Review: “Christmas Fayre” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons – 9.25/10

“Christmas Fayre” is a beautiful holiday puzzle from Gibsons set in a traditional English village Christmas market. The puzzle is easy-to-moderate in difficulty. The night-time colors are rich with purples, oranges, and reds. The artwork is a hand-painted scene with a good amount of detail. There’s some repeating greenery and red and white stripes throughout the image that make assembly slightly more challenging–in a good way. I enjoyed seeing all the characters as I put the puzzle together, young couples and families out enjoying the market. There’s lots of Christmassy details like wreaths, trees, advent candles, roasted chestnuts. The Gibsons quality is exceptional with thick pieces and a waxy finish that feels good to the touch. Recommended!Read more

Review: “Sunday Lunch” by Steve Read, Falcon — 9/10

“Sunday Lunch” is a wonderful puzzle for the holidays. The subject is unusual in puzzles, with a contemporary family around a holiday table. It’s a breeze to assemble thanks to each character’s unique face, hair, and clothing, the orange curtains, the windows, and the loaded dining table. This is a puzzle you can work without constantly referring to the box lid. I found it particularly fun to piece together the “feast” on the table. The Falcon quality is excellent. It’s a grid-cut puzzle with thick, sturdy pieces, a soft matte finish, a solid ‘click into place’ fit, and a seamless finish. Highly recommended!Read more

Artist Interview: Mike Jupp

Mike Jupp is a British artist who creates fantastic humorous “busy” cartoon puzzles for Gibsons. His images are full of meticulous detail and crazy characters.  See all Mike Jupp puzzles on Puzzle Warehouse here. My reviews of Mike Jupp puzzles here. Hi, Mike! It’s a privilege to have you as a guest on our puzzle blog. I personally am a huge fan of your cartoon puzzles. Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions. JJ: First, please introduce yourself and tell usRead more

Review: “I Love London” by Mike Jupp, Gibsons — 9.5/10

Gibsons is a high-quality puzzle brand from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, a standard grid cut, and a waxy matte finish. Their Mike Jupp series of “I Love…” puzzles are some of the best cartoon puzzles on the market. The art work is of exceptional quality and has a wealth of fine detail. “I Love London” is a comic look at the great city of London with a range of crazy characters. You’ll have a lot of fun assembling this puzzle and getting a closer look at the sight gags and mini stories within the scene. Assembly is easy-to-moderate with no one area being especially difficult. You may find yourself referencing the box lid a lot! Recommended for anyone who likes cartoon puzzles and humor, or for those with a soft spot for London.Read more

Review: “I Love Gardening” by Mike Jupp, Gibsons – 9.5/10

Gibsons is a high-quality puzzle brand from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, and a waxy matte finish. Their Mike Jupp series of “I Love…” puzzles is enormously popular in the UK and for good reason. These busy cartoon puzzles are filled with fine detail, bright colors, and humorous sight gags. It’s fun to discover all the characters and animals as you piece this puzzle together. The grid cut, seamless finish, and excellent image reproduction all mark this as a AAA brand with an excellent tactile feel. Due to the standard piece cut, some pieces may appear to go where they don’t belong, which makes this brand more challenging to work than some. If you like cartoon puzzles, you’ll definitely want to check out the Mike Jupp puzzles in this series. “I Love Gardening” is ideal for those who have a green thumb or just like a moderately difficult and detailed puzzle.Read more

Artist Interview: Steve Crisp

Steve Crisp is a British artist who creates rural country scenes, British nostalgia, jungle wildlife, and other lovely images that have been made into jigsaw puzzles. He’s published by many brands including Sunsout, Gibsons, Falcon, and White Mountain. See all Steve Crisp puzzles on Puzzle Warehouse here. Those who have followed my blog for awhile know that I’m a fan of Steve Crisp puzzles. So I’m honored to have him agree to an interview with Jigsaw Junkies!  First, thank you, Steve, for taking the time to answerRead more

Review: “Summer House” by Steve Crisp, Sunsout – 9/10

Sunsout presents “Summer House” by Steve Crisp as a house-shaped puzzle. I love the irregular border on shaped puzzles and this one is quite fun with the pine tree, roof of the house, and flower beds providing the border. The quality of the puzzle is excellent with thick pieces and a crazy fun random cut. The cut includes whimsies–pieces shaped like dogs, birds, trees, and other objects. The image reproduction is wonderful with bright colors and sharp details. The beautiful illustration by Steve Crisp makes a great puzzle. The various colored rooms in the house are separate vignettes you can piece together. The rooms are easy, but the half-timbered exterior walls and thatched roof provide a little more challenge. This is an unusual puzzle that goes above and beyond the standard rectangular, grid-cut puzzle. Highly recommended.Read more

Review & Giveaway: “Winter Village” by Steve Crisp, White Mountain – 9.5/10

White Mountain’s “Winter Village” is one of my favorite puzzles so far in 2016. The snowy image by Steve Crisp is gorgeous and really hit the spot when I worked it during the hot summer months. Though this is a nighttime scene, the colors are bright and appealing. There’s a nice mix of detail and simpler areas where you can put the pieces together without referencing the box (like the sky and the bridge). I loved the large White Mountain piece size and the larger size of the final puzzle. The random cut is fun to piece together and the finish is very flat and smooth. This is an easy-to-moderate puzzle that is never frustrating. Highly recommended!Read more

New House of Puzzles, July 2016

The House of Puzzles brand from Scotland has announced their new puzzles for July 2016. They’re hard to get in North America, so if you’re in the UK you’re in luck. If not, your best bet at the moment is ebay. But hopefully they will have US distribution in the future. Here are my top picks of their new puzzles. My favorites are this year’s limited edition Christmas Puzzle and the new Find the Differences – #11: General Store.    They haven’tRead more

New Puzzles – July 2016

There are a lot of awesome new puzzles to talk about this month! Tis the season for the Christmas and Fall releases to start to appear. First, let’s look at the ones that were just announced (and aren’t yet in stock). NEW PUZZLE ANNOUNCEMENTS Buffalo Games Buffalo Games tends to release a few new puzzles a month throughout the year. This month we get three new releases for Christmas. All three are very nice. Puzzle Warehouse gets the new Buffalo Games in quiteRead more

Review: “A Trip to the Shops” by Trevor Mitchell, Gibsons — 9.5/10

Gibsons puzzles are a high-quality puzzle from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, and a waxy matte finish. This set contains four separate 500-piece puzzles. The four puzzles together show a family spending the day in a market town and visiting various vintage shops and vendors. This is a lovely British nostalgia collection by artist Trevor Mitchell and was specifically commissioned by Gibsons. There’s so much color and detail in these images that assemble is very quick and easy. You can do each 500 piece puzzle separately or mix them together into a 2000 piece puzzle for more of a challenge. The 4×500 format is unique to Gibsons and offers something for all levels of puzzlers. Highly recommended.Read more

Review: “The Fishing Shed” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons – 9.25/10

Gibsons puzzles are a high-quality puzzle from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, and a waxy matte finish. This British nostalgia puzzle shows a boy getting ready to go fishing with his grandfather. With it’s bright colors, soft light, appealing theme, and strong detail, you can see this is an original painting commissioned specifically to be a jigsaw. The assembly process is easy and fun. This is a puzzle that can appeal to men and women and would make a lovely gift for a grandfather or anyone who likes nostalgia scenes.Read more