AnyWHO....I think Tribe itself annoyed me more today than my costume. I had a pretty hard day in work and was hoping to get thru this process as quickly as possible. I was in the fast track line and my friend was in the pay line.First off I had to park at the top of Mt.Hololo. I have never quite understood why they use Cascadia in the first place as it is so out of the way and parking is limited. I always wondered why they did not use Lions or St.Johns Hall. Anyway, I like my cold breeze yes! So when we got outside the main entrance we actually wondered around for sometime because it have signs saying 'GET A CHIT!" but no one giving out chits. When I finally find the chit man he say go straight to the lounge. I went by the lounge/bar and sat for awhile and then realised no one in a Tribe shirt was even in the lounge except for a guy selling Tickets. When I asked him about the process he said he did not know. After a few minutes again a guy came calling and asking for Water Nymph ppl. He spoke so softly I got up as well to confirm what he said. He was like 'Not silver mist, water nymph'. I actually had to press him for information as to whether I was waiting in the right place. To which he turns to tell me that it have no silver mist costumes onsite and it doh make sense me coming inside cause they have nothing to give me. Well that was strike one (Yes I only start counting from there). At 6:30 pm I cannot understand what the challenge was to get the costumes there and it wa snot explained to me either. During my 20 min wait I realise is just this one man running back and forth. Every so often I would see another girl but like she was not doing the same wuk. Then the guy comes and tells us to line up. Leaves us there lined up like kids while he goes back inside. We line up in the lounge like idiots, the same girl pass and ask us what we doing. After a few minutes we got lead to the next stage.
So i get in the line to get my 'pink slip' and played some musical chairs. At this point I am about half hour into the process. People are wondering into the area not knowing where to go cause the guy at this point is not even seating them. The next stage was pretty quick one you got to the front. Then it was time for the revelation. My friend in the camp had informed me that due to the 'controversy' they had erected a mannequin with the costume on display so people could see it. It was tucked into a corner. I gave the girl my slip and she comes back to tell me its not there and I should talk to the designer (Strike 2) No explaination as to why its not there. When I look about 20 people down the designer throat. As I looked to make my way over another girl who knew me said that she saw my box in the back and had to lead the first girl to find it. They both came back empty handed. At this point I had to snap and ask if it got legs and walked away. So I was pointed back to the designer and while waiting behind the angry mob they found my costume. I was suprised to see that people were up in arms about the change in the bamcee piece. The girl who attended to me was rushing me through my box and I politely asked her how to get more fur on my bra and she again to designer. When she handed me the headpiece I had to stop short, I asked politely 'Isn't this smaller than it should be?' I and all was not expecting that! The girl actually watched me and said 'Yes' and continued digging through my box. I was like 'Umm so frontline does not get a bigger headpiece?'.....'Nope'. She then has the temerity to explain that my head piece works oh so well with the backpack..you know..with how it falls and stuff. So....what about those without? STRIKE 3! Strike 4 came soon after when I saw the top bamcee piece of the costume (which is completely different and I not even counting the bra as a strike eh).Now exactly how I was supposed to address this situation with my handbag, a garment box, a headpiece, a back pack and a goody bag is beyond me. No one was there to offer any assistance. People like they were really giving the designer hell but I really can't imagine how they could have expected any different.
So the costume..!!If you look at the bra it is exactly like what I posted yesterday which is indeed different from what was in the camp. The first pic is the camp , second is what was given.
The fur is much darker than I expected. Some effort was made to cut the fur into a kind of flame pattern to give it some design but with the fur sticking up its hard to see unless you look reallly close. Do I really want more fur? If it was the lighter colour I would say for sure but with the darker colour I am not sure I would like it. One thing I did notice after the fact was that at least one rhinestone in every cirlcle thingy on the bra is missing.Its not very noticeable but its weird that the arm and leg pieces were all intact.The bra fit pretty well nonetheless.
The waistband is generally the same from in front with the exception of the darker fur.
