“When you get to hell, John, tell them Daisy sent you…”
― Daisy Domergue
If you read my reviews regularly (you do don’t you?) then you’ve seen me review several Asmus figures from the Lord of the Ring franchise. Until now, I have not had the opportunity to review figures from Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which include the bounty hunter John Ruth, Major Marquis Warren, and the notorious murderer and gang member, Daisy Domergue. And that fatal femme is the figure I’ll be reviewing here…
- Sixth scale figure featuring the likeness of Jennifer Jason Leigh from the film The Hateful Eight
- One pair of relaxed posture gloved hands, one pair of gun holding hands, one pair of relaxed posture hands, one pair of weapon holding hands
- Brown leather trench coat
- Blue dress
- Pair of long boots
- Black fur hat
- A guitar
- Brown high chair
- Pair of handcuffs
- Display base
Tarantino did his best to strip any semblance of beauty from Daisy and thus from the actress who played her, Jennifer Jason Leigh. Between the black eye, scars, lack of any kind of makeup, and eventually, of course, losing teeth and being covered in blood, the actress was rendered nearly unrecognizable.
Asmus’ sculpts have mainly ranged from good to very good, with just a couple of exceptions here and there. Lately, they’ve been getting more consistently good. Both John Ruth and Marquis Warren were very good sculpts (with the paint letting Ruth down just a bit, from what I’ve seen of it), and Daisy is also very nicely done. At most angles, it’s a good likeness. The paint is good as well. The black eye is there, though they’ve toned down some of the blood in favor of some around the nose and a cut on her right chee – could have used a bit more maybe.
The rooted hair, as with all figures, needs some attention to look it’s best (I recommend Dax Wax for keeping it under control), The color is ok, but blonde hair is tough to replicate for all its depths and range of color in and out of light. I think it should have been a bit darker, more of a dirty blonde.
As I’ve stated in other reviews, Asmus does an exceptional job with clothing. A lot of the figures they’ve produced feature elaborate duds too; Lord of the Rings and Devil May Cry among them.
Once again, they don’t disappoint in this department. The fur-collared “leather” coat looks nearly identical to its on-screen counterpart. Though she rarely takes this coat off (as far as I can remember – it’s been a while), the dress underneath also looks exceptional. And the weathering looks very good, something that has been a little hit and miss from figure to figure from Asmus. The fur hat is generally good, but the fur is a little too long and wild, perhaps shearing it up a little would help.
Accessories-wise, Daisy’s a little light. Aside from the four sets of hands, she includes a guitar, a set of handcuffs and a stand. The handcuffs are metal, which is nice and they are put on by removing a hand. These can, of course, be used to full screen-accuracy if you also have the John Ruth figure (and I will assume you are either a huge J.J.L. fan or you also have or will be getting Ruth).
The guitar is nicely made but is not quite screen-accurate. The shape of the body is off and the screen guitar did not have a pick-guard. The shape of the headstock is also a little different. I’m going with this being a cost-cutting decision (possibly an existing mold/model was used), as it’s a strange oversight from Asmus, whose LOTR details – even on the weapons – is usually spot-on. Also, watch out for the strings – they are a thin metal wire which looks good but will bend out of shape if you don’t take some care.
The stand is straightforward, with a round base and a sticker featuring the wood floors of Minnie’s Haberdashery. A side note, Asmus has recently put a diorama piece featuring the door of the haberdashery up for pre-order if you’re looking to build a nice display.
Not too much to say here other than you should be able to get Daisy into any screen-accurate pose you’d need for display purposes. Her elbows and knees are double jointed. The tall boot-shoes restrict ankle movement but they are a bit wider at the top so you can get about 10º of side to side motion. The high heel here makes it tougher to get her to stand on her own, but it can be done without too much trouble.
Obviously, the clothing is a little constraining, but it’s easy to have her, say, sitting on the stool playing her guitar with the coat on. I’m a fan of wires in coats, skirts, capes, etc. and personally, I would have liked a wire in the hem of the dress to help it flow better when in a sitting position, but you can get it to hang fairly convincingly.
Daisy retails for around $180, give or take some change, which seems to be that sweet spot for simple, averagely-accessorized, one-sixth figures from franchises that don’t involve superheroes or Star Wars.
It’s a pretty fair price point in my opinion. Although putting it up against some of the LOTR figures like Gimli, Boromir and the like that range from $190-$215 and include some very detailed, occasionally die-cast weapons as well as intricate clothing and rooted hair, makes me feel this would do better around $160. But this edition is smaller than those are, so I’m sure the production costs go up there a bit.
If you’re a Tarantino fan, these are (so far) the best licensed figures available representing his films. I’m going to assume that if you’re thinking about picking up Daisy, you’re also picking up Ruth and Warren or at least one of them to complete the shelf display. If you already have, and you’re even hesitating on Daisy, don’t. Catch her while you can – and don’t stop at any cabins on the way to taking her to the shelf!
Thanks to Asmus Collectibles for providing this figure for review
Trevor is a New York-based Creative Director and owner of The Brand Counselors. He has a growing collection of 150ish 1:6th scale stock and custom figures (and more and more Lego sets). Toy photography melds his childhood dreams of comic book illustration and film directing with his design talents and – in his mind – justifies the ridiculous money he spends on these things. When he’s not shooting, he enjoys kayaking, catching up on good TV and building seemingly endless custom figures.
Last modified: November 8, 2018