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REVIEW: Wince – The Monster of Worry

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Background

Author, illustrator and WorryWoo Monster creator Andi Green has revealed her newest book – Don't Feed The WorryBug. Featuring Wince, The Monster of Worry, both the book and a brand new plush are currently available for pre-order (slated to begin shipping in September 2011).

Wince, The Monster of Worry can’t stop worrying! His worries are with him wherever he goes. If you have ever worried about anything, then maybe you can help. His big floppy ears are waiting for someone to share their feelings. Are you up to the job? No experience needed just a willingness to encourage Wince with lots of hugs!

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The Facts



Wince – The Monster of Worry
Series: WorryWoo Monsters
Manufacturer: Monsters In My Head
Artist: Andi Green
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 11” tall

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Tag

The attached swing tag features illustrated versions of the Wince characters on both the front and inside left panels of the tag. Also featured inside is the above background information about the WorryWoo Monster.

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Our Opinion

Wince is the fifth WorryWoo Monster from artist Andi Green. However, he's the first WorryWoo that openly worries. He's the Monster of Worry. The previous four characters were the monsters of Loneliness, Insecurity, Confusion, and Innocence. I guess they all worried about something, but Wince apparently worries about worrying.

While I haven't seen the accompanying book (Don't Feed The WorryBug), I have seen some preview images. If you've yet to check out any of Andi Green's books, you're missing out on some great artwork. She uses pen, ink and watercolors to give her creations a unique style. The only problem is that the artwork is so good that it's difficult to transfer that to realistic plush characters.

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Don't get me wrong, the Wince plush is a great companion to the books. Kids will love being able to read the book and have the character right there to cuddle up with. But the only way you'd get a perfect recreation of Andi's complex characters is via plastic. But they really should be plush...oh what to do!?!

Rather than comparing the Wince plush to the source, let's just look at it by itself. The ears and wings are super soft (I've already caught my son dragging Wince around by them). The feet are similar to Rue and Squeek, with a single claw. Wince also has the traditional WorryWoo bellybutton – an inny, of course. The plush is of slightly above average quality. There are no strings or holes or anything of that nature to be found.

Remember, the Wince plush and book are currently available for pre-order, with shipping expected in September 2011. You can pick up the plush, the book, or the set of both.

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You can pick one up at the following:

WorryWoo Monsters Store: $36.00 set (or $21.50 plush and $14.99 book)

Wince - The Monster of Worry Grades

Plush Quality: 8/10
    Stitching: 8/10
    Material: 8/10
Softness: 8/10
Packaging/Tag: 8/10
Cuteness: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 8.6/10

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Welcome Wince, the newest Worry Woo

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Andi Green has announced the next character to join the WorryWoo Monsters. Wince, The Monster of Worry, and his illustrated book - Don't Feed the WorryBug - is slated to be released in September 2011. We will be reviewing the new plush in the upcoming weeks, so you'll be able to get a closer look at the newest addition.

Nola hits Television

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Worry Woo fans (who live in the Portland, OR area)...keep an eye out for Nola & The Lonely Little Monster today (Thursday, February 3rd 2011) on KATU-TV ABC. She will be featured during a segment about Valentine's Day gifts that will air during the AM Northwest broadcast.

Day 6 of Giveaways: Winners

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We'd like to thank Andi Green and Worry Woo Monsters for providing a pair of Worry Woos for our Day 6 giveaways.

And the winners are....

@BritMich - Fuddle
@carrienmarc - Squeek

Winners...please email us through the Contact Us page.

Day 6 of Giveaways: Worry Woos

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It's Day 6 of The Plastic and Plush 12 13 Days of Xmas Giveaways and we'd like to thank Andi Green and Worry Woo Monsters for providing a prizes for two lucky winners. We'll be selecting two winners, with each one winning a Worry Woo plush (and accompanying book) of your choice.

The characters: Rue (TL), Nola (TR), Squeek (BL), Fuddle (BR)

There are two ways to enter (enter both ways to double your chances):

1. Leave a comment on this post telling us which character you'd like

2. Send a Tweet to @plasticandplush and @WorryWooMonster telling us your favorite Worry Woo

This contest runs:

FROM: December 11th 2010 at 10:30 AM EST

TO: December 12th 2010 at 10:30 AM EST

WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 12th 2010 at 8:30 PM EST

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REVIEW: Fuddle – The Monster of Confusion

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Background

The Monster Who Couldn't Decide is an entertaining illustrated tale from writer and artist Andi Green. The story revolves around Fuddle – The Monster of Confusion. While this specific WorryWoo Monster was previously released in plush form, Andi has made a few tweaks to the design. Therefore...this is the new Fuddle.

Fuddle, The Monster of Confusion, can never make up her mind. Do...Don’t...Up...Down...She’s so confused about making decisions. All she needs is a pat on the back and a few positive words. Wouldn’t you like to whisper in her ear “Go for it"?

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The Facts



Fuddle
Series: WorryWoo Monsters
Artist: Andi Green
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 11” tall

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Tag

The tag features a watercolor ilustration of the Fuddle character on both the outside and inside of the plush's tag. It also contains the above reprinted mini biography, in case you didn't pick up the book.

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Our Opinion

You're not having deja-vu. We actually did review the Fuddle WorryWoo Monster plush back in January 2009 (pictured below). You can check out that old Fuddle Review here. Well, artist Andi Green went back to the drawing board (or whatever kind of board you use to create a plush) and redesigned the plush to look a little closer to the illustrated version of the character.

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If you haven't checked out any of the WorryWoo books, I strongly recommend them. All of the artwork is done in watercolors, which really give the characters a unique look. The plushies are more of a cute representation of those characters.

The first thing I noticed on the new version of Fuddle is that she no longer looks angry. The positioning of the eyebrows has been raised up about a half inch over the eyes (one touches the nose and the other doesn't). There are several other changes. The eye color has changed from a bright blue to more of a blue-gray. And the horns appear to be a little smaller, yet raised slightly higher.

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The hair can actually be styled, so you can go with the frazzled look from my photos – or a slicked back style that's closer to the source illustrations. Fuddle has some long plush toenails...it might be time for a trip to the groomer for her. The embroidered dots and mouth don't show any space or stray strings. However, I'd like to see what Fuddle looks like with a straight line mouth, similar to the book cover.

OVERALL: While I like the WorryWoo Monsters plush line, if you haven't checked out Andi Green's illustrated books...you're missing out on some good stories and great artwork. It makes sense that she is selling the plush and book as a set (they're also available individually), because they really need to be enjoyed together.

You can pick one up at the following:

WorryWoos Shop: Plush - $21.50 Book - $14.99 Set - $36.00

Fuddle Grades

Plush Quality: 8/10
    Stitching: 8/10
    Material: 9/10
Softness: 8/10
Packaging/Tag: 8/10
Cuteness: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 9.2/10

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NYCC10: WorryWoo Monsters

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Andi Green brought her WorryWoo Monsters to the artists' section of New York Comic Con. Nola, Rue, Fuddle and Squeek all made the trip in plush form. And if you're not into plushies (blasphemy!), you could pick up one of the books that inspired the various characters...and have Andi sign them for you.

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