[NO] TJ Fursuit Head by Dorky Dog Suits

General Information
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Reviewer Information
Reviewer
Furaffinity: raqox

Relationship With Maker
The maker WAS a friend when the item was purchased, but they are NOT a friend now

Prior Experience
Yes, I own one other partial

Informed Maker of Issues
No, it wouldn’t be worth it

Wear Time
Probably around 10+ hours
Maker & Project Information
Maker

Commission Information
Type: Single Piece > Head > Fursuit
Style: Toony
Shipped From: Unknown

Species
german shepherd
Found in Canidae (?)

Made in Year

Transaction Information
550 USD
Filed under $501 - $999 as a None.

ETA Accuracy
NO - the ETA was passed
An initial deadline wasn’t set, but no future deadlines that the maker set were made


Date of Review
28 January 2016

Project Timeline
Contact Date
May 2014
Completion/Ship Date
December 2015
Item Completion Time (?)
13 - 23 Months

Item Being Reviewed
TJ Fursuit Head

Character Concept Art

Photos of Completed Product

Head

Wear Satisfaction

The fursuit head is a tad too loose and tends to slip around on my head, which is distracting but not a big issue. It is rather difficult to get it on when I’m wearing my glasses though, which is a shame since I specifically gave her measurements for my glasses as well.
There are parts of the fursuit that I’ve had to touch up, a thin part of foam on the inside has already ripped and the ears do not seem to be secured on very well.
It is not lined but I didn’t really expect it to be.
The ventilation is awesome, I really don’t have any issues breathing in it.
The vision is also pretty great, I don’t have a lot of problems navigating in it.



Visual Satisfaction

The symmetry is fairly decent, he doesn’t have a lot of symmetrical markings in the first place. I have noticed that the eyes are a bit crooked, but it’s fairly difficult to notice.
The shaving is even everywhere except the inside of the ears where it is pretty choppy.
It was airbrushed, but I have no problem brushing and smoothing it. As of right now I’ve had no problems with the markings rubbing off or bleeding!
The expression of the suit is pretty dang great, and it looks like a high quality suit head. The eyes were supposed to be follow me but they don’t really achieve that effect, but I’m not salty about it.
It does match concept art surprisingly well, normally artists draw his markings up in the air but Ellie made the face markings look remarkably similar to the reference sheet.

Special Attachments and Features

I would like to say that I was promised she would make jewelry for my suit head in the two weeks between it being “finished” and being shipped. That didn’t happen.

Overall


Product Satisfaction

How was your concept art realized?
10/10 she did a great job with this!

How well does everything fit together and match up?
She used an airbrush so everything flows smoothly

Overall Project Quality
I’d say a 7/10



Purchase Process

Initial Contact
Initially it was very easy since we were good friends at the beginning of this experience.

Maker Response Time
For a very long time she would respond very quickly, within a day or so. However, for a while I guess she jumped ship and stopped checking Facebook so my messages went unread. Her accounts over at FA seem to be abandoned for the time being. I had to track her down on her personal tumblr to get any updates, which was totally unacceptable.

Maker Professionalism
They were definitely not pleasant to work with. She would put off sending me updates because she was going on vacation all the time, I would wait patiently for her to send me some WIP which did not come until nearly two months before it was finished.
Multiple times she would tell me random things are done, then when I would ask for pictures she would tell me she still had to do these things.
She also would constantly forget what I had ordered and what I had paid for it, and asked me multiple times to re-send my reference sheet.
I even paid a $50 rush fee around August 2015 for my suit to take priority in her queue, but yet she would guilt trip me by saying that she had to ask her other clients if it was okay if she could give my suit priority.
She also reminded me her quality had improved since I had initially commissioned her (in the year it took her to not do anything), so I ended up paying above my originally quoted price.

Project Completion Time
How satisfied are you with how the deadline was met for completion of your project?
Very unsatisifed, it took her a year and a half to finish my suit head and even then I almost didn’t get it in time for MFF because she waited so long to ship the head.

Rating FursuitReview rates by asking the question:
Would you recommend this maker?


NO

This review has been marked with a negative rating.
This means the reviewer would NOT recommend Dorky Dog Suits unless they significantly change their practices.

Final Comments
Pros –
Really cute fursuit

Cons –
Customer service was a nightmare
Deadlines will not be met
Complaints will be met with guilt trips
She will ignore you and even up and abandon social media where she can be contacted

I love my fursuit head, it looks amazing. I do hope Ellie will become more professional because she has a great talent. Until then I recommend staying away.


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