365 Little Things Ravensburger Puzzle – Review

365 Little Things is a 500 piece puzzle from Ravensburger RRP £7.99 suitable for ages 10+.

This is my first puzzle for 2017 and it was nice to start with a fun smaller puzzle. The 365 Little things are an interesting and eclectic mix of the familiar and unusual objects you might find in the bottom of a draw. From the box the picture looks photographic. On closer inspection of the pieces you realise that in fact the 365 Little Things are illustrated. The artist Mike Spike, is famous for his photographic illustrative style.

365 Little things was both a challenge and enjoyable as you discover the little treasures illustrated on the puzzle. there are coins, and trinkets that somehow look all familiar and I particularly liked the little spotty pig which I’m sure was something my Nan owned.

This puzzle has been a complete treasure and I’m sure will be on that I will enjoy completing again. It took some time to complete as there are no particularly blocks of colour to follow. I found the best way was to identify pieces from the individual items like all the coins and shells. completing it this way didn’t make it any less enjoyable.

Completing the 365 Little things puzzle was an achievement as I found it pretty tricky for a 500 piece puzzle. I loved the challenge and the style of the illustration as it is different to doing a photograph or painted picture.

Have a look below for my Amazon link to the 365 Little Things puzzle, or look for more of Mike Spikes puzzles on the Ravensburger website.

 

Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Darth Vader Silhouette Puzzle – Review

Darth Vader is part of the Silhouette Series from  Ravensburger, with 1,098 pieces and measures 70cm x 106cm, suited for ages 10+.

This is the first Star Wars puzzle that I have completed. I had hoped that the boy and Dad Dragon might help, but I think the sheer size put them off! Darth Vader is a great shaped puzzle and the addition of the shaped pieces add another part to the puzzle enjoyment.

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I have enjoyed doing other puzzles in the Silhouette series, although not easy to start they are something a little different from the normal rectangles. I started the Darth Vader puzzle by sorting what I though might be the edges. It was soon clear that you find the edges for the shaped pieces while sorting. The boy enjoyed sitting and building these mini puzzles for me before leaving me to the vast expanses of space in the puzzle.

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From the picture Darth Vader looks colourful with the movie characters inside the formidable shape. When you start to sort however there the colours are all very similar. a few points stood out like some of the space craft and a few of the facial features. I started to sort most of the edges and some of the bottom section of the puzzle.  It was slow progress with vast sections of blue and grey. Good light is needed for this puzzle. It was tricky in the electric light of an Autumn evening.

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I have a real love of shaped puzzles as I like the challenge of not having a straight edge. Darth Vader was a good mix of challenge and interest and the finished puzzle is very impressive. You will need some space to complete the Darth Vader puzzle as it doesn’t fit on a normal sized puzzle board. I love the two different shaped mini puzzles and these were the boys favourite as he could complete them on his own.

Darth Vader Silhouette puzzle is available below with my affiliate link, online and in store. You can find more Silhouette puzzles on the Ravensburger website.

 

 

Disclaimer were sent this puzzle in return for an honest review, the words remain my own and have not been altered.

The Inventor’s Cupboard – Review

The Inventor’s Cupboard is number 5 in the curious cupboard series of Colin Thompson illustrative puzzles. available now online or in store for RRP £11.99 suitable for ages 14+ this 1,000 piece puzzle wasn’t disappointing.

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I have completed several of the Ravensburger Colin Thompson puzzles including this amazing 5,000 piece puzzle. The Inventors Cupboard was not disappointing as it featured all the little details I have come to enjoy from Colin’s complex illustrations.

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The Inventors Cupboard was a challenging puzzle but not one that I was going to lose interest in as there is too much to see. I like to start with the edges. After this the puzzle took some working out. I decided to start with the yellow cable which winds its way around the illustration. This gave me a starting point,it made it easier to find the words.

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I then found that I could look and place many of the following pieces but this was at a slower pace than I usually do a puzzle. I loved the tiny details in the puzzle which has a great mix of colours, and I find a pleasure to complete. Bingo Granny came to visit and helped, she found the detail interesting. The boy was very good at locating the pieces and placed quite a few as well. I think if you love Colin’s illustrations then this is a great edition to add to your library.

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disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Wentworth Minister for Jigsaws

For the last year I have been the Wentworth Puzzles Minister for jigsaw’s, and now they are on the lookout for a new minister and it could be you.

After restarting my puzzling about 2 years ago, I have been reminded how much fun it can be to spend time completing puzzles. So after spotting the call from Wentworth to become a Minister of Jigsaw’s I decided to apply. I wrote my 100 words and thought nothing more, so was pleasantly surprised to have a call to say I was shortlisted. I waited and heard nothing so again pushed it to the back of my mind, so imagine my surprise to receive a puzzle with my name in it, and letter saying I had been chosen!

