Christmas Puzzle Ball Set

Xmas Puzzle Ball
Christmas Puzzle Ball Set – Ravensburger – 27 pieces each (108 pieces)

Mom found these at the thrift store for 99 cents – brand new in the wrapper! With a larger 3D puzzle I usually have to use the numbers on the back to help with the assembly. With these though, I used only the image. It made it more difficult with the blue snowy sections, but I was pretty darned proud when I got them put together.

There are two images on each ornament, here’s the other side…

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They were engrossing and entertaining, exactly what I needed that day. They remind me of my mom – but in a happy way. She always was the best at finding us great deals on puzzles, and this was no different.

 

Lighthouse

Lighthouse
Lighthouse – Ravensburger 3D – 216 pieces

Mom found this 3D puzzle at the thrift store, unfortunately it was missing not only 7 pieces it was also missing the top of the lighthouse with the lights in it. It was kind of a bummer all around, but those are the chances we take. 😉

The tube shape was difficult to work with, I found it much more difficult than working with an orb shape…

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Once I got one side connected properly it would pop out the opposite side, so very annoying! I much prefer regular jigsaw puzzles laid flat on the board.

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Seven missing pieces on the top section – I think they must be wherever the very top of the lighthouse is. 😦

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This is what it should look like when completed. I think I really would have enjoyed seeing the lights. Bummer.

Christmas Eve Puzzleball

Christmas Eve Puzzleball
Christmas Eve Puzzleball  by Rolf Bunse – Ravensburger – 54 pieces

Mom found this Ravensburger puzzle ball at the thrift store – unopened! We assembled it together, and working just by the picture it was harder than you’d think. Christmas puzzles already! 😮

You could work it by the numbers if you prefer, as each piece is numbered with an arrow showing where the next piece goes. We go about half and half; we use the numbers to separate them into groups of 10, then we turn each group over and assemble them using the picture.

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It’s a vintage looking image, and very pretty.

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I wish I knew the name of the artwork, but all I could find was the artist’s name. It reminds me of an old movie, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name of it!

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It came with both the stand it’s sitting on, and a ribbon with which to hang it on a tree; although for some reason there are no instructions on how to assemble it and add the ribbon. We figured it out (you have to put it between the last couple of pieces at the top), but decided we’d rather just let it sit on the stand. 😉

I love these puzzle balls, I’m not even sure I know exactly why. They’re fun for me, end of story!

*Is it terrible of me to hope that this year for Christmas many people get gifts of puzzles that they don’t really want, or puzzles that the family does together only once over the holiday, so that afterwards the thrift stores will be full of puzzles for us to find? It probably is terrible and selfish of me, but……

Empire State Building

Empire State Building
Empire State Building – CubicFun – 16 pieces

After building the very large pirate ship, this little 16 piece puzzle was a breeze! What a nice gift (it came in the box with the Queen Anne’s Revenge); it only took me about 10 minutes or so to put it together.

This 3D puzzle was fun, but even as small as it was you had to pay attention. I had to take apart a few pieces because I didn’t look as closely at the instructions as I should have. Perhaps overconfidence had set in because I had finished the very large pirate ship and was feeling pretty darn proud of myself.

I enjoyed putting it together, and although I still prefer a standard jigsaw puzzle, it’s pretty entertaining to take a break from the norm and mix it up with something new. Have you tried a 3D puzzle?

Review: Queen Anne’s Revenge

This post is sponsored by CubicFun.
Queen Anne's Revenge
Queen Anne’s Revenge – CubicFun – 340 pieces

While not technically a jigsaw puzzle, Queen Anne’s Revenge (Blackbeard’s ship) is a 3D puzzle/model. It was unbelievably challenging for me (being new to this type of puzzling), but I’m super proud that hubby and I were able to complete it together, and my son is thrilled that he’s going to be able to keep it in his room. It was fun, sometimes frustrating, but completely worth it – it’s GORGEOUS!

CubicFun contacted me asking if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their 3D puzzles, and I was more than happy to give it a try. I love all things “puzzle”! I’ve completed puzzle balls, but this would be my first 3D puzzle that wasn’t an orb. I probably should have chosen one that was a little easier on the difficulty scale, like a building, skyline, or even one of their smaller ships; but the pirate ship just spoke to me when I saw it. It’s the one that looked like the most fun to me – good thing it was! They have many 3D puzzles in their catalog, from very easy to very complex. Click the link above to see their store at Amazon and all the puzzles they carry. (CubicFun is a Chinese company specializing in 3D puzzles)

Since this puzzle has only 340 pieces, I assumed it would be no problem at all to assemble it – I was very wrong. Apparently the puzzle I chose was an 8 on the complexity scale. Oh my. My frustrations with this puzzle had nothing to do with it’s quality, only with my brain and my ability to understand and process the instructions (new meds had me feeling fuzzy and unable to think until I got used to the side effects). The quality of the pieces is excellent, most especially the quality of the sails; they’re some sort paper, but softer and much sturdier. The pieces themselves are made of EPS foam board (no tools are required) , and are much stronger than I thought they would be. From my novice standpoint, the quality is excellent.

Hubby suggested that the tabs be a bit longer (in places where it wouldn’t affect the aesthetics), and my suggestion is to be a little more clear about the order of the assembly. Of course, I am new to models and their instructions and chose one of much higher difficulty; perhaps if I’d assembled more of them and was more up to the task it wouldn’t have been so frustrating for me.

This ship is one of their LED enhanced puzzles; it’s beautiful in the light and breathtaking in the dark! I kept turning the lights on and off once I finished to take in the effect – I’m so in love with this ship and so proud that I got it done! (with a little help from the hubby) It’s harder to capture the effect well in a picture, but I did my best…

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The little details are amazing, with even the smallest pieces being accurate; the decorative accents make for a lovely finished image. Check out the front and back of the ship…

It also comes with a stand and nameplate that you build for it, they both make it seem even more beautiful and authentic in my opinion…

And what self-respecting pirate ship would be complete without a Jolly Roger? It’s one of my favorite parts of this puzzle/model. There are also lighted stairs, cannons in each of the gun ports on the sides, and even a tiny little bench near the helm for weary pirates to rest their tired feet when they’re steering the ship!

The puzzle also came with a gift of a small 3D puzzle of the Empire State Building. Look for that post in the next couple of weeks!

This puzzle was complex, interesting, frustrating, and engaging; and I couldn’t be happier with the results. If you’re a fan of models or 3D puzzles, and you’re a little more experienced with them than I am and think you’re up to the challenge – Queen Anne’s Revenge is definitely recommended.

Are ye brave enough? Arrr! ☠💀☠

Details:

  • Title:                  Queen Anne’s Revenge (Blackbeard’s Ship)
  • Artist:                N/A
  • Brand:               CubicFun
  • Piece count:     340 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 27 x 25 in. (68 x 64 cm)
  • Purchased:      N/A, sent for review

Quality:

  • Board:               Excellent
  • Cutting:             Excellent, easy to detach without breaking or bending
  • Image:               Excellent
  • Box:                   Very good, quite sturdy
  • Fit:                     Very good
  • Puzzle Dust:     N/A
  • Piece cut:          N/A
  • Piece shapes:   N/A
  • Finish:               N/A

Overall Rating:      Excellent, highly recommended

 

I received this product at no cost in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own.