Yotsuba&!'s Danbo Cardboard Robot Inspires Special Tote Bag
posted on by Karen Ressler
Japanese clothing maker Animation Addict Store's "You're Such a Nerd" brand is now accepting pre-orders for bags inspired by the cardboard robot suit from Kiyohiko Azuma's slice-of-life series Yotsuba&!. The bags include a tote bag, pouch, and "carton bag," which is a box-shaped lunch bag sized specially to fit Yotsuba&! graphic novels. All three bags are made of a special type of Japanese paper called "Naoron," which is water-resistant and difficult to break. The carton bag and the tote bag are 5,250 yen (about US$52) and the pouch is 2,940 yen (about US$29). Pre-orders are being accepted until June 28.
"Danbo" comes from "danbōru," the Japanese word for "cardboard."
Other merchandise inspired by Danbo include a model kit (with weapons), a photo book, and an Amazon.com variant of the model. Several Amazon staff members wore this version of the robot suit at a gay pride parade in Seattle. Danbo also starred in Blu-ray Disc ads for Jaws and E.T., several stop-motion shorts for Geneon Entertainment's Rondo Robe label, and on Thai TV as the mascot for the television show Little Citizen.
Source: Comic Natalie
Images © Kiyohiko Azuma / Yotsuba Studio