TOP TEN: Feb 2019 New Puzzles

Hello to my fellow Jigsaw Junkies out there. There are lots of new puzzles in stock this time of year from a wide variety of manufacturers. I thought in this post I’d try to limit my “show and tell” to my very top favorites. My “ten” is actually “fourteen”, but what can you do. 🙂 A few notes: You can pick your own favorites, and see what I may have skipped over, by looking at ALL our latest puzzle additionsRead more

Review: “Star Wars: Feel the Force”, Buffalo Games 8.75/10

Publisher: Buffalo Games (US), published 2017 Size: 1000 pieces  Title:  “Star Wars: Feel the Force”  Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.75″ OUR RATING: 8.75/10 Puzzle Warehouse is currently having a special event with Buffalo Games from now until 9/15. Buy 2 and get 1 free. This includes a wide selection of Star Wars puzzles. Click below to see all Buffalo Games puzzles.  SEE ALL THE STAR WARS PUZZLES ON SALE AT PUZZLE WAREHOUSE RIGHT NOW In honor of this sale, I thought I’dRead more

“Nancy Drew”, Cobble Hill — 8.5/10

“Nancy Drew” is a fun collage puzzle that will bring back fond memories for those of us who grew up reading Nancy Drew. The book covers themselves are retro works of art with faux spooky designs that are a pleasure to puzzle. The Cobble Hill quality is good with random cut pieces in a wide variety of shapes that run from normal to small in size. The pieces have a linen finish which helps reduce overhead glare. This puzzle is of medium difficulty. All the letters in the book titles help, but I did refer to the box lid quite often to figure out where a piece went. The five large books in the image are a good size but the smaller books are a bit small to see all the detail. If you grew up with Nancy Drew, or like vintage art, you’ll love this puzzle. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart — MasterPieces, 8.25/10

Publisher: MasterPieces (US), published 2016 Title:  “Safe Travels” by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces  Finished size: 26.75″ x 19.25″ OUR RATING: 8.25/10 TRAVEL WEEK: Since I just got back from vacation, it seemed like a good time to tackle travel themed puzzles (say that three times!). I’ll be reviewing two puzzles this week and sharing some of my favorite travel themed puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse on the weekend. Box Quality:  (9/10) This puzzle is in MasterPieces “suitcase” puzzle line. The suitcase line are all travel-themedRead more

Review: “Perennials”, White Mountain – 9/10

White Mountain’s “Perennials” is a gorgeous puzzle that’s super fun to assemble. The image has some educational value in that it shows the names of the various perennial flowers. I particularly enjoyed the vibrant colors and how different textures made flowers easy to identify even when they had the same colors as other flowers. The main body of the scene is so packed full of unique flowers that there’s very little left-over green background to do in the end, making the puzzle very enjoyable all the way through. The White Mountain quality is good with larger pieces and a random cut. The final puzzle has a flat, smooth finish that allows you to see the art rather than the jigsaw cut. The finish is glossy, so there is some glare under bright lights. Highly recommended!Read more

Review: “Winter” — Trefl, 7.8/10

This beautiful winter collage puzzle is a super easy and relaxing puzzle to assemble. The distinctive colors, and the three separate photo scenes, make the puzzle go together quickly. The Trefl brand from Poland is a grid-cut puzzle with standard piece shapes and sizes. The pieces are not as thick as some Euro brands like Ravensburger or Jumbo, but thick enough to resist bending and damage. Recommended for children, seniors, and anyone who enjoys 500 piece puzzles. 7.8/10Read more

Review: “Pastry Party” by Aimee Stewart, Master Pieces — 9.25/10

Publisher: Master Pieces (US), published 2016 Title:  “Pastry Party” by Aimee Stewart, Master Pieces, 1000 pieces EZ-Grip  Finished size: 39″ x 27″ OUR RATING: 9.25/10 ALZHEIMER’S WEEK: This week we’re covering the very serious topic of Alzheimer’s and how jigsaw puzzles can both help prevent it and also be used to slow progression once Alzheimer’s is diagnosed. Look for our feature article the weekend of Jul 2-3. For our reviews this week, we’re focusing on large piece puzzles, a first here at Jigsaw Junkies.Read more

Review: “Vivid Collection: Butterflies” by Royce B. McClure, Buffalo Games – 8.5/10

This bright and bold collage puzzle from Buffalo Games is a fun challenge. The Buffalo Games quality is quite good featuring grid-cut pieces with a wide variety of shapes. The small box saves shelf space while an included poster can be used for reference while assembling the puzzles. This puzzle has easy bits–such as assembling the border and a few large and uniquely-colored butterflies. But many butterflies use similar blue-green-pink colors that make it more challenging to figure out to ‘which butterfly’ an individual piece belongs. True to its collage nature, all the butterflies are adjoining, so you get ‘clues’ to the adjacent areas on the edges of each completed butterfly. This is a good choice for a dreary day as the colors are sure to brighten your mood. The final completed puzzle is very attractive and would make a nice framed piece.Read more

Review: “State Birds” by Larry Balsamo, MasterPieces – 8/10

Publisher: MasterPieces (US) Title:  “State Birds” by Larry Balsamo,  1000 pieces Final dimension: over 31″ wide THIS REVIEW SUBMITTED BY PHILIP  PHILIP’S RATING: 8/10 This was an interesting puzzle to do because of its shape and my wife and I enjoyed working it and figuring out the birds. There are also some ‘special’ qualities about this puzzle that we discovered once it was completed. I will divulge those latter in the review. Box Quality:  (7/10) The box is nothing special but not thin either.Read more

Review: “Museum of Wonder” by Aimee Stewart, Ravensburger – 9/10

    Publisher: Ravensburger (Germany), 2016 Title:  “Museum of Wonder”  by Aimee Stewart, 1000 pieces Final dimension: 70×50 cm (approx 27.5″ x 19.5″) Review by Jane OUR RATING: 9/10 Box Quality:  (10/10) 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. However, there are goodies inside that make up for it! The sides: The sides show the Ravensburger logo, a close-up detail fromRead more

Review & Giveaway: “Royal Canadian Mounted Police” by Eurographics – 8.25/10

Publisher: Eurographics (Canada), 2016 Title:  “Royal Canadian Mounted Police”  1000 pieces, 19 1/4″ x 26 5/8″ Review by Jane OUR RATING: 8.25/10 Giveaway: Eurographics is offering a free copy of this puzzle to a lucky winner! Leave a comment below and on Apr 17, I’ll pick a random winner from the commenters. You must be able to ship to a US or Canadian address to win. NOTE: Please check back to see if you won since I have no way to contact you via theRead more