This made me giggle, I love it! I find that I often just sit here clicking through images without really feeling anything, even with the images that have impressive aesthetics so it's great to see an image that makes me laugh out loud.
I think it is also aesthetically a fine piece. Such a great idea with the boxes and the colouring fits well. I quite like the sun spots too, they help to give the piece some feeling in the absence of obvious emotion from the box robot (like you'd get with a human face).
I totally agree with you, but i think this character is full of emotion, always like " Wow " ... like if it was always discovering the world days after days ! Also, yes the colors help a lot for the ambiance.
Oh yeah, I think he does look like an investigator with his own personality and emotion. But you need the whole picture to see that. You could change the way the viewer perceives the character by changing everything else. Although, obviously the pose makes a difference too and I do feel that the arrows have an influence too. Because they are in the shape of smiles, they're just not in the expected place...