Fake boobs have been around forever in SL, but they've never really caught on the way that the new Lolas! Tangos implants have. Suddenly half of my friends are chatting about their new boobies, which makes for some bizarre sounding conversations "I was just playing with my boobies when...." Given they're such a hot topic at the moment, I thought I'd share some of my thoughts about them.
Lolas! Tangos by Sandy Moonites are mesh implants that come with a menu to select skin tones, nipple shapes, piercings, skin tone blender tattoo layers, some simple garments, and the clothing layers needed to complete them. You add clothing to your implants using an "applier", and cleverly, a developer pack is included with each purchase, so clothing and skin designers can make their own appliers. There's already a growing range of skins and clothing that is made to fit these boobies perfectly.
You may have noticed that my usual model avatar shape is pretty flat chested, although I do use cleavage enhancers often to give me that "push up bra" look. I have been bustier in the past, but I've never been that impressed with the shape of the standard avatar breasts. The Tangos are a much better shape, a gorgeous texture, and have pretty, perky nipples. They're uber sexy, and wonderful for nude photography!
The Tangos are easy to fit - they're resizable by menu, and the range of skin tone options is good. Anyone who can use skin tone HUDs for shoes should have no problem with the Tangos. Several skin designers, including my own favorite, Glam Affair, have released skin appliers to get a perfect match too. The shape is ingenious, with the implants extending up to the collarbone, so it's quite easy to position them to fit - if you reduce the size (as I have), you may get some seams at the sides, but these follow the contour of the breast, so they aren't a huge problem.
One downside of the Tangos is the cost - 1750 L$ puts them beyond the range of a casual purchase for most people. As is real life, good quality breast implants in SL are an investment! But, given that these are a once only purchase (you won't be going back for another pair any time soon), and compared to the price of a decent pixel penis, the cost isn't too high for the sheer fun of wearing them.
Another downside is there are no demos available to try before you buy. I'm guessing this is to reduce the likelihood of copybotting. But you can see them worn by a huge variety of avatars on the Flickr group here, and when I went to the store, there were quite a few people wearing them there too, so you can see them "in the flesh" so to speak :).
A potential downside, for the wobbly boobies fans amongst us, is that avatar physics don't work on them. All is not lost, however, as there is a Boob Bounce script available for only 25L$ at Que Bella! that gives the boobies a subtle little wobble when you walk - a nice touch!
Dressing with the implants is a little different too - mesh standard sizing won't come near these melons! So it's back to system layers plus appliers if you ever want to get dressed with your implants on. But there is clothing available, from the predictably slutty to the more sophisticated. I'll be doing a second blog post on dressing your Lolas very soon.
I won't be wearing my implants all the time, but when I want a fun, sexy look, and for some kinds of modeling and photography (styling burlesque, lingerie and swimwear, for example) I'll be getting them on for sure! If only real life had an option for instant and painless breast enlargement and reduction!
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on the Lolas - have you got some? How are you getting on with them? Have you found any really great designers selling clothing with appliers? I NEED to know!
Lolas! Mainstore - for your Tangos implants
Que Bella! for the Boob Bounce script