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

General Information
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Reviewer Information
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)
Maker & Project Information

Commission Information
Type: Single Piece > Head > Fursuit
Style: Real/Toon Hybrid
Shipped From: Canada

Domestic Canine (Border Collie; black and white)
Found in Canidae (?)

Made in Year

Transaction Information
1000 CAD paid in a lump sum
Filed under $1000 - $2999 as a Lump Sum.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy

Date of Review
24 October 2020

Project Timeline
Contact Date
Saturday, 7 December 2019
Completion/Ship Date
Thursday, 14 May 2020
Item Completion Time (?)
4 - 6 Months

Item Being Reviewed
Murdock Oakpaw the Boarder Collie Head in a real/toon hybrid style as a commission.
Photos of Completed Product


Wear Satisfaction

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.

Visual Satisfaction

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

Special Attachments and Features

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.


Product Satisfaction

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

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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