Review: Big World

Big World
Big World by Ciro Marchetti – Milton Bradley – 750 pieces

If I’m being honest I’d tell you I was a little bit scared to start this puzzle. Look at the image, it’s gorgeous – but I didn’t know where I would begin. Once I started sorting the pieces though, I found a few sections to pull out and start with; when they were assembled it didn’t seem so daunting to keep going and filling in from there. Sometimes I have to just jump in and get myself going, most of the time it’s never as difficult as I think. 🙂

Milton Bradley puzzles seem to have improved their quality quite a bit, I was thoroughly impressed with this puzzle and it’s quality. The pieces are on the smaller side, but not too much so. They had a good hand feel, fit together quite well, and had a very good variety of shapes. The image reproduction is excellent and did the artwork justice in my opinion, the colors are beautiful with no blurriness or fuzzy areas. Overall a very good quality puzzle.

Big World 1

There’s just something about peacocks, they make for wonderful puzzle images. This one is beautiful, and I wish the picture did it justice. It was one of the first things I assembled after the edges and even though there weren’t many pieces to it, it gave me a great sense of accomplishment.

Big World 2

This flying fish balloon and the ship below it –  great fun to put together! The use of colors by Ciro Marchetti brings to mind images by Aimee Stewart – both artists produce absolutely gorgeous artwork. This one especially has a dreamy quality, a fantasy image that makes no sense but definitely looks like a world you’d want to visit (or at least I would).

I’ve been a little obsessed with assembling panoramic puzzles lately. It’s much easier on your back to not have to reach so far to put pieces in at the top; having the entirety of the puzzle very close to you is somehow comforting and I am completely enjoying working with them. I only have one more panoramic here in my stash, I guess that means I might have to arrange a shopping trip – these puzzles are good for my mental health.

Big World was more fun than I expected and had much better quality than I anticipated. If you’ve got a long enough workspace to assemble a panoramic puzzle this one is absolutely recommended – two peacock tails way up! 🦚🦚

Details:

  • Title:                  Big World
  • Artist:                Ciro Marchetti
  • Brand:               Milton Bradley
  • Piece count:     750 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 11 x 34 in. (27 x 86 cm)
  • Purchased:      New

Quality:

  • Board:               Very good
  • Cutting:             Very good
  • Image:               Excellent
  • Box:                   Average, sturdy
  • Fit:                     Very good
  • Puzzle Dust:     Small amount
  • Piece cut:          Grid cut
  • Piece shapes:   Very good variety
  • Finish:               Slightly shiny finish, lays flat

Overall Rating:      Very good, recommended

5 thoughts on “Review: Big World

  1. Ellen LoGiudice

    Hi, Stacey. Love Ciro Marchetti’s artwork. So pretty!
    The only panorama puzzle I have ever done was called The Cats of Charles Wysocki. Just loved it. Maybe time to try another. I remember it being fun to assemble because it wasn’t deep but wide. Easier on the back!

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  2. Teresa

    My family are avid puzzle builders we build them all year long. I bought a MB puzzle by mistake I guess we were looking at the picture we liked so well, it’s a 2000 pc, Nancy Wernersbach. I have to say we will not be buying anymore MB puzzles. These pieces are so small and thin and they do not interlock well they don’t say together and fall out easily. If it was up to me I would have put it back in the box, but my sister said ” this is not going to beat us”. Won’t be passing it on to our puzzle club members. Mom stated, “Don’t send my way”, we pass all our puzzles on to her first.
    The only thing I do like is the posted included, I won’t buy a puzzle without one.

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    1. I’ve found MB puzzles to be hit or miss. I’ve had some great quality puzzles from them, and some awful ones. I always look at them with that knowledge in my mind, and unless they’re free (or ridiculously cheap) I only buy images that I cannot live without.

      I have my personal preferences as far as puzzle brands, as most puzzlers do, and tend to stick to those if I can.

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