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Sunday, February 27, 2011

First Look At Xi'An Frontline

Photos courtesy Trinidad and Tobago Costume Photos:

Monday Wear for Xi 'An Frontline

First Look At Oracle Frontline

Hi Saucy

So with much trepidation, given the comments on the YUMA page, I got to Movietowne at 2:10pm. I even walked with a list of items I should be receiving, along with pics of my costume to compare against what I received. I got up to the banquet hall at 2:15pm and there was a small line up outside. Apparently they were only letting in a certain number of people at a time. Great idea, but with just a short amount of foyer space and a moving escalator behind you, you have to be aware of who came when because people inevitably just form a group. We were called inside soon after and given numbered chits and told to sit on some chairs positioned along the wall. Danielle Jones came to tell us what the procedure was, and asked whether there were any fast trackers, whether there were any Sponsor costume collections and whether anyone was collecting outside the costumes for today. Five minutes later we were lining up again to get our IDs and receipts checked against their database and then were directed to the cashiers. There were 10 odd cashiers and no line so I was seen right away. There was also zero line for collection and maybe 10 or more persons doing distribution. There was a separate section if you were collecting outside of your assigned day.

My costume was then brought out for me to inspect and two lists of items I was collecting were given to me to sign. One of the girls went through the contents of my box with me, at which point I checked off all the sizes provided. Only issues there was that the bra size was not indicated, but it looked like my size and Terri-Leigh told me that if there was any problem that I should come back. The empire waistband bit was also sized and again the size wasn't indicated there. I made a note against the lists of this in the event I need to go back. Everything looked true to prototype, only a few things were amiss. Minor matters I suppose but I should point them out:

1. The earrings and bracelets I was given as frontline were not was depicted on the website. (I even described what it was to the team dealing with me...they prob thought this girl is OCD lol). The earrings are a gold starburst pattern and the bracelets are a solid gold cuff with an indented pattern. I was told the lovely jeweled bracelet and earrings in the square, circle and teardrop connected pattern were backline jewelery. I much prefer what I was told was backline, but ah well....If anyone wants to switch let me know! :)

2. There were slight differences between the prototype headpiece and the final product. There are these spikes that come up from the front bit and were decorated in an alternating pattern in the prototype (see pic attached). The final product has the central spike decorated in that square pattern and then all the others are the simpler design....I also thought the purple feathers didn't look as dense as I expected, but that may be because I've been looking at the costume with the backpack all the time and I may have thought there were more feathers in the headpiece than there actually are. Plus my hp last year was huge and fluffy so that may be clouding my judgement as well...Oh the back of the hp is not lined/covered as it is in the prototype, but the back is done neatly so this is minor. The front is a V shape, not the U shape that is shown on the website, and some of the feathers do have a slightly not 100% good look to them but it's nothing I can't live with.

3. The bra I was given is not a true strapless, it seems to be a regular bra with clear straps. Granted I haven't tried it on yet but I can't see it holding up on it's own if you don't use the straps. I'm happy with the substitution cause I was concerned about the strapless and jumping up but someone else may not be.

I did not receive my backpack today as there were arriving at 6pm (so I was told by Terri-Leigh). I was given the option of having lunch on YUMA, while waiting until 6pm to collect, or coming back today (or another day) or having it delivered to me. I opted to collect it myself tomorrow and I was given a number to call when I am coming so that it can be brought down to me if I wish. While I wasn't totally happy about not getting my backpack I appreciated the options given to me.

All in all I took about 40 mins from start to finish including paying. There were no lines or hassle and everything was very smooth flowing so I was happy. I stood outside after scrutinizing everything just to make sure it was all intact. :)

First Look At Aquarius Frontline.

I have to say this costume will look AWESOME on the road, love it!

First Look At Aquarius

First Look At Cancer

I do not want to jump to conclusions, but the headpiece on this cancer backline is NOT up to mark. Gems are missing already and feathers appear to have been eating by mites? Accessories and other bits of jewelery are really stunning and the Monday wear is awesome.The goodie bag is full of useful items like muscle rub and wipes.

Did anyone else have issues with the headpiece?

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