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Unread 02-07-2013, 12:49 PM   #2610
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Originally Posted by HoudinisGirl View Post
Name of Commissioner: Carlos Blanchard / Rage Custom Creations

Website/ gallery:

Character commissioned and series/video game: It was a "chesthugger" corset, basically a corset with one of the Facehuggers from the Aliens series attached.

Links to picture(s) of your commissioned item: I never received the item, BUT here is a picture of Yaya Han modeling it:

Timeline: Ordered August 4, 2012, on the promise that it would take approximately 2-3 weeks to ship. As of December 4, 2012, I have not received the corset.

Pros, Cons: There are no pros to this transaction! The seller never acknowledged my order to begin with, even though I specifically stated I would like the corset before Labor Day so I could wear it to Dragon*Con. I sent an email about 2 weeks after purchase, asking if it would be done in time for D*C, and received a response saying no. I got one more email a month later apologizing for the delay and saying that they would give me a free "Xenomorph necklace" to make up for it. The only other contact I've seen was public postings on their Facebook page: one post said that there had been problems with the base corsets they ordered, and the second post was November 1st, when they said they would be finishing up the corsets within the week. It is a month after that post and I've received nothing- no response, no refund, no corset. Carlos Blanchard has dropped off the face of the earth.

Final Grade: F

Please note that Carlos is the cosplay director for Florida Super Con 2013. BE VERY CAREFUL! If he can scam five people out of $250 each with this corset, there's no telling what he's capable of.
I just wanted to add a quick update to this: after Yaya Han, the head of Florida SuperCon, and my lawyer all got involved, Carlos refunded my money in a timely manner, in early December 2012. I believe it was another 2 months before he delivered the four remaining corsets to their purchasers. As of February 7, 2013, Rage Custom Creations has apparently shut down operations. The story is that FOX contacted them and gave them a cease-and-desist for using the Alien characters.
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