I’ve been a big fan of Heye cartoon pages for years. Really, they were the first puzzles I collected and sought down on ebay with fervor. Heye has since branched out into other types of puzzles–fantasy, wildlife, photographic scenic puzzles, and other assorted images.
It’s always a treat to see their new offerings each year. They posted a first look at their 2015 puzzles on their facebook page here. They have a number of 2014 puzzles making a return, a few old puzzles reissued, and some brand new ones. Here’re my favorites. Note that so far these are only available in thumbnail size so it’s hard to see the detail. I’ll post better images when they’re available.
My picks of the new puzzles:
“Polar Habitat” by Martin Degano, (1000 pieces), rectangular box
“Nile Habitat” by Martin Degano, (1000 pieces), rectangular box
Last year, Heye put out two Degano puzzles in rectangular boxes, “Black Forest Habitat” and “African Habitat”. The idea is that they are sections of a zoo and the puzzles can abut each other and make a longer panorama. This year they have added two more to this set — “Polar Habitat” and “Nile Habitat”. I’m guessing these will be 1000 pieces like the first two. Fun!
“Ballroom” by Hugo Prades, 1500 pieces, triangular box
Prades is one of Heye’s classic cartoon puzzle artists and it’s lovely to see a brand new image from him. “Ballroom” looks full of Prades’s usual humorous characters.
“Alpine Fun” by Birgit Tanck, 1000 pieces, triangular box
The brand new cartoon image below looks like fun. Birgit Tanck is a new artist to Heye as far as I know.
“Traffic Jam” by Christoph Schone, 1500 pieces, triangular box
“Cruise” by Anders Lyon, 1500 pieces, triangular box
“Cats In Venice” by Sven Hartmann, 1000 pieces, triangular box
“Carnivores” by M. Wieczorek, 500 pieces, rectangular box
“Savannah” by M. Wieczorek, 1000 pieces, rectangular box
M. Wieczorek did two 1000 piece puzzles for Heye last year, “High Mountain” and “Rainforest”. These two brand new images look like his same style. Nice!
Michael Ryba Reissues — “Bavaria” (triangular box) and “Paradise” (rectangular box), both 2000 pieces
Tragically, the amazing cartoon artist Michael Ryba, who has done so many wonderful Heye puzzles (among other projects), was killed last year in an auto accident. Heye has resissued several of Ryba’s best puzzles, “Bavaria” and “Paradise”. Not sure what the piece count will be on these, but I’m happy to see them available in new editions.
Other older puzzle reissues:
Also newly reissued from their back catalogue of out-of-print puzzles are these three– “The Kiss” by Mordillo, “Hurry Up” by Mordillo, and “Surfing” by Blanchon. There are a number of older puzzles that were back in print in the 2014 catalogue that are still available in 2015.
“The Kiss” by Mordillo, 2000 pieces (reissue), triangular box
“Surfing” by Blanchon, 1000 pieces (reissue), rectangular box
“Hurry Up” by Mordillo, 1000 pieces (reissue), rectangular box
What do you think of the 2015 Heye line-up? I’m a bit disappointed not to see any new fantasy puzzle images like Victoria Frances and Cris Ortega, or any new Tinga Tinga, but I am looking forward to the new cartoon puzzles.
You can find these at Puzzle Warehouse (US) and Amazon.