Shortly after the release of the Tokushi Anubis a few years back, there was talk of a coming Bastet avatar. It took a while, but shortly before the Feline was released, this Egyptian Goddess was made available.
Out of the Box:
Build and Skin:
- This avatar’s skin is very dark, as one would expect for a black-furred cat. Fortunately, Tokushi’s ‘painted’ style has used lighter shades of grey, plus highlights on the fur coat to make it look reasonably aesthetic and fully textured as opposed to a pool of black.
- The build quality of this avatar matches very closely to the before-reviewed Tokushi Feline avatars. In fact, from head to toe, this avatar is pretty much the Tokushi Feline from head to toe, though the Bastet was released prior.
- Suffice to say, this avatar’s sculpting was well done as per Tokushi’s standard, and constructed soundly with minimal creasing between prims and no visible wrinkle in the sculpts.
- This avatar only comes with a female shape and a female-based skin. While users are free to modify the avatar as they wish, Bastet is meant to be female, and as such, all of the avatar’s attachments have been fitted to the original shape that comes with the avatar.
- Much of this review will copy from the Tokushi Feline review, as they’re essentially the same avatar but accessorized very much differently. You can view the review for that HERE.
- As usual, we start off at the feet. Users immediately have the default digitigrade legs and feet with an (2.x) alpha layer skin available right out of the box. In the “Accessories” folder though, users can choose to wear alternate digitigrade legs with invisiprims. The other choice for foot attachments is a first for Tokushi; plantigrade feet. Users are able to change to a new alpha layer that only affects the hands, then wear feet that look like a 50/50 cross between human foot and feline paw. And, of course, users are able to retract or extend their claws on both versions of the paws.
- By default, Ancient Egyptian-themed bangles are attached to the digitigrade legs. For the plantigrade feet, the bangles come as a separate attachment directly to the legs.
- Next up in our discussion is the tail. There is a large difference between the Bastet and Feline in that the sculpted tail comes with a little tail-ring near the base, and the only alternative tail here, is the flexible tail. Users are able to toggle the tail-twitching on both tails, as well as use one of several tail positions for the sculpted version, which is by all means better than the flexible one in terms of textures and in how it complements the avatar.
- Onto the hands. As we’ve seen in the past several Tokushi avatars, they’ve included the ability for users to add custom hand poses alongside the preset hand poses that come with the avatar. The hand-paws themselves feature 5-fingered paws with well sculpted pawpads and retractable claws. This avatar opts not for the dew-claw as with the Tokushi Feline avatar, but again for detachable bangles that are attached to the wrists of the avatar.
- Like the Tokushi Fox, this avatar comes with two versions of the Feline Head. The first is found in the main folder, while the alternative is found in the “Accessories” folder. The major difference between them both is really the shape of the muzzle. The default one comes with slightly larger eyes and a slightly larger, rounded muzzle than the alternative one, which has smaller eyes and a less prominent, slightly boxier muzzle. Either one works well for the avatar.
- As we’ve mentioned, this avatar’s eyes are somewhat large, meaning that there’s an extremely attentive look to the avatar. If this is a bit much for some folks, the avatar comes with a few eye states in which you can make the avatar look more relaxed. There are also options to change the pupil size and shape. Overall, the eyes have good textures that give the feline some character and liveliness. Some may wish to change the amount of ‘shine’ to the eyes, and there’s no HUD option for that, so you’ll have to do that manually.
- This feline’s muzzle is well done in either form, with a full complement of teeth and a tongue with multiple states and a moving tongue when the muzzle-talking function is activated. As usual, users can generally change the eyebrow expressions, stick the tongue in/out and a whole bunch of facial customisation and expression modifications to vary its look.
- Of course, any extraordinarily themed would not be complete without some unique markings; of which this avatar has dedicated a few to the head. Around the eyes are golden markings (as shown in the photos) as well as directly atop the forehead between the ears. If users wish, they can remove one or both of the markings through the HUD
- Users are also given a signature Ancient Egyptian hairstyle swept back behind the head with ornate hair ends of gold and blue. Overall, this avatar really does speak to the Egyptian Goddess from head to toe; whether it’s the golden pawpads, the jewelry, hair, or even the Golden insides of the ears themselves.
- While we’re on the ears, this avatar comes with tall ears with a regal Golden pattern on the inside lining, as well as a slightly glowing (you guessed-it) Golden earring. While not as many options as the other Felines, users are still able to have the ears move in a variety of positions. As well, they can replace the gold lining of the ears with a black lining, which allows users some creativity with their overall look.
- In all, the head is well constructed and brings a Tokushi design to the Feline-headed Goddess with reasonable strength.
Features and Heads-Up Display:
- This avatar has a lot of the regular Tokushi features, as you can see from the HUD photos which will be self-explanatory. Users can also use the text commands provided in the available notecard as well.
The Bastet avatar comes very heavy on the accessories, what with a huge array of attachments to go just about anywhere on the body. The photo below shows all of the avatar’s attachments:
- Bangles for the Wrists and Ankles
- Leg-band for the left Leg
- An Ancient Egyptian themed skirt
- A prim sculpted top: – Easily one of the best accessories out of this bunch, it’s very ornate and well made.
- Head Circlet
- The Sceptor: Another well-done attachment
This avatar is marked as being modifiable and copiable; and it is. If people wish to turn this into a normal black cat if they get tired of being Bastet, this is doable through the HUD which can allow users to change the ear textures and remove the forehead and eye-markings.
The Tokushi Bastet avatar is a well-done re-imagining of the classic Egyptian Goddess. The Tokushi Feline was already a strong avatar, so re-orienting this avatar to become the Goddess of Felines was a good choice. As such, the Anubis avatar finally no longer sits as the only member of the Egyptian God family in the Tokushi catalogue. It’s always neat to see creators branching out from the usual and not only getting into creating new chimeras and made-up creatures, but also going back into the lore of peoples and cultures past to bring them back to life in the virtual world.