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

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

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

2015 Puzzles: New from JVH and Rob Derks!

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.  All the blue uniforms should be challenging!Read more

Review: “JVH Food Frenzy: Clash of the Bakers” by Jumbo, 9/10

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 of the Bakers” is a brand new JVH image to my knowledge, never before released.  “Seafood Supper” was released previously as a 500 piece puzzle. ForRead more

Best New Fall Puzzles 2014

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 a traditional English town square but with costumed revelers, ghost clouds, and pumpkins. Falcon is made by Jumbo, a good, solid German brand. This puzzleRead more