Many figure companies have made figures of Tony’s artwork. In recent times, many of those figures were based off of characters designed for existing properties; Sega’s Shining series, the Vocaloid image character lineup, and eroge like Fault!!, for instance. This figure is a bit unusual in that, although she comes from a very big toy company known for making figures of well-known characters from popular game and anime franchises, Daisy is, as far as I can tell, an original character whose sole earlier appearance was on the cover of the artbook Girls! Girls Girls! 9 ~Decoration Girls~. That title might suggest that the book is full of naughty pictures but it’s actually quite tame, with illustrations contributed by artists like Kantoku, Hiro Suzuhira, Oyari Ashito, and of course, Tony Taka. I’m not sure what “peace keeper” denotes – Daisy looks neither aggressive enough nor adequately dressed to conduct peacekeeping operations – but I’ll assume there’s some meaning to the title. In the meantime, let’s take a look at our heroine.
Daisy is, of course, manufactured by Kotobukiya, a very prolific manufacturer of anime toys and related hobby goods. Aside from coming from a rather obscure source, Daisy differs from the average Kotobukiya figure in another way: she’s quite large, being 1/6 scale. She’s about 25 centimeters tall from the bottom of her feet to the top of her head, and counting in her base and the antennae-like projections sprouting from her head, she’s about 30 centimeters tall overall.
Tony’s emblematic – and oft-copied – style incorporates an easily-identifiable facial style, so that seems like a good place to start. Daisy wears a very cheerful expression, full of warmth and happiness. Tony’s trademark style is fully evident here, and though in the past I’ve sometimes felt that Tony tends to use the same faces over and over, Daisy is so cute and her design is so unique that I can’t make that criticism here.
I can criticize something else, though. From some angles, Daisy looks a little cross-eyed and there’s a reason for that; the pupil of her left eye is fractionally misaligned. Pupils are supposed to be centered in the iris and though Daisy’s pupils are somewhat indistinct, it’s not too hard to see that her left pupil is offset towards her nose. Curiously, the sample figure used in the promo photos didn’t have this problem (it also looks like Amiami reviewed a sample figure that had correctly-positioned pupils, too). The misalignment doesn’t bother me too much since during normal viewing, I don’t really notice it. It is quite an annoying thing when taking pictures of her, though, since it can make it difficult to get the camera to make eye contact with her – from some angles, it appears like she’s looking in two different directions.
Moving downwards, Daisy wears a lovely though unusually skimpy outfit, consisting of a ruffled sort of dress, thigh-high socks, and low-cut black panties. Much of Tony’s mainstream work doesn’t show this much skin, so this kind of outfit is a nice change from his character designs from the Shining games or from the Vocaloid designs.
Her dress shows a lot of cleavage, and one nice touch is how her arms squeeze her breasts together.
She has a cute bellybutton and very cute panties, which have a little butterfly icon placed in front. One would probably never notice this, but her panties do feature realistic creases, which is also something that Tony often includes in his artwork.
Turning the figure around, Daisy has a very nice ass, though I would’ve liked to see a little less seat coverage. Nevertheless, she still looks quite nice, and one might also notice that the modeling of those creases continues in between her legs as well. It’s great to see that Kotobukiya knows what aspects of the sculpt need to take priority. (Though it would’ve been nice if they lavished the same amount of care with her eyes.)
Like many anime-style characters, Daisy wears a pair of thigh-high socks. Daisy’s are accented with some cute bowties at the top.
And finally, she wears a pair of multicolored boots. They sort of look like they ought to be high-heeled but they don’t have a heel at all.
Her outfit is, taken as a whole, rather lewd – or slutty, if we agree to dispense with civility. That creates an interesting juxtaposition with the gentle innocence manifested in her sunny expression and exuberant, girlish hand gestures. On that score, she rather reminds me of Dizzy. That’s not to say they look much alike – nobody would mistake one for the other – but they share a number of thematic similarities. Obviously, both have elaborate wings. Their manners of dress are similar: both wear two hair ribbons, a flared-out dress that leaves the shoulders bare and reveals the midriff, a scrap of black panties, thighhighs, and mid-calf boots. Both this figure and the Alter figure have somewhat similar poses, with the knees and toes turned inwards, hips cocked, and the head tilted to the right. Even their names sound similar.
