I just got my Kig Mask in the mail today!!!!!!!!

      Miss Kiki wrote:

      Which means Gail, that you have a one of a kind original mask for your character. And since you did the software yourself and have the printer, you can create more originals as you require them for other characters.

      Hey Lain, don't get down. There is a lot you can learn from a first time mask. Not just the aspects of dealing with an enclosed space, but also what you like or dislike about the design. This will make you a more discerning shopper when you make your upgrade.

      Like Cici suggested, do a product review.

      Kiki
      I will. I mean I don't have a great basis of comparison since it's my first one, but I'll do it. Yes, I am learning a lot, I have a much better Idea what I want my next mask to look like, and the weeks ahead I'll have an even better idea.
      When I stumbled into kig i could not find site that spoke english. So did mask myself, I was long time pretty pleased it because self-made patched up fact it didnt look anything like "proper" kig mask. Link to my first maks in my fb page==>
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      I say people who do business in re-selling are bane of the internet. It prevents potential customers to find real makers

      victoria wrote:


      I say people who do business in re-selling are bane of the internet. It prevents potential customers to find real makers


      I think it is too hard for people to buy kig masks. For one thing it's just about the most expensive form of cosplay in existence (The most expensive batman costume I could find on amazon is $600). Having made a few masks I totally understand the cost, but it's still a huge deterrent. And then there's the problem that no one outside of Asia sells them with a store front, it's always contact the maker and negotiate price. This is fine if you want a custom mask, but it's intimidating for beginners.

      I'm very interested to see if the muni-muni.net masks catch on, they are vacuform and run around $250 for a complete mask. Though they don't seem to do business in English.

      gailblue wrote:

      victoria wrote:


      I say people who do business in re-selling are bane of the internet. It prevents potential customers to find real makers


      I think it is too hard for people to buy kig masks. For one thing it's just about the most expensive form of cosplay in existence (The most expensive batman costume I could find on amazon is $600). Having made a few masks I totally understand the cost, but it's still a huge deterrent. And then there's the problem that no one outside of Asia sells them with a store front, it's always contact the maker and negotiate price. This is fine if you want a custom mask, but it's intimidating for beginners.

      I'm very interested to see if the muni-muni.net masks catch on, they are vacuform and run around $250 for a complete mask. Though they don't seem to do business in English.


      I agree with this whole scenario. Masks do cost a lot for most to venture into kigurumi. Cosplays cost a lot as well. I know this from experience since most of my personal cosplays are M2M. Shoes, accessories, body shaping gear all add up fast. But with the supply and demand of masks there seems to be this continuing trend of makers and buyers to rely on semi custom masks as the status quo. I find this to be sad that buyers settle on price rather than what they really want, which is to become the character and not merely cosplay the character. I see so many clones out there even though they may have different colored eyes and hair, I still see the shell. Maybe this is due to the fact that my studio primarily makes full custom builds. And yes,before everyone gets defensive, these semis the other houses produce are well crafted and still they all look alike :P

      Yeah and the studio has had a web storefront in development for a little over 2 years now. It's at the point to where all we need is content.

      As far as muni-muni goes, that house casts soft vinyl masks much like the Dolfies. These to the purists are not considered true animegao kigurumi masks due to the material used. But then again the vac-u-forming of base masks is an idea that has been tossed around a bit with makers.
      The one thing that has kept me out of kig is always been the price of the mask. I understand the want to keep the cost out of mainstream hands as the community is built on people "willing to go the extra distance" to start out.
      I'm a furry and I know BJD people (people who collect Japanese Ball Jointed Dolls) along with Lolis and people who cosplay in the Super Sentai fandom and they tell me how much they spend on one item and JEEZ, so I can understand Kig.

      Also the cost of the mask keeps out "negative" elements, there will always be negative elements in any fandom (looking at you drama lolis) so the fact the cost of the mask which is essential for kig also is a deterrent to people who could potentially be a negative element. I wish there was a much cheaper mask or like old mask seller market for new people. People who have masks they don't want or they are getting out of the fandom (hahahahhahhah) could sell at $500 (I went slightly less then the batman costume) that would only be sold to people (like me) who would be positive influence in the community but are also starting out noobs who don't own a mask yet. I don't have a kig, yes I would love a custom mask of my character but I also would love ANY mask that I could kig at conventions and cam with, I know the first mask is what gets people into getting more so It's like the cheep bag of drugs before the seller shows you the real price to keep up your addiction.
      Wow I just made a kig drug joke....ehhh anime had it too.
      Then I could expand my love for this with all of you amazing people while saving up for the custom mask.

      I know it can be done. I've seen people save money and do it, Hell if this was 10 years ago I could have done it but I didn't know any american sellers and all the sites i could find were in a different language and I couldn't figure it out (not good at computers) on how to order a mask to the states. I'm down cause latterly the DAY I had the money to start paying for a mask with a quote I got an email saying I was fired from my job. This crushed me inside and killed my ideas for kigging in the future, but all of you in the chat helped me, gave me positives and supported me, so instead of shutting down I gathered all the old material I had stored away to make a furry of the kig i wanted, I still want my kig, I still plan on one day getting my kig, but as long as I have no income and things cost money. Well a girl has to eat and those ramen packets are getting tasty. But until then you are the best group of people that I can hang out with until I do and keep my interest in the fandom until I can kig......Plus I can always be a (handler/escort) which term is used?) for those that do kig so you always have someone with a full field of vision making sure you can get around.
      +1 for cheap masks. I see no reason, from a manufacturing point of view, that you couldn't churn out a half decent mask for $400. It wouldn't be custom, wouldn't have fancy hair, wouldn't be painted the best, but for people starting out they don't need the best - they need a mask on their head, even if it's a mass produced molded piece of plastic. When I started photography, I didn't have a pro DSLR, and as a matter of fact I still don't. I started out with a cheap point and shoot. Once I realized I needed more camera, I saved up for the real deal. Funny thing is, I still enjoyed taking pictures on a cheap camera. Granted, this "damn cheap" void is filled by the cheap ebay masks you can get for $30. What we really need here is the entry level DSLR - a mask that has what you need, but stripped of the fancy features in order to hit a price point. A midrange mask, if you will. The reason it's so rare to find kigurumi is because of the huge barrier to entry. And restricting sales to only "positive influences" is a bad idea IMO, you're better off just letting people choose what they want to do and ignoring the bad apples, because filtering people always leaves innocent ones in the dust, not to mention they might want to do something out of the norm with their mask and getting refused a sale because of that is not fun. I see nothing wrong with a beginners discount for anyone who can prove they don't own any masks yet, however.
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      I can agree with that, you are right and i'm sorry I just was thinking of something to make up for the price difference, but yes a kig "generic anime girl #347 3rd from the right would be fine with me as well because it would let people in the door at least.