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So what have I been up too as the Minister for Jigsaws. Well unsurprisingly I have been completing puzzles. Some have been puzzles already available, others have been pre production puzzles. I feed back my feelings on how easy/hard a puzzle was if there were cutting issues. And even chatted design to the head of the puzzle cutting department. It has been great finding out more about Wentworth Puzzles and their unique whimsy pieces which my son loves.

My favourite puzzle has to be this one called Crazy Candy, the whole family has enjoyed this bright crazy puzzle which only has a few shapes and was satisfying to complete. While reminding us of our fun family holidays to Florida and the USA. Wentworth puzzles are all wooden and have a lovely feel and finish to them. The rope tided storage bag and beautiful boxes make them a treasure to keep or give as gifts.

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My year has been fun, and even being asked to talk live on BBC radio today was not as scary as it first seemed. Today sees the launch as Wentworth look for their new Minister of Jigsaws, and also a Junior Minister, and you should give it a try. Puzzling is a great way to relax and reconnect as a family, while keeping your brain active and for me bringing back memories of puzzles I loved as a child.

For more information on how to enter for the role of minister visit the Wentworth website, or join us on Twitter today 1-2pm for jigsaw chatter, discounts, and prizes as part of #NationalJigsawDay

 

A Day with Grandma and Grandad – Puzzle Review

A Day with Grandma and Grandad is a beautiful double illustrative puzzle from Ravensburger. These two 500 piece puzzles are available for RRP £11.99, and are suited to ages 10+.

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Sometimes its nice to complete a 500 piece puzzle rather than a bigger 1,000 piece and the Day with Grandma and Grandad is a fun puzzle to complete. I enjoyed the illustrations of these two charming puzzles as they reminded me of fun times with my nan. Baking was one of my treasured memories of times with my Nan, and I’m sure most people will have similar memories.

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Each of the two 500 piece puzzles has an illustrative charm. They are lovely to complete, and have a pleasing finish. I like that the characters feature in each puzzle, and provoke simple summer days spent with Grandparents. These puzzles are a good size while still providing a challenge for a keen puzzler. The details on each of Trevor Mitchells illustrations are great, I love all the tools in Granddad’s garage which remind me of the boys Granddad.

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A day with Grandma and Grandad would make a lovely gift, and is available now online or shops. Here is my affiliate link for the latest Amazon price. Visit the Ravensburger website for more classic puzzles.

Ravensburger 3D puzzles – Review

Ravensburger 3D puzzles have a great range. Everything from castles to minions, and also light up night edition models like the Chrysler Building.

The Chrysler Building is just one of a new range of Ravensburger 3D puzzles that light up. The puzzle contains 216 pieces, standing 48cm tall when complete RRP £24.99. The boy was very keen to help me complete this puzzle. We chose to use the numbered pieces rather than completing using the patterned side. Starting at the bottom we built the puzzle up using the clear inserts. I will admit this was a little fiddly. You will need some patience to complete this model.

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Once complete and with the addition of 3 AAA batteries, this Ravensburger 3D puzzle lights up in ever-changing colours. The shape is very authentic to the Chrysler building in new York. With lights shining up from the base this model was fun, and great to look at when complete.

 

The Empire State building is also available as a Ravensburger 3D night-time edition. The puzzle contains 216 pieces, requires 3 AAA batteries (not included) finished height 48.5cm RRP £24.99. The Empire state building was our favourite of these puzzles.

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There was so much detail to look at on the completed model. With 5 different light effects that scroll through. This model is almost as good as the real thing! Fitting some of the flooring and clear pieces again takes some patience, but it is worth it when finished.

Finally we completed the final New York Landmark the Statue of Liberty. This Ravensburger 3D model has 108 pieces, is 37.5cm tall when complete RRP £19.99. The Statue of liberty has great detail and was we were a little disappointed that there were not more pieces. The base of the model is made up from the puzzle pieces.  The statue comes in a few pieces, but it would have been nice to have a few more.

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The models still has some great features and when complete, looks very authentic. The clever way that Ravensburger 3D puzzles fit together allow some complex shapes and a great finish.

We have enjoyed our Ravensburger 3D puzzles, especially the night editions, as these would be perfect on display for any fan of New York City!

Disclaimer, we were sent these puzzles in return for an honest review.

The Supermarket -Review

The Supermarket is a 1,000 piece puzzle, number 15 in the Best of British series from Ravensburger RRP £11.99.

The Supermarket is the first puzzle in the Best of British series that I have completed and I was surprised how much I enjoyed both the illustrative style and humour from the artist Geoff Tristram. He has produced a few other puzzles with Ravensburger including Number 14 in the series titled Fit 4 nothing Gym. There is certainly plenty to look at in this puzzle, and the boy enjoyed working out some of the supermarket puns and jokes on the signs contained within the CheapoSave store. I even managed to convince Dad Dragon to help me out with this one.

