I have often looked at the 3D puzzles from Ravensburger and wondered if they would be any good? After all how can you make a puzzle truly 3D?
I now know as we have just finished building the Taj Mahal 3D puzzle and I can say I am very impressed. The 3D Taj Mahal puzzle from Ravensburger is available now for RRP £29.99 and at first this seemed pricey, but after having a very enjoyable afternoon with the boy building this model I can say it is worth every penny.
The 3D Ravensburger puzzle consists of a number of elements which includes 216 puzzle pieces. These are plastic with a good quality print to one side and are numbered on the reverse. Some of the pieces are shaped others are flat and some pieces come with an ingenious hinge system. We started our build with the base piece which is a more traditional toughened card, the towers were fiddly but the boy managed to put these together after a couple of attempts.
Ravensburger have gone to great detail with this 3D puzzle, and all the beautiful features of this iconic building have been reproduced cleverly on each piece of puzzle. there are even gold details to add to the tops of the Taj Mahal, as well as the beautifully shaped dome.
I started to sort out the puzzle pieces as I would a traditional flat puzzle, the edge pieces were easy to identify and put to one side. There are two ways to complete the puzzle, the tradition picture match style, or turn over and click together in numerical order. I soon realised that the traditional way to match the pieces was going to take some time and opted for the easier number match system.
The boy was keen to join in, and despite the age recommendation of 12+ he found the number match system easy to work out and happily built the Taj Mahal dome with no help from me. I was in charge of the main wall of the building, and was intrigued by the notched and bendable pieces. The pieces clip tightly and easily together and stay put when you start to assemble the building, but this can be a little tricky so care is needed. The Taj Mahal is not a square building, and it was great to see how the walls grew. Have a look at our short time-lapse video to see how we did!
It has been a while since I had the time to put together a jigsaw puzzle, I loved them as a child and used to spend time with the boy when he was small with his wooden puzzles. The boys new-found love of building and creating was brought to life with this puzzle, he insisted on taking it to pieces and building it again, this time completely on his own. It was lovely to see the concentration needed to make the pieces fit in turn and working out the path of numbers. He completed the puzzle in about an hour, and I am sure he will build this 3D model again.
The finished 3D Taj Mahal is very impressive when finished and is a good size, you could have it out on display as the detail is lovely, and it would make a good model for the boys bedroom.
Have a look at the Ravensburger website for detailed information on all the available puzzles. I now that the boy will defiantly have a couple of these on his Christmas list this year, as he loves the look of the London Bridge model, and I think he will enjoy the Worlds Endangered Animal globe.
Disclaimer we were sent this puzzle for an honest review our opinions have not been altered.