Review: “Alice in Wonderland” by Mark Brill, Sunsout 8/10

Publisher: Sunsout (US), currently in print as of January 2019 Title:  “Classic Tales: Alice in Wonderland” by Mark Brill, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 20″ x 27 OUR RATING: 8.75/10 This brand new puzzle from Sunsout really appealed to my cartoon art – fantasy – collage puzzle loving soul, so I snatched it up for review. Let’s take a look! Box Quality:  (7/10) The Sunsout boxes are very large and square in shape. They’re oversized compared to most boxes on the market. ThisRead more

TOP TEN: The Best Pomegranate Puzzles

It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about Pomegranate.  They’re one of the classiest, highest quality American puzzle brands out there. They feature gorgeous boxes, thick pieces with a nice matte finish, and outstanding fine art images. I’ve been in a Pomegranate mood lately. I’ve working on one for review, but I thought it was time to take a look at their current puzzle line available on Puzzle Warehouse. You can see all Pomegranate puzzles here. The photo below shows theRead more

Review: “Treasure Hunt Bookshelf” by Aimee Stewart — Sunsout, 9/10

You’ll find lots of interesting details in this puzzle as you “treasure hunt” among the books. The fantasy image by Aimee Stewart features a rainbow of brightly-hued books and interesting elements arranged among them, such as dancers, jewels, notes, and Aladdin’s lamp. The puzzle is easy-to-moderate to assemble with many bright and distinct colors. The Sunsout quality is very good with thick pieces and a fun random cut with a wide variety of piece shapes. The fit is fairly tight so you can move groups of assembled pieces around with care. The final puzzle is frame-worthy. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Swan Song” by Nene Thomas – Ceaco – 7.5/10

“Swan Song” is a lovely gothic fantasy image by Nene Thomas. The puzzle is moderately challenging thanks to the random patterns in the black wings, white dress, and foggy forest. The Ceaco quality was good value for the price. The pieces are thin, but there was no damaged or bent pieces. The puzzle has an enjoyable random piece cut and a fairly tight fit that lets you move around grouped pieces without them falling apart. There’s no confusion about whether a piece fits somewhere or not. The muted colors and sobter tone make this a nice puzzle for a rainy fall day and a good gift for fantasy-loving teens.Read more

Review: “Tapestry Cat” by Lewis T. Johnson, White Mountain — 9/10

White Mountain’s “Tapestry Cat” is a fun and challenging puzzle with moderate difficulty. The image by artist Lewis T. Johnson has bright colors and a lovely hand-drawn art style. Big bold elements–such as the large border, the Morris-esque wallpaper background, the cat, and the floral bouquet inside the cat–make separate distinctive areas to assemble. Repeating elements within the border (like the blue diamonds) and within the floral bouquet (for example, white daisies) make the puzzle more challenging but never frustrating. The White Mountain quality is good with larger pieces and a random cut. The final puzzle has a flat, smooth finish that allows you to see the art rather than the jigsaw cut. The finish is glossy, so there is some glare under bright lights. Highly recommended!Read more

Review: “Great Dreams” by Ionut and Opitz, Trefl – 8/10

This is a striking fantasy image with a positive message–dream big! The Trefl brand from Poland is a grid-cut puzzle with fairly standard piece shapes and sizes. The pieces are not as thick as some Euro brands like Ravensburger or Jumbo, but thick enough to resist bending and damage. This puzzle is easy to assemble. The girl is a brightly-colored element that goes together quickly. The cityscape is not as interesting as the girl to assemble, but slight variations in color in the fog, and the recognizable buildings, keep it from being difficult. Recommended to fans of fantasy images. 8/10Read more

Review: “DragonForge” by Matthew Stewart, Cobble Hill — 7.75/10

Publisher: Cobble Hill (Canada), 2016 Title:  “Dragonforge” by Matthew Stewart  1000 pieces, 19.25″ x 26.625″ Review by Jane OUR RATING: 7.75/10 Box Quality:  (8/10) The box is shown above and below. It’s an attractive rectangular box similar in size to Ravensburger and Jumbo, but it has a nice linen finish. The front does not show the artist or image name. Back: The back is a generic Cobble Hill back. There’s nothing specific about the artist or puzzle image here. The sides: The sides have a nice close-up detail from theRead more

Review: “The Three Graces” by Josephine Walls, Buffalo Games – 9/10

This is a gorgeous fantasy puzzle by renown artist Josephine Wall. The Buffalo Games quality is quite good featuring grid-cut pieces with a wide variety of shapes. The small box saves shelf space while an included poster can be used for reference while assembling the puzzles. I loved the bold, bright colors in this one. Assembly is a nice mix of easy areas, like the faces, with areas of medium difficulty, like the masses of flowers and butterflies. I liked the added touch of the gold glitter, which is solidly applied and used throughout the puzzle. It adds a nice tactile dimension during assembly and makes the final puzzle even more attractive. This would be a nice image to frame for a kid or teen’s room.Read more

Review: “Museum of Wonder” by Aimee Stewart, Ravensburger – 9/10

    Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany), 2016 Title:  “Museum of Wonder”  by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces Final dimension: 70×50 cm (approx 27.5″ x 19.5″) Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9/10 Box Quality:  (10/10) The box is shown above and below. Like all Ravensburger boxes, the rectangular box is sturdy and nicely designed. Back: The back of the box has a generic “Ravensburger quality” image. However, there are goodies inside that make up for it! The sides: The sides show the Ravensburger logo, a close-up detail fromRead more

Buffalo Games: New Puzzles 2016

Buffalo Games releases puzzles throughout the year, so I will update this page as more are added.  I’ve pulled out my favorites to feature here, but you can see all their new puzzles on their website. “A Peach of a Day” by Charles Wysocki, 300 pieces Buffalo makes Wysocki puzzles in various sizes. Usually when they release one in 300 pieces I’m bummed because I don’t normally buy anything below 500. It just goes so fast it’s not worth it.Read more

Cobble Hill: New Puzzles for 2016!

The new Cobble Hill puzzles popped up today. They’re not yet on the Cobble Hill website, but they are for sale on Simple Pastimes. You can see them all here.  I’ve pulled out my favorites below. I’m most excited about the new 2000 piece puzzles. It harder to find really great 2000 piecers and these both look stellar. “Vintage Art Supplies”, 2000 pieces “Rosemary’s Birds” by Rosemary Millette, 2000 pieces I love this collection of various bird paintings. Looks like aRead more

Schmidt: New Puzzles 2016!

There are some new puzzles on the Schmidt website. A few of these are already on puzzle-offensive.de so they were released late 2015. Others are not yet released. Here’s a link to their website so you can see them all. The ones I show below are those that particuarly interest me. Unfortunately, the artists’ names are not given on the website. Four new “Come to Life” puzzles, 1000 pieces each “Tiger Attack”, 500 pieces “Wolf in the Moonlight”, 1000 piecesRead more