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I found this puzzle was straight forward to complete in the traditional way of edges first. With the logos and signs being the next thing I completed. There are lots of bright colours to pick out and complete. With so much detail in the supermarket puzzle you will continue to notice new things even after some time completing the puzzle. There are details on the shelves, packets and puns everywhere you look. Our favourite was the Diet coke bottle ” contains nothing beneficial” This puzzle has been such fun not just to complete but to look at afterwards as some of the details too small on the box come to life in the puzzle itself.

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Bingo granny is also looking forward to completing this puzzle, as she worked in a large supermarket for many years so the jokes will be even more relevant to her. The Supermarket I am sure will be much-loved by the Best of British fans and shoppers alike!

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Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle in return for an honest review.

Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Puzzle – Review

You may have noticed that the Queen has just celebrated her 90th Birthday, and I joined in the celebrations by completing a very beautiful puzzle from Wentworth Puzzles.  The Queen Elizabeth II puzzle is RRP £32 for the 200 piece puzzle, or £62 for the 400 piece.

Wentworth puzzles are all made from wood, and they come in a little cloth bag. The Queen Elizabeth II puzzle has 200 pieces, but don’t be fooled into thinking that will make it easy. The unique way this puzzle is cut means that each piece has a unique shape, and with a shaped outline, even the edges are hard to spot. This is about the 5th puzzle that I have completed from Wentworth puzzles as their #MinisterforJigsaws and the first thing you notice is the quality.

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Some of their puzzles have “whimsy” pieces and these make the completion of each puzzle more tricky. This Queen Elizabeth II puzzle has some lovely “Whimsy” figures of the queen, crowns and her famous handbag. Each “Whimsy” pieces is cut carefully into the main puzzle, and these still fit beautifully with the more traditionally shaped pieces.  The boy likes me to leave these pieces till last so that he can place them into the puzzle. I am not a huge royal fan, but loved completing the queens Birthday souvenir puzzle and studying the pictures of the queen over the last 90 years.

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The way the Queen Elizabeth puzzle is cut allows some great details including the 90 cut from the bottom corner, and the queens profile shape of the finished puzzle. The Queen Elizabeth II puzzle would be a great keepsake gift for a royal fan, or puzzle fan, and one I will enjoy completing again. Visit the Wentworth Puzzles site for a fun selection of unique premium puzzles where you can even have your favourite pictures turned into a unique gift.

Disclaimer, I was sent this puzzle to review as part of the #MinisterforJigsaws programme. The words remain my own and have not been altered.

Hampton Court Palace – Ravensburger Puzzle Review

Hampton Court Palace is a Ravensburger Puzzle in the series of Historic Royal Palaces. This 1,000 piece puzzle would be suited to ages 12+ with a RRP £11.99.

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At first glance I thought the Hampton Court Palace puzzle would be tricky as I don’t do many photographic puzzles. But on closer inspection I realised there were a few bold blocks of colour. I sorted the edges, and also the blue of the sky and bright colours of the figures at the bottom of the photograph. The other part of the puzzle that stood out was the Astronomical Clock in the top left. These were all pretty straight forward to complete, and have some great details.

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I was worried that I might lose interest in the Hampton court puzzle with its vast expanse of brick and greenery. I didn’t find this was the case as, as you sort through the pieces you realise they are very different. Details of the building pop out as you complete the puzzle. I thoroughly enjoyed completing this puzzle and enjoyed reading about each of the historical details on the picture sheet.

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Hampton Court Palace looks like a beautiful palace to visit, and is on our to do list, this puzzle has been lovely to complete and enjoy the detail of this historic palace.

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Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle to review the opinions remain my own and have not been altered.

The Craft Shed – Ravensburger puzzle review

The Craft Shed is the first in a new series of havens from Ravensburger puzzles. This 1,000 piece puzzle is available for RRP £11.99 and suitable for ages 10+.

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The craft shed is an illustrative puzzle and has everything I would expect from a high quality traditional Ravensburger puzzle. Steve Read who illustrated the puzzle is from the East coast, and has been a self-taught artist for many years. The craft haven is the first in the series depicting sanctuaries and retreats, and certainly depicts a place I would love to retreat to at the end of the day.

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I was interested to see exactly how long it takes me to complete a 1,000 piece puzzle so timed myself while completing the craft shed. I started with the edges, then found the flowers and blue of the window stood out. This process took about an hour, and was followed by picking out the dominant colours from the illustration. The craft shed has some great detail, cute creatures and all fits beautifully together with the Ravensburger soft click system. I found interesting parts of the puzzle from the start, and enjoyed the different textured and coloured areas of this puzzle.

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I think it took me about five and a half hours to complete the craft haven. I don’t know if this is fast or slow, but I know I get quite addicted to puzzling and find I have to complete them in one go. I think the haven series of puzzles will be very popular with puzzle fans as it has a lovely traditional feel to the completed picture. I love the addition of the fact and picture sheet that you get in these puzzle boxes. I find it much easier to use the sheet than the lid for a guide to completing the picture.

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Disclaimer I was sent this puzzle to review the words remain my own and have not been changed.