Review: “Red River Crossing” by Sam Timm, Sunsout – 8/10

Red River Crossing is a lovely fall-themed puzzle featuring gold-orange leaves, brightly-colored birds, and a peaceful covered bridge scene. It has easy sections and moderately difficult sections like the blue sky and dark green pine needles. The Sunsout quality is very good with thick, sturdy pieces, excellent color reproduction, and a fun random piece cut. The pieces are on the normal-to-large side and easy to hold. The art by Sam Timm is sure to get you in the mood for fall. Recommended.Read more

Artist Retrospective: Jean-Jacques Loup

LOUP WEEK: This week at Jigsaw Junkies we’re featuring one of my favorite puzzle artists, Jean-Jacques Loup  He made puzzle images for Heye from the 1970’s up until his recent death in 2015. Loup has published at least 59 unique puzzles and many have been reissued in whole or in a smaller subset of the original image. Our reviews this week are of “Ballooning” and “Castle of Horror” (it is almost Halloween, isn’t it?) This weekend, we’ll have a retrospective of Loup puzzles from the early days toRead more

Review: “Castle of Horror” by Jean-Jacques Loup, Heye, 9.75/10

“Castle of Horror” is an absolute masterpiece of a puzzle. The art by Jean-Jacques Loup is outstanding. Dozens of scary movie tropes are included in this image in a humorous way, from Frankenstein to ghosts, witches, and vampires. This is a moderately difficult puzzle, mostly due to its size, so prepare to buckle in and enjoy a long puzzling experience. There are dozens of funny scenarios going on around the puzzle, which you’ll discover as you assemble it. The Heye quality is good with a gorgeous triangular box, large poster, thick and sturdy pieces, and excellent image reproduction. This is a grid-cut puzzle with a good variety of piece shapes. This puzzle was originally produced in 2003 and was out of print for a number of years. Don’t miss a chance to get this classic while it’s back in print. Highly recommended!Read more

Review: “Ballooning” by Jean-Jacques Loup, Heye, 9/10

Heye’s “Cartoon Classics” line reissues some of their best loved cartoon puzzles from the 70’s-90’s. This delightful image from famous French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Loup is a breeze to put together. The large balloons and the buildings in the image go together quickly. There are a myriad of cute and funny characters in the scene, each with unique clothing and expressions that help you figure out what piece goes where. Heye is a German brand with overall excellent quality. Highly recommended.Read more

Bon Voyage! – a Top Ten List of Travel Puzzles

My last post for our travel-themed week is a look at the top ten travel-themed puzzles currently available on Puzzle Warehouse. First a question. What constitutes a ‘travel-themed’ puzzle? It’s a large category that has vague edges. For example, is a train puzzle a travel puzzle? Hmm. You could argue the point, but a train puzzle is probably better off in a “transportation” category. Is a photographic puzzle of Paris a travel puzzle? It sort of is, unless you live inRead more

Review: “New England Road Trip” by Mary Thompson, Sunsout – 8.25/10

This is an easy, fast, and enjoyable puzzle to put together. The different areas of the puzzle–the map sections in various colors and the seasonal vignettes–make assembly a snap. The fall leaves and winter scene sections are especially pretty. There’s a bit of “edutainment” value to this puzzle, and you’ll learn something about New England as you work it, particularly in the map sections. The Sunsout quality is quite good with thick, sturdy pieces, lovely bright colors, and a random cut that makes assembly more fun. The pieces are on the normal-to-large side and easy to hold. This image is especially designed for puzzles, and the artwork by Mary Thompson is nicely done. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart — MasterPieces, 8.25/10

Publisher: MasterPieces (US), published 2016 Title:  “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.25″ OUR RATING: 8.25/10 TRAVEL WEEK: Since I just got back from vacation, it seemed like a good time to tackle travel themed puzzles (say that three times!). I’ll be reviewing two puzzles this week and sharing some of my favorite travel themed puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse on the weekend. Box Quality:  (9/10) This puzzle is in MasterPieces “suitcase” puzzle line. The suitcase line are all travel-themedRead more

Shaped for Fun — A Top Ten List

This week, for the dog days of summer, Jigsaw Junkies is featuring shaped puzzles. This week we had a review of “Autumn Squirrel” by Mary Thompson and “Abundant Garden” by Aimee Stewart. Today I’m going to share a top ten list with my favorite picks of Puzzle Warehouse’s selection of shaped puzzles. (As usual, I couldn’t pick just ten so there are a few extra…) Counting up to the very best…. 12. “Waiting For A Walk” by Giordano Studios, Sunsout — 800Read more

Review: “Abundant Garden” by Aimee Stewart – Sunout, 9.25/10

This is a gorgeous and fun-to-assemble shaped puzzle from Sunsout. The garden is filled with vibrant flowers, colorful birds, cute animals, and other surprises to discover as you assemble it. I really loved the soft art style, which feels airbrushed. The image is full without feeling crowded and there’s no real ‘background color’, dead space, or dark areas. Assembly is of moderate difficulty but everything has a unique color or texture, so if you reference the box lid, you can always tell where a piece goes. The Sunsout quality is excellent with thick, sturdy pieces and a wonderful random cut. I particularly liked the unusual, fan-shaped border, which was a nice change from rectangular puzzles. Highly recommenRead more

New Wasgijs in stock!

The latest and greatest Wasgij puzzles have arrived at Puzzle Warehouse plus a lot of older ones are back in stock! Check them all out here. Here are the brand new ones: WASGIJ BACK TO #2: 14TH CENTURY CASTLE WASGIJ CHRISTMAS #12: THE BIG TURN ON WASGIJ ORIGINAL # 24: A VERY MERRY HOLIDAYS WASGIJ DESTINY #16: OLD TIME ROCKERS WASGIJ MYSTERY #12: THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS! WASGIJ IMAGINE #2: IF THE WHEEL HADN’T BEEN INVENTED Grab them while you can!Read more

Review: “Autumn Squirrel” by Mary Thompson — Sunsout, 9/10

I loved shaped puzzles and fall-themed puzzles, so this puzzle was extra fun to assemble. The image has lots of fall leaves, both large and small. It really puts me in the mood for crisp autumn days! The Sunsout quality is excellent with thick, sturdy pieces and a wonderful random cut and hangs together really well. The overall difficulty is moderate. Most of the puzzle is easy, despite the shaped border, but all the squirrel fur gives the puzzle a little more challenge at the end. Highly recommended.Read more

Puzzle Maker Interview: White Mountain Puzzles

Above: Colin Wroblewski (left) and Sean Minton (right) of White Mountain Puzzles WHITE MOUNTAIN WEEK: This week on the blog we’re featuring White Mountain puzzles.  There’s a terrific sale on White Mountain at Puzzle Warehouse all month (30% off!).  We featured two White Mountain reviews this week (“Tapestry Cat” and “Perennials“). I was also fortunate to get a chance to interview one of the owners of White Mountain Puzzles, Sean Minton. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SALE AT PUZZLE WAREHOUSE     First,Read more