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

New Puzzles: May 2016

  NEW PUZZLE ANNOUNCEMENTS: MAY 2016   Buffalo Games continues to release plentiful new puzzles throughout the year!  Here are their latest. CHARLES WYSOCKI – AMERICANA Four new Wysocki releases provide something for everyone. There are two new 1000 piece puzzles, a new 300, and a new cat puzzle at 750!    JOSEPHINE WALLS – FANTASY I was excited when Buffalo announced they were making new Josephine Walls puzzles. This fantasy artist has been published many times over the yearsRead more

Review: “Pieces of History: Vikings” by Rob Derks, Jumbo — 9.25/10

Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), published Jan 2014 Title:  “Pieces of History: Vikings” by Rob Derks, Jumbo, 1000 pieces  OUR RATING: 9.25/10 Box Quality:  (8/10) The Jumbo boxes are very sturdy and well-made. The graphic design is appealing. I love the way they pull out characters from the scene to feature on the box. The “Pieces of History” series (there are now five) all have similar brown boxes, which makes the entire set look good on the shelf. Back: The back is a standardRead more

New JVH and Largest Puzzle in the World!

Today’s the first day of the toy fair in Germany so there are a few annoucements. But first, this new Jan Van Haasteren puzzle from Jumbo is called “Pop Festival” and comes in 1000 pieces. It will be available in March. And then this came over facebook today. Ravensburger announced a new ‘largest puzzle in the world’ at 40320 pieces. It has a Disney theme and features 10 images from Disney movies. So each section must be around 4000 pieces.Read more

Review: “Santa’s Factory” by JVH Studios, Jumbo — 9/10

  Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), published 2015 Title:  “Santa’s Factory” by Jan Van Haasteren Studios, Jumbo, 1000 pieces  OUR RATING: 9/10 This puzzle comes in a boxed set of two along with “New Year Party”. Box Quality:  (9/10) You can see the box above. The Jumbo JVH boxes all have a similar blue background, which makes for a nice cohesive set when shelved together as a collection. The boxes are very sturdy and well-made. The back is a standard Jan Van Haasteren back inRead more

Review: “Wild Water Rafting” by JVH Studios, Jumbo – 9.5/10

Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), published 2015 Title:  “Wild Water Rafting” by Jan Van Haasteren Studios, Jumbo, 1500 pieces  OUR RATING: 9.5/10 This puzzle also comes in 3000 pieces, but I did the 1500 piece version. Box Quality:  (9/10) You can see the box above. The Jumbo JVH boxes all have a similar blue background, which makes for a nice cohesive set when shelved together as a collection. The boxes are very sturdy and well-made. The back is a standard Jan Van Haasteren backRead 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

Puzzle Maker Interview: Rob Derks

I so happy to have Rob Derks visit us at Jigsaw Junkie. Thank you, Rob, for agreeing to an interview! Rob is a cartoonist who works for Jumbo puzzles. He both works in Jan Van Haasteren’s studio doing JVH puzzles, and he has his own series from Jumbo called “Pieces of History”. NOTE: A lot of the images in this article were taken from Rob’s lovely facebook page. You can follow him here. JJ: Please introduce yourself and tell usRead more

Review: “Tall Ship Chaos” by JVH Studios, Jumbo — 9.5/10

Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), published Feb 2015 Title:  “Tall Ship Chaos”, Artist: Jan Van Haasteren Studios (Rob Derks), 1000 pieces  OUR RATING: 9.5 This is one of my favorite of the new 2015 images. I love JVH puzzles and this one is particularly nice. First, it’s a brand new image from JVH Studios (and done by Rob Derks). Second, it’s colorful and very appealing. After putting the puzzle together I still think it’s one of the best of Winter 2015! Box Quality: (8/10) TheRead more