This is not a freebie, but it is a bargain! Male and female mesh bodymaker Belleza has updated all of their bodies, and is having a 50% off sale! According to a message sent out to the Belleza store group:
The time has come….
The Belleza updates are here!
Jake, Venus, Isis and Freya are updated to Bakes on Mesh (BOM) and the Universal Neck. Check your package for a full list of updates and bug fixes.
The male Belleza Jake Bento mesh body is for sale for L$1,500, a significant savings compared to the price tags for Signature Gianni and Geralt (currently retailing for L$4,000 each) and the Meshbody Athletic and Legacy bodies (selling for L$5,000 each) . Belleza Jake mesh bodies have excellent fashion designer support, so you will have zero problems dressing this body!
And the female Belleza Freya, Venus, and Isis bodies are only L$1,250 each, or you can pick up the three-pack for L$2,250—three Bento, Bakes on Mesh-compatible mesh bodies for less than the price of one Maitreya Lara body! Please note that while the Belleza Freya mesh body still has a lot of fashion designer support, it can be harder to find clothing created to fit the much less popular Isis and Venus mesh bodies.
Even better, these updated Belleza male and female bodies are now modifiable, which has many Second Life users excited at the new creative possibilities! For example, users can now create glowing skin for these bodies, and they would make excellent starting bases for a furry avatar.
I think this sale is a bold and savvy move by Belleza, especially at a time when avatar fashion designers were dropping support for female Belleza mesh bodies in favour of newer bodies like the INTHIUM Kupra. This move could spell a revival for the especially popular Belleza Freya body, which offers a curvier, “juicier” shape that is currently the popular style in avatars.
I don’t know how long the 50% off sale will last, so hurry down and snap them up before they’re gone!
If you had purchased earlier versions of either the Anya or Alexa bodies, you can upgrade to Analexa 4.1 for free; just slap the Redelivery sign in the Kalhene store, located directly across from the N-Core footwear store.
For only L$2,495, you get a Bento, Bakes on Mesh body that is compatible with most apparel and footwear designed for Maitreya Lara, plus a lot of extra options which would normally cost you extra!
In addition, Kalhene has released a brand new full-body package called Erika. This is a fuller-figured body that reminds me of the Belleza Freya, INTHIUM Kupra, and Katena bodies, where you can get a much curvier, juicier figure!
Here’s what Erika looks like, right out of the box, with the included skin and long hairstyle, and wearing one of the 10 included outfits (the sneakers are a freebie from VERSOV):
The Erika body comes with not one, not two, but three different Bento heads! Here’s a look at the “soft” head, with rounder features, which I quite like!
And here’s a look at the second, “hard” head, with sharper, more angular features:
There is also an Asian head with two shapes, which unfortunately I cannot show you because I was unable to find a suitable Bakes on Mesh skin for it. (By the way, skins designed for other brands of mesh heads might look a little weird on this head. Always demo before you buy!)
Once again, for L$2,495 you get a LOT for your money. The package includes many options which usually cost you extra in other bodies (e.g. pregnant belly). Let’s take a look at what comes in the Erika 1.0 package, comparing it with the INTHIUM Kupra body, the one I think it resembles the most:
Kalhene Erika 1.0
Base Cost of Mesh Body
Included Body Shapes
5: skinny, natural, curvy, chubby, and pregnant
3: skinny, curvy, and “bimbo” (ugh!)
5 shape options; optional HD nipples
3 shape options; 5 types of 3D nipples
Bento Handsand Nails
5 fingernail options; 16 colours nail polish
5 fingernail and 4 toenail options; 32 colours nail polish
3 heel heights controlled bu HUD: flat, mid, and high; the feet are Maitreya Lara compatible
4 heel heights controlled by HUD: flat, mid, high, and tiptoe; the Kupra body comes with three options for feet, supporting footwear made for Kupra, Maitreya, or Slink feet
Bento Mesh Head
3 heads included: soft, “hard”/more angular features, and Asian
Not included (Catwa heads cost L$5,000 each)
Starter Skinand Eyes
5 skin tones, 8 eye colours
2 skin tones
Included (works with all breast types)
10 complete outfits with footwear (see images below for examples)
Sport shorts, top, bikini top, panties, and thong
Transgender Option (Penis)
L$2,495 (including hair and a very generous starter wardrobe)
L$8,999 for the Kupra/Catwa combo (not including the cost of hair and wardrobe)
Here’s a look at some of the ten complete outfits, with footwear, which are included in the wardrobe package (please click on each picture to see it in a larger size):
In other words, you can hit the ground running with the Kalhene Erika body at one-third the price of a Kupra/Catwa setup; all you have to do is add an animation override and you’re all set to hit the grid as a big, bold, beautiful woman!
Remember, you can mix and match, and use the Erika head and body separately with other heads and bodies you might already own (the body comes with Catwa and LeLutka options on the HUD to avoid neck seam issues for those heads). The body responds well to the head and body sliders, so you should be able to adjust the shape to suit your preferences.
