Vista Lia’s Animations

Vista Animations released their bento head Lia last week. This post covers her animations and how she can make your avatar come to life. For more information about her appearance, cosmetic options, and to see her HUD check out my Lia announcement post.

Moods & Expressions

The Moods section is the first chunk right at the top of the animations tab. The four options allow you to choose the default mood your face will display. Each mood is a long and subtle set of animations. You can have one mood selected at a time. The mood serves as a nice baseline for your own unique personality to shine through. You’ll spice it up with your expressions.

Expressions are the flavor, so to speak. Each one selected adds a more obvious facial movement into the loop. You can select them all, none, or anything in between. With twenty four expressions to choose from you can build your very own personality how you see fit. The large pause button in this section will halt the expressions until you click it again. The stop button will clear all the selected expressions. I highly recommend you grab the demo and play with the moods and expressions because it’s really fun to make your own combinations!

It’s not just the movement that’s exciting, though. Using the smaller pause icons will freeze the face in an expression perfect for photos. You can see every one of the static facial expressions in the slideshow below.

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Lia: The Vista Bento Head Is Here!

Vista Animations has released their bento head Lia! Vista Facebook fans have been excited for this for the past week, though many people on grid are just now hearing about Lia. Can’t make it to the store to pick up your demo? Not a problem! Learn everything you need to know right here then snag that demo (and maybe the full version) once the crowds die down.

First Impressions

Right upon opening the box I was excited to see how many shapes Lia comes with. You don’t have to be an experienced shape maker to have a nice variety of looks. I also loved that Vista included a notecard explaining that this is their first head and feedback is welcome.

Originally I planned on making one post about Lia, however she’s so in depth that I had to split it into two. Today I’ll cover the main appearance of Lia and my next post will dig more into her animations and poses.

What Lia Comes With

While many of these are pretty self explanatory sometimes a cheat sheet can be helpful. Here is everything that comes with your Lia purchase and what it does. Note: the head itself can be copied, but not modified or transferred. All modification options happen with the included HUD. The shapes allow for copying and modifying so you can alter them with appearance sliders.

  • YS&YS eyebrows shape for VISTA
    • The brows to go with the YS&YS shape.
  • [Avenge] eyebrows shape for Vista mesh head
    • The brows to go with the Avenge shape.
  • [Avenge] shape for Vista mesh head
    • The shape designed by Avenge.
  • READ ME – BETA HEAD
    • An informative notecard from Vista.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA – SLIM SHAPE by VISTA
    • One of three shapes designed by VISTA for Lia.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD ALPHA
    • This alpha hides the system head so it doesn’t poke through your mesh head.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA by 7 Deadly s[K]ins
    • The shape designed 7 Deadly s{K}ins.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA by VISTA
    • One of three shapes designed by VISTA for Lia.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA by VISTA 2
    • One of three shapes designed by VISTA for Lia.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA by YS&YS
    • The shape designed by YS&YS.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA EYES RIGGED V.1b
    • The rigged version of the Lia eyes.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA EYES UNRIGGED LEFT V.1b
    • One half of the unrigged version of the Lia eyes.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA EYES UNRIGGED RIGHT V.1b
    • One half of the unrigged version of the Lia eyes.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA HUD V.1b
    • The HUD where you’ll play with all the fun settings.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA PERSONALIZE HUD V.1 
    • The HUD where you can upload your own layers.
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA TEETH V.1b
    • Here are your teeth!
  • VISTA BENTO HEAD LIA V.1
    • And finally the head itself.
  • Read moreLia: The Vista Bento Head Is Here!

    Sneak Peek: Lia The Vista Bento Head

    Featured image above showing off the Vista bento head Lia was made by Vista Animations.


    Lia is here! Feel free to keep reading about the preview, but if you want to see more about the head check out Lia: The Vista Bento Head and Vista Lia’s Animations!


    Yes, you read that right! Vista Animations is currently beta testing a bento head. Vista is arguably the largest, most popular Animation Overrider (AO) company in Second Life. Their bento hands enjoyed popularity when they were the first to be released on the grid. With plenty of bento heads on the market will Vista’s be as much of a hit? Read on to learn all we know and see the  head in action then let me know what you think!

    7 Deadly s{K}ins created the Saga skin for the vista bento head
    Promo Image by 7 Deadly s{K}ins

    What We Know

    Vista’s Facebook page opened the beta testing for the new head (named Lia) up to 30 lucky users on November 17, 2017. The first public version of Lia will be available Friday. The full price will be L$2500, however invited beta testers get it for half off. Check the facebook comments from Vista for confirmation of the release date and price!

    7 Deadly s{K}ins is also a part of this release! Their skin Saga (shown here) is included in the Vista HUD. 7DS’s November group gift Chantal (skin & shape) came with the following information via notecard:

    “This month’s group gifts come with a little story, A story to soon to tell.”

    In addition the shape is called “7 Deadly s[K]ins – VISTA shape Chantal Group” leading me to believe that 7DS VIP members have a free skin/shape for Vista’s new head already! Not a group member? The group is currently L$225 to join and includes skins every month. Next month the group price is increasing as there is an advent event planned with tons of free skins for group members. If you want to join the time is now.

    Additional HUD skins come from YS&YS and Avenge. So what does the HUD look like? Check out the post below from Vista!

    Read moreSneak Peek: Lia The Vista Bento Head

    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

    Read moreVista Bento Hands For Ladies – Final Version!

    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.

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

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