely manner and notifying me directly when there was a delay. At one point my suit went nearly three months with almost no work done on it (it was already passed the maker’s ETA at this point) and no communication, so I had to email Tunny to get information about a revised timeline. When there are delays, he tends to post general updates to Twitter rather than notifying clients directly.

Project Completion Time

I initially requested completion by November 2019 for my suit in my quote, but Tunny gave me (and the other slots in my quarter) an ETA of April 2019. At the time I commissioned Tunny, I was not aware that he had a dual queue system…a quarterly queue for projects slated in that quarter, and a backlog of suits from the past two years that had encountered some sort of delay. This resulted in inconsistent work speed, and it was not uncommon to see a lot of progress on my suit in a week then nearly a month pass before more work was completed. Only one suit in my quarter was finished by the original ETA, and after that passed progress slowed due to suits in the next quarter or the backlog. In August 2019, I contacted Tunny to reiterate my original request and was told I should have my suit the next month. Ampere was the last to be finished in my quarter and arrived in September 2019, several months later than the ETA but still before my requested completion. Once completed, the suit was shipped through USPS and arrived in less than a week.

Rating

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Final Comments

Tunny was my second choice of builder, and I approached him after failing to secure a slot with my first choice. Despite some minor issues, he was largely great to work with and produced a fantastic product at a very reasonable price. Based on my experience, I would consider another maker for a project with a strict deadline or if you’re the sort that needs constant communication. Otherwise, Tunny is a great option who definitely prices his work on the lower end for the quality of the product received. He has a great toony style and is very approachable and easy to work with. I enjoyed working with Tunny to bring Ampere to life, and if I desire another suit in similar style in the future I would absolutely consider him again.


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