Review & Giveaway: “The Ultimate Alphabet: The Letter S” by Mike Wilks, Pomegranate, 10/10

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Publisher: Pomegranate (US)

Title:  “The Ultimate Alphabet: The Letter S” by Mike Wilks, 1000 pieces

Release date:  end of 2015

Review by Jane

OUR RATING: 10/10

GIVEAWAY: Pomegranate has offered us a free copy of this puzzle to one lucky winner! To enter, simply comment on this post and name ten things in the puzzle that start with the letter “S” (you can use the pictures in this post as a guide). I’ll pick a winner randomly from all those who respond and qualify. Good luck!

Box Quality:  (10/10)
The box is shown above. It’s a very sturdy, high-quality box with an attractive design. The image on the front is your only reference to do the puzzle, but it’s large enough and very high-resolution.

The back has a write-up on the artist and this particular image. Awesome! It’s really nice to be able to learn more about the puzzle image without having to search on the internet.

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Sides:

All sides have the Pomegranate logo, the image, image name, artist name, and puzzle dimensions. The only thing I would have liked to have seen somewhere that wasn’t present, is the year the puzzle was manufactured (for the sake of those who like to collect puzzles). But that’s pretty minor quibble.

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Inside:

There’s a nice surprise inside the box. The puzzle piece bag is in an extra-heavy plastic bag with a zip lock closure for resealing. And it comes with a fold out key that’s quite large. It shows you where to find all the “S” items in the image. There are 1234 “S” objects in this image. That’s crazy! And they are all listed in the key, on the front and back of the page, with a diagram that shows where they are. This key is on thick glossy paper. Very nice!

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The Image: 10/10

I love the image with its extreme amount of detail. Mike Wilks has several other puzzles out with Pomegranate including “The Letter A” (just released) and “The Letter P”.  You can see them all here. His drawing is very precise, which it has to be to get so many specific objects into one picture. You could stare at this image for hours and still find new things. It’s a great image for a puzzle.

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Above: The completed puzzle. Click for closer view.

Puzzle Quality: 10/10

When I did my Pomegranate brand analysis last year, I was impressed with the quality of the puzzles, and that’s even more true of “The Letter S”. Right out of the box, the pieces feel super thick and sturdy, at least on par with Ravensburger or even thicker. The cut is a grid cut, but there’s a wide variety of piece shapes.

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The fit is nice and snug and it’s very satisfying to assemble. As you can see below, you can easily move groups of assembled pieces without them falling apart. The finish is matte, non-reflective, and feels good in your hand. This is a AAA quality puzzle that would make for an excellent gift.

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Assembly: 9/10

This is a challenging puzzle to assemble because there are very few large areas of color or pattern and the colors are distributed around the image. For example, the bits of yellow in the image below are spread out in different parts of the scene. I relied heavily on the box cover for assembly, and it would be quite hard to do without this reference. Many objects in the scene are quite small also. It was a pleasure to assemble because of the quality of the puzzle and because there’re so many interesting things in the image, but be prepared–it’s definitely not a mindless task like some!

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Additional Images:

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Conclusion

This is a very unique and high quality puzzle that would make a wonderful gift. It should also be highly collectible.  I love that it’s part of a series and that we’re like to see many more! Great job, Pomegranate and Mike Wilks.

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Where to find:

Amazon.com

GIVEAWAY: Pomegranate has offered us a free copy of this puzzle to one lucky winner! To enter, simply comment on this post and name ten things in the puzzle that start with the letter “S” (you can use the pictures in this post as a guide). I’ll pick a winner randomly from all those who respond and qualify. Good luck!

JJ

50 responses to Review & Giveaway: “The Ultimate Alphabet: The Letter S” by Mike Wilks, Pomegranate, 10/10

  1. Mike Whitehead says:

    Oooooh….a giveaway!
    Skeleton, snake, sailboat, shuttle, seal, snowman, saw, stag, shoe, spoon, spider monkey, sports car

  2. Jigsawfan says:

    Hi Jane,

    As always, a super review of the puzzle, and a most splendid website!

    Here is a list of ten “S” items:
    salt shaker
    stage
    snowman
    snake
    strawberry
    shoes
    stained glass
    shell
    suspenders
    stethoscope

    Thank you!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Oh! I’m picking the ones I find most interesting.

    Siamese cat
    Stoat
    Skullcap
    Silky Terrier
    Snowy Owl
    Sedan Chair
    Squirrel
    Sperm Whale
    Stiletto knife
    Spill (tea cup)

    I love how many different owls he got in there!

    I have a few Pomegranate puzzles on my list. I’m trying to decide if I want to order several all at once to get free shipping from Simple Pastimes (Just found them the other day, I love how they do their product display) or get a round Bits and Pieces one. Decisions, Decisions. I’ve been doing Sunsout and I’m definitely ready to get back to my favorite – grid cut puzzles.

      • Jennifer says:

        Edward Gorey untitled, Spring by Alma Tadema (one of my favorite artists – but honestly the photo of the box looks washed out compared to the print in my Alma Tadema book), Lady Agnew of Lochnaw – but that one looks quite difficult but I love the colors.

        (can you delete my duplicate below? thx!)

