Publisher: Piatnik (Austria), published 2017 (currently in print) Title: Brewery” by Francois Ruyer, 1000 pieces Finished size: 26.5" x 17.4" OUR RATING: 8.5/10 LAST FEW DAYS FOR PIATNIK SALE! The Piatnik buy-2-get-1-free sale ends on June 6th. This week I'm featuring a Piatnik cartoon puzzle by artist Francois Ruyer. View all current Ruyer puzzles in stock at Puzzle Warehouse... Continue Reading →
"Christmas Chaos" by Francois Ruyer is a fun but moderately challenging Christmas cartoon puzzle. The artwork is beautifully executed with tons of color and detail. The repeating elements of similar-looking elves and gift boxes scattered throughout the image are tricky, but there are some anchoring elements such as the windows, fireplace, toys, and Christmas tree, which help fill in much of the design. I found myself referring to the box lid often to figure out which piece of elf went where. The Piatnik quality is very good with thick, sturdy pieces, a grid cut, a fairly tight fit, and a nice matte finish. If you like a little more challenge, Christmas puzzles, or cartoon puzzles, this is highly recommended.
"Cat's Life" is terrific fun and a perfect example of the awesomeness of cartoon puzzles from Heye. It's a fairly easy puzzle to assemble. Despite the large body of the cat and the green background, there are unique little characters (fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, among others) that inhabit every inch of the brilliant composition by cartoonist Marino Degano. Each little critter has a unique outfit, expression, or action, and you can match your pieces against the large poster that comes in the box. There are many joke and puns and pure silliness to discover as you assemble this puzzle.
A few new Jan Van Haasteren puzzles have been announced. These won't be out until September, but we can drool over them now! First is a new puzzle called "New Year's Dip", which will come out solo in 2000 pieces, or in a set in 1000 pieces (with the older image, "Eleven City ice Tour",... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Heye (Germany) Title: “Happytown” by Rita Berman, Heye, 1500 pieces Released Jan 2016 Dimensions: 31.6" x 23.6" (80x60 cm) Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9.5/10 Box Quality: (10/10) Those who follow my blog know that I love Heye triangular boxes! I have several shelves of them and I love how they look shelved together, tops facing out... Continue Reading →
I've updated the Heye Brand Comparison page to bring it up to date with our more formal review criteria. Guess how it did? In a word: awesome. JJ
There's a new Rob Derks "Pieces of History" is due out shortly, "The Pirates", 1000 pieces from Jumbo There's also a new Jan Van Haasteren called "Christmas Eve" available in 1000 or 2000 pieces due in January.
As usual, the wonderful website jvh-puzzles.nl has the new Jan Van Haasteren puzzle announcements first. Look at what's coming! Chaos in the Field and Fun In The Park -- 150 pieces each First, there are 2 new 150 piece puzzles. These are too small for me, but "Chaos in the Field" looks like an image... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Heye (Germany), published 2004 Title: “Chinatown”, Artist: Hugo Prades, 2000 pieces OUR RATING: 9/10 I finally worked this masterpiece I've had on my shelf for a while now. Fantabulous. Box Quality: I'm quite a fan of the Heye triangular boxes. I love the fun shape and they shelve well in pairs of two. They're sturdy... Continue Reading →
Wow! I love this new puzzle that was just announced from Jumbo. It's Jan Van Haasteren's "Wild Water Rafting" and it will come in 1500 or 3000 pieces. What a fun combination of things-that-are-different and things-that-are-the-same,and the theme is one I haven't seen before in JVH. Due out in May! Perfect!
Publisher: Gibsons (UK), ~2010, 1000 pieces Title: “I Love Christmas”, Artist: Mike Jupp OUR RATING: 10/10 I finally tackled this amazing Mike Jupp puzzle. Maybe I am missing Christmas already. 🙂 Box Quality: Gibsons boxes are among the very best in the business, if not the best. They're very thick and sturdy with lovely packaging design. You can... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Heye (Germany), published 2001 Title: “Spaghetti Della Mama”, Artist: Marino Degano, 1500 pieces OUR RATING: 9/10 Another Heye tackled. Lots of fun! Box Quality: I'm a fan of the Heye triangular boxes. If you have a number of Heye puzzles, they store easily and attractively by placing them "end out" on a shelf, using... Continue Reading →