These are not good puzzles. The pieces are all interchangeable. Besides edge pieces, they only have one shape, so if there is any pieces that are simple color gradients or something, it is super painful trying to figure out the right way. Every PAGE puzzle we’ve done has left us wondering if a couple of pieces were in the right location.
These would, however, make a great gift for the frenemy that loves a good puzzle. The pictures look great but they’ll have hours of agonized annoyance trying to put it together. And when they finally finish, they’ll be sure in their heart, that some pieces are wrong so they never did actually complete it.
@SnakeJG I absolutely agree!
My husband was so freaking frustrated with the pieces fitting in multiple places that he gave up…on two different ones, lol! (And of course I bought like 6 of the 1000 pc ones) He’s a great puzzler, but he said it just wasn’t worth his frustration. However, we gave them to our neighbors who also puzzle frequently, and they persevered and finished them.
They are pretty with nice bright colors…and the quality of the cardboard pieces isn’t horrible, but they are definitely a bitch to put together!
You say the cardboard isn’t terrible. Is it good quality though, thick and without the top layer half peeling off? It looks like a few have extremely colorful pics. Being super hard, possibly annoying isn’t a deal breaker. Not when it comes to gift giving anyways!
Tee hee hee…
I bought some of this brand when they were first sold on Meh. Never again. The pieces are all almost exactly the same shape giving nothing to go on in any stretches of flat color.
I regularly do 1,000 piece jigsaws, taking an hour out of the daily routine now and then to relax, typically finishing a puzzle over a week or two. With these, I just gave up: they were not at all relaxing, just annoying.
Take a look at the top Amazon reviews - mostly 1 and 2 stars. That’s accurate.
Jigsaw puzzles for me were none of these pieces fit, so I’ll make them fit. My mother( God love her) was a master who would calmly complete a Flat Banana( with Chiquita being the only guide) or her finest was just Jelly Beans.We shellac that one to hang on my wall.
The Magic Puzzle Company has a Series Two Bundle on their website for pre-order. For anybody looking for high quality puzzles these are really good! For those who didn’t get in on the Kickstarter, they also have their Series One puzzles for sale again on Amazon.
Very disappointing puzzles since all the parts are interchangable. Some of the designs (from the past) are really tacky clip art. Cardboard is crap, and some puzzle pieces weren’t actually cut apart and trying to pull them apart resulted in tearing the pieces. Sorry Meh.
My favorite puzzles are ones my dad made while we were growing up. He cut the front of boxes off of laundry detergent, frozen pizzas, cereal boxes, etc., then glued them to plywood and used a bandsaw to cut out puzzles.
I was just doing some of them with my youngest daughter and niece yesterday.
Here’s a picture of one of them (most are products from the late 70s and early 80s).
@Kyeh@yakkoTDI@zachdecker That is a super-cool family heirloom. A lot of time and skill went into that (plus the great ad art)
Must have been a super-thin bandsaw blade. Sadly, I think most of the new ones like on offer here are just cut with big die presses. Though the name “jigsaw” comes from the traditional technique which is rarely done any more in commercial puzzles.
@zachdecker Yeah on that cool mister salty picture, I was going to guess older at first (50s or 60s) but then I saw that it said 10 oz 283 grams so that brought me back to when I was in grade school in the 1970s and things started having metric units on them. The plan was that we were supposed to completely switch over to metric in 10 years. Well, 50 years later, that didn’t happen, except they made liquor bottles smaller (for the same price), and got weird packaging sizes for others (soda cans are 12oz, but large bottles are 1.5 l). Even worse is what happened to tools for car service. It used to be “American” car = “English”/“SAE”, “foreign” car = Metric. But American cars have been mixed for a long time since so many parts are from other countries. Just this week I worked on my Dodge truck and the battery hold-down was metric, but the battery clamp nut was “SAE.” Often they are close enough you can use the “wrong” tool but it really makes it hard to have the exactly right tool handy for everything you need.
@pmarin I’m not sure, but a 1/8" blade may have been used on some of them.
The “art work” on all of them are from things around the house, and knowing my dad I am certain the wood was from somebody’s trash.