[YES] Murdock Oakpaw the Border Collie Head by Nova Fur

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About the Reviewer


Furaffinity: murdockferguson

Relationship With Maker

The maker IS a friend

Prior Experience

Aside from different parts of partials (paws, tail, etc), no. This was the final piece required to complete the ensemble of my already acquired hand-paw-mitts and tail.

Informed Maker of Issues

There were no issue

Wear Time

1-2 (once Covid-19 goes away, I’ll be wearing it much more)
About the Maker


Commission Information

Type: Head
Style: Real/Toon Hybrid
Shipped From: Canada


Domestic Canine (Border Collie; black and white)
Filed under Canidae

Made in Year

Transaction Information

1000 CAD paid in a lump sum
Filed under $1000 - $2999.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

Date of Review

October 24, 2020

Buy/Commission Date
Saturday, 7 December 2019
Completion/Ship Date
Thursday, 14 May 2020
Item Completion Time (?)

Item Being Reviewed

Murdock Oakpaw the Boarder Collie Head in a real/toon hybrid style as a commission.
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.

The fit is just right. Snug, but not *too* tight, and simple enough to get on, but also does slouch, slide, or slip off. The ventilation is good, as is the vision. I’ll need to invest in a balaclava, but that won’t be a problem once I’m able to get to a store to do so.

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

I am very pleased with the overall appearance and aesthetics I don’t think I could ask for more.

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

My fursona, in-story, has cybernetic eyes. The fursuit has LED-light-up eyes, powered by a small switch and battery pack discreetly and tidilly tucked into small pouch (admittedly, at first, even I had a hard time finding it. But I eventually did). To turn them on/off, just flick the switch (easiest when the head is not being worn, but equally as easy to put the head back on once toggled). The eyes glow violet when lit up, and the irises, on close observation, emulate the sectioned focus rings of my fursona’s cybernetic eyes. These make for great conversation pieces about my character, add a nice aesthetic for dark/nighttime events, or interestingly enough, a good external visibilty/noticibility safety feature (like headlights on a car; including daytime running lamps). I absolutely adore these LED light eyes.

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 well does everything fit together and match up?

Everything is copesetic. Good fit. Sturdy build. Consistent with the maker’s other work.

Overall Project Quality

Exemplary. In fairness, this is my first fursuit head. And in such, I don’t have experience with any in the past. Suffice it to say, I’d have to say I’m as pleased as I can be with the result.

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

Initial Contact

The maker is a local acquaintance, although contacted initially via Facebook. I discovered them after asking my local fur-group some advice on getting the piece commissoined. This maker was highly recommended, and in such, I soon contacted them for a quote

Maker Response Time

A matter of a few days, if even one.

Maker Professionalism

Very much so. Good communication skills. Expedient work balanced with quality of work. On time with their own ETA. Asked all the necessary relevant questions pertaining to my character, and what I was desiring for the finished product. Couldn’t ask for better professionalism.

Project Completion Time

10 out of 10, as they say. The ETA was precisely as indicated.


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Final Comments

Timeliness, professionalism, communication, pleasantness, well-spokenness, quality, all spot on.

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