REVIEW: Ricemon and Riceroar
The London based Noodoll Studio has released stationary, bags, books, wallets, keychains, and – of course, our favorites – plushies. The products are based on the designs of artist YiYing. We were able to get our hands on a pair of their plush Rice Monster characters – Ricemon and Riceroar – from the Evil Forest section…between Noodoll Town and Rice Town.
Riceroar “likes to scare the Rice Towners especially children by opening his big mouth and roars!” Ricemon “is always hungry and is always looking for a fresh Riceapple!... but when he can't find a fresh Riceapple, he becomes a grumpy old monster.”
Ricemon and Riceroar
Dimensions: Ricemon - 8.5" tall; Riceroar - 7.25" tall
Both Riceroar and Ricemon have the same simple tag. It has the Noodoll website information and a cutout of eyes and mouth. You wouldn’t be upset if you cut these off to cuddle with your plush.
Ricemon is the tan Rice Monster – the one with the horns. The soft plush features embroidered eyes and designs on its chest. The claws on the hands and feet are a sturdy material – they almost have a hard felt feel to them. And the mouth is made of white faux leather.
The Ricemon plush is well produced and uses top of the line materials. The tan material is fluffy soft, although I would have preferred a little less stuffing inside. While it’s easy to mess up the little claws – we’ve seen plenty of plushies with fraying claws – it seems like they got the material correct.
Riceroar is the grey Rice Monster – the guy with the wide-open mouth that some folks feel looks like OhNoDoom’s FluffyBadBad (although I don’t see it). The material used on this plush is a little softer than the Ricemon plush. It feels like a really soft fleece sweatshirt. The eyes and mouth area are embroidered, but there are many other details on the plush.
I actually like Riceroar a little more than Ricemon. There’s just the right amount of stuffing in the plush, and the outer material is a little softer to the touch. Riceroar might actually end up being the softest plush that we’ve seen – ever.
So the only thing I am wondering is…why aren’t the Noodoll folks focusing all of their energy on the plush line? Now, we’ve only seen two characters, but they’re both pretty amazing. The price is a little much for US collectors – thanks to the exchange rate – but I’d definitely recommend picking up the Riceroar (even at that price) if you’re a plush collector.
You can pick one up at the following:
Noodoll: £12.99 (about $19.00)
Ricemon and Riceroar Grades
Plush Quality: 9/10
Softness: Ricemon - 8/10 Riceroar 10/10
Fun Factor: 9/10