Review: Vintage Posters (Paris)

Paris
Vintage Posters (Paris) – D-Toys – 1000 pieces

Doesn’t this look like a great time? It was! I absolutely loved it, even though it seemed like it would be quite difficult I found it had the perfect amount of challenge, and wonderful quality.

Puzzler1909 (a fellow puzzle blogger) and I conducted an international puzzle swap so we could work brands that are difficult to get in our home countries. I sent an Artifact wooden puzzle and a Galison; and I received this D-Toys, a Grafika, and a bonus Art Puzzle. (It was one I really wanted, but was missing pieces, so I chose another puzzle. She sent it anyway, knowing how much I like the artist – how sweet was that?)

D-Toys can be purchased in the US, but this image was nowhere to be found at any of my usual puzzle dealers. I’ve found that some of their puzzles aren’t the best to work with, but if you get the “high quality” ones they’re absolutely lovely. The pieces are a good thickness with a nice fit and excellent hand feel, and they are altogether very very nice to work with. This puzzle was hands down the best quality D-Toys puzzle I’ve ever assembled. 🙂

There was a big party in Paris, four years after the Eiffel Tower was built, this is a poster advertising it and I think it’s gorgeous! Although I’m not sure what all the boxes on the left side are showing…

Paris 1

Will the party be so amazing that it blows you away? Is there a tornado coming? It’s very silly, but seriously, what is happening here?

Paris 2

Theater, clowns and music, this was one big bash wasn’t it? Apparently they knew how to throw at party back in the 19th century. 😉

Paris 3

I know this is meant to show that there will be acrobats at the Eiffel Tower, but to me it just looks as though they’re tossing women off head first! All kidding aside, you can see the excellent fit in all of these close up images – it was fantastic, and wonderful to work with.

This puzzle was a joy to assemble, and although I was a little nervous when I opened the box and started sorting it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I was wondering if assembling words would be more difficult with a language I don’t speak or read, but it turns out it was no problem at all. (Although it might be a challenge with a language whose characters/alphabet are different than English) The quality, the fit, the image – they all made for a fantastic assembly and a really good time. Many, many thanks to Nicola at Puzzler1909 for swapping puzzles with me – I am so looking forward to assembling the other two!

If you can find this puzzle and the image appeals to you, it is very highly recommended! 👍🗼

Details:

  • Title:                  Vintage Posters (Paris)
  • Artist:                Unknown
  • Brand:               D-Toys
  • Piece count:     1000 pieces
  • Size:                  Approx. 27 x 19 in. (68 x 47 cm)
  • Purchased:      Used

Quality:

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

Overall Rating:      Excellent, highly recommended

Yikes!

cat faces

I spent some time yesterday looking at lots of puzzles at Puzzle Warehouse. I came across a couple of new images that made me say a word I can’t really spell – it’s a cross between “uhh”, “ew”, “yikes”, and “ouch”.

Cat Faces and Owl Faces are two new puzzles from D-Toys, a Romanian manufacturer. I haven’t tried this brand before; I was actually looking for one of their puzzles to try out. There are plenty of interesting images from this brand that look like they’d be great to assemble; but these two jumped right out at me, and not in a good way.

These images (to me) don’t look like fun to assemble, or even to look at. I suppose there are plenty of people who will like these images, but to be honest they kinda scare me a bit – just in time for Halloween, right? All those eyes staring out from those images are just creepy!

What do you think of these cat and owl faces? Scary? Cute? Would either of them be puzzles you’d be interesting in assembling?

Owl faces