Maitreya Bento Hands – Lara 4.0 Is Live!

Last night Maitreya released Lara 4.0, the much anticipated bento update for the popular body. Most of my groups, even the ones not related to Maitreya, were filled with excited chatter about the new Maitreya bento hands. So many people tried to get to the store upon release that the sim had to be closed to the public for at least a few hours. The sim is open again, however it’s bustling with activity so you may have trouble getting in. No need to fear, if you already have Lara you don’t have to go to the sim to get your update!

Getting Your New Body

If you already own Lara you’ll most likely already have your update waiting for you when you log in. If this isn’t the case simply remove and reattach your current Lara body. This should trigger a redelivery. If this doesn’t work go to the Maitreya Store and use the redelivery terminal. Please bear in mind that this is a new update and things may be a little slow the first few days.

If you don’t own Lara you’ll have to purchase her. You can do this by visiting the store in world. Make sure to demo if you haven’t already, she’s a big and important purchase! At the time of this post she cost $L2750 and includes the body, classic and bento hands, feet, 5 shapes, and two bra/panty sets.

Maitreya Lara 4.0 Updates

Let’s start with the officially announced updates, shall we? Straight from Maitreya’s Update Card:

  • The hands are now rigged to the bento skeleton, allowing for finger movement. The classic hands are also still included in the package.
  • There are 14 hand poses added to the HUD (Skins & Options page), which can be used in combination with all your model poses and AOs.
  • There are 2 new nail shapes added: Stiletto nails and Almond nails, and the option for no nails (if you want to wear Maitreya compatible mesh nails made by other stores).
  • The skin textures have been adjusted to fit the new bento hands.

Digging Deeper

This update is primarily about the hands with small adjustments to the included skins and the HUD to further benefit the new Maitreya bento hands. As with the other bento hands the Maitreya hands are compatible with third party bento poses and AOs. Maitreya’s hands do not come with default idle animations.

Maitreya Bento Hands

Keep reading for more in depth information, comparisons with other bento hands, and more pictures!

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Vista Bento Hands For Ladies – Final Version!

Update: Slink’s Dynamic Hands have been released! Check out the release post for a comparison between Slink’s bento hands and Vista’s bento hands.


Vista Animations has been letting us play with their beta bento hands for a few months now. Today they’ve released their final update for the beta version. This update addresses various customer concerns as well as a bundle of quality of life improvements. Keep reading for the official video and to see what’s new with your Vista bento hands. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out my posts on Project Bento and bento hands.

VISTA BENTO PROHANDS V1 FINAL (FEMALE) posted by Vistanimations

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Bento Hands vs Standard Mesh – What’s Right For You?

While we're all used to the standard Mesh hands by now, the new Bento hands introduce more movement options than ever before.

Thanks to the success of Slink feet and the new Slink bento hands (as well as the demand for other brands to support them) switching out certain parts has been common for quite some time. With bento becoming exceedingly popular we’re seeing more users also consider bento hands instead of their standard ones. If the term Bento doesn’t ring a bell consider checking out my Project Bento post so you’re up to speed.

A hand with coral nail polish
Maitreya Lara Hands

Standard Mesh Hands

We’re all used to the standard Mesh hands by now.  They can look nice, however they are stuck in a neutral position. Usually Mesh hands come standard with the body you purchase. Some come with a HUD to allow the user to change various details on the hands. This may include things like skin tone, nail style and color, or tattoos/markings such as freckles. Until recently Second Life hands were little more than an extension of the body.

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