Review: “Christmas Fayre” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons – 9.25/10

“Christmas Fayre” is a beautiful holiday puzzle from Gibsons set in a traditional English village Christmas market. The puzzle is easy-to-moderate in difficulty. The night-time colors are rich with purples, oranges, and reds. The artwork is a hand-painted scene with a good amount of detail. There’s some repeating greenery and red and white stripes throughout the image that make assembly slightly more challenging–in a good way. I enjoyed seeing all the characters as I put the puzzle together, young couples and families out enjoying the market. There’s lots of Christmassy details like wreaths, trees, advent candles, roasted chestnuts. The Gibsons quality is exceptional with thick pieces and a waxy finish that feels good to the touch. Recommended!

Review: “The Fishing Shed” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons – 9.25/10

Gibsons puzzles are a high-quality puzzle from the UK with beautiful blue boxes, very thick pieces, and a waxy matte finish. This British nostalgia puzzle shows a boy getting ready to go fishing with his grandfather. With it's bright colors, soft light, appealing theme, and strong detail, you can see this is an original painting commissioned specifically to be a jigsaw. The assembly process is easy and fun. This is a puzzle that can appeal to men and women and would make a lovely gift for a grandfather or anyone who likes nostalgia scenes.

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... Continue Reading →

2016 puzzles: Gibson First Look!

Thanks Karen, for emailing me to let me know the new 2016 Gibsons puzzles are showing up on Amazon UK. They're not on the Gibsons website yet, so this is the first look. Lots of good British puzzles from familiar artists.  My favorites are below. "The Country Bus" by Trevor Mitchell -- set of four... Continue Reading →

Gibson Christmas Puzzles 2015!

The Christmas puzzles for 2015 are starting to appear. Yay! The Christmas puzzles are my favorite of the year. Gibson has new images on their website of not just one, but several gorgeous new Christmas puzzles. Gibson's Limited Edition puzzle for 2015 -- "It's Christmas" by Marcello Corti, 1000 pieces First up is their limited... Continue Reading →

2015 Puzzles: Gibson’s First Look!

Whoo hoo! It's so exciting to see the new puzzle images released for 2015. I've been watching the various puzzle maker's sites like a hawk and have already posted the new puzzles from Ravensburger, Heye, Cobble Hill, and some upcoming JVH and Rob Derks images. The day after Christmas brings us an update to the... Continue Reading →

Feature: Halloween Jigsaw Puzzles

I love holiday puzzles, and next to Christmas, my favorite season is Halloween.  While there is a veritable cornucopia of Christmas puzzles, the Halloween offerings are much more bare bones--pun intended. Here are some of the best Halloween puzzles on the market. NEW RELEASES FOR 2014: Falcon: "Halloween" by Tony Ryan (1000 pieces) A lovely... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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