UPDATED! Review: The Legacy Male Mesh Avatar Body by The Ultimate Meshbody

The Mesh Project (TMP), which now seems to be calling itself The Ultimate Meshbody, recently held a contest where you could win the mesh avatar body of your choice (which usually retails for L$5,500, a price that I find rather expensive for a body that still doesn’t support Omega appliers, or have lots of designers creating clothing for it yet).

Well, the winners of the contest were just announced, and guess what?

I won! I was one of the 100 First Prize winners, who each receives the mesh avatar body of their choice, plus four gift cards or fatpacks from various Second Life designers.

After giving the matter some careful consideration, I decided on the Legacy male body as my prize, since I already have male avatars with the Belleza Jake and Signature Gianni mesh male bodies, and it would be useful to be able to compare all three. (I already have extensive previous experience with the Maitreya Lara, Belleza Freya, eBody Classic, and various free and paid-for Altamura female mesh bodies, so I didn’t really feel the need to add the Legacy female body to that mix.)

Also, I had quite liked the look of their predecessor (TMP) male mesh avatar, of which one of my alts had the freebie version, which was trim, fit, but not overly-muscled. The overall look of the Legacy male body demo appealed to me in a similar way. I will even go so far as to say that it’s probably the best-looking male mesh avatar body on the market right now (although Belleza and Signature would probably beg to differ with me!).

Here are some pictures I took of the demo version of that body, taken in The Ultimate Meshbody store. I decided to pair the body with the Akeruka Clay Bento mesh head (a relatively recent Akeruka group gift):

I tried to match the skin tones of the head and body as best I could, but there is still a detectable neck seam. However, The Ultimate Meshbody does provide a complete set of neck shaders to make this seam less noticeable. Here’s a look at the full body, and I must say that it’s quite impressive:

In particular, the detail on the hands and feet is just insane!

We have clearly come a long, long way from the hands and feet of the classic system avatars of 16 years ago!! I mean, I can see veins on the Legacy feet!


Then, I patiently waited for my prize to arrive…which it finally did today!

The Legacy male mesh body package includes:

  • An information card with a frequently-asked-question list;
  • Version 1.1 of the body (hands and feet are not separate);
  • Nine different body shapes;
  • Two versions of the EDIT HUD, which controls skintone, nailtone, alpha sections, etc. (one larger and one smaller);
  • An Advanced Material Editor to add a custom texture, bumpmap, or specular, or to adjust full-bright/glow on your Legacy body;
  • A package of fit deformers, which apparently allow you to wear clothing originally designed for other models of male mesh bodies, including the older mesh clothing using Standard Sizing (I haven’t tested these yet, so I can’t say anything about them);
  • A set of neckfades in 36 different colours, which are textures you apply to your avatar’s head in order to reduce the visible seam between the mesh head and the Legacy mesh body (a corresponding neckfade is applied to the body using the EDIT HUD);
  • A Create package, which “includes all the necessary in-world tools needed to make content for Meshbody” (including autohide scripts to drop in items of clothing);
  • A Premium Outfit: black briefs, four tight and four loose cashmere sweaters in four colours each, five pair of chino pants in different colours, and suede oxfords in four colours. It’s a basic, colour-coordinated capsule wardrobe to get you started (a thoughtful touch, especially since most starter mesh body packages just give you underwear).

The only problem I encountered when setting all this stuff up for the first time was trying to use the neckfades. According to the notecard included with the 36 neckfade textures:

◦ First, choose a neckfade that closely matches your current skin using the [EDIT] HUD.
◦ Next, choose the same skintone number in the unpacked folder ‘[LEGACY] Meshbody (m/f) Neckfades’.
◦ Once you’ve found the corresponding texture, apply this texture to your head by dropping the texture onto a custom slot your mesh head allows or by creating a supported applier your mesh head allows.

And I must confess that I have absolutely no idea whether or not my Akeruak Clay mesh head has a “custom slot” (I don’t think it does), or if I know how to create a “supported applier”. Seriously, this is the best you can do, guys? And given that Legacy currently sells no heads to go along with these bodies (and, as far as I know, no Omega appliers in the Legacy’s twelve skintones to use on other brands of mesh heads), this is a rather kludgy workaround. Basically, the store dumps the problem into your lap instead of trying to solve it themselves. Not impressed, especially for what you pay for this mesh body if you were to purchase it: approximately twice as much as any other male mesh body system out there on the grid.

I may just decide to live with the slight neckseam—or invest in some turtleneck sweaters! At least, more and more designers are now creating clothing specifically for the Legacy bodies, both male and female. And I also received some giftcards and fatpacks as part of my prize to get me started!

