Review: “Christmas Chaos” by Francois Ruyer, Piatnik – 9/10

“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.Read more

Review: “Cat’s Life” by Marino Degano, Heye – 9.75/10

“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.Read more

New Jan Van Haasteren puzzles announced!

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”, and a scarf). “New Year’s Dip” looks like a good one! I’ll definitely want to do the 2000 piece version. There’s also a brand new imageRead more

Review: “Happytown” by Rita Berman, Heye, 9.5/10

Publisher: Heye (Germany) Title:  “Happytown” by Rita Berman, Heye, 1500 pieces Released Jan 2016    Dimensions: 31.6″ x 23.6″ (80×60 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 (like this). This particular box is gorgeous. It is made of very heavy cardboard and the design is lovely with a purple background.  The frontRead more

New JVH Puzzles for Fall 2015!

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 that might later become at least 500 pieces.   Lawn Mower Race — 1000 or 2000 pieces This is a brand new image from JanRead more

Review: “Chinatown”, Heye, 9/10

  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 and colorful and just a nice change from all the rectangular boxes. You can see one front side of this triangular box above. The box hasRead more

Review: “Spaghetti Della Mama”, Heye, 9/10

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 two triangular boxes to make a square (see our Heye page here). The boxes are also different and fun and of beautiful design and quality.  You canRead more

Rare Heye puzzles on ebay right now

Just thought I’d let my readers know. I track Heye puzzles on ebay daily because there are still 2 rare ones I’m looking for. A bunch of rare Heye puzzles just went up, including “Ave Ceasar” (Loup), “Hotel World” (Prades), and “1001 Nights” (Prades).  If you are looking for older Heye puzzles, you might want to check it out. Here’s a link.Read more