Lip Smackin’ Sweets was difficult, but in a good way. Even though the quality was less than optimal it was still entertaining and completely absorbing.
Lafayette Puzzle Factory has good/fair quality; though I have noticed that the smaller piece count puzzles seem to be better quality. This 1000 piece had thinner pieces, a loose fit, lots of puzzle dust, and didn’t lay completely flat. On the good side there were a nice variety of shapes and the image reproduction is crisp, which is many times not true of photographic collages.
The plate above was my favorite part; the bright yellow was easy to find as were the Nerds. I’m not sure I know exactly why this part was my favorite, but it was. Perhaps I just liked the look of it.
The little blue “Satellite Wafers” were one of the first things I assembled. The pale blue was easy to find, and there were quite a few of them. I had a good time figuring out which satellite went where – I enjoyed the challenge. I never did like these candies though, it felt like eating tasteless styrofoam. Blech!
Some puzzlers don’t mind a less than premium puzzle, and for those people I’m recommending Lip Smackin’ Sweets. Even though the pieces were thin and the fit was loose I still enjoyed this puzzle. It doesn’t have to be perfection for me (or anyone really) to be entertained – and in the end, it’s a beautiful finished puzzle. This is a pretty image, with bright, fun colors and it kept me absorbed and wanting to be at my board for several days. That’s truly what it’s about.
- Title: Lip Smackin’ Sweets
- Artist: Karen Romanko
- Brand: Lafayette Puzzle Factory
- Piece count: 1000 pieces
- Size: Approx. 27 x 20 in. (69 x 51 cm)
- Purchased: New
- Board: Good, but thin
- Cutting: Good
- Image: Very good
- Box: Average
- Fit: Fair, quite loose
- Puzzle Dust: Moderate amount
- Piece cut: Grid cut
- Piece shapes: Very good variety
- Finish: Slightly shiny finish, does not lay flat
Overall Rating: Good, recommended