New D-Toys Brand Comparison added

We’ve done a new Brand Comparison page for D-Toys puzzles that have the “wide variety of shapes” sticker (these are higher quality than their 2-shapes puzzles). Check out the new evaluation. The good news is: if you like their cartoon and folk art images, you can order them without worry. JaneRead more

Review: “Translyvania”, D-Toys – 8.75/10

“Transylvania” from D-Toys is a fun and easy cartoon puzzle to assemble. The different areas of blue sky, red roofs, cream castle, tan road, and green grass make this puzzle go together very quickly. The artwork is a lot of fun with dozens of characters, each with a unique costume and pose. Human tourists snap photos and watch the antics at the Transylvanian tourist attraction–loaded with rather silly vampires hanging around, cooking food, or putting on a show. The D-Toys quality on this puzzle is good with sturdy pieces, six different piece shapes (in a grid cut), and a nice flat finish. If you like cartoon puzzles, the D-Toys “Cartoon Classics” line is worth a try. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Classic Tales: Snow White” by Kurti Andrea, D-Toys — 8.75/10

This fairy tale puzzle of “Snow White” is one for the adult puzzler. Its use of random patterns adds a nice challenge to assembly, but it’s not frustratingly hard. The colors are bright and cheerful, and there are a lot of details woven into Snow White’s skirt for you to discover as you puzzle. The lovely folk art style illustration is by Romanian artist Kurti Andrea. The D-Toys quality on this puzzle is good with sturdy pieces, six different piece shapes (in a grid cut), and a nice flat finish. Recommended to fans of folk art, fantasy puzzles, and those looking for a little bit of challenge. Moderately difficult.Read more

Review: “Halloween Town” by Randy Wollenmann, Vermont Christmas Company – 9.25/10

I loved assembling this Halloween puzzle! The image by Randy Wollenmann has bright colors and patterns that make assembly easy, quick, and super fun. It was so much fun I completed the puzzle in one session because I just had to do the “next little bit”. The Vermont Christmas Company quality is good with hard, solid pieces. The cut is mostly a grid cut, but not all edges line up and some sides have wavy and diagonal edges. This gave the puzzle a unique personality, and I enjoyed working it. This puzzle is easy enough that it makes an ideal family puzzle. It’s the best of the 2016 Halloween season!Read more

Review: “Trick or Treat Hotel” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games – 9.25/10

I love this 500 piece Halloween puzzle from Charles Wysocki and Buffalo Games. The artwork has a wry, adult tone reminiscent of Edward Gorey. The scene is populated by strange creatures, pumpkins, cobwebs, and tongue-in-cheek signs like “Rooms to Ferment” and the “Pithias Bloodlust Wrinkledeath” motto on the hearse. The puzzle is mostly easy but the forest behind the mansion has a random pattern which offers a little more challenge and makes the puzzle overall more satisfying to complete. The Buffalo Games quality is quite good. The pieces feel thick and are pleasant to work with. It comes with a poster in the box so you have a larger image to work with. There is some glare off the glossy surface under strong overhead lights. This puzzle is a real treat. Highly recommended!Read more

Brand Overview: Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill was founded in 2005 with the goal of “bringing quality puzzles with a loving, whimsical, nostalgic feel to jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts around the world.” They offer a good variety of categories and piece sizes include 2000 piece, 1000 piece, 500 piece, 400 piece Family Puzzle (with large and small pieces), 275 piece Easy Handling, and kids puzzles under 100 pieces. They are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Check out our overview of the best in Cobble Hill puzzles!Read more

“Nancy Drew”, Cobble Hill — 8.5/10

“Nancy Drew” is a fun collage puzzle that will bring back fond memories for those of us who grew up reading Nancy Drew. The book covers themselves are retro works of art with faux spooky designs that are a pleasure to puzzle. The Cobble Hill quality is good with random cut pieces in a wide variety of shapes that run from normal to small in size. The pieces have a linen finish which helps reduce overhead glare. This puzzle is of medium difficulty. All the letters in the book titles help, but I did refer to the box lid quite often to figure out where a piece went. The five large books in the image are a good size but the smaller books are a bit small to see all the detail. If you grew up with Nancy Drew, or like vintage art, you’ll love this puzzle. Recommended.Read more

“Ring-Necked Pheasants” by Linda Picken, Cobble Hill – 8.5/10

“Ring-Necked Pheasants” is a pretty wildlife puzzle with terrific fall colors. This Cobble Hill puzzle features large pieces that are sturdy, have a snug fit, and a glare-free linen finish. I really enjoyed working with the bigger pieces and they have a nice feeling in your hand. The image by Linda Picken is very peaceful and serene. The gold tones are bright and cheerful to work with. The puzzle is fairly easy due to its 500 piece size, but all the gold adds a touch of challenge. Recommended.Read more

Cobble Hill Promotion at Puzzle Warehouse!

From Oct 5 to Oct 19th Puzzle Warehouse has teamed up with Cobble Hill to offer a special promotion. Buy any 3 Cobble Hill puzzles and get 1 for free. Just add three qualifying products to your cart and visit the “View Cart” page. Under “You have qualified for the following promotion” you’ll see how to add the freebie. Visit Puzzle Warehouse’s Cobble Hill page to begin.Read more

Autumn Nights – a Top Ten list of fall-themed puzzles

FALL-THEMED PUZZLES WEEK: Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s finally cooling down here in Pennsylvania, for which I’m grateful. It’s a great time of year to get cozy at night with a mug of cider or hot chocolate and work on a puzzle. This week we’re featuring fall-themed puzzles. We reviewed “Red River Crossing” by Sam Timm (Sunsout 2016) and “Autumn Traditions” by Terry Redlin (White Mountain 2014). This post I’ll be revealing my ‘top ten’ list of the best fall-themed puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse rightRead more

Review: “Autumn Traditions” by Terry Redlin, White Mountain 8.75/10

White Mountain’s “Autumn Traditions” by Terry Redlin is a beautiful and nostalgic fall-themed puzzle that comes in 1000 pieces and 300 pieces so you can choose your level of difficulty. The 300 piece version is easy and crops out some of the more difficult sky. The 1000 piece version is easy around the country store and pumpkin patch, but moderate-to-difficult for the sky portion. The colors are very pretty and brighter than many Redlin puzzles. The quality is very good. I especially like White Mountain’s larger piece size and very flat, smooth finish. This would be a lovely puzzle to frame. Recommended!Read more