However what I did realise is that the applique on the waist band is the same as the one that was on display but NOT what is in the pics online and in the photos. So whereas local masqueraders may have seen the actual applique an overseas masquerader looking at them online would still in their mind have gotten short changed. The applique in the glamour shots is noticeably bigger and more elaborate. Additionally some of the the silver and white cord was switched out for some plain white cord. I will also have to comb my fur upwards cause its hiding a lovely row of diamante on the waistband.(And the pen is intentionally in the pic for scale) If you really want to be picky, its short two rows of beads.The bikini bottom I got has no lining and oddly enough the thong and hot shorts do.The hot shorts are REAL hot, very cute.
Now I doh know what to say about the back......Is only as I watching what it should be here that I feel like I really get bamboozled. I was first annoyed that I specifically asked if the back was a mirror image of the front before I registered (for FL) and was told yes.I did not want a furry butt. Ok so its not but neither the floor nor the frontline got what is in the original design.But I think its stlying is creative. Can you tell me where my bamcee diamante is?And how all them teardrops turn into two gems?One of which is buried in fur.
I thought at least the headpiece could be its saving glory....welll its really nice . But again , smaller appliques and less feathers. There is only one big gem and of course the fur is darker.
I was actually pretty pleased with the backpack. I think that is the crowning glory of this costume.That still doesn't mean its the same!Some of my fetahers looked like they had gotten wet but that could just be the spray paint they used. On comparision with what was in the camp I think the prtototype had more irridescent spikes at the end of the foam rods and feathers in front and back.There appears to be some other squiggly things other than the curved wire (could be cord?) on the original that are not there but I honestly can't remember what it could be.
Now I usually don't over analyse my costume like this but considering the situation I decided to gave a fair comparision. I can definitely say I did not get anything extra and it fell short in some areas. I honestly think I likedthe original more than what I have now and I was never 100% sold on the original. I absolutely cannot stand the bamcee piece. And all could be forgiven because I do not NEED to LOVE my costume to enjoy mas. I have played in some reject/leftover sections many a time. My main concern now is ....what makes Frontline frontline? As far as I can tell I got the exact costume as floor but with a backpack. Not a bigger headpeice not more beads nothing. That backpack most certainly cannot account for the cost difference in the two versions.
As I left I was told by one of the Tribe staff I knew that the designer was requested by the management too honour requests for additional fur and that they were going to review the headpieces to see if it warranted addition of feathers. Of course my friends were all expecting me to make the most amount of noise. The designer seemed to be gettingan earful but I really was too tired and too overloaded with stuff to be bothered to stand up and berate anyone. At this point what she could really do ? Is either yuh keep it or yuh sell it.
As I exited the collection center I still had to wait on my friend who up to this point (40mins later) had not paid. No scene...I will dig through my goodies. Sigh, why I end up with a male goody bag? So I toted all my stuff up that hill then came back down to exchange it. Doh mind I later forgot it at the camp. I passed my time at the bar listening to more silver mist people complain about their costumes not being at the camp to collect. My friend was put through an ordeal to collect her costume. After waiting for an hour they say that the costume is not there and its on its way. An hour later they say the costumes not coming but they taking names to 'deliver' costumes. Then they tell her that her name is not on any list. Only to realise that her costume is a frontline nad it had been sitting inside all along. No one ever thought to ask ..'Any FL'S?'In the process my friend gave them her two cents about the costume changes and about the uncessary wait they put her through. I overheard some people complaining that the designer never showed her face outside to explain why the costumes were not on site. I am quite sure she had her hands full inside.
Really and truly I have never been dissatisfied with Tribe's service or their costumes. Today I was greatly dissatisfied with both. I have never spent so long in a collection line either for myself or my friend. I was astounded at the apparent lack of staff to direct people which is so unlike them. What was wrong with the system last year? I was out in 10mins!I have never not completely loved my costume. I fail to understand how Tribe's stellar quality control could have let this slip through the cracks. I don't want to believe that private sections could be a law onto themselves when they still carry the Tribe name.If Tribe want QC people I volunteering, that is my wuk anyway, to tell people when they not doing things to specifications.Right now I am very disenchanted with my costume and really don't even want the hassle of trying to get it fixed. Why SHOULD I after pelting out $4000??? You live and learn yes.