Review: “Autumn Green” by House of Puzzles — 9/10

Publisher: House of Puzzles (Scotland), 2014, 1000 pieces Title:  “Autumn Green”  Artists: artist Ray Cresswell and puzzle designer Audray McNaught   OUR RATING: 9/10 Box Quality: The box has an attractive front cover design and a blank bottom.  As with all House of Puzzles puzzles, inside the box is the bag of puzzle pieces and a large large full-color brochure of this season’s releases (The Dellavaird Collection). The Image: Of the twelve puzzles HOP released this past July, this is my favorite.  I’m a realRead more

Review: “Ornamental Wonderland” by Springbok 8/10

Publisher: Springbok (US), Released 2014 Title:  “Ornamental Wonderland” by artist Tammy Haddix 1000 pieces OUR RATING: 8/10 This is a brand new puzzle by Springbok, released for Christmas 2014. It’s nice to see that the latest quality of Springbok is really quite high. Box Quality: Let’s start with the box.  It’s a very sturdy box, both top and bottom, with a nice design on the front (above). I particularly loved the back, which has information on the artist and this puzzleRead more

Review: “Christmas Market” limited edition Christmas puzzle by Gibson, 9/10

Publisher: Gibson (UK), Released 2014 Title:  “Christmas Market” by artist Marcello Corti, 1000 pieces OUR RATING: 9/10 Gibson ranks quite highly on our puzzle brand comparison. It’s a UK brand with lovely thick boxes, sturdy pieces with a waxy finish, and a nice selection of images.  Every year they do a limited edition Christmas puzzle and this year’s is “Christmas Market”. Their Christmas puzzles are always done by artist Marcello Corti and I quite like the style of them. There’s lotsRead more

Just arrived: Otter House’s Limited Edition Christmas Puzzles 2014

Anyone who follows my blog knows that I love limited edition Christmas puzzles. I collect the ones issued annually by Ravensburger, Waddington, Gibson, Falcon, House of Puzzles, and Wasgij.  I’m very excited to say there is at least one, and maybe two, limited edition puzzle series just started this year by puzzle maker Otter House (a UK puzzle maker).  I happened to see a photo of the puzzles online and contacted the company to find out how to order it since itRead more

Review: “Christmas Treats” by House of Puzzles (1000 pieces)

Front of the box.  The back of the box is blank. This is 2014’s limited edition Christmas puzzle from House of Puzzles, No 9 in their limited edition Christmas series. It’s called “Christmas Treats” and the artwork is by Ray Cresswell. This puzzle really IS a treat. I collect the Christmas puzzles from various brands and I enjoyed the fact that this puzzle design is different than the usual Santa-and-reindeer. It’s a cozy vintage shop scene with plenty of uniqueRead more

Review: Ravenburger’s “The Christmas Farm”

SCORE:  85 Box:  10/10 Image Quality (colors, sharpness):  8/10 Piece & Fit Quality:  9/10 Fun Factor:  7/10 Total Score:  34/40 or 85% Box:  10 The box, as usual from Ravensburger, is of very high quality. The cardboard is sturdy and heavy and the colors are bright. The box design is very appealing with an image and name on the side for vertical shelving. Image Quality:  8 The image is very soft. You can see in the people’s faces that thereRead more

2014 Christmas Puzzles are here!

All of my favorite brands of limited edition Christmas puzzles have now been released for 2014. And without further ado, here they are:   Waddington’s 2014 Christmas Puzzle — “Santa’s Workhop”, 1000 pieces  (purchase link here–ships worldwide)   Ravensburger’s 2014 Limited Edition Christmas Puzzle “The Christmas Farm”  (Purchase Link Here for US and Here for UK)   House of Puzzles 2014 Limited Edition Christmas Puzzle “Christmas Treats”, 500 or 1000 pieces (purchase link here for worldwide) Falcon’s 2014 Limited EditionRead more

Waddington’s 2014 Christmas Puzzle is here!

  The Waddington’s 2014 Limited Edition Christmas puzzle is on Amazon.co.uk. This is quite a different image compared to the past few years, which have been more scenic. But it’s colorful and looks like a lot of fun. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Waddingtons-Workshop-Limited-Edition-Christmas/dp/B00KYUNYO0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1407795568&sr=8-2&keywords=waddington+christmas+puzzle You can order this puzzle internationally. Ordering it from Amazon.co.uk I was charged 4.95 pounds for shipping to the US. JJRead more

Ravensburger’s 2014 Limited Edition Christmas Puzzle & 2 new “What Ifs”

Three new Ravensburger puzzles cropped up on Amazon today. One is the 2014 limited edition Christmas puzzle from Ravensburger. In addition to this treat, Ravensburger has released two new puzzles in their “What If” series of wasgij-like puzzles as well. Check them out!  Also see our Limited Edition Christmas Page for more Christmas puzzles! “The Christmas Farm” on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.   What If #7 “The Portrait” on amazon.co.uk and Puzzle Warehouse in the US   What If #8 “The Racehorse”Read more

New Gibson Puzzles Jul 2014

Gibson is releasing more new puzzles in July. Here’s a first look.  These are not yet on Amazon.   (click for close-up) First is a Christmas puzzle called “Midnight Delivery” by artist Steve Crisp, 1000 pieces. This image is one that was released by Falcon a few years ago and has been modified. But this is such a wonderful puzzle image, and the colors on the Falcon were a bit dull.  I’m looking forward to seeing Gibson’s version.  Note thatRead more

Wasgij Christmas puzzle 2014 — First Look!

The new Wasgij Christmas puzzle for 2014, #10 “The Mystery Shopper!”, just went on sale in the UK.  Here’s a look at it:   The Christmas puzzle this year comes in a box with TWO 1000 puzzles, the box image and the wasgij (reversed) image. I love the puzzle image and can’t wait to see what the wasgij image is. Personally, I would just as soon only have the wasgij image as I will never do the box image (and pairingRead more