Anyway, other than that, the quality of this mesh body is truly excellent, absolutely top notch. Here is my avatar, wearing the default starter shape with no adjustments, ready to hit the beach, after I tried for an hour to find the very best match between the 6 included skintones on the Akeruka Clay Bento mesh head, and the 12 skintones that come with the Legacy mesh body:

I am quite pleased with the way he looks! Here’s how my little stud muffin looks with some clothes on:

I suppose one thing I could do is investigate to see if there are any skin appliers out there which support both Akeruka mesh heads and Legacy mesh bodies. I could also decide to open up my wallet and spring for a Catwa head, since there are very clear instructions provided in the Legacy package on how to install the neckfades on a Catwa brand mesh head. But I just don’t feel like spending another L$5,000 at the moment, not when I have a whole set of Akeruka mesh heads in my inventory that I have picked up as free group gifts over the past two years. (It offends the freebie fashionista in me!)

So, would I recommend this body?

Yes—provided the company works out a better solution to deal with the inevitable neckseam problem you will have. Yes—provided you can live with a smaller number of designers creating clothing and shoes for this body than the competition (Belleza Jake and Signature Gianni and Geralt). Yes—provided you don’t need or want to use Omega appliers (which have become sort of a universal standard in Second Life).

If you can live with all those current limitations, and if you have the cash burning a hole in your pocket, then I say yes, go for it. But there are certainly cheaper male mesh bodies out there, with better designer support and Omega applier support, which you might want to carefully consider first:

  • The Jake Belleza mesh body will set you back L$2,999 without head.
  • The Signature Gianni and Geralt mesh bodies cost L$3,500 each, without head.

Frankly, I don’t see a lot of extra oomph for the Legacy body sticker price of L$5,500 (although I admit the capsule wardrobe is nice). You could take your savings and put it towards a nice Bento mesh head, from Catwa or Akeruka or any other vendor. Or put it towards a very highly realistic-looking skin applier from Birth or Stray Dog. I still don’t think that The Ultimate Meshbody is the best value for your money (although I certainly can love it as a contest prize which I won for free!).

So, if you’re still interested, here is the SLURL to take you directly to The Ultimate Meshbody store, called The Shops (and yes, they have improved their previously horrible shopping experience somewhat). And, in a note to those who are haters based on their past experiences with The Mesh Project, they say:

Why should I support your content?
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Well, first, we just hope you like it! We spend a lot of time, care, & love on trying to make things both beautiful, and functional but still high quality. Doing this, is truly is what we love to do, and we’re so passionate about making beautiful things for you. It is genuinely hard work, especially when we try to be perfectionists. We hope that you’ll consider supporting our work so that we can continue to spend as much time as we do on our products and keep delivering you the best. We are so sorry it took such a long time to deliver this series of bodies but with it we learned a lot and we feel more comfortably confident that we can deliver great products to you in a much shorter time period now that we’ve learned from experience. Thank you so much for those of you who have supported us since the beginning, we won’t ever forget it and we’re so thankful for your continued support & patience.

Pictures taken at Secret Beach. Speedo by Legal Insanity.

UPDATE Jan. 13, 2020: Somebody suggested to me something which I had completely forgotten about, which is that the Legacy body and Akeruka head both support Bakes on Mesh, so I suppose I could go that route if I really want to get rid of that pesky neck seam. There are more and more high-quality BoM skins out there! Here is information on the Bakes on Mesh capability of Legacy mesh bodies from their website.

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UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Fourteen Free Full-Body Male and Female Mesh Avatars from Altamura, Plus a Free L$500 Altamura Gift Card!

What would you think if I told you that you could pick up no less than fourteen full-body (i.e. head and body) mesh avatars, at one place and one time, for absolutely free? You can do that as of today at the brand new Altamura store, which has moved to a new sim (here’s the SLURL).

Also, Altamura has announced that you can join the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group for free over the holidays! Normally the group costs L$100 to join, so I would very strongly urge you to join now and stay a member of the group, as Altamura often has special bargains and freebies for group members at various events during the year. Last February they gave away full-price, fully-featured versions of the Romeo and Juliet mesh full-body avatars as free group gifts to their members, for example.


You are probably already aware that you can pick up free, fully-adjustable versions of the following Altamura full-body mesh avatars from the following freebie store locations:

  • Valentina and one version of Max at the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil;
  • Emanuele and a second version of Max at the freebie store at UniHispana Crea; and
  • Jenny and Robert at the Freebie Megastore on the London City sim.

But now you can pick up no less than fourteen mesh full-body avatars for free, from the new Gifts room in the Altamura store. Some are identical to the six listed above; others were limited-time freebies that Altamura has decided to bring back for Christmas. You can pick them all up in one place at one time!

