[YES] Snowy the Kitty Kigurumi by Beast Mode Fursuits


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


About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Twitter: ceraphik

Relationship With Maker

The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience

No, this is my first ever custom furry-related item outside of art

Informed Maker of Issues

No issues

Wear Time

30+ hours
About the Maker

Maker

Commission Information

Type: Kigus & Clothing
Style: Toony
Shipped From: USA

Species

Kitty
Filed under Felidae, with wings

Made in Year

Transaction Information

455.85 USD paid in a lump sum
Filed under $400 and under.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review

June 1, 2020

Buy/Commission Date
Feb 26 2019
Completion/Ship Date
Feb 7 2020
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Snowy the Kitty Kigurumi in a toony style as a commission.

Character Concept Art


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.

This is basically just the hood of the kigu, the ears do have a tendency of flopping over but nothing to be concerned about.. Sits comfortably on my head with no issues

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

Style is very similar to the reference sheet provided and the colours are spot on. The white fur on the cheeks are an absolutely wonderful addition

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.

Overall, the kigu fits very comfortably, the snap on buttons makes taking off and putting on very easy and no hassle at all.
The only thing is the collar tends to ride up every time i bend down or sit causing minor discomfort but nothing a quick adjustment to fix that. That also may be due to the which of the tail which I was aware of prior to the kigu being made which i’m okay with

Clean stitching all around with no issues! Inner lining not as soft as I imagined but it was more for the overall look than the feel. Still comfy regardless

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

Shes a super simple character with a lot of leverage so the overall design was nailed perfectly.

The fleece is comfortable with no pilling and the selection of colours turned out a lot better than expected, almost an exact match to my fursona

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 is durable and very well made.

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

Again, very simple design overall, not much to fo off of since its just a kigu and not a full suit

WingsGives information about any wings the costume may have.


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

Wings are a comfy plush and are secure to the kigu with no issues

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

Its a nice touch, but im thinking if rather have the wings be a separate piece rather than stitched on as sometimes its awkward to sit with them. Overall i think they are super cute

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?

Nearly spot on to what i provided them. I did use their reference base so they could visualize it a lot better

How well does everything fit together and match up?

Overall, i love it. It flowed with the style of their previous clients but still feels unique to me.
I love just wearing it around the house and a comfy onesie and i couldnt be happier with it

Overall Project Quality

Despite the long wait time, I am overall very happy with my Kigu! Unfortunately; due to Covid I have not been able to wear it at cons yet to really test out the durability but I do wear it at home as much as I can

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

Initial Contact

I initially seen them on Twitter and based on what their website said, their kigu commissions were always open so i submitted a form for a quote and i believe i got a dm from them on twitter about 1-2 days afterwards. After payment, we basically started getting a good base for what I wanted and asked a lot of questions. Mainly with an addition of hair (which was not applicable) and the size of the tail (in which they informed me of the weight and how i should avoid any tail larger than the classic unless i wanted to pay extra (which was fine)

Maker Response Time

They were very quick to respond to any inquiries i had. We remained speaking via Twitter during the whole interaction.

Maker Professionalism

I was definitely treated well however there were many “excuses”/issues bia their personal life they shared with me which caused them to be very delayed with ,y commission (will be explained in detail below). I did appreciate their quick responses but there were many times where I was left in the dark.

Project Completion Time

I was in no rush to get this kigu done. Upon sending the money and info over to them in February 26th, I was left in the dark pretty much till October 29th where I decided to ask for an update (in which I was consistently checking their Twitter updates and Trello but not seeing any updates what so ever). I was told they have been dealing with a lot of personal issues like their parents losing their home and they are living in an old RV (they had mentioned this to the public not long after we spoke). I was giving the completion date of Christmas.

A few days later (Nov 03) I had stumbled upon a beware on facebook about them and I started to grow worry some. I did send them a link to the beware and asked them if they were aware that this was up. The beware consisted of many clients not receiving their comms. They had informed me that I shouldn’t be worried following up by mentioning they finished 3 Kigus over the weekend while they were at Pawcon. They had mentioned they were halfway completed the poster of the beware’s kigu (the beware had stated that they never received any updates on this). With the expected completion date of Christmas (the beware was posted in November) I did ask them if I will be expected to receive updates soon.
In response and I quote “You will have yours 100% before Christmas along with everyone else’s”
The next few days (Nov 5th-6th) I was happily given some updates to choose my liner pattern and choice of colours to best match my fursona.

Just a month now, we are in mid December (Dec 17th), I receive an update from them with all the parts cut and ready to be sewn awaiting my approval which I have the day of)

Upon receiving my approval, i was once again left in the dark. Christmas had past and we are now in the second week after the new year, past my estimated completion date. I sent gem an update inquiry once again and I was told they just got back from a 9 day road trip and they will update me as soon as they were back in the shop. This was on Jan 8th

I was again left in the dark and I asked for an update on Jan 22, 2 weeks since we last spoke.got a very quick reply once again letting me know they were at PDFC and FC delivering a bunch of completed kigus. My kigu was basically ready to be sewn and just needed the face done but they ensured me “very very soon at this point”. The next few days I did receive a bunch if photos of them putting it together as well as a mock up sketch of the face in which i immediately approved. (this was on Jan 28th).

Everything was sewn together and the face was complete on Feb 2nd
On the 4th, while they were finishing up, they brought an issue to my attention. The normal fleece plush they usually use oddly started pilling (they were using Joannes anti-pill fleece plush). They offered to remake it for me as it was a quick easy fix and they could salvage the face. I agreed to this and they were very diligent to ensure that they were giving out any low quality work which zi appreciated. Upon looking for the replacement for the colours, they had stumbled upon a different swatch that they believed matched my reference sheet better. They ensured me it was an easily replacement so it was all a-okay. At this point they were doing everything they can to make sure that they were pushing through their queue (since they were getting close to a full year since I mad my purchase). From Feb 5th- Feb 7th I was giving all the final adjustments and the final product photoshoot of my completed Kigu! My kigu was shipped on Feb 7th via USPS (with tracking) and arrived safely to my house on Feb 13th.

Rating

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YES!
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Final Comments

I DO recommend this maker, but do please be aware that you may have to wait a while/expect missed deadlines as there were many faults in that case. But all in all the quality and quick response time makes this maker very much worth the wait!


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