Review: “Puppies and Kittens” by Steve Read, Falcon – 8.5/10

“Puppies and Kittens” is a super cute two puzzle set from Falcon/Jumbo. Both puzzles are 500 pieces, and you can do them singly or mix all the pieces together to get a 1000 piece puzzle. Both images feature the animals in a home with lots of bright fabric textures such as the pink and blue bed in the puppies image and the red chair in the kittens image. This gives more variety and interest during assembly than puzzles which have large areas of dog fur. These are both very easy puzzles to assemble and would be ideal to do with kids. The Falcon quality is excellent. It’s a grid-cut puzzle with thick, sturdy pieces, a soft matte finish, a solid ‘click into place’ fit, and a seamless finish. Recommended.Read more

Review: “Sunday Lunch” by Steve Read, Falcon — 9/10

“Sunday Lunch” is a wonderful puzzle for the holidays. The subject is unusual in puzzles, with a contemporary family around a holiday table. It’s a breeze to assemble thanks to each character’s unique face, hair, and clothing, the orange curtains, the windows, and the loaded dining table. This is a puzzle you can work without constantly referring to the box lid. I found it particularly fun to piece together the “feast” on the table. The Falcon quality is excellent. It’s a grid-cut puzzle with thick, sturdy pieces, a soft matte finish, a solid ‘click into place’ fit, and a seamless finish. Highly recommended!Read more

Review: “Christmas Pantomime” by Jim Mitchell, Falcon – 8.5/10

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 artist, Jim Mitchell. The back of the box has more information about the artist and about this image. Click on the picture below to aRead more

Jumbo: New Puzzles 2016

The new Jumbo 2016 catalogue is not posted yet, but there are new puzzle images on their website. This is my current ‘best guess’ as to their new 2016 puzzles. Some of these came out late in 2015. JAN VAN HAASTEREN: “Christmas Eve” in 1000 or 2000 pieces Updated with a better picture. Click on the image below for a full view.   Jan’s 80th Birthday Edition special tin, 1000 pieces This new 1000 piece image is being released in aRead more

Review: “Halloween” by Tony Ryan, Falcon – 8.5/10

    Publisher: Falcon (Netherlands/UK), published 2014 Title:  “Halloween” by artist Tony Ryan, 1000 pieces  OUR RATING: 8.5 For Halloween this year, I did the “Halloween” puzzle by Tony Ryan that came out last year. I love Halloween puzzles in general, and I’m always happy to find a new one to add to my stash since there aren’t many with this theme. Box Quality: (8/10) Falcon boxes are sturdy and attractive in that Germany board game way. The back of the box isRead more