I have a confession to make. I'm a certified puzzle dragon. I'll buy a puzzle and sit on it forever. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have puzzles from at least 2 years ago that I haven't assembled yet. Some people may see that as a problem, I see it as my delightful pile... Continue Reading →
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.... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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.
“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.
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!
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. 8/10
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... Continue Reading →
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.
Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany), 2016 Title: “Museum of Wonder” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces Final dimension: 70x50 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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →