Review: The Music Castle

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The Music Castle by Colin Thompson – Ravensburger – 500 pieces

I’m trying out a new review format here. What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments or email using the contact me page above. ūüôā

As usual, this Colin Thompson puzzle by Ravensburger was wonderful to assemble! I love his artwork and have done several of his cupboards and boxes. I love the little details but at times, for me, they can be a little too busy. It all depends on my mood; sometimes I’m all about an intricate, detailed image, and sometimes I crave simplicity and straightforward colorful images. This one had a little bit of both, the perfect happy medium!

The sky was the easiest place to start with the streak of pink and all the turrets, and from there I worked on the moat and piano keys. The rest of the puzzle seemed to fall into place quickly, and was a joy to assemble. And for you Colin Thompson fans, never fear – there are plenty of little pink people hanging around this castle; they’re singing and playing instruments, or just hanging out. ūüėČ

I don’t always order puzzles new since my puzzle “dealer” keeps me supplied with almost unlimited thrift store purchases; but I saw this puzzle while online window shopping and had to get it. It was as much fun as I’d hoped, and just the right amount of challenging.

Details:

  • Title:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The Music Castle
  • Artist:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Colin Thompson
  • Brand:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Ravensburger
  • Piece count:¬† ¬† ¬†500 pieces
  • Size:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Approx. 19 x 14 in. (49 x 36 cm)
  • Purchased:¬† ¬† ¬† New

Quality:

  • Board:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Thick and sturdy
  • Cutting:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Excellent – fully separated, no hanging paper
  • Image:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Excellent
  • Box:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Very good
  • Fit:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Normal/Average
  • Puzzle Dust:¬† ¬† Small amount
  • Piece cut:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Grid
  • Piece shapes:¬† Good variety
  • Finish:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Matte finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Excellent, highly recommended

 

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