[YES] Caprica the Istarian Frilled Western Dragon Partial by Cawstumes

General Information
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Reviewer Information
Twitter: bramble_wolf
Furaffinity: bramble-wolf

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

Prior Experience
No, this is my first fursuit.

Informed Maker of Issues
Yes, I had a few initial issues due to my inexperience with fursuits but Cawstumes was very patient and helped me resolve the issues.

Wear Time
20+ hours over six conventions and other various events
Maker & Project Information

Commission Information
Type: Fursuit > Partial
Style: Realistic
Shipped From: USA

Istarian Frilled/Western Dragon
Found in Reptilia (?)

Made in Year

Transaction Information
1032.49 USD paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999 as a Payment Plan.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

Date of Review
22 November 2019

Project Timeline
Contact Date
November 2016
Completion/Ship Date
December 2017
Item Completion Time (?)
13 - 23 Months

Item Being Reviewed
Caprica the Istarian Frilled Western Dragon in a realistic style as a commission.
Photos of Completed Product


Wear Satisfaction

When I first received the head new, it was a little tight in spots and also a little nose heavy. The articulated jaw was also fairly tight and stiff but it got easier the more I wore it. Adding a bit of padding in the forehead portion and wearing a balaclava worked wonders to fix the issues and she is very comfortable to wear! Still a little tight/snug to put on at first so I can’t recommend anyone with a head size larger than mine to wear her.

Ventilation is through the mouth and also has a small fan installed in the snout that draws air in through the nostrils. Since acquiring a cooling balaclava, my face almost never feels too hot with the combined airflow from the fan/and or propping the mouth open a bit.

The vision is alot better than I expected from a resin head. Still incredibly limited, but nothing you don’t get used to. There is a blind spot directly in front of the snout, in front and below starting from the lower jaw, and to the sides of the face/behind that is easily compensated for by turning or looking around alot.

Visual Satisfaction

I absolutely love the work put into the appearance of the head and it never fails to stun me every time I pull her out to suit up.

Special Attachments and Features

The eyes are 3D follow me eyes with green LEDs installed into them. Sadly, the LEDs stopped working after my first few conventions but that doesn’t take away from any of the fun of wearing her.
Features a small fan in the muzzle to draw fresh air in to keep my face cool.

Only minor issue I have is the wires for the fan and LEDs rest against my neck and the pouch sewn into the neck to house the battery holders can be a little bulky at times.

Hands and Feet

Wear Satisfaction

The handpaws are 5-fingered and very comfortable to wear. The palm pads are slightly stuffed and give a little extra cush to them. They stay on my hands but are still easy to pull off if need be.

Visual Satisfaction

I adore the look and feel of the hands and I especially have fun playing with and clicking the resin claws on the finger tips. The hand paws give off a very appealing dragon/lizardy look.


Wear Satisfaction

The tail is 3 feet in length and feels more comfortable worn with the belt around my hips as opposed through the belt loops of pants or around the waist. Tail is stuffed but almost moves like a semi-articulated tail. It has lots of movement and very whippy while still being stiff enough to not flop or drag on the ground.

Visual Satisfaction

The tail is stunning with the vibrant green/teal stripes and extremely soft and smooth. The frill going down the center of the spine stays up and doesn’t flop over. Everything matches the ref and all the stripes line up perfectly!


Product Satisfaction

How well does everything fit together and match up?
Everything fits really well and is exactly what I was expecting, and more, based on Cawstumes previously completed works!

Overall Project Quality
I am extremely happy with the quality and craftsmanship. Going on 3 years with my suit, and there have been minimal repairs so far. All the seams are very well sewn and nothing has popped or ripped.

Purchase Process

Initial Contact
Commissioned them through FA after I saw an opening for fursuit heads. Information and further contact was

Maker Response Time
Cawstumes was quick to respond within a few hours to a day whenever I had questions or concerns.

Maker Professionalism
Cawstumes was very professional and communication with them was pleasant and comfortable.

Project Completion Time
Cawstumes had a decent sized queue already when I commissioned them so I knew there would be a wait time. The longest wait was just waiting for my spot in the queue to come up. The actual completion time was relatively quick my partial was shipped out around a month and a half after work started on it. Tracking was used, and my suit arrived about a week after being shipped.

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Final Comments
I would commission Cawstumes again in the future for another suit. They did fantastic work on bringing my character to life and was willing and flexible to work with. I couldn’t have asked for a better maker to create Caprica.

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