[YES] Silver the Deer Head by Alpha Dogs


General Information
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Reviewer Information
Reviewer
Twitter: trlsilver

Relationship With Maker
The maker is NOT a friend

Prior Experience
No, this was my first

Informed Maker of Issues
There were no issues

Wear Time
30 hours
Maker & Project Information
Maker

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

Species
Deer
Found in Euungulata (?)

Made in Year

Transaction Information
1600 EUR paid in installments
Filed under $1000 - $2999 as a Payment Plan.

Estimated Completion Time (ETA) Accuracy


Date of Review
7 November 2020

Project Timeline
Contact Date
May 2019
Completion/Ship Date
November 2019
Item Completion Time (?)
7 - 12 Months

Item Being Reviewed
Silver the Deer fursuit head in a toony style as a commission.
Photos of Completed Product

Head

Wear Satisfaction

The fit is excellent, nice and snug but not too tight, pretty much perfect. The maker builds a balaclava into the inside of the head, which is convenient. Visibility is good, or at least as good as one could expect wearing a costume head. There is a small blind spot in dead center, between the eyes, but it is not disorienting or anything. It really is only apparent at very close distances, basically arms-length. The whole inside is very soft and comfortable to wear. Prolonged wearing does get a bit warm but that comes with the territory, it’s certainly tolerable, and breathing is easy, with no circulation issues to note.



Visual Satisfaction

I absolutely could not be happier with how Silver looks, for me, it’s like he really came to life.

The fur patterns, as well as the shaving, is all perfectly symmetrical. The ears and antlers sit symmetrically as well.

The fur is very soft on every part of the head. Just about a year later the fur stays straight with very minimal brushing/care required to make him look good as new.

The maker added the small patch of dark blue fur that goes from the nose to the top lip, which wasn’t in the original design. I think it looks great, and the head would have looked a little off without it now that I see it in person.

Special Attachments and Features

The removable neck ruff is basically like a faux fur neck pillow. It looks great, and very comfortable when wearing. Very soft to the touch yet very sturdy in the feel of its construction.

As stated above, the antlers are good as well. They sit evenly and move just the right amount. They aren’t rigid/hard, but they don’t just flop all around either.

Overall


Product Satisfaction

How well does everything fit together and match up?
Everything came out exactly, or better, than I had hoped. True to the character’s design, and aesthetically excellent. One year later, its construction is holding together just as well as day 1.

Overall Project Quality
Yes! I’m extremely happy with how it came out.



Purchase Process

Initial Contact
I originally DM’d the maker on Twitter, they responded promptly with a quote. From there we agreed on my payment plan, and work began shortly after I made my final payment.

Maker Response Time
Maker response time was excellent. There was a time zone difference (USA to Denmark), but if I sent a message during the day (for them), I had a reply within an hour at the most.

Messaging switched from Twitter to Telegram at some point. I had no issues communicating with the maker on either.

Maker Professionalism
Maker was very professional and always treated me well. Answered all questions promptly, and whenever they needed something from me, they were pleasant and communicated very clearly. They were clear at the beginning about the process and the timeline to expect.

Project Completion Time
I contacted the maker in May 2019. I made my final payment in June. Work began mid or late October, and it was shipped out to me in mid November 2019.

The maker was upfront about the work they had on their plate, and the order in the queue that I was in. The maker regularly posted updates about the status of their queue, and when they expected work to begin on the various items within it. When it was finished, shipping completed without issues, in a reasonable amount of time for international shipping (about 10 days).

Rating FursuitReview 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 Alpha Dogs.

Final Comments
Working with Alpha Dogs was great, and I would recommend them to anyone who might be considering them.

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