Review: “I Love London” by Mike Jupp, Gibsons — 9.5/10

Gibsons is a high-quality puzzle brand from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, a standard grid cut, and a waxy matte finish. Their Mike Jupp series of “I Love…” puzzles are some of the best cartoon puzzles on the market. The art work is of exceptional quality and has a wealth of fine detail. “I Love London” is a comic look at the great city of London with a range of crazy characters. You’ll have a lot of fun assembling this puzzle and getting a closer look at the sight gags and mini stories within the scene. Assembly is easy-to-moderate with no one area being especially difficult. You may find yourself referencing the box lid a lot! Recommended for anyone who likes cartoon puzzles and humor, or for those with a soft spot for London.Read more

Artist Interview: Steve Crisp

Steve Crisp is a British artist who creates rural country scenes, British nostalgia, jungle wildlife, and other lovely images that have been made into jigsaw puzzles. He’s published by many brands including Sunsout, Gibsons, Falcon, and White Mountain. See all Steve Crisp puzzles on Puzzle Warehouse here. Those who have followed my blog for awhile know that I’m a fan of Steve Crisp puzzles. So I’m honored to have him agree to an interview with Jigsaw Junkies!  First, thank you, Steve, for taking the time to answerRead more

Review: “Summer House” by Steve Crisp, Sunsout – 9/10

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.Read more

Review & Giveaway: “Winter Village” by Steve Crisp, White Mountain – 9.5/10

White Mountain’s “Winter Village” is one of my favorite puzzles so far in 2016. The snowy image by Steve Crisp is gorgeous and really hit the spot when I worked it during the hot summer months. Though this is a nighttime scene, the colors are bright and appealing. There’s a nice mix of detail and simpler areas where you can put the pieces together without referencing the box (like the sky and the bridge). I loved the large White Mountain piece size and the larger size of the final puzzle. The random cut is fun to piece together and the finish is very flat and smooth. This is an easy-to-moderate puzzle that is never frustrating. Highly recommended!Read more

Review: “A Trip to the Shops” by Trevor Mitchell, Gibsons — 9.5/10

Gibsons puzzles are a high-quality puzzle from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, and a waxy matte finish. This set contains four separate 500-piece puzzles. The four puzzles together show a family spending the day in a market town and visiting various vintage shops and vendors. This is a lovely British nostalgia collection by artist Trevor Mitchell and was specifically commissioned by Gibsons. There’s so much color and detail in these images that assemble is very quick and easy. You can do each 500 piece puzzle separately or mix them together into a 2000 piece puzzle for more of a challenge. The 4×500 format is unique to Gibsons and offers something for all levels of puzzlers. Highly recommended.Read more

Review: “The Fishing Shed” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons – 9.25/10

Gibsons puzzles are a high-quality puzzle from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, and a waxy matte finish. This British nostalgia puzzle shows a boy getting ready to go fishing with his grandfather. With it’s bright colors, soft light, appealing theme, and strong detail, you can see this is an original painting commissioned specifically to be a jigsaw. The assembly process is easy and fun. This is a puzzle that can appeal to men and women and would make a lovely gift for a grandfather or anyone who likes nostalgia scenes.Read more

Review: “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady: Jewels of the Air” by Edith Holden, Ravensburger – 8.25/10

Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany), 2016 Title:  “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady: Jewels of the Air”  1000 pieces Based on Edith Holden’s illustrations from her famous “Country Diary” Review by Jane OUR RATING: 8.25/10 Box Quality:  (8/10) 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 generic “Ravensburger quality” image. The sides: You can see two of the sides in the image above. The sides show the RavensburgerRead more

Review: “The Country Bus” by Trevor Mitchell, Gibsons — 7.75/10

  Publisher: Gibsons (UK) Title:  “The Country Bus” by Trevor Mitchell, 4 x 500 pieces Review by Jane OUR RATING: 7.75/10 A lovely puzzle set and box is marred by missing pieces and quality control issues. Box Quality:  (10/10) The box is shown above and below. As usual with Gibsons, it’s a gorgeous box in blue made of thick cardboard and with nice product design. I really appreciate the fact that the back of the box is unique to this puzzle, giving backgroundRead more

Review: “Roll Out The Barrel” by Ray Cresswell, House of Puzzles – 9.25/10

Publisher: House of Puzzles (Scotland) Title:  “Roll Out The Barrel” by Ray Cresswell, 1000 pieces Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9.25/10 Box Quality:  (9/10) The box is shown above. It’s a fairly large rectangular box about the size of the typical Ravensburger or Jumbo box. Each House of Puzzles box has a different base color and this one, as you can see, is pine green. The name of the artist isn’t on the front, but you can see it signed in the lower rightRead more

Review: “Wembley Dreams” by Trevor Mitchell, Ravensburger — 9.25/10

Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany) Title:  “Wembley Dreams” by Trevor Mitchell, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces, 2015 Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9.25/10 Box Quality:  (10/10) The Ravensburger boxes are awesome–thick and sturdy with a very nice design. The sides have a white ‘Ravensburger’ on blue, the image, the piece count, puzzle name and sometimes author name so you can see the info when shelved. The back of this particular box has some standard info about the company. However, inside there are a number of extras. As you can seeRead more

New from Gibsons! Spring 2015

Gibsons has just launched a few awesome new puzzles.  I’ve shown them below in the order in which I like/love them. 1. Glenny’s Garden Shop by Steve Read.   2. London Landmarks, 1000 pieces 3. Water’s Edge by John Francis     4. Land Girls by Derek Roberts   5. Sunshine & Steam by Philip D. Hawkins   See anything you like? You can look at the puzzles on the Gibson site here. JJRead more

Review: “Best of British #12 – The County Park”, Ravensburger, 10/10

  Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany), published Feb 2015 Title:  “Best of British #12: The County Park”, Artist: Geoff Tristram, 1000 pieces  OUR RATING: 10 I love the “Best of British” series because they’re both humorous cartoon puzzles and British/Anglophile puzzles at once. And of course, the artwork by Geoff Tristram (see our interview with Geoff here) is always clean, creative, and funny. Box Quality: (10/10) The box gets a perfect score. You can see the front above. As always, Ravensburger boxes are high quality,Read more