Those wings are a highlight of the figure. They are made of a slightly translucent material and painted with a gradation across their width, so that they resemble stained glass.
A cursory look is all that’s needed to see that the webbing of her wings shows a repeated heart pattern, which I am sure was no accident.
Daisy’s antennae come as separate parts; I’m not sure why, as they don’t seem much different than the ahoge included on so many anime character designs these days. They are quite elaborate and their metallic paint is very attractive. Kotobukiya thoughtfully included a second pair in the box, presumably just in case of loss. That’s a very nice thing of them to do, and I wish more figure companies would do that when small parts are included separately.
I’ve heard elsewhere about some people not liking the skin tone of this figure. I don’t have a problem with it so I’m not too interested in entering that discussion. In fact, if I were asked to describe Daisy’s skin tone, I’m not sure what words I would use.
Daisy was obviously meant to be displayed facing the viewer. From the side, one can see that her face is a bit flat, like most anime character designs.
Her forehead is particularly flattened-out, and her bangs don’t protrude forward as much as on many other character designs. That gives her a rather odd look from the side. Suffice to say, the profile view isn’t the best view for her.
But when she looks this nice from the front, there’s no reason to view her any other way. I said in my end-of-2013 wrapup that none of the figures in that list would crack my top five all-time favorite figure list, but I’m reconsidering that now; the top four spots are sewn up (and I wonder if anyone can guess which they are), but Daisy gives Buddy a really good fight for fifth place. I really like how Daisy looks so adorably seraphic while wearing such an erotic outfit. I know most people are probably getting her for her wings, but me, I think that contrast is her best aspect. Daisy looks fantastic and despite her flaws, I’m very glad that Kotobukiya chose to produce her, and I’m very pleased to have her in my collection.
And perhaps there is another character that Kotobukiya might adapt; at the recently concluded Comiket convention, Tony showed another character who looks quite like Daisy, except she’s blonde, has magenta and violet wings and pink panties, and seems to sport a less agreeable attitude. Given the enthusiastic reception that Daisy received, one wonders if this character will be brought from print to plastic as well.
She’s very pretty. I imagine the eye issue is just a manufacturing/quality control problem, as such things often are. A shame yours is misaligned though.
I like the set you used, though the horizon in those last couple shots particularly are a bit too bold. Going from that stone-ish ground to the green planty backdrop. Could probably use some sort of props along the borderline to break it up or something perhaps.
Most of the shots focusing on her are plenty fine though, as always. Your shots make me regret not getting her, but I really don’t have room, so have to give her a miss despite the pretty.
Yeah, it’s something that slips past every now and then. I remember GSC’s Saber Alter had this issue; it was even much more noticeable on that figure than on Daisy. Being that Kotobukiya has set some nutty prices on some of their upcoming figures, and that some of their figures have been in peculiarly high demand, I hope that they take a little more care in the future, though.
Yeah, the horizon isn’t working in those shots. I normally am not trying to do much artistically with the full-body, 360-degree turn-around photo sequence; they’re just there to show what the figure looks like. Aside from the horizon problem, I’m not happy with how those shots have the background looking like a bowl of salad greens with croutons (I’m pleased with how the background turned out in all the other pictures, though, since I dislike taking outdoor photographs and being that this area is currently a frozen wasteland, this kind of background is only possible indoors right now). I’m planning on using this same background for Honda Futayo, since Kotobukiya gave her a grassy base which doesn’t really work with the indoor sets I prefer, and I’ll have to build up a hillside or something to obscure the transition area.
Hey! That was fast Tier. Mine is still in transit or either locked up due to the holidays (sal cheap mail lol!) at the post office.
Amiami and the other online pics can’t hold a candle to your shots……she looks as cute as a button. And the lighting effects you applied..accentuates her Tinker Bell motif. Very beautiful indeed..no wonder she sold out very fast.
I figure why wait. I had really hoped to get more done over the last couple of weeks, since I had that time off from work, but characteristically, I spent it mostly watching movies, playing video games, and shopping for things that I don’t really need.
Thanks XD She is indeed an incredibly cute figure, and even better, she’s pretty lewd too, which seems like an uncommon combo with anime figures.
