Bento Mesh Heads – what’s the difference?

Hi Maddicts,

Today I thought I’d answer a few quick questions about bento, and show you some of the possibilities that the new bento skeleton will give us. If you’re still confused about what bento is, don’t worry, when it goes live I’ll have a full video tutorial for you to follow 🙂

So what makes bento mesh heads different?

First of all, bento’s additional bones allow for animations to be more fluid and realistic, because it negates the need for ‘frame by frame’ style animations. In fact, the additional face and hand bones (shown below using Vista’s Bento Pro-Hands and Catwa’s Catya Bento head) are so damn realistic it’s kind of creepy!


Quick tip – If you’re looking for some subtle open mouth animations for your bento head, the amazing Maylee Oh (the owner of The Secret Store and honestly one of the most talented people I’ve ever have the opportunity to watch create) has made some slightly open mouth animations and put them on Marketplace for 0L – you can grab them here, thanks Anya!

I thought the easiest way to explain this versatility of bento mesh heads would be to ask some of my Plurk friends to share their looks with you! All of these pictures are of people wearing the same head, Catwa’s Catya head, and as you can see, they’ve all made use of the facial sliders to create their own face shapes, just like with system heads!

A huge thank you to those who allowed me to display their images here – the Plurk feed in full can be seen here, and I’ve linked back what pics I can to their Flickrs, but for reference the users are (in order): Daeberethwen, Nina Blake, Witchie, Sophee Mojo, Medow, Anya Ohmai, Sophia Harlow and Lils – thank you for sharing these with us ladies!
Catya release. Catya



Now bento is still in beta testing, and there are still some bugs to work out with it to too. One common issue is when using animations on a mesh head with a custom shape, quite often your mouth can get left open/distorted. I call it the slack jaw effect 😛 I’m not sure if this is an Alpha viewer issue or a wider issue with bento, but here’s hoping they work that out before it goes mainstream!

Until next time Maddicts!

♥ Daria

I’m wearing:
Mesh Head – Catya by Catwa
Mesh Body – Lara by Maitreya – Pink Fuel Omega body applier used
Skin – Liya by Pink Fuel – Catwa applier 
Hair – Deja by Truth VIP group gift
Dress – Veronica tank dress by Addams (Available at Collabor88) Includes Belleza (all), Maitreya & Slink (both) sizes
Arm Warmers – Nina Arm Warmers by Maddict (Available at Mesh Body Addicts Bi-Monthly)Belleza (Isis & Freya), Maitreya & Slink HG sizes
Shoes – Amanda Happy Heels by Blueberry – Includes Belleza (all), Maitreya, Slink (both) & TMP sizes
Pose – Book Nerd by !Bang (gatcha item) – Photo edited
Backdrop – Clean Scenes (Bars) by Exposeur (Available at Gatcha Garden)

In the Gif I’m wearing:
Hands – Bento Pro-Hands by Vista Animations
Hair – Anika by Mina Hair (Available at The Epiphany)
Dress – Kayde dress by United Colors (Available at Mesh Body Addicts Bi-Monthly)Belleza (Isis & Freya), Maitreya & Slink (both) sizes

15 thoughts on “Bento Mesh Heads – what’s the difference?

  1. I’ve been using the Bento viewer for about a week now, and for the most it has been a smooth experience. I have tried the Catya demo but not bought it yet as most examples I had seen of peoples avis, that although were gorgeous , were just too cute and young looking for my preferred look. Your collection from Plurk inspires me to make the leap thanks for sharing this article.

  2. That’s great, lots of individual looks and great anims there which is exciting, except what’s happening as far as male mesh heads and Bento? I feel like we are being left behind again. I haven’t invested in a mesh head at all so far but Bento will prolly push me into doing it if I can individualise as much as the ladies.

    • Spanki: check out Akeruka. All of their heads are being or have been converted to having a Bento version, male and female. There are like 5-6 heads for men.

  3. Hmm this is great info..have gotten mesh head yet….should I just wait for Bento more available. Or will updates be available for already purchase d ones….tx for any info u can help with Caria:))

    • Personally Sandra if you haven’t gotten one yet i would wait for Bento mesh heads to be more available. Some of the mesh heads already out there won’t be updated. And with Catwa I am sure there will be a lot to choose from in the future. She is amazing with how fast she comes out with the heads. I am going to get the Vista hands before they go up in price.

  4. Hi!

    I LOVE your blog – and I am so excited about Bento! Two questions – when will it be released? And how much will it cost?


  5. Hi,
    I am one of those ppl who just understood “Nada” I am not much for making my own things here in sl. It sounded so confusing, well I was/am confused. Does this mean now I have to make my own avi? Buying head, shapes, hands, programm for Bento etc.. is gonna be costing. This way of living is only for the rich? (I cant be spending100s of Euros for an inworld game)Would there be makers out there that we can buy finished products from? Does this mean mesh bodies would be out and system body in again?

    Simply confused.

    • Hi Simi!

      Don’t worry, I know it’s confusing. In short bento will just add options – you can keep the mesh head you use now (if you use one) forever if you want! Same with your mesh body – they won’t change – maybe they might get an update to include bento enabled hands, but that’s it.

      You don’t *have* to change anything when bento comes out, it’s totally up to you 🙂 The way I see it, people will keep their mesh bodies as they are using now, most will keep the mesh heads they use now too – some will just want the features of bento and get a bento head instead 🙂 That’s all 🙂

      • Pheww!..Thank you. I was getting worried here. I own 6 MH and 2 MB but have been wearing Maitreya. Found my favourite MB, still hoping to find that MH that will have me settle for life..I just got into mesh, still learning about it. So I know as SL goes FUTURE we all have to go with the flow or left behind.:-( Now this..maybe its an addon that will settle me for life:-)

        Thanks Again

  6. The two Bento mesh heads I’ve found so far have been no mod. You probably have your ear to the ground more than I do, any news of any Bento heads coming down the pipeline that don’t that darn modify checkbox unticked?

    • Well it depends. The shape of the head will always affect the skin, and each bento head has its own ‘natural shape’ that you use sliders to warp it from, so always try the head with the skin and play around with it first 🙂

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