Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Santa’s Christmas Party Jigsaw Puzzle 1000 pcs – Product Review

The Artist
For over 10 years Roy Trower has been the man who creates those beautifully illustrated scenes which determine the themes for the Christmas Limited Editions jigsaw puzzles by Ravensburger. The artwork involves 2D skills, from sketching out the design to hand painting. Artist, Trower (from Devon UK) uses a mix of water-colours, gouache and pencil colours. His designs do not include computer software manipulation or enhancement

The Theme
The theme is Santa and equally Mrs Claus (as it is for an advertising campaign running for a certain multinational high street retailer this Christmas #LoveMrsClaus) So we have a hat less Santa in a dance hold with his dear wife and they are gazing lovingly into each others eyes. So it is a romantic setting in snowy world with lantern lights hanging down from the top which creates a warm glow which illuminates all the creatures big and small, the partying elves and the foodie treats. Such a colourful and heartwarming scene


The Product
Santa’s Christmas Party is a 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Christmas jigsaw puzzle by Ravensburger 1000 pieces. These Christmas limited editions are a standalone separate from the other numbered limited edition series.This premium jigsaw is rectangular on completion, and measures 70 x 50 cm approx. Not suitable for children under 36 months (small pieces). From 12 years to adult. RRP £12.99

The Promoting
Communication and online selling of this item includes: Amazon



As Ravensburger reviewing regulars it wouldn’t be quite right to be denied a first look at the Christmas puzzle on release from the company each year. This puzzle is so sweet but difficulty level is quite high, because a large percentage of the pieces are blue, black and white which makes it tricky to identify one piece from another. Therefore we found once the edges were in place it was easier to pick out and compile firstly all those pieces packed with more of the pictorials present, (those pieces enveloped in a yellow and orange glow particularly)-leaving the night sky and the snowy landscape until we had whittled things down a bit

Review by Debra Hall at TSS Reviews 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Review: Ravensburger Big Ben Silhouette Jigsaw Puzzle

Ravensburger Big Ben Silhouette Puzzle Review
Review: I enjoy challenging jigsaw puzzles, and this new Big Ben puzzle from Ravensburger definitely fits the bill. It is big, too – with 1155 pieces, it is over 1 metre tall.
This puzzle is irregularly shaped, rather than being a standard rectangle, following the shapes of the images depicted in the puzzle. This makes it more challenging – no corners, for a start! Some of the pieces at the edges were particularly difficult to place to begin with as they needed inside pieces to connect them to the next edge piece, as they sat together corner to corner with the next bit of edge, or flat edge to flat edge rather than connecting normally.
Ravensburger Big Ben Silhouette Puzzle Review
To read the rest of the review head over to Mama Geek

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Ravensburger Darth Vader Silhouette Star Wars Puzzle Review

Over the past few months, I’ve started getting into doing jigsaw puzzles – not just with the kids but the more advanced 1000 piece ones for grown ups. The one I’m currently working on (with a bit of help from the kids as they like Star Wars!) is the Ravensburger Darth Vader Silhouette puzzle, with 1098 pieces.


We were sent the puzzle from Ravensburger and you can check out their grown up range of puzzles here on their website.


I chose this puzzle as the silhouette shaped edging makes it a bit different, and I thought I would try out a new challenge. I’m managing to do the 1000 piece puzzles fairly quickly now, and this has slightly more pieces at 1098 so I wanted to see how I would get on.........

To read the rest of the review head over to In The Playroom

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Mind absorbing and Challenging

Ravensburger The Curious Cupboard No.5 - The Inventor's Cupboard

Another wonderful jigsaw puzzle design by Colin Thompson. What's not to like! The Inventor's Cupboard is Number 5 of The Curious Cupboard jigsaws from top brand Ravensburger, and it was slow going to compile the thing because of all the little intricacies. 
This particular cupboard is packed with even more great stuff and curiosities than some others from the series. Now it is completed I see hand tools, electrical and mechanical workings, industry related objects, those great inventions of last century and before that. Some weird and wacky inventions too, and, randomly, there's a puppy and a clown fish in the pic! 

It is all wonderfully odd - can't stop staring at it on the table. A great gift for a DIY enthusiast, or an engineer, production worker, or designer/maker who finds themselves with time on their hands and want to relax and lose themselves in this activity for a time.

Review by TSS 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Labyrinth – an ‘amazing’ game for the whole family


Mazes are amazing. They can confuse you very easily, but, if you stop and think for just a second, the path will become clear. We have played many maze type games and have also visited many real-life mazes. We love the logical and strategy based games and were quite surprised when we discovered that we had never heard or played a popular game by Ravensburger called Labyrinth before.

Labyrinth is a maze based board game, but with a slight twist, so we were very excited when we were asked if we wanted to review it. My initial thought was that this must be an omen. We had just watched Labyrinth, the movie with David Bowie, just to let the children see his acting skills, and the correlation was too great to pass by!

To read to full review head over to NELC3 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Trolls Puzzle 100XXL from Ravensburger

Trolls Puzzle 100XXL from Ravensburger

The girls have been looking forward to watching the new Trolls movie for ages. We are planning to go as a half term treat. I thought they would love to make this lovely Trolls puzzle from Ravensbuger.

Trolls Puzzle 100XXL from Ravensburger

The puzzle is suitable for children age 6+ and has 100 large pieces. My daughter who is 6 could complete it with a little bit of help. It took about twenty minutes which is the perfect amount of time for children this age.


Although there are a lot of pieces, they are large which makes it easy to follow the pattern. There is also a clear version of the picture on the box to follow.

Head over to Here comes the girls to read the rest of the review 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Review - Disney Castle 3D Puzzle from Ravensburger

Disney Castle 3D Puzzle

We were recently sent the Disney Castle 3D Puzzle from Ravensburger to review. It's a 216 piece jigsaw puzzle with a suggested age range of 12-99 years, and the finished model is a beautiful Disney castle, decorated with more than 100 Disney characters depicted in scenes across the sides and turrets.

The finished castle is a large model, about 45 x 27 x 49 cm when built, and there is a huge amount of detail. Characters peek out from behind doors, and there is plenty to see at each window. The characters are grouped by theme, for example this corner features Pixar characters...

Disney 3D Jigsaw from Ravensburger

To read the rest of the review head over to Jennifer's Little World