Despite the sometimes more than frustrating shopping experience with the infamous HUD and all related issues of not being able to deposit exact amounts, and retrieve surplus amounts after shopping, the over all steep pricing (and not always having the feeling as a customer you get value for money) and the simple fact that LL doesn’t allow us to have enough tattoo layers to play around much after having applied face, eyebrows, lipstick and other personal features, like in my case my little beauty mark, I am a fan of The Shops’ skins, simply because their faces are beautiful on me and they give me personality.
Months ago The Shops started to tease us with promises of appliers (YAY), because lets be honest, we all love our SLink hands and feet, but maybe they had better waited with the teasing til stuff got more concrete. There has been lots of fussing about the endless wait and The Shops has certainly lost some goodwill and credibility over the whole process. I’m not going into the business practice any further, I am sure you will all have your own opinion about it.
However, last week, finally, the waiting came to an end. Ok, they didn’t release SLink appliers, which I still think would be a good thing to do from a customer appreciation point of view, but The Shops has released a range of mesh heads that will work with all your previous The Shops purchases through a nifty, albeit initially somewhat bugged HUD and a set of complimentary hands and feet, which work through the same HUD.
I caved in and purchased one of the heads, the Soft one and started to play with it. Picture heavy post below with my experiences.
The first image is how the face looks when you have applied all the features through the StyleMode HUD which I left visible on the screen shots. When you wear the head for the first time, it looks untextured. Then you pick one of the available faces (from the skins you have previously purchased, or from affiliated creators who will be making appliers)
As you can see… I did make quite some purchases over the time, and they will make the face look different, even though the base is all the same one. Add some extra features, and you’re good to go!
Well… almost. As you can see on the bottom pic, in the full version there are some animation/emote option. This is not available in the static version which, in return, is slightly less expensive.
Eyes open or closed (closed actually looks good!!!) mouth close, open, or open wide (although open wide is not much different from open) and the option to have the mouth move with typing (looks pretty mechanical, so I’m not a fan, but it’s nevertheless a nice feature) and the option to have your eyes blink or not. Seriously, This post would crash a feed on its own if I added pics for every option you have with this head, so I suggest to get a demo and play with it!
So good to go now? Hmm… As much as I like this head, because I do… there is future development to be done.
Above I quickly showed the HUD for the hands, currently working with all the The Shops skintones (and likely soon with affiliated creators who will provide their own appliers). Then upper right I went bald for you, because this head is beautiful bald.. and also shows one of the main issues for me. The ears… I cannot wear my elf ears with this head because I cannot make the mesh ears disappear. I’d love this to be changed! Pretty please make them derezzable!
The main issue though is that this hair will not work with a lot of rigged mesh hair. Unless it’s BIG. The demo head is pretty much a mask and has no back, so I didn’t notice this while trying it on, but it’s a definite caveat! Also, even with the skin from The Shops and the matching The Shops skintone from the HUD, there is a distinct line between the head and the skin. Not nice for close ups, guys… please fix?? And while you’re at it.. make some universal hairbases? Some hairs just need that to look their best and we customers love looking our best!
Last but not least some pics of the feet (look at those, they look so soft.. like i am getting a pedi every day!) and the hands, which are just lovely… nothing negative to say about those. The over all look is pretty. I do not regret the 5k expense for this head.
I will not buy one of the other heads until the current bugs are fixed, because they diminish usability. When I spend 5k on a head, I want to be able to wear all the hair that I have with it, I want to be able to wear my ears and I don’t want any visible seams between my body parts.
If you guys have issues to report… please use the comments!
Other need to knows: all hair by LeLutka, eyes by Ikon, lingerie by Luxuria