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.