Puzzle Brand Comparison: Eeboo

REVIEW DATE: 3/17/2018        PUZZLE TESTED: “Bountiful Garden” (2017)

OUR RATING: 70 points, A Grade

CATEGORIES: hand-painted art with a modern folk feel and often with a “round table” design

CUT:  Ribbon cut with a good variety of piece shapes      FINISH: high gloss

PIECE FIT:  average                  PIECE SIZE: medium

This page is part of our Puzzle Brand Comparison. You can find the overview page here.

Check out the end of this post for our favorite Eeboo puzzles!

SUMMARY:  Scored 70

Eeboo is New York City studio which produces children’s toys. They are relatively new to the adult puzzle market. They specialize in 500 to 2000 piece puzzles in square, rectangular, and round shapes. Most of their art appears to be done in house (art credit to Monika Forsberg) and is unique in the puzzle market. The busy, bright, colorful, modern folk designs make excellent and cheerful puzzles. Many of their designs are “round table”, meaning the design is facing you no matter what side of the puzzle you are sitting on. The boxes and puzzle pieces are of excellent quality, thick and sturdy with a visually pleasing high gloss sheen that can, nevertheless, lead to glare at night under overhead lights. There is a poster of the image included in the box for extra reference. The puzzles are ribbon or grid cut with a good variety of piece shapes. Puzzle size and snugness of fit are both average. They ranked very well in our brand comparison criteria.

Eeboo Website          Jigsaw Junkies coverage of Eeboo puzzles                 Puzzle Warehouse eeboo Page

1. BOX Exterior  — 11/10

How deluxe does the box looks and feel? Is it sturdy? Will it hold up over time?  How nicely does it arrange on the shelf?

The eeboo boxes feel quite deluxe and high-end. They have a glossy wrapped surface and both the bottom and top lid are thick. The design of the front is simple but professional. Size for the 1008 piece box below is 12″ x 12″.  The box design is distinctive for their brand and mostly given over to the puzzle image itself on the front.

Front:

The front includes the puzzle title, “Bountiful Garden,” eeboo logo, piece count, and final dimensions. The artist’s name is not mentioned on the front. Note that this box has no shrink wrap (similar to Buffalo Games, the box is glued at the sides). It does have a very glossy look and feel which almost gives a shrink wrap impression.

Sides:

All 4 sides are basically the same except the position of the label and puzzle image are swapped. The side has the name of the puzzle in several languages, the piece count, eeboo logo, and puzzle image.

Back:

The back is very nice. It’s custom to this puzzle instead of being blank or generic. It has a blurb about the puzzle art along with the image and a close-up of the pieces. At the bottom there’s a copyright notice that gives the year of publication (2017) and the artist’s name (Monika Forsberg).

FINAL SCORE:

The box exterior scored quite well. No points were deducted, and I added one bonus point for the especially sturdy and shiny box, the nice packakging design, and for the custom back.

2. INSIDE THE BOX  — 11/10

How deluxe are the internal goodies (such as posters or brochures)?  When you remove the pieces is there puzzle dust, pieces stuck together, hanging chads, and places where the image has begun to separate from the backs?

As I mentioned above, there is no shrink wrap. Instead the box is sealed with little bits of glue at the center of each of the four sides. It’s best to open it by slipping a table knife between the box lid and bottom and then cutting the glue bit. The glue seems less hard than the Buffalo Games glue and there was not much damage to the side of the box when I opened it.

Inside the box is the bag of puzzles pieces and a “poster” that fits the bottom of the box, so it’s slightly smaller than 12″x12″.

The front of the poster is shown above. It’s the puzzle image. It’s not any larger than the front of the box, but the front of the box has that big “1008 pieces” label, so it’s nice to have the poster for an unobstructed view of the puzzle image. The back of the poster serves as a mini-catalog.

Below is the bag of puzzle pieces. The bag is fairly thick. As you can see, there was no puzzle dust at all and the pieces were all fully separated and undamaged.

FINAL SCORE:

The box interior score did really well. There were no deductions and 1 point was added for an extra poster in the box.

3. PIECE THICKNESS — 9/10

How thick are the pieces compared to other brands? How does a piece feel in your hand? How easily are pieces damaged or bent during assembly and separation?

Piece thickness is a critical part of puzzle quality to me, second only to the puzzle image.  Doing a jigsaw is a tactile experience, it’s something that gets me off the computer and tablet for a few hours. I enjoy the thick feel of the pieces and the satisfaction of a good fit. We use Ravensburger for comparison because their pieces are one of the thickest in the industry.

The Eeboo pieces are slightly less thick than Ravensburger (more than is evident in the photo below). But only slightly. The eeboo pieces are very tightly compacted and have clean edges with graying. They feel hard and unbendable, which is good. The puzzle is not easy to damage. the surface image is tightly bonded and there’s no image life.

FINAL SCORE:

4.  PIECE SIZE & SHAPE — 8/10

Are the pieces standard shapes? Special shapes? How much variety do they have? Are they large or small?

Eeboo pieces are medium in size–smaller than Ravensburger and White Mountain. About the same size as Heye and Educa.

The puzzle cut is a ribbon cut with a good variety of piece shapes. I didn’t run into a situation where a piece that seems to fit where it didn’t belong. I prefer random cut to grid cut myself, but I like both types. This is a decent, solid ribbon cut.

FINAL SCORE:

Eeboo didn’t score quite as well in this category due to the ribbon cut, but it didn’t do too badly either. There’s enough variety in the piece shapes to make for a fun and not frustrating assembly experience.

5. PIECE FIT– 9/10

Do pieces interlock well? Can it be confusing if a piece fits or not?  Can you move groups of pieces together? Does it look snug when it’s done?

The piece fit is about average, not particularly loose, so that it falls apart at a nudge, nor so tight that you can pick up the puzzle without glue (like Spingbok).  You can move small groups of joined pieces with care. I never had any difficulty determining if a piece went someplace or not, and they interlock well. The end result is very flat and seamless, as you can see below.

 Above: Detail of eeboo puzzle “Bountiful Garden” by Monika Forsberg (1008 pieces)

FINAL SCORE:  

Eeboo scores fairly here too, with just one deduction for a less-than-tight fit.

6. IMAGE REPRODUCTION — 910

Are the colors bright and vivid? Is the image sharp or feel like a bad Xerox? How is the finish/texture on the pieces?

The artwork is very bright with true colors. Edges and designs are crisp with no blurring.

This test puzzle is a folk art style with large color areas, but the detail, like the bee’s eyes below, are very clear.

The puzzles have a very shiny, glossy finish, which means there is is glare under overhead lights. See example below. This is not an issue except at night if the puzzle is directly under a light. Glare is most annoying when there are dark areas of the puzzle, like blacks, navy, dark purples etc, which was all blur together whe there’s a glare. This particular puzzle was brightly colored enough that I didn’t have any difficulty working it at night despite the glare. Having it on a puzzle board helps, because I could always shift the puzzle board a bit if I was working on an area that was immediately underneath the overhead light.

FINAL SCORE:

I deducted one point for surface glare but otherwise the image reproduction is perfect.

7.  IMAGE VARIETY & ARTISTS — 13/10

Does the brand have a wide variety of fun images and good artists?

Eeboo is a fairly young puzzle maker, but they have an appealinbg and unique selection of puzzles. They have square, rectangular and round puzzles in 2000, 1000 and 500 pieces. They also have children’s puzzles in much smaller piece counts.

Many of their puzzles have a “round table” design. That means you can be on any side of the table and have part of the design facing you instead of it being upside down, as in “Bountiful Garden”, the puzzle I reviewed for this feature.

Another example of a round table design is their puzzle “Circus”, 1008 pieces.

They also carry a number of round puzzles, like this awesome “Crazy Bug Bouquet” in 500 pieces.

They have a metallic “foil” puzzle (Shiny Ornaments, 1000 pieces), which is cool. Perhaps they’ll add more.

Their art style is unique. And while they don’t have a number of traditional categories like “fine art” and “cartoon”, they do have a nice variety of shapes and concepts within their offerings. Another big point in their favor is their art is unique on the market. I haven’t seen any of these designs before or really anything similar to them. It’s always a pleasure to find something truly fresh.

FINAL SCORE:

Eeboo scores very well in this category. This is a promising young catalog and I hope they continue to grow with this kind of quality. While I didn’t give them a bonus point for wanting to order 10+ puzzles from their catalog, that’s mostly due to their current size. As it is I’d order a good half dozen. 🙂 I gave the a bonus point for “best of industry” in round table designs since their images are really very cleverly done and also for having unique images not found elsewhere. Their puzzle images are likely created in house in their eeboo studio

SUMMARY:  Scored 70

Eeboo is New York City studio which produces children’s toys. They are relatively new to the adult puzzle market. They specialize in 500 to 2000 piece puzzles in square, rectangular, and round shapes. Most of their art appears to be done in house (art credit to Monika Forsberg) and is unique in the puzzle market. The busy, bright, colorful, modern folk designs make excellent and cheerful puzzles. Many of their designs are “round table”, meaning the design is facing you no matter what side of the puzzle you are sitting on. The boxes and puzzle pieces are of excellent quality, thick and sturdy with a visually pleasing high gloss sheen that can, nevertheless, lead to glare at night under overhead lights. There is a poster of the image included in the box for extra reference. The puzzles are ribbon or grid cut with a good variety of piece shapes. Puzzle size and snugness of fit are both average. They ranked very well in our brand comparison criteria.

MORE EBOO TO LOVE

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL EEBOO PUZZLES AT PUZZLE WAREHOUSE

Below are some more of my favs. Click on any puzzle in this post to see it on Puzzle Warehouse.

“Crazy Bug Bouquet”, 1000 pieces (also comes in 500 pieces)

“Unicorn Garden”, 500 pieces

“Blue Bird Yellow Bird”, 500 pieces

“Below the Surface”, 1000 pieces

“Seagull Garden”, 1000 pieces

“Cats at Work”, 1000 pieces

“Desserts”, 1000 pieces

“Birds and Flowers”, 1000 pieces

“Zodiac”, 1000 pieces

JJ