In fact, the only drawback that I can find with the Kalhene Erika body is that (unlike the Analexa 4.1 body), it is not compatible with apparel designed for other mesh bodies (which is probably why the designer included a generous starter wardrobe with ten different outfits). Given that most avatar clothing designers are loath to rig for yet another body (most already do 6 or 7), it will be an uphill battle to coax creators to make clothing for this body! However, the feet on the Erika body are Maitreya Lara-compatible (although you will have problems with things like straps high on the ankle or calf).
Given the creator’s track record, you can expect frequent updates to both the Analexa 4.1 and Erika 1.0 bodies. Join the Kalhene store group for only L$25 and pick up some free group gifts, such as outfits and shapes, at the store (here’s the SLURL).
Happy bargain shopping!
UPDATE July 8th, 2021: I forgot to mention that a couple of well-known SL vloggers, Isabelle Cheren and Naria Panthar, have already put the new Kalhene Erika body through its paces. Watch one or both videos to get a better feel for the body, before you buy:
UPDATE July 10th, 2021: A commenter gave me more information about the Kupra bodies: three options for feet (Kupra, Maitreya, and Slink), plus details on the clothing that comes with the Kupra body, so I have updated my comparison chart accordingly. Thank you, Olé Olé!
There’s a new bargain out there for you men! It’s a very handsome, Bento, Bakes on Mesh-compatible male mesh avatar called BROX, which is available for only one Linden dollar at this location. Next to it is a free group gift for L’Homme Magazine group members, a set of 8 Bakes on Mesh skins, which you can use on this or any other BoM body (the L’Homme Magazine group is free to join; just pay the vendor L$1 and your Linden dollar will automatically be refunded).
Here is the BROX body, straight out of the box, using the included eyebrow and body shapes with zero adjustments to the head and body sliders, and using skin #6 from the L’Homme Readers Gift box of eight BROX skins. Looking good!
Instead of an alpha HUD, the BROX body comes with a unpackable box of alpha sections, which you can assemble to hide any part of the body under clothing:
So men, you really have no excuse when it comes to upgrading that old system body! Everything you might need is yours for a grand total of L$1! Happy freebie shopping!
UPDATE May 9th, 2021: Well, I have been playing around with the BROX body today, and while the folder of alpha sections is useful (in fact, you might want to pick up the BROX dollarbie body just for those, even if you have a female avatar), they aren’t as convenient as a HUD with alpha sections, in my opinion. Also, I wish that there were finer subsections on the alphas, because they don’t work with many mesh items of clothing.
In the picture below, I combined mesh pants and shoes with an older, system-layer plaid shirt with a separate prim collar and cuffs:
Not bad, but I had to resort to a system-layer shirt instead of a mesh one because the alpha sections for the upper arms were too broad to allow me to wear most mesh T-shirts I tried on this body (either the arms poked through the shirt sleeves, or the alpha section extended below the shirt cuffs). So you might want to keep this mind as a possible drawback to the BROX body.
Still, this is a handsome Bento, Bakes on Mesh body, one that you can simply wear and go! You could also add a head alpha and wear any head with it (although I did not test it out myself).
The package you receive when you purchase Stacy for L$1 is a bit bewildering. In the main folder is everything you would need to set up your avatar—except the body! And there appears to be a duplicate, non-Bakes-on-Mesh version of this body in the folder marked Update 2.0. And there’s a Bakes on Mesh version of the Stacy body in the Bakes on Mesh Version folder! It’s all rather confusing indeed. (I did try the skin fixes in the Update – Skin Fix folder, but they did not appear to have any effect whatsoever.)
Here is what the Stacy body looks like, straight out of the box, using a system head and the included skin and shape with zero adjustments to the sliders, along with the alpha sections HUD:
Stacy comes with the shoes you see here, plus two rather revealing dresses, two different hairstyles with HUDs, some underwear, and a separate clothing layer with a HUD to control it.
The Stacy body also comes with a Bakes on Mesh head in the BOM Mesh Head folder, but it’s nothing to write home about, and it comes with a strange built-in alpha which I assume is supposed to be covered by your hair! I would strongly recommend that you find yourself another head to use with this body (notice the neck seam as well):
I decided to try out the Bakes on Mesh version of Stacy with a few skin tones (maple and fudge) of the Elvira skin which I picked up for free last year at 7 Deadly S[k]ins, and pairing it with the recent group gift of the CATWA HDPRO Queen Bento mesh head, with rather satisfactory results (remember that you do have to remove the head and body alphas, but add an eye alpha, when switching from the non-BoM to the BoM versions of Stacy!).
One drawback is the long nails, which come in only one nail colour (there are tintable tattoo layers for the shorter finger and toe nails). One problem I noticed is the slight seam at the wrists, which you can see here with the default skin:
There’s also a slight ankle seam, which is more noticeable with some lighter Bakes on Mesh skins than on the fudge tone of the Elvira skin shown below:
So, what do I think overall? I think this is a somewhat confusing body, with a lack of documentation, that you will need to spend some time puzzling out and testing various options before you obtain a pleasing result. But you certainly can’t beat the price: one measly little Linden dollar! (Personally, the wrist and ankle seams are the deal-breaker for me.)