Garden Shed

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Garden Shed by Geraldine Aikman – Milton Bradley – 300 pieces

This is a beautiful puzzle that was a little bit challenging, but altogether lovely to assemble. The artwork is charming, the quality was excellent, and the entire experience was entertaining.

I don’t always care for images with so much pastel or muted colors; but this one was quite fun to assemble. The number of different flowers made me really pay attention to patterns and shades, and added to the difficulty level. I enjoyed the artwork and the color palette very much, and would love to find more puzzles by this artist. I have done one other puzzle by Geraldine Aikman, but the color palette was brighter with more primary colors.

These premium Milton Bradley puzzles have very good quality. The pieces have a good feel, are made with thick chipboard and fit together very well. There are a good variety of piece shapes, and the image reproduction is true to the image on the box. Regular readers know I don’t usually comment on puzzle boxes, but these boxes have a “premium” feel and aren’t made of the relatively thin cardboard that you find on most puzzle boxes.

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I love the detail on the inside of the shed – including the cat!

For a puzzle with only 300 pieces, this one offered enough of a challenge to keep my mind engaged and keep me occupied for a few hours. Exactly what a puzzler like me enjoys! I know 1000 piece puzzles are the “norm” and the most popular piece count, but at the moment I’m mostly doing 300 and 500 piece puzzles. I’m glad there are plenty of excellent choices in those pieces counts to keep me happily puzzling for quite some time.

7 thoughts on “Garden Shed

  1. Sam Sattler

    I agree about the quality of 300-piece Milton Bradley puzzles. They are outstanding in almost every way that a puzzle can be judged. Their 1000-piece puzzles aren’t bad, but the pieces are a whole lot thinner than those of their smaller-count puzzles. And I had a brand new one of the larger ones that had TWO missing pieces, the only new puzzle where that’s ever happened to me.

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      1. Sam Sattler

        Me, too. But after I’ve done that thorough search in a room that has only a very limited spots that a puzzle could possibly hide in, I’m 100% convinced that the problem was at the factory. I’ve seen a couple of pictures of puzzle pieces all over the floor of those places, and I’m convinced it happens more than they want to admit.

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