Gibson Christmas Puzzles 2018!

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 →

Review: “Christmas Tree Farm” by Randy Wollenmann, Vermont Christmas Company – 8.5/10

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.

Review: “Santa’s Big Night” by RJ McDonald, White Mountain – 9/10

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!

Review: “A Girl’s Stocking” by Liz Goodrick Dillon, Sunsout – 9.25/10

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.

Review: “Santa’s Final Preparations” by Roy Trower, Ravenburger 9/10

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 →

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