Review: “Brewery” by Francois Ruyer, Piatnik – 8.5/10

Publisher: Piatnik (Austria), published 2017 (currently in print)  Title:  Brewery” by Francois Ruyer, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 26.5″ x  17.4″ OUR RATING: 8.5/10 LAST FEW DAYS FOR PIATNIK SALE! The Piatnik buy-2-get-1-free sale ends on June 6th. This week I’m featuring a Piatnik cartoon puzzle by artist Francois Ruyer. View all current Ruyer puzzles in stock at Puzzle Warehouse You can also view my previous Ruyer/Piatnik reviews: The Story of Wine or Christmas Chaos  “BREWERY” by Francois Ruyer REVIEW Box Quality:  (8/10) The Piatnik boxes are standardRead more

Review: “Story of Wine” by Francois Ruyer, Piatnik – 8.75/10

If you’ve up for a challenge, “Story of Wine” by Francois Ruyer is a ton of fun. The image is super cute with lots of crazy characters and vibrant color. There are plenty of jokes and mini-stories to reveal as you assemble the pieces. The Piatnik quality is very good with thick, sturdy pieces, a grid cut, a fairly tight fit, and a nice matte finish. However, there are lots of similar two-knob, two-hole pieces which make a few areas, like the random red tiles on the roofs, challenging because pieces can appear to fit where they don’t go. There’re also lots of repeating elements such as the big red noses. This isn’t a fast and easy puzzle, but it is rewarding and very satisfying to complete. Recommended if you like busy cartoon puzzles or are looking for something to keep you occupied for a good while!Read more

Review: “Christmas Chaos” by Francois Ruyer, Piatnik – 9/10

“Christmas Chaos” by Francois Ruyer is a fun but moderately challenging Christmas cartoon puzzle. The artwork is beautifully executed with tons of color and detail. The repeating elements of similar-looking elves and gift boxes scattered throughout the image are tricky, but there are some anchoring elements such as the windows, fireplace, toys, and Christmas tree, which help fill in much of the design. I found myself referring to the box lid often to figure out which piece of elf went where. The Piatnik quality is very good with thick, sturdy pieces, a grid cut, a fairly tight fit, and a nice matte finish. If you like a little more challenge, Christmas puzzles, or cartoon puzzles, this is highly recommended.Read more

Puzzle Artist Interview: Francois Ruyer

RUYER WEEK: This week I’m featuring cartoon puzzle artist Francois Ruyer. He has done puzzles with a few brands, but primarily with Austrian manufacturer Piatnik. I reviewed two Ruyer puzzles this week (Christmas Chaos and Story of Wine) and here’s the promised interview. View all current Ruyer puzzles in stock at Puzzle Warehouse See my previous Ruyer reviews here. FRANCOIS RUYER INTERVIEW: Thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, M. Ruyer, and giving us an opportunity to learn more about the man behind the puzzles! JJ:Read 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: “Happytown” by Rita Berman, Heye, 9.5/10

Publisher: Heye (Germany) Title:  “Happytown” by Rita Berman, Heye, 1500 pieces Released Jan 2016    Dimensions: 31.6″ x 23.6″ (80×60 cm) Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9.5/10 Box Quality:  (10/10) Those who follow my blog know that I love Heye triangular boxes! I have several shelves of them and I love how they look shelved together, tops facing out (like this). This particular box is gorgeous. It is made of very heavy cardboard and the design is lovely with a purple background.  The frontRead more

Review: Bunnies Vs Wolves by Heye

  Manufacturer:  Heye      Artist:  Francois Ruyer    Year:  2014    1000 Pieces, Triangular box         Purchase in the US (Puzzlewarehouse);   in UK (Amazon) I’m a big fan of Heye cartoon puzzles.  Francois Ruyer has done a few puzzles for Heye, and I hope he does many more.  I really enjoyed his “Bunnytown” (my review here).  2014’s “Bunnies Vs Wolves” is also very good.  Filled with bunny and wolf characters that are dressed similarly, you haveRead more

Review: “Bunnytown” by Heye, 1000 pieces

Company: Heye (Germany)       Release Date: 2013          Artist:  Francois Ruyer   Verdict:  10/10 This was a very fun puzzle to put together.  Heye’s pieces are standard shaped and a bit smaller in size than some brands, so not for those with difficulty with eyesight or who like large-sized pieces.  But I love Heye and have no trouble with their piece size.  The quality of the pieces is good–sturdy and clean cut.  The colors are veryRead more

New Puzzle Round-Up: April 2019

I was going to talk about a specific brand today, but instead I saw a few things I wanted to feature in a lot of different brands so…. let’s just talk new puzzles! We’re still getting in new 2019 puzzles from Europe — brands like Schmidt and Anatolian. And our perennial favorites have new releases too. So let’s see what’s in today’s array. COBBLE HILL There’s a Buy-2-Get-One-Free sale on Cobble Hill running now through April 24th, so time toRead more

Top Ten Merry & Bright: Christmas Puzzles 2017

It’s December 17th. Have you been holidaying yet? I have been knee deep in holiday movies, Christmas card and gift prepping, decorating, and snow shoveling here in Pennsylvania. So it definitely feels like Christmas. I had fun putting together my top picks of the Christmas puzzles available this year. The top ten list (which is 14 items long!) includes puzzles available at Puzzle Warehouse. At the end of the post I’ll go over some of the awesome European Christmas puzzlesRead more

Top Picks for the Black Friday Sale!

Black Friday is here! At Puzzle Warehouse, that means one of the best sales of the year. The discount is 30% off all puzzles from selected brands that are participating in the sale with us. The brands are: SUNSOUT, PERRE, WHITE MOUNTAIN, MASTER PIECES, COBBLE HILL, SCHMIDT, PIATNIK, NEW YORK PUZZLE COMPANY, and LAFAYETTE PUZZLE FACTORY. This sale is one day only, and items WILL sell out, so–a warning to the wise–if there’s something you really want, don’t muck about.Read more

Brand Overview & Sale: PIATNIK

Hello and happy (almost) May! I have been offline for a few weeks at a family wedding in California. Ramping back up this week with coverage of the Austrian brand Piatnik along with a killer sale. This week at Puzzle Warehouse, all Piatnik puzzles at 30% off!  I’ll be covering my favorites in this post. Click here to see the sale at Puzzle Warehouse. See all our previous Piatnik posts and puzzle reviews here. PIATNIK HISTORY Piatnik was founded in 1824 in Vienna,Read more