There’s been a few well-done entries into the Domestic Feline Furry market, so in this review, we take a look at Tokushi’s take on the species, as well as how this avatar carves out a niche for itself.
Out of the Box:
Build and Skin:
- The Tokushi cat comes in a number of different breeds, ranging from Grey Tabby, to Tuxedo, Siamese, and even Turkish Van. Each of the breeds’ markings are well fleshed out across each avatar in the typical Tokushi ‘painted’ style we’ve seen over the years.
- This avatar also comes in a completely different ‘variety,’ that being the Bastet Cat which has been meant to follow in the footsteps of the Tokushi Anubis avatar released a good while back. This avatar shares much in common with the Bastet, but a separate but related review can be found HERE.
- Texture-wise, the avatar is pretty sound, with faithful interpretations of the source breeds in their usual style. Some of the breeds have stronger markings than others, (e.g. the Siamese and tabby are particularly strong points), while all of them together perform well. About the only major criticism I can afford to the skin is the unfortunate emergence of the belly-line that separates the bottom half of the cat from the top. On some breeds (such as the Tuxedo cat), it shows a bit more.
- This avatar is visually pretty interesting, with a large amount of ‘fluff’ available across the back of the legs, arms, and around the neck. In all, however, the avatar’s sculpts are soundly constructed with clean sculpts and placed together to minimise any visual seams.
- Finally, we’ll not neglect to mention that this avatar comes with both a male and a female shape in the box, and a gamut of accessories and alternate body parts to help the users make this avatar their ‘own.’ We’ll try to cover as much of these as possible within this review.
- Tokushi crammed a lot of stuff into this avatar, so we’ll try to get through it as briefly as possible in this review.
- 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.
- Next up in our discussion is the tail. As you can see in the photos, this avatar comes with a number of different options in this regard. Users will generally receive 2 flexible tails (short-hair and normal), and 3 sculpted tail (short-hair, normal, and Bobtail). Each brings a little something to the avatar and allows the user to have some fun with the appearance of their avatar. The flexible tail can only ‘twitch,’ but the short-tail and normal tail have 6 and 4 ‘poses’ respectively.
- 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. Interestingly enough, Tokushi has managed to retain the feline dewclaw with a single paw-pad attached to the fur fluff on the wrists.
- At last, we’ve got some ‘fluff’ over the shoulders and draped around to the front of the body. This rounds out the look of the cat and matches the style of the avatar. However, if users don’t like the look, they can take off this fluff and it won’t impact the look of the avatar other than to make it look more svelt and streamlined instead of fuzzy.
- 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, but some users might find that one head fits certain breeds of cat a little better than the other.
- 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. The sides of the face are lined with a good bit of fluff to make the head-shape look more catlike.
- Finally, a defining detail to the head is the ears. Users have 3 options for the ears; erect, curled back, and folded back. Each ear brings something a little bit new to the avatar’s look. And, of course, the avatar keeps itself neatly continuous with keeping the same style of prim fluff over the eartips and fluff on the interior. Our only criticism is that the prim-fluff looks a slight bit odd on the “Curled” version of the hears, particularly from the front. See photo to the right for the ear options.
- In all, the head is well constructed and brings a Tokushi design style to the domestic feline with a good amount of flexibility in head customisation.
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 newest functionality for Tokushi avatars here is the ability to Recolour. Users can effectively change the colours of their Hand-pads, Foot pads, mouth, and tongue, as well as change the textures used inside the mouth and the tongue itself.
Tokushi usually includes some form of Accessory with their products, and this case, it happens to be a Cat Collar; a simple brown collar with a brass bell on it. Users can well use it to compliment their outfits or other avatars quite easily.
This avatar is marked as being modifiable and copiable; and it is. Users can modify everything fairly easy, and the addition of third-party hairs proves itself not to be of medium difficulty due to the head-size being in a good range, but the shape being slightly different from those that third-party hairs are outfitted for.
The Tokushi Feline is a strong feline which manages to fit in with the other domestic felid avatars on the market, while setting itself in a style niche much like the other successful felines. Users should find themselves happy with this avatar, and Feline-lovers will likely have a place for it in their collection. While there was once a lack of domestic feline furry avatars in the market, now we’re beginning to see that there’s plenty of choices with their own strengths, merits, and differences.