[YES] Straston the Wolf Fullsuit by Creative Mochi
General InformationGives some information about the item and the person writing the review.
Filed under Canidae
Filed under $3000 and over.
HeadGives information about the head of the costume. If reviewing a set of ears, the answers would also go in this section.
Inside of head lined with comfortable, soft fleece-like plaid, gray fabric which matches overall gray body well. The fabric keeps face cool. Fit is comfortable. However, mouth ventilation hole and eyes slightly too high and misaligned. Vision overall decent, can move around without any fursuit handler. Ventilation excellent as there’s no obstruction in mouth. Additional magnetic eyes I ordered also work just fine giving me a confident look.
I (he) came out very handsome. Longer pile, sleek fabric used as hair which was easily combed and stayed neat. Fabric trimmed to appropriate pile at cheeks. Shaving clean. Excellent eyes, professionally done. Snout and overall cheek shape came out to what I asked for. Neck fabric a bit short. Teeth are hand sculpted and detailed. Maker demonstrates attention to detail ensuring symmetry and proportions. Eyes static and eye expression can be changed with magnetic eyelids. Patterns sewn rather than airbrushed on.
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.
It’s a standard fursuit with each major fabric component sewn together. However, unlike less diligent fursuit makers, Mochi sews patterns together making patterns far more durable. Stitching sturdy. Wear is overall comfortable, not too baggy and not too tight. It’s thin enough to outline the curves of body when worn instead of looking like a straight barrel. As with other fursuits, wear it with Under Armour Heat Gear.
Fursuit is machine washable.
Just like with head, body suit is made of durable high quality fur that doesn’t fall apart easily like the usual cheap fur that’s made in China. The furs were sourced from local textile shops in the Los Angeles garment district. Patterns well done and symmetrical. All fur slopes away and downward as it does in real life animals. Hole at posterior for belt for tail to go through.
There were initial problems with the zipper being easily caught in fur and the sleeves being immobilized by the fabric being too short in the armpit area making upward movements of arm difficult. The maker happily obliged to fix both issues for free.
The body suit contains 2 pockets built into the breast area to carry a phone, keys, hotel cards, and a wallet. It works pretty well and the zippers are well hidden. Though, there are concerns with the zipper getting caught in the fur which is problematic in many fursuits.
Hands and FeetGives information about the hands and/or feet of the costume.
Handpaws: comfy, lined with same fleece plaid fabric as head, easy to move fingers around but not easy to pick up stuff as with many puffy style paws; despite rough handling of wrist are finger claws, everything is intact
Feetpaws: The inside is lined with the same plaid fabric as the head. Comfy! I can move around fairly easily in them and run.
Handpaws: Mochi labeled both handpaws with a professionally made tag for the left and right hands, claws on finger are sturdy, some type of durable resin not cheap, hand-sculpted clay
Feetpaws: Foam and fabric well sculpted to look like actual wolf paws. Fur fabric well trimmed and fur correctly points toward posterior and forward face of feet. Posterior of feet is short pile, anterior is long pile. The toe claws are also cast from durable resin. Like handpaws, Mochi attaches professionally made tags labelling each feet for the left and right feet. Sole of feet consists of paw pads glued to bottom. No problem so far after cutting a rug in them to some swing and big band.
TailsGives information about any tails the costume may have.
It’s stiff but squishy and droops down like a wolf tail. Works just fine when you supply your own belt that goes through some loops at the base of the tail. Can be worn as a partial or with fullsuit. The core is probably wire. Swings as you shake hips.
Excellent attention to detail with the patterns. The fur points downward toward the end of the tail as with real animals. Points for anatomical accuracy. Shaving is neat. Patterns are sewn together, not airbrushed on. Fabric quality excellent as with rest of suit.
OverallHow satisfied the reviewer is with the overall buying experience, including their interactions with the maker and the resulting final product.
I did specify Straston be made in a slightly different style than what she usually does by providing many pics of other people’s suits and she got it down.
I did have problems as specified earlier with the body zipper and flexibility around arms but both issues were resolved quickly.
All coloring is consistent.
Overall, I would give Creative Mochi a 94/100. Her top points were her impeccable customer service, promptness in correcting issues, excellent communication, use and experience of construction materials, and comfort of fursuit design. Her main drawback is completion time. I can excuse her on this for her attention to detail given that great art has no time schedules. An artist must have the time to perfect the entire piece. She also had to move out of California which I don’t blame her for due to the high cost of living, taxes, traffic, homelessness, pollution, and frequent mismanagement of taxpayer money. I myself moved back to my home state of North Carolina to flee these issues.
Mochi will offer her own professional decisions and give you options on how to move forward. If anything came up in the commission, she would notify you upfront, no shadiness.
Being an advocate for supporting lesser known makers, I highly recommend Creative Mochi.
If you have time to wait and want a high quality fursuit done at a competitive price, give Mochi a whirl.
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