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!Read more

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.Read 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

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 500 piece puzzles Gibson’s previous 4×500 sets by Trevor Mitchell have been popular and this is a lovely new one! My favorite of the entireRead 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

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 edition puzzle for this year. As usual, it’s by artist Marcello Corti and it’s a beautiful image.  I’ll be thrilled to add this to myRead more

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 Gibson website with their new images for Jan 2015. And man, they have outdone themselves!  You can see ALL the puzzles right here.  But hereRead more

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 English village scene with trick-or-treaters. The colors are nice and not overly dark. Now out in the UK and US should follow soon.    Read 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