On Somewhere over the last two years we’ve reviewed various different kinds of action figures from Cu-Poche down to Figma well this is the first of a new breed for us here. Today I bring you not one but two Danboard Revoltech Minis!
So Danboard, this little guy here is the unofficial mascot of Yotsuba&. It was made by the character Miura, it’s a cardboard box ‘robot’ that was used for the sole purpose of duping her dimwitted neighbor. So what I’m getting at with this long and drawn out explanation is that the picture your looking at is exactly what it looks like, it’s a plastic rendition of a cardboard box. This Danboard is made out of Pepsi boxes. One front of the ‘head’ box you can see a clearly printed Pepsi logo, it also has a bar code in the bottom left corner. If you blow up the image to an obscene degree you can see the bar code is comprised of nothing but zeroes. There are also spots cut out of the box for eyes and the mouth.
On the chest is another Pepsi logo, this one is going downwards. There’s also a little metal coin slot, this is used to rip people off, but at least it is well painted. The only visible joint on Dan are it’s shoulder joints, that probably has to do with it only having a grand total of five joints. Not that I would expect more given the character design. Anyhoo his arms are made from two long cardboard boxes.
Dan’s legs are two shorter boxes. Sadly they aren’t Pepsi products.
The side of the head has a variety of different jargon on it. Barcodes, Pepsi logos, weight, you know the type of stuff.
The back of it’s head finally shows us something a little bit different with a glistening bottle of Pepsi on the back of it. Anything other then that though is redundant information that we’ve seen elsewhere on the figure.
The box that makes the torso has the Pepsi logo on the back too! Funny that this box didn’t have any bar codes or packaging information…..
Continuing on the other side of the head has a plastic switch on it. This is so you can make Dan’s eyes light up.
The top of the head shows off something a little bit different. It shows the handle with care instructions as well as the ‘Do not cut’ box.
It’s base is a simple blue circle that says what it’s name is as well as what figure line it came from.
The second one is the Calbee version of the exact same toy! All they changed were the applications….. Right so this one’s head says Calbee across it’s brow and in the bottom corner shows ideal storing conditions for the product.
It’s torso like the other one has the company name going down the center. It’s coin slot isn’t as well painted though. It has just a touch of black paint on the silver.
The side of the box shows some basic product information. Strangely Calbee and Pepsi have the same barcode number.
The back of the head shows a giant package of shrimp flavored chips. The image is applied well and looks almost good enough to eat.
The back of the torso shows off that word Calbee again…….seriously why don’t the torso boxes have any packaging information other then the name?
The switch actually covers part of the bar code on this one which kinda sucks a little bit.
By comparison to the Pepsi one the top of his head is just plain boring.
The gave this one a red base since Calbee’s color is red.
So the eyes light up if you flick the switch. That’s pretty cool. However once your batteries run out it takes not one but two watch batteries to power each figure.
The boxes are overall the best part of these figures, they’re shaped like Dan’s head…..you know like cardboard boxes.
Overall the more I look at these the more I feel like I gave Calbee and Pepsi twenty bucks for no good reason. Danboard was designed in Yotsuba to rip off a little girl’s money and ironically has turned into a giant meme that people spend way too much money on. The set of five of these went for a hundred dollars on sites like Amiami for the first release, the second release they were sold individually for ten dollars a piece….I really hope you see where I’m going with this…… However if you want a figure of Hayasaka Miura Danboards are sadly the only way to get one.
She wasn’t even listed on Myfigurecollection as the character for the Revoltech that has the option of having her head. This is kind of pathetic in my humble opinion.