  4. Melanie says:

    This is fun! Thanks for the chance to win, and I love your blog!
    Saxophone
    Skeleton
    Seashell
    Snake
    Siamese cat
    Space shuttle
    Snowman
    Santa Claus
    Sheep
    Suspenders

  5. Maureen says:

    Looks like a very interesting puzzle.
    Jennifer- I’ve done two Edward Gorey puzzles from Pomegranate and really enjoyed both.

    Snake
    Sloth
    Skeleton
    Ship
    Sitar
    Space shuttle
    Skiiers
    Sheep
    Santa Claus
    Saint Sebastian (this one, and some others, made me laugh)

    • Jennifer says:

      Good to know. I am a bit worried that there isn’t enough contrast. I like more contrast in my puzzles. But, I will probably do one anyway – because the pictures are so interesting.

  6. Kelly says:

    How fun!

    Skeleton
    Sloth
    Stage
    Seal
    Seahorse
    Sheep
    Saturn
    Siamese Cat
    Snowman
    Sunflower

  7. Nicole Diana says:

    This will be fun and this puzzle is on my wish list!

    Siamese Fighting Fish
    Snake
    Space Shuttle
    Snowy Owl
    Saint Bernard
    Saturn
    Skunk
    Seahorse
    Submarine
    Squirrel

    Thanks!

  8. Sandy says:

    Skeleton
    Skull
    Shovel
    Snake
    Stained glass
    Squirrel
    Shoes
    Seahorse
    Sheep
    swan
    Sword

  9. Mike W says:

    Nice review, but not my style of puzzle at all. Good luck to all those who entered the giveaway above 🙂

  10. Liz says:

    Yay giveaway!
    Skeleton
    Sperm Whale
    Skunk
    Saturn
    St. Bernard
    Sloth
    Saw
    Siamese
    Shovel
    Shoe

  11. Sally says:

    Enjoy your reviews, Jane, and what a fun series!

    Small sailor with semaphore flag
    submarine
    saw
    sunbathers (in painting)
    Saturn
    shovel
    seashell
    star
    sunflower
    skiers (in painting)

  12. DaumantasK says:

    My list 🙂

    Skeleton
    Safe
    Skier
    Swimsuit
    Sunglasses
    Surfer
    St. Bernard (dog)
    Snowman
    Seal
    Squirrel

  13. Victoria says:

    Great review. For the giveaway:
    -Sloth
    -Skate
    -Shoe
    -Snake (or serpent)
    -Skeleton
    -Signet ring
    -Slalom (skiing)
    -Sitar
    -Space shuttle
    -Scorpion

  14. Linda says:

    Great review, and wonderful to find a new and interesting puzzle! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Skeleton
    Saw
    Sloth
    Shoe
    Sheep
    Shell
    Saturn
    Salmon
    Salvador Dali
    Seal

  15. Linda says:

    A wonderful review.
    Sheep
    Sloth
    Salvador Dali
    Saturn
    Seal
    Skeleton
    Salmon
    Shell
    Shoe
    Sock

  16. Phyllis says:

    Looks like a great fun puzzle! Swan,Ship,Sunflower, Spear,Saturn,Scale,Shuttlecock,Stapler,Skates,Salt

  17. Tim says:

    Sandal, Shoe, Seal, Snowman, Sloth, Spinx Moth, Snake, Shrimp, Saw, Slide Projector

  18. Jamie says:

    How fun! Thanks for the close up pictures in the review – I was on the fence about this one just from the website picture, but now it is on my list for sure. Ten items are:

    Saturn
    Sea shell
    Siamese Cat
    Submarine
    Stage
    Snowy Owl
    Switzerlands flag
    Space Shuttle
    Sloth
    Skiers

  19. Gary says:

    This should be a lot of fun. Here are 10 of the 20 plus things that I saw:

    Snake, Snow Owl, Skeleton, Sprinter, Space Shuttle, Sloth, Skiers, Shrimp, Shoe, Scorpion

  20. Colleen Braun says:

    Great Review
    Space Shuttle
    Skeleton
    Saturn
    Snowman
    Star
    Sunflower
    Sled
    Six Shooter
    Scalpel
    Saxophone
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful blog

    Saturn
    Skeleton
    Sedan
    Snowman
    Snake
    Shuttle
    Shoe
    Shovel
    Squirrel
    Sloth

  22. Dwayne says:

    Great review. I added this puzzle to my short list month after seeing it in your New Pomegranate 2016 post. Sure would be nice to win it. PICK ME, PICK ME. Thank you in advance.

    Snow man
    Submarine
    Shoe
    Ship
    Shell
    Sloth
    Skull
    Squirrel
    Saw
    Shrimp

  23. Lena says:

    Hi, thnx tor this giveaway. 😉
    Here are mine “S” words:

    skeleton, snake, sloth, saturn, showman, saw, sheep, seal, salmon, shell, shoe

    and because it was so much fun, here are “S” words in Czech:

    sova, slunečnice, sandál, struny,socha, surikata, sáně, sejf, sjezdovky, suk

  24. Patricia says:

    Fun puzzle!
    Sphinx moth
    Space shuttle
    Snowman
    Salamander
    Swordfish
    Skiers
    Sun bathers
    Snare drum
    Sneakers
    Shoehorn

  25. The contest will end tomorrow, Feb 16th at 5pm EST and I’ll post a winner shortly after that. So get your lists in! Everyone above the comments is entered.

  26. CONTEST CLOSED. I ran the random number generator and it came up 3. That’s the third commenter — JENNIFER.
    Thanks for playing!
    Jane

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