It's that time of year! Time to start seeing the Christmas puzzles announced or hitting the market. One of my favorite brands is Gibsons. They have a Limited Edition Christmas puzzle by Marcello Corti each year--and other Christmas offerings too. Here are the recently announced puzzles for 2018. We don't have these in stock at... Continue Reading →
This is a lovely Christmas themed puzzle from artist Randy Wollenmann. The bright colors are fun, especially the pink in the image. The wintry scene is appealing with kids and families out choosing their Christmas tree. The puzzle is a nice blend of easy elements, like the characters in their unique outfits, and slightly more challenging elements like all the fir trees, snow, and night sky. The difficulty is easy-to-moderate. I especially like the art style, which is hand painted and a little bit cartoony. The Vermont Christmas Company quality is good with hard, solid pieces. The cut is mostly a grid cut, but not all edges line up and some sides have wavy and diagonal edges. Recommended for all who enjoy cartoon or Christmas puzzles.
White Mountain's "Santa's Big Night" is a classic Christmas puzzle you'll want to add to your permanent collection. The image is ideal for puzzling with five separate Santa scene vignettes. The colors are bright and cheerful, and the painted artwork couldn't be more Christmassy. I especially loved the scene in the upper right with the snow-covered fur trees and the children playing in the snow. This is an easy-to-moderate puzzle that would be perfect to work with a group at Christmas, given the layout of the various story panels. The quality is quite good. I especially like White Mountain's larger piece size and very flat, smooth finish. Highly recommended for everyone this holiday season!
I loved shaped puzzles. There aren't that many released each year, so I treasure the good ones when they come along. This stocking-shaped Christmas puzzle is really delightful. The curved border is fun to work with and the image is filled with bright colors and patterns that keep you moving from one object to the other without wanting to stop. I love the quiet scene by the Christmas tree and the soft, painterly art style. The Sunsout quality is excellent too, with sturdy pieces and a fun random piece cut. Highly recommended.
I found three new Wasgij puzzles on the web today. I love Wasgij puzzles and I'm always happy to see new ones. These should be available in the US in short order. For those who have never done a Wasgij, the idea is that the puzzle you assemble is not the box image, but some... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Gibsons (UK) Title: “It's Christmas” by Marcello Corti, Gibsons, 1000 pieces, limited edition for 2015 Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9/10 Box Quality: (10/10) The Gibsons boxes are of excellent quality--thick and sturdy with a very nice design. You can see the front above. I really like the special gold box they use for the limited edition Christmas... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Falcon (a branch of Jumbo, Netherlands), published 2015 Title: “Christmas Pantomime” by Jim Mitchell, Falcon's 2015 limited edition Christmas puzzle, 1000 pieces OUR RATING: 8.5/10 Box Quality: (9/10) The box is a nice, sturdy, German style rectangular box. The front has "Limited Edition" and "No 4", which is nice. It also lists the name of the... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany), published 2015 Title: “Santa's Final Preparations” by Roy Trower, Ravenburger's 2015 limited edition Christmas puzzle, 1000 pieces OUR RATING: 9/10 Box Quality: (9/10) The box is quite nice. It's the standard rectangular Ravensburger box, thick and sturdy. The back of the box has information about the artist (Roy Tower) and about this image. Click... Continue Reading →
Publisher: WH Smith (UK), published 2015 Title: “A Christmas Market Town” by Victor McLindon, WHSmith's 2015 limited edition Christmas puzzle, 1000 pieces OUR RATING: 8/10 First, I want to thank Jen, a Jigsaw Junkie reader, for sending me this puzzle from the UK. It's hard to get WHSmith puzzles here in the US, and it was such... Continue Reading →