The new Heye puzzles for 2019 have arrived at Puzzle Warehouse! Click on over to see the selection and grab your favorites while they're in stock! These go fast. HEYE PUZZLES AT PUZZLE WAREHOUSE. You can see my picks with updated links to their pages on the Puzzle Warehouse site here. There are also a... Continue Reading →
HEYE's new puzzles for 2019 are up on their website. You can see them all here. EDITED 1/17/2019 with links to the puzzles now available on the Puzzle Warehouse store! This year seems to have fewer new cartoon and fantasy puzzles than past year, but there are some cool new puzzles. Below are my favorites.... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
The new Heyes are available at Puzzle Warehouse! Here're some better pictures of this year's offerings. I've pulled out my favorites, but you can see them all here. "Hearts of Gold: You and Me", 1000 pieces Awesome colors and patterns in this new release--plus gold foil! "Phosphorus Tree", 1000 vertical This is an intriguing fantasy... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Heye (Germany), published 2017 Title: “Flower's Life” by Marino Degano, 1000 pieces Finished size: 27.6" x 19.7" OUR RATING: 9.5/10 NEW HEYES: To see all the new 2017 Heye puzzles currently in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, click below. View all current Heye puzzles in stock at Puzzle Warehouse "Flower's Life" by Marion Degano REVIEW Box Quality: (10/10) This cartoon puzzle... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Heye (Germany), published 2017 Title: “Rocket Launch” by Uli Oesterle, 1000 pieces Finished size: 27.6" x 19.7" OUR RATING: 9.25/10 NEW HEYES: I've finally had a chance to review one of the new Heye puzzles for 2017. Exciting! To see all the new Heye puzzles currently in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, click below. View all current Heye puzzles in... Continue Reading →
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!
"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.
I'm so excited that the new Heye puzzles for 2017 are here! Well, they're not here, as in physically--not yet. But we have the new catalog so I can announce them on the blog. As for an ETA for Puzzle Warehouse to get them in stock, we order them as soon as possible and will get... Continue Reading →
"Cats in Paris" by Sven Hartmann is a moderately difficult puzzle from Heye. The cats in the foreground are all unique and you can figure out where the pieces go by comparing them to the large poster that's included. The sky, cityscape, and gargoyle areas of the puzzle are more of a challenge to put together, though the strong color variation in the sky keeps it from being tedious. There's lot of interesting details to discover, French cliches and tropes the cats act out. As always, the Heye quality is outstanding with sturdy pieces, a matte finish, and a wide variety of grid-cut piece shapes. If you like cats or have a fondness for Paris, you'll enjoy this one.
"Cat's Life" is terrific fun and a perfect example of the awesomeness of cartoon puzzles from Heye. It's a fairly easy puzzle to assemble. Despite the large body of the cat and the green background, there are unique little characters (fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, among others) that inhabit every inch of the brilliant composition by cartoonist Marino Degano. Each little critter has a unique outfit, expression, or action, and you can match your pieces against the large poster that comes in the box. There are many joke and puns and pure silliness to discover as you assemble this puzzle.
"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.