An Exclu Review by Trevor Williams (@onesix_shooter)
I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone. – Arwen Undomiel
And with that quote, Arwen gave up her immortality to wed Aragorn the crowned King of Gondor and Arnor. We’ve covered Asmus’ Aragorn (Slim Version) already, let’s see if you’re willing to give up something (namely money) to get these two crazy kids together again on your shelf…
- Asmus Toys female body with 36 points of articulation
- Four pair of gloved hands
- Dark blue robe with drawstring and metal buckle
- Dark blue long pants
- Two-piece boots (enhanced ankle joints)
- One pair of glove arm wrap
- Die-cast Hadhafang and sheath
- Figure stand
The sculpt first released in images by Asmus was…not quite right. I won’t fully analyze it here, suffice to say, it needed a little work. To Asmus’ credit, they came back with an improved sculpt. Now, this is not perfect (is anything?), I feel the eyes are still a bit narrow, or possibly slightly too small overall and her nose is a little blunt at the tip. The cheekbones need to be a little more prominent as well. But, at most angles, it looks really good and there is no mistaking who this is even if you’re just looking at the face with no other context.
Arwen’s hair is a part sculpt, part synthetic hair combo only used once before with Tauriel. As much as I like full rooted (or glued) hair, it is not easy to keep it in place in a partially pulled-back style as both of these elves wear, so I think this was the right solution. She has three long, very flexible plastic braids that run down her back and mix with the synthetic hair. The effect is very nice, but the synth hair has a sheen that isn’t matched by the plastic, unfortunately. Maybe a slight semi-gloss coat would have helped here.
Overall, a very good, if not quite perfect likeness of Ms. Tyler.
I feel I’m being redundant when I review the clothing for an Asmus LOTR figure. They almost always nail it. This figure is no exception.
Arwen wears no fewer than seven clothes sets throughout the LOTR trilogy. This outfit, the riding coat and tights she wore to carry Frodo to safety from the Nazgul was by far the most adventurous-looking. It consists of a blue-grey, thigh-length cost tied at the waist with crisscrossed ribbons. Underneath this is a sheer dress that follows the lines of the coat. This would likely have been a full dress IRL, but here – perhaps to save money and bulk, Asmus has eliminated the part that would cover the torso so that just the sleeves and waist/leg pieces are present. Since the coat isn’t meant to be removed and it can’t be seen beneath it, it’s not missed. With this, she wears tights and knee-high boots – which thankfully are two-piece, allowing nice ankle movement – and matching gloves.
As for accessories, aside from the hand options, Arwen comes only with her sword, Hadhafang, and it’s sheath. The sword is die-cast and both it and the sheath are very nicely detailed including intricate carvings along the length of the metal. Also included is a LOTR branded stand – identical to others in the line.
Given the quality of the clothing and the sword, the lack of accessories (not sure what else could have been included?) didn’t keep this category from hitting a perfect ten. I do almost wish they had done a Deluxe version with a horse though!
I’m assuming this is the same, or close to the Tauriel body. Asmus claims 36 points of articulation and who am I to argue (wait, I guess that my job here).
The range of motion of both the arms and legs here is very good due to the non-muscular nature of the body and the light clothing. Waist turning and bending isn’t hampered by the coat. As mentioned previously, the boots are two pieces however they are not completely separated – the upper boots, which are a very flexible plastic are attached to the lower foot part by two small pieces on either side of the boot. It gives them a seamless look without hampering ankle movement much at all.
The neck can move separately from the head but I feel the neck should have been receded within the headsculpt more – in some positions, there is a very noticeable gap between the two. The hands move well and stay on the pegs as well as you’d expect.
Comparing Arwen price-wise to her LOTR counterparts makes the lack of accessories a little more glaring. At an average of $190, she comes in just $9 short of the original price of Gimli, who came with a fully braided-hair beard, a unique dwarf body, a lot of clothes layers and five(!) metal axes!
As I said in my review of Gimli though, I think he was an incredible bargain and I still don’t know how they made money on him. Within the normal world of 1/6th prices, this isn’t too bad considering the quality of the clothing and the minor accessories included.
I would like to have seen it come in at $170 or so, but if you’re a LOTR collector, you’ll want this despite the price.
Arwen was a figure I was looking forward to and I would have been happy with just about any clothing choice, but I’m very glad they went with this one (first anyway – I’d still like to see another incarnation of her).
Overall, she is a worthy addition to my ever-growing LOTR shelves and I’m happy Asmus went back and tweaked the sculpt to give this character her due.
Thanks to Asmus Collectible Toys for providing Arwen for review. For more from across the toy community, stay tuned to Exclu.
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: July 11, 2019