Finally got her 2 days ago. Beautiful beautiful is she………….knowing that she’s a Tony, her early shots made her look like Jim Henson’s muppets……the promo pics didn’t translate well…..made be a bit apprehensive. Your pics did lessen the anxiety and she is finally MINE hahahaha. When I light up my mini LED lamp……amazing…….like Tinkerbell, only sexier (the original Tink was sexy enough for her time)
Indeed she was XD There were a lot of cartoon characters I liked; Scarlett from GI Joe, Cheetara from Thundercats, Ariel from The Little Mermaid … man, it’s a good thing the web wasn’t around back then. Can you imagine the feminazi stuff you’d see on Tumblr about Ariel’s seashells?
Are you going to put anything in her base? That thing is really the only problem I have with this figure. The shape is just completely wrong for Daisy. It would be more fitting for Mikudayo or something equally comical.
Funny that you mention that; the figure comes with an instruction sheet (that just tells you where to put the antennae); it includes an illustration of the base covered in flowers. I guess even Kotobukiya knows the base is pretty boring. I’m not a big fan of the shape, either; it reminds me a lot of the pot my parents used to put the Christmas tree in. It does have the advantage of elevating her, though, which makes her even more towering compared to all the 1/8 scale figures I’ve got next to her.
It looks exactly like what it is, an upside down flower pot. I would take a mirror/clear/plain base over this stupid thing.
Yeah, I don’t like it much either. My favorite bases are plain black circles that aren’t much wider than the figure itself. Fortunately they did get the diameter right, at least.
The base is similar to Shining Blade’s Altina. Kotobukiya is notorious for design reuse.
Isn’t it obvious? With her fluttering around joyfully in the area, nobody would ever want to fight. Time is better spent focusing on something else…
Indeed! Uhh, and I guess Daisy knows what people are going to focus on … not that just looking is bad, right? <.<
She’s cute. the semi-transparent wings looks great in such lighting conditions. and I just noticed those heart patterns on them. Those shoes were not shown in the original artwork and I am wondering if they are Tony’s design or just created by the sculptor. There is a full body line scratch in his latest booklet to make this design official though.
I would guess Tony might’ve had some input; maybe he gave them a sketch to work with. I really liked how her translucent clothes came out; I dislike this kind of translucent stuff for hair, particularly when taking photographs, but it looks great with her outfit.
Nice photos, glad to see the production version of Daisy looks so stunning and that they incorporated so much details from Tony’s art into the final figurine.
Can’t wait for mine to arrive. (Quite glad I ordered it, even though I don’t have much room to display her either…)
The “peace keeper” name seems obvious, with a girl as lethally cute & sexy like Daisy, who would ever want to make war? 😉
Thanks! Aside from the odd eye thing, I’m pretty impressed that Kotobukiya made such a nice figure. I suppose they have a lot of experience adapting Tony’s art but not quite like this, I think.
True indeed; hopefully Kotobukiya (and other companies) can make more figures like this; particularly of the unnamed blonde girl who seems to be Daisy’s counterpart. Aside from winning the goodwill of collectors, they’d also be doing a great service to mankind.
“Peacekeeper” probably because the V sign in Japan is usually called “Peace sign”.
Impressive figure anyway. I kinda grew tired of Tony Taka but the wing-antennae combo is awesome.
Hmm, yes; I didn’t make that connection at all but you might very well be right. Yeah, I’ve suffered trom Tony fatigue as well, particularly with the Shining and Vocaloid stuff, but I’m more than happy to see his work adapted in ero (or near-ero) figures; his H stuff is his best stuff, I think.
Dat Ass! Though seriously, I love that butt crack. As for the top four spots I’d say Max Factories Tamaki, Alter’s Dizzy, and you do mention Gangsta lean as well Hermaphrodite Yoko more than any other figures so maybe those two to finish it off. How’d I do?
Indeed! It’s kinda too bad you can’t see both sides of her at once. Well, you’ve got one out of four right! Dizzy is my third-favorite figure. The other three would be a bit difficult to guess, I think, since they’re not too obvious. I’ll give some hints; I’ve reviewed the other three but then, I haven’t reviewed two of them, and in the one that I did review, I think I said it was my favorite figure at the time, though time has since passed and now it’s number four.