Just head in the main entrance, turn immediately to the right, and you will see a large black-and-white sign that says GIFT. Enter that room.


In the Gift room, there are nine free, fully-adjustable, Bento-enabled full-body mesh avatars (four for men and five for women):

  • Max
  • Tommy
  • Robert
  • Aaron
  • Jenny
  • Clodet
  • Estephania
  • Emanuele
  • Kim

All you have to do is activate your Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group membership, and click on each panel, then select Deliver from the blue menu that pops up.

These free avatars have all the features of the full-price versions, except that you can not change the included skin tone that they come in. Neither can you use any Omega skin or makeup appliers with them. However, they do have Bento heads and hands, they are completely adjustable using the full set of head and body sliders, and they also offer a HUD with a complete set of alpha selections to be able to fit just about any clothing you wish on them. They even thoughtfully include a hands-only AO, to use with your regular non-Bento animation overrider!

Here are just a couple of examples of what these nine Bento avatars look like.

This is Aaron, who is wearing a free pair of men’s shorts from the Altamura clothing collection at the Freebie Megastore in London City:


Here the Kim full-body mesh avatar is wearing a free dress from the Altamura clothing collection at the Freebie Megastore in London City:


On the opposite wall there are also five free, older, non-Bento full-body female mesh avatars:

  • Tanya
  • Francy
  • Africa
  • Sarah
  • Andrea

To get these, activate your Altamura group membership, and pay each panel L$1 (your dollar will automatically be refunded).

It is very important to understand the difference between these five bodies and the nine I mentioned earlier. Please note that these five bodies are non-Bento bodies, without Bento hands or heads; you have only three possible hand static hand shapes to choose from on the body HUD (and you won’t be able to animate the fingers using a Bento hand animation override). Also, you also will not be able to make any changes to the facial features using the sliders, as you can with the first nine. (You can adjust various aspects of the body, however, and they do come with an alpha HUD.)

I’m going to show you what two of these five non-Bento mesh avatars look like. Here is the Africa full-body female mesh avatar, again wearing one of the free dresses from the new clothing collection for Altamura avatars from the Freebie Megastore in London City:

As you can she, she is quite beautiful!

UPDATE Dec. 15th, 2019: I am so taken with the Africa mesh avatar that I have taken a few more snapshots of her! She is so strikingly beautiful that she stands out in any crowd. In the first picture she is wearing a free outfit from Artizana, known for their bold African designs:

And in this shot she is wearing the free Dec. 14th gift from the 12 Days of Christmas calendar at JUMO, the stunning, shimmering Nice ballgown:

And this is what the Tanya non-Bento full-body female mesh avatar from Altamura looks like, again wearing a free dress from the collection of Altamura clothing at the Freebie Megastore in London City:

The heads on these non-Bento bodies do come with limited makeup options in a separate HUD, but I have removed all the makeup so you can see the shape of the head and the face more clearly:

(Note that all the eyes I used in these four pictures came from the new set of Linden Lab starter avatars which are already in your inventory: Leonard, Gretchen, Ashton, and Bitsy. You do not need to spend a penny to have great-looking, realistic eyes!)


There are also a few more freebies located in the centre of the room: the Maya static (non-Bento) mesh head, a full-body female Halloween avatar, and a set of full-body female fantasy avatars in different colours.


But wait, there’s more! In the store near the entrance there is a Christmas tree, with a new gift laid out under it for every day of the 12 days of Christmas. The gift box for day number 2 contains a L$500 Altamura gift card! (You will need to activate your Altamura group to pick this gift up; only one per customer.)

Now, it would appear that you can apply this L$500 gift card only towards the full price of an Altamura mesh avatar head, body, or full-body (i.e. head and body) package; the card did not seem to work at any of the clothing, accessories, or nail vendors I tried it on. But if you were in the market for a deal on a full-priced mesh avatar, this will certainly be a great help!

UPDATE Dec. 17th, 2019: It would appear that the L$500 gift card offered for day number 2 has now been replaced with a L$100 gift card. But this new gift card now works on any of the vendors in the Altamura store, including clothing and accessories.

Be sure to check back every day until Christmas Day for even more gifts from Altamura! (Last year, the gifts included basic but fully-functional Bento mesh heads for men and women, plus some skin appliers.)

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Davide and Sascha EXMACHINA Full-Body Male Mesh Avatars Are 50% Off!

You might remember that I recently raved about the Sascha special edition of the Davide version 6.0 EXMACHINA male mesh head and body package that I bought for just L$2,900—a real bargain compared to other male mesh head and body combinations.

