Ah, it's July and the Christmas puzzles are coming in fast and furious. Here's all the ones I know about right now! RAVENSBURGER - Limited Edition #19 - "Santa's Final Preparations" by Roy Trower SEE OUR REVIEW HERE I love this new image for 2015 and prefer it to last year's puzzle. It's got so... Continue Reading →
Wow! I love this new puzzle that was just announced from Jumbo. It's Jan Van Haasteren's "Wild Water Rafting" and it will come in 1500 or 3000 pieces. What a fun combination of things-that-are-different and things-that-are-the-same,and the theme is one I haven't seen before in JVH. Due out in May! Perfect!
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... Continue Reading →
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,... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), published Jan 2015 Title: “Wasgij Imagine #1: If the Conservatives Win the General Election”, Artist: Neil Easton 1000 pieces OUR RATING: 7.8/10 It was a rather exciting announcement when Jumbo gave us a look at a new Wasgij series called “Imagine”. The fact that they felt confident enough in it to release three different puzzles... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), 2014, 2 x 1000 pieces Title: “Mystery Shopper”, Artist: Geoff Tristram OUR RATING: 8/10 This is the tenth Christmas puzzle released by Wasgij. This year, you can only buy it in a set of two. The two puzzles are the box image and the wasgij image. The wasgij image is a cartoon of what the... Continue Reading →
If you're a fan of JVH (Jan Van Haasteren) cartoon puzzles like I am, it's always very exciting to see brand new images become available. "The Escape" -- JVH, January 2015 -- 1000 and 2000 pieces This looks like a fun scene with dozens of police officers searching for a prisoner who escaped from prison.... Continue Reading →
We've reviewed several Jumbo puzzles lately and now have our Jumbo page up for our brand comparison. See how they scored!
Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), 2014, 2 x 1000 pieces Title: “Food Frenzy: Clash of the Bakers” Artist: Jan Van Haasteren OUR RATING: 9/10 This was one of my picks for 'best new Fall puzzles' and it didn't disappoint. This review is for "Clash of the Bakers", but there is also a second puzzle in the box "Seafood Supper". "Clash... Continue Reading →
Publisher: Jumbo (Netherlands), 1999, 1000 pieces Title: “Winter's Majesty”, Series: "Silver Collection", Artist: Karl Bang OUR RATING: 10/10 One of the things I really love about puzzles is the opportunity to find artists I otherwise would never experience. And it's a great way to really see and absorb their artwork because you spend a lot of time with... Continue Reading →
Published by Wasgij (a Jumbo company), 1000 pieces, May 2014 -- Artwork by Bill Houston Our Rating: 10/10 I'm a fan of the Wasgij puzzles. The idea is that the image on the box cover is only a clue as to the puzzle image. It makes for a nice challenge not to be able to refer... Continue Reading →
There have been a lot of new puzzle releases this summer and fall. So what are some of the most outstanding? Here are my picks. FALCON -- "Halloween" by Tony Ryan. I love Halloween puzzles, and there aren't too many good ones out. So I was excited to see this lovely entry to the genre. It's... Continue Reading →