So 2 of 5 your best favorite figures have been revealed. Now i want to guess…. is one of those kiriko hattori figure?
Nope! Though that’s a pretty good guess. I’ll give out another hint … the three other figures have not ever appeared on any of my year-end favorite-figures posts.
I can see why you like her, she is an enchanting butterfly, it’s a feminine and very girly design. Her face is so enchanting even with a little cross eye disease, Her open mouth is nucely done with this depth and the upper front teeth line.
I think Daysies skin is more pale and pinky than Kobato, she had a caramel tint, from your pictures it doesn’t annoy me actually :D. I don’t know how the butterfly looks under roomlight, but within your bright light setup the skin doesn’t look strange.
I can’t shake off the image in my head when I look at her pose, likea girl makes the double V sign while being photographed by her boyfriend after being *cough* oh god XD
Well, when you are a peacekeeper and have no weapons you somehow need to get your attention Daisy uses some fanservice paired with a lot of cuteness. The squeezed boobs are fun, It’s also sexy how the panties and ribbons accentuate her thighs.
Mhh I remember a picture where you could transform her base into a flower field or something alike, here…
Ah, you’re referring to this kind of V pose, right?? (Anybody who visits this page should probably know not to click on any links off this site when in a sensitive location, but just in case, that link is definitely not safe for work).
It’ll be interesting to see if Kotobukiya’s future figures perpetuate this skin tone controversy; certainly they have quite a lot of stuff in the pipeline. In my room, she looks pretty good under normal light, though I tend to keep lights pretty dim around my desk, which is where she is right now.
I guess I could use some of my old plastic flowers to spruce up her base; I’ve got a ton left over from when I used them as background props. I’m kinda glad I’m past those days.
luckily the image in my head was not so crowded and showed a happy girl XD since I know you don’t mind naughty things I can show you this
Im totally interested in their Leafa, the busty Elf, coincidentially she’s from the same sculptor as Kobato *cries* I’ll wait till after release. I really can’t swallow my Kobato disappointment, even though she already got a new owner.
Haha no flower friend.
I do not mind at all! Haha, yeah, it does look kinda like Daisy ought to also be in that same sort of M pose, too.
Ah, that is unfortunate for you XD Hopefully she’ll have a skin tone more to your liking; Kobato’s sculpt did look nice, at least, even if the coloring wasn’t as satisfactory.
Yeah, those old pictures I took with all the flowers kinda make me cringe XD The trouble now is that I’ve got a whole bunch of them, so I guess I could cut them up and use them to make Daisy’s base look as pretty as her.
Egads she’s adorable. Is your background material some sort of lichen or moss?
I used some of that rolled up moss sheeting in a recent shoot as it’s rather wintry and dead where I’m at as well. It was ok as basic flat turf but it definitely needs something to spice it up and I’m still debating as to exactly what that is. The mottled green is rather pleasant with a liberal application of bokeh but when it’s partially in focus, as was the case in my shoot, it reminded me too much of a model railroad scene.
Still, I think it’ll be a useful tool in my bucket of props once I figure out how to use it differently. Heh, maybe I should try to use salad greens!
Yeah, it is moss; this stuff to be exact. I glued it onto on old sheet of foamboard (I pasted wadded-up newspaper and plaster cloth onto the foamboard to give it a less even surface, but I don’t think I needed to bother, as the clumped-up moss has pretty good volume by itself). I have this green mat that I used to use whenever I needed something that looked vaguely grassy, though it didn’t look convincing at all (it looked a little like one of those indoor putting greens); I’m happier with the way this looks, though I still wish I had a better outdoor style surface, since I have a few figures where I’d like to better simulate an outdoors look (without actually taking the figure outside).
Haha, yeah, that’s exact the stuff next to the rolled moss I bought. I also picked up a bag of the darker variety but haven’t done anything with it yet. Technically it’s a lichen variety which, to confuse things, is called “reindeer moss”. In any case it’s neat stuff.
I too want to dream up some great way of emulating the outdoors, particularly when it’s deep winter and I’m far from the green of spring and summer. I’ve tossed aside nearly every idea I’ve been able to try but I always seem to have more though I’m intrigued by the look of your reindeer moss so perhaps that’ll be my next experiment.