Well, guess what? I discovered today that EXMACHINA is having a 50% off sale, both in their in-world store (here’s the SLURL) and on their SL Marketplace store:

So both the original Davide full-body avatar and the Sascha special edition of the Davide full-body avatar are only L$1,500 each! Now that I have had mine for a while, and tried out all the options, I can recommend this body very highly. And if you want just the body (no head), that is just L$800! It’s a stupendous deal.

I have no idea how long this half-price sale will last, so don’t wait! Here’s a few pictures of my Sascha avatar:

Even better? The entire outfit I am wearing today—right down to the socks and shoes—is free from the Kauna menswear store (SLURL). This grass green plaid jacket and pants, the sage green dress shirt, and the black socks and Oxford dress shoes are just some of many free wardrobe items you’ll receive when you click on all the vendor panels in the tiny Kauna store! There are literally dozens of high-quality menswear items, mostly formal wear and suits, but other men’s clothing, too! It’s the best deal in menswear on the grid!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Dollarbie Bakes on Mesh Avatars by Rule of Rose

I found out today, via the Dancing in the Square freebie fashion blog, that there is a vendor on the SL Marketplace called Rule of Rose, who is selling various custom mesh fairy avatars for only one Linden dollar each! These avatars are Bakes on Mesh only, which means you can use any system skin or BoM skin, as well as system-layer eyebrows, hairbases, tattoos, etc. The Dancing in the Square blogger used just the mesh head for her pictures, and I think it turned out well!

Picture taken from the Dancing in the Square freebie fashion blog,
showing the mesh head from the Marlot Bakes on Mesh avatar
on a different mesh avatar body

Here’s what the Marlot mesh avatar looks like, right out the box, with the loincloth and wings as a single rigged attachment. The head and the body are two separate pieces, and you can wear each separately. The included HUD allows you to you to recolour each individual fingernail and toenail, as well as adjust the glow and shine on each individual nail!

Here’s a closeup look at the head, wearing the Daydream – Cameo – Violet Love system skin from CUPCAKES (remember them?):

You can wear any combination of system skins, eyebrows, and hairbase layers on this body, but you are strongly advised by the creator not to try and adjust the body or the head using the sliders! The creator notes:

This is a character avatar, which means…although you can adjust the sliders, you really shouldn’t, Weird things happen, I made this [avatar to] really have a certain look and the fit mesh was just there for the jiggle. I hope you guys enjoy this small bust, Asian fairy inspired avatar, I had a lot of fun making her and I really hope you guys continue to send me pictures on how you jazzed her up. The dev kit is included so you can make clothes and mods and all that jazz for her.

And here’s another dollarbie Bakes on Mesh avatar from Rule of Rose, the Great Fairy-Rosé mesh avatar, which comes with exactly the same nail options as Marlot. As you can see, she is a big, bold, beautiful woman! This is what she looks like right out of the box, there’s no default skin included but I used the same CUPCAKES system skin as before. The included outfit and accessories are all one single rigged mesh attachment:

The creator states:

The head can be removed and replaced with one of your choosing. However, it is worth noting that her neck is thick and many heads [probably] wont fit on that neck, I don’t know anything about mesh heads…But don’t let that [get] you down! This body is Bento and fitmesh so you can adjust the sliders and change the face up if [you prefer]. Please keep in mind that because of the way her body is rigged, you can change the shape, but if you change it too much it’ll start looking weird.

I did play around with the sliders on Rosé, and she does seem to respond well to most adjustments. Although you can alpha out parts of the body using the alphas that come with your outfits, finding clothing to fit this wonderfully body-positive shape is still going to be somewhat of a problem! You will likely have to resort to using older, system-layers-and-prims clothing, such as this Nim fairy outfit by !Boaz!, a store that is no longer on the grid. (This is a problem common to all custom mesh avatars.)

Also, you are going to have to find an animation override suitable for plus-size women, because with most standard AOs, the arms will disappear inside the body. There are plus-size animation overrides, such as the (Almost) Still AO for Fat Girls by Voir (L$350 from the SL Marketplace). You could also try using a regular AO with the Shoulder Overrider from Ethik Nacon (L$299 on the SL Marketplace), which adjusts the shoulder joints so that the arms come away from the body.

So even though Rosé’s price is right (how can you beat one Linden dollar for a complete mesh body?), you might still decide to opt for the Piggu June mesh avatar, which has lots of clothing designed specifically for it, from a variety of different vendors (well over 600 items at last count).

There are a few other freebie and dollarbie mesh avatars available on the Rule of Rose store, so be sure to check them out! I will be adding this as an option to my ever-growing list of free and inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for female avatars.