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 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Ravensburger Puzzle Boards


tssreviews have put together a number of editorial pieces featuring Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles, but we haven’t, to date, extended our thoughts to include those additional kinds of considerations that one has to factor in before setting about the task of puzzle compiling. This time we are doing

Whether it is subconsciously, or not, we will firstly be considering a few things:

  • the space available for undertaking this type of hobby pursuit
  • the comfort and positioning of the person (people) while doing it
  • and the manoeuvrability and storage of something that is a largely a Work in Progress until completed

 Some people have space within their homes which can incorporate physical things based around their interests or hobbies, and some will, willingly, give up precious space that is usually dedicated to mealtimes, in favour of the puzzle making, for the length of time required to get it done

Others prefer to use a working base that will transport the puzzle and allow re-positioning of the operation onto the floor, or a different furniture top, or to another room in fact. Finding a piece of board that is workable and large enough to incorporate a completed jigsaw puzzle can prove difficult
Here are three Ravensburger items that will help to address one or more of the above mentioned considerations

The Puzzle Companion

puzzle companion

The puzzle companion is a rigid board, but very lightweight – measures 76 x 54cm. Ravensburger puzzles of 1000 standard sized pieces, have a consistent dimension on completion that will fall a few centimetres short of fitting the puzzle companion edge to edge. The working surface is made from flock material so puzzle pieces can adhere to it slightly, and not slip away easily. You can slide and so rotate the board when on a table top to an angle and desired position for any one person at any one time. The board is flat and not bulky, so can be stored behind a cupboard or against a wall when not in use. The Puzzle Companion will make a great gift combination along with any Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle from their vast range.

The Puzzle Handy


Like the Puzzle Companion the Puzzle Handy is a secure base for doing most jigsaw puzzles up to 1000 pieces. Just unfold, secure with the brackets (so that it does not collapse when moved) . Unlike the Puzzle Companion however, the board is not covered with a non-slip material, the board itself is a top quality. non-reflective FSC board onto which the approximate sizes of both a 500 and 1000 pieced jigsaw are marked out. The ‘handy’ element really is because when the board it not in use, it can be folded away smaller than the Companion and can be stored in a drawer, on a shelf or in a cupboard so not taking up so much space than the Companion when not in use. Just remove the securing brackets, refold the board, and it can be put back into the compact storage box in which he came until the next puzzle challenge comes along. This item is reasonably priced and is selling at Amazon

Complete Puzzle Set

puzzle board

This jigsaw has a built in puzzle mat, so a work board or a table top is not a necessary puzzle board requirement while assembling. The base layer of this jigsaw is the puzzle box itself, simply remove the puzzle box lid and then flatten down the sides of the box’s base. Insert four large corner pieces (supplied) to stabilise and complete the frame to include four right angles. Compile the puzzle on the surface within the frame. The frame will show a continuation of the puzzle’s overall photographic illustration. Moving away, for a moment, from the concept of a puzzle with its own built in base, because with this set you have a further option. By spreading the finished jigsaw with conserver fluid and allowing it to dry, you are ‘fixing’ the pieces so that it can be hung as one piece of framed wall art that will measure 57 x 44cm. Note: The conserver and the picture hangers are included in the box.

Complete Puzzle Set comes in three themes: Ocean/Sea, Beaches, and Landscapes.

Written by Debra Hall

Monday, 10 October 2016

Puzzle artwork up for grabs!

Over the next few months, there’s a chance to get your very own “Geoff Tristram” original painting!  Fieldings Auction House in Stourbridge are selling some of Geoff’s original artwork – much of it created for Ravensburger Puzzles. What a great opportunity to buy one of Geoff’s very colourful and funny cartoons, or one of his Cat Conundrum pictures. For more info visit  

You may just pick up a real bargain!

Friday, 7 October 2016

Puzzles or keepsakes?

My brother and I love 3D puzzles!

Last year I wrote about the really awesome 3D gifts which were around on the high street for us ‘creative kids’ who really like to get our teeth into making something we can keep and use afterwards. For instance 3D glasses, movies, pens and even jigsaw puzzles, it was as if the world had gone 3D-tastic. Now for 2017, the craze just ramped up a gear as Ravensburger release a collection of super cool 3D puzzles which build into beautiful and useful items for our bedrooms. Girls, you’re going to love what’s in store for you!
The Ravensburger 3D Puzzle Collection takes completing a jigsaw puzzle to a whole new level. This stunning and innovative range of 3D puzzles includes stylish items such as a Vanity Box, Jewellery Tree, Pencil Holder and a Flower Vase which holds water and real flowers. Each of the four items is available in either an elegant Unicorn design or as Funky Owls. Simply complete your favourite puzzle and use it to decorate your room.
The lovely people at Ravensburger sent me a bundle of goodies to try out and make for myself (there’s so many I’m still enjoying them). The Jewellery Tree really grabbed my attention because I’ve never had one of those and I loved the fact it had a different image on either side. There’s a Funky Owl and a Unicorn design to choose from. I love unicorns, so I opted to build that one first.
It was good fun to build. Normally I do creative things on my own, however these 3D puzzles are numbered on the back to help us to get the jigsaw pieces in the right order, so I pulled in my brother, Luca’s help. He’s obsessed with numbers and getting things in the right order, so he enjoyed sorting the pieces into numerical order for me. It made the process really fun for both of us – each doing something we really enjoy. I found completing the final parts of the frame were a little tricky, however with mum’s help, this was soon sorted. The final result looks so cool.