Yeah, I’d really like to do that as well. I’ve got a few figures where I think an outdoors-type of setting would look really nice, but I don’t really care to take them outside, since the weather and season are not at all amenable right now. Also, it tends to run into problems of scale, where the figure is dwarfed by the surroundings and thus looks very much like a plastic figurine, whereas I like to photograph figures so that they look like they are real. And of course, there’s always the uncomfortable feeling I get taking a figure of some pretty underaged (and often half-naked) anime girl figure outside and snapping photos of it. I tried it once or twice and I don’t really care to do it again.
Two very recent articles in the Amiami blog:
Jan 14, 2014 http://amiamiblog.com/amiamiblog/2013/12/26/tony-1 Tony Taka in his new office in Yokohama
Jan 15, 2014 http://amiamiblog.com/amiamiblog/2013/12/27/tony-2 Part two of the Tony Taka interview. Among other things, he talks a bit about Peace Keeper Daisy 🙂
Ah, that’s pretty neat, and there’s Daisy’s sister. That’s a swanky office, too, and he’s gotta have one of the greatest jobs in the world. I guess considering that he sometimes mixes up feet and arms in his illustrations, it’s not too surprising that the eye thing went unnoticed.
If he does draw a third fairy girl, I’m kinda hoping he doesn’t do a flatchested loli … that always seems to be the way anime girl trios go, you have the average girl, the big-chested girl, and then the flat loli. (Then again, I guess Tony doesn’t draw lolis much.)
Those interviews were very interesting, and it’s kinda neat how a lot of the things I was wondering about this figure and his work were answered. Hopefully we see more of his original characters (or ero drawings) get made into more figures.
Nice to learn that Tony is involved in just about every stage of development. Which explains why the majority of his characters are faithfully sculpted; leaving little room for “creativity” on the sculptor/manufacturer part (read: error).
Priceless links! Thanks TTC!
Lovely background on Daisy! It’s been awhile since I visited … hell, it’s been awhile since I visited my own page. LOL I remember when Daisy popped up for pre-orders, I had it in my cart and forgot to finish the transaction. By the next day, she was sold out everywhere. There was the occasional window where she re-opened for pre-orders, but I kept missing those. Eventually I did get her ordered, but I don’t think I’ll see her til March or April – it’s nice to see that she turned out really well, even if the eyes look a little crossed. Her size is definitely a surprise too, I keep forgetting she’s 1/6.
If her sister comes into production, I think I’m gonna jump on the pre-order quick as I’m sure that’ll be just as popular. Dunno why Daisy sold out so quickly… for a Kotobukiya figure! =P
It kinda seems like a lot of websites have been slowing down over the last year or so. I guess a lot of people are moving on with life. Or are using Facebook or Tumblr or whatever, instead.
I was kinda amazed at how quickly she sold out, but I’ve noticed a number of recent Kotobukiya figures have been like that. Olivia is the most obvious recent one, but I remember even that one 1/6 scale Asuka figure (with the movie eyepatch) sold out pretty quickly after first becoming available, which was weird, especially since it later came back into stock and you can still pick it up with no trouble.
It would definitely be nice if they make her sister, too. If they do, I guess I’ll just hope I can load Amiami or Hobby Search quickly enough to get an order in before they shut them down.
Had mine delivered a few days ago. Notice my copy’s both pupils are slightly offset towards the centre. Can’t notice it unless one looks really close and hard to millimetre perfection.
Ah, that’s unfortunate. Though yeah, it’s really difficult to notice under normal viewing. It only really bugs me if I’m taking a close-up photo of her.
Yea i guess the good thing is both are offset toward the centre so she’s minutely cross-eyed; so she’s slightly less awkward with a single wayward eye.
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I got this one last spring (2019)
Wanna know something weird? Do you think your figurine has a cross-eyed problem? You should see mine. On the one I have, the left eye looks way to the left (away from the nose). I’d also say the pupils are smaller too.
I still like her, it’s just that she looks different from the prototype. I’ll view her as having a small handicap lol. If she were a real person, I’d hug her, look her in her crooked eyes and tell her “I accept you, you are beautiful in every single way. Accept yourself and be happy”.
Strange that Kotobukya would make the same mistake on different products of the same girl