This page is part of our Puzzle Brand Comparison. You can find the overview page here.
SUMMARY: Now owed by Jumbo, the Wasgij brand is of very high quality comparable to Ravensburger with beautiful boxes, thick, quality pieces, and fun images released regularly. There are no inserts or goodies in the box.
1. BOX — 10/10
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 Wasgij boxes are thick and sturdy, similar in quality feel to Ravensburger or Gibson.
The front design has improved recently over the original Wasgij boxes with the “crystal ball” image. The latest boxes feature the logo and number of the series prominently, the box image and various pull-outs from the art and decorations. The black is the brand standard, similar to Gibson’s blue boxes, and it does contrast well with the puzzle art.
The back design is unique to the individual puzzle and contains fun info on the puzzle and artist.
The sides are all illustrated. At least one horizontal and one vertical side have the series logo and number and a puzzle image for convenient shelf arrangement in any orientation you like.
The various Wasgij series (Christmas, Original, Mystery, Destiny, and What If?) have similar boxes with slightly different colors and look good arranged on a shelf.
2. INSIDE THE BOX — 8/10
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?
The Wasgij box contains zero inserts. This is a bit disappointing for a premier puzzle at this price. An overview of the Wasgij line, mini-catalogue, or other goodie would have been nice.
There is, however, a little ‘hint image’ printed on the inside of the lid.
The puzzle bag is sturdy with tiny air holes to prevent moisture damage. The pieces are well separated with no hanging chads. The puzzle image is not peeling away from the bottom. Puzzle dust is minimal.
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?
The Wasgij pieces are fairly comparable in thickness to Ravensburger and Gibson. They feel sturdy and not easily damaged.
4. PIECE SIZE & SHAPE — 8/10
Are the pieces standard shapes? Special shapes? How much variety do they have? Are they large or small?
Size is comparable to Ravensburger, slightly larger than Gibson.
The Wasgij pieces are standard shapes with less variety than Ravensburger but more than Gibson. You can see in the sample below that there are a lot of ‘2 knob, 2 hole’ pieces with the occasional 3 knob or 1 knob piece.
5. PIECE FIT— 10/10
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?
Wasgij is manufactured by Jumbo, which has one of the best fits in the puzzle field. It is uncommon to think a piece fits somewhere where it doesn’t go, and the final image has a very snug fit with flat and nearly invisible seams.
6. IMAGE REPRODUCTION — 10/10
Are the colors bright and vivid? Is the image sharp or feel like a bad Xerox? How is the finish/texture on the pieces?
Some of the older Wasgij puzzles were a bit muddy but the recent Wasgij images are perfect. Lovely color and very sharp image reproduction, even zoomed way it.
7. IMAGE VARIETY & ARTISTS — 10/10
Does the brand have a wide variety of fun images and good artists?
Wasgij gets full marks here. The Wasgij images are a lot of fun. They’re filled with humor and have excellent illustration quality. In addition, the Wasgij puzzles are a unique challenge because you’re not putting together the image on the box but some variation of that. The line:
Wasgij Original — the camera is reversed. You put together the image that people on the box lid are seeing.
Wasgij Mystery — the puzzle image is a step forward in time, what’s going to happen next based on the box image
Wasgij Destiny — the puzzle image is leap forward in time from the box image — generally 10-20-50 years later
Wasgij What If? — A ‘what if’ take off on the box image