This is a gorgeous and fun-to-assemble shaped puzzle from Sunsout. The garden is filled with vibrant flowers, colorful birds, cute animals, and other surprises to discover as you assemble it. I really loved the soft art style, which feels airbrushed. The image is full without feeling crowded and there's no real 'background color', dead space, or dark areas. Assembly is of moderate difficulty but everything has a unique color or texture, so if you reference the box lid, you can always tell where a piece goes. The Sunsout quality is excellent with thick, sturdy pieces and a wonderful random cut. I particularly liked the unusual, fan-shaped border, which was a nice change from rectangular puzzles. Highly recommen
I loved shaped puzzles and fall-themed puzzles, so this puzzle was extra fun to assemble. The image has lots of fall leaves, both large and small. It really puts me in the mood for crisp autumn days! The Sunsout quality is excellent with thick, sturdy pieces and a wonderful random cut and hangs together really well. The overall difficulty is moderate. Most of the puzzle is easy, despite the shaped border, but all the squirrel fur gives the puzzle a little more challenge at the end. Highly recommended.
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.
Publisher: Sunsout (USA), 1000 pieces Title: “Garden Bunnies”, Artist: Mary Thompson Finished size: 26.5" x 29" OUR RATING: 8.75/10 I love shaped puzzles, especially those with a cute spring theme. It was past time to review this classic from Sunsout. And for the next three days you can grab it on sale for 25% off too. $12.36 is a... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany) Title: “Big Ben, London” 1155 pieces Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9/10 This puzzle is part of a new category of shaped puzzles from Ravensburger called "Silhouette". Since I'm a fan of both shaped puzzles and Ravensburger, let's see how well the latter pulls off the former, shall we? Box Quality: (9/10) The box is... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Bits And Pieces (US) Title: “Busy as a Beaver” by Jeffrey Severn, 750 pieces Release date: There is no release date on the box, but this puzzle is several years old and not currently in print. You can find it it on ebay. This image came in 300 and 750 pieces, so make sure... Continue Reading →
Bits and Pieces releases puzzle throughout the year, but the bulk of new releases are seasonal. Their new 'winter catalogue' has a number of new puzzles. (A few of these are also from the end of 2015). I've pulled out my favorites below, but you can see all their new puzzles here. "Birdhouse Quilt" by... Continue Reading →
I posted a link to the new Ravensburger 2016 catalogue a week or so ago. I still don't have great pictures of the new puzzles, but since I'm working on a 2016 master page, I'm going to post the best pictures I could get from the online pdf catalogue. These are my picks from the... Continue Reading →
I just got an email about the new Fall puzzles from Bits & Pieces. Unfortunately, there's isn't a 'brand new' fall-themed shaped puzzle, but there is a cute 'camping' one that was released about a month ago. "Camping Trip" comes in 750 or 300 pieces and is by artist Thomas Wood. It's on sale now for... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Bits and Pieces (US), published 2014 Title: “Young Calf and Friends”, Artist: Jack Williams, 750 pieces OUR RATING: 9.5 In the early spring, when I'm anxious for the first daffodils and rays of heat, I like to do a Spring-themed shaped puzzle. Last year I did a ducklings one from Bits and Pieces. This year, it was... Continue Reading →
There are a few new puzzles filtering out for Spring. Gibsons has put this one on their 'new product' page -- a new Steve Crisp. I love it! Bits and Pieces has releases their Spring puzzles. You can see them here (and their new puzzles are currently on sale). Here are my favorite. Rose Cottage... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Bits and Pieces (US), published 2015 Title: “Dream of the White Lions”, Artist: Liz Goodrick Dillon, 750 pieces (also comes in 300 large pieces) OUR RATING: 7/10 This puzzle is new for 2015 and I ordered it as soon as I saw it, and put it together as soon as it arrived! So I guess... Continue Reading →