[YES] Keeb the Bearded Dragon Partial by Coyote Arcade




Maker Information

Coyote Arcade


Year of Project2021

Completion Time (?)13 - 23 Months

ETA AccuracyNO - the ETA was passed
An ETA is the Estimated Time of Arrival for a project.
In other words, an estimated turnaround time.
An ETA is not a deadline.


Review Date2 November 2021

RelationshipThe maker is NOT a friend
This relationship was indicated by the reviewer at the time this review was written.


Review Information
ReviewerTwitter: ambopteryxx

Prior ExperienceNot really- I haven't owned anything more than an unfurred plaster base head I made myself

Wear TimeLight wear- haven't been able to go to any events since the pandemic

Informed Maker of IssuesTold about issues before the partial was completed (which were corrected), but not about the minor issues after receiving since I don't think they're that big of a deal overall


Keeb the Bearded Dragon Partial Suit

Positive

ProjectThis item was a commission

Paid: A Payment Plan of $1000 - $2999

Initial Contact: October 2019

Completion/Ship Date: July 2021

Shipping Origin: USA

Type: Partial

Style: Toony

Padding: None


SpeciesName: Bearded Dragon

Found in: Reptilia(?)

Features: Spikes


Photos of Completed Product



Overall

Initial ContactVery easy- dmed on Twitter and got a reply and quote very quickly.


Maker CommunicationCommunication switched from Twitter to telegram after initial contact. Overall, communication was very good. While I did not directly contact Apex for a while after the initial contact + payment, it was because I felt I didn't need to. Apex had a public and well organized Trello along with a public updates telegram chat where she posted her progress on other suits regularly, so I was never unsure where I was in the queue or if she was making progress on other suits. Once my spot in the queue was reached, I was given regular updates with many wip pictures, and was consulted in every step of the design process. While the partial was being made, I ended up having only one correction. the claw on the foot I requested to be missing was initially included, but when I pointed this out apex immediately altered that foot, and that was that.

Project Completion TimeIt took a while to get to my partial- there was a very large queue. However, I knew this when placing the commission, so it wasn't very surprising. The original ETA was passed, but considering that my commission was placed before the COVID-19 pandemic, delays were expected, so it wasn't much of a concern on my end.


Overall Project QualityFor the cost of the partial, the quality was great! I only had very minor issues, and am overall very satisfied with the results. It was very hard finding a maker who I thought could tackle a reptile head with the exact profile I wanted, and I think Apex really knocked it out of the park! Her base work is phenomenal, which was why I commissioned her in the first place, and I was not disappointed. While I had some minor issues with other parts of the suit, the head was the main thing I really wanted to turn out, and it turned out phenomenally. My expectations were met and succeeded.


Components


Head

Wear SatisfactionThe head fits nicely, if a little on the loose side. I wear glasses, and there's plenty of room to wear them in-suit. Vision isn't amazing through the eyes (mostly due to the eyelids, which I requested so that's on me), but the mouth is big and can be propped open for better vision. Circulation is great with both the mouth and the lizard ear holes letting in air very easily.


Visual SatisfactionAbsolutely adorable. Came out better than I had expected- the maker was not previously experienced with making reptiles, but even then it turned out phenomenal. The face profile is properly lizard-y, and even the "beard" looks nice without being too bulky- the fur on the neck was left unshaven to make it look more spikey, which I think looked great. The shaving is very nice, no visible backing, the expression is great, and I love the colors used (commission was artistic liberty in terms of colors + patterns, I just asked for something colorful)


Hands

Wear SatisfactionThe hands themselves are probably my least favorite part of this partial. The fingers are stubby and makes it hard to grab anything, and are kind of uncomfortable to wear. Its hard to tell which glove is which since there isn't a defined thumb. I will likely try to alter them eventually if not replace them. I did not bring this up to the maker since I didn't consider it a huge deal- the hands are still wearable, if a little annoying. They're a slim-fingered design as well, which I know the maker does not often do, so I don't really fault Apex for my minor dissatisfaction. Other than the awkward fit, the hands are nicely made, with sturdy stitches, and are lined nicely.

Armsleeves fit great! just the right length, and just a little bit baggy (which I think makes it more comfy). they cover the hands great. The shoulder strap meant to keep them up is a bit too big, but that can be adjusted easily myself by just doing a little bit of sewing.


Visual SatisfactionThe claws tend to lay strangely on my fingers and point in odd directions, but I think that's more due to the strange fit. Other than that, they're nice and simple blue handpaws- no pads (since it's for a reptile), four fingers. Shaving is nice and even overall.

armsleeves are amazing! The pattern is fun, and the shoulder pauldrons are a very nice touch. Really makes the partial stand out as a bearded dragon specifically and not a generic reptile.



Tail

Wear SatisfactionTail fits nicely, has a good weight to it. Belt loops work great, and it holds up without the base sagging.


Visual SatisfactionThis thing is HUGE. Was not expecting a floor dragger when I commissioned coyote arcade and was very plesently surprised. The markings all look nice, and there doesn't seem to be any twisting as it goes down. The shaving is good and even overall.


Feet

Wear SatisfactionFit very well! My feet are a bit strangely sized so I was worried, but they fit perfectly fine. The seams are durable, and the claws are sewn on securely.


Visual SatisfactionGreat! they're solid colored, so symmetry isn't an issue. A claw is missing from one foot, as requested since my own lizard is missing that toe.

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

YES This review has been marked with a positive rating.
This means the reviewer would recommend Coyote Arcade.

Final CommentsApex is a phenomenal maker with a lot of talent. I do recommend making sure you know how long the queue is before commissioning coyote arcade due to the possible long wait before your suit is started.

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