Review: The Music Castle

The Music Castle by Colin Thompson – Ravensburger – 500 pieces

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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. 😉

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.


  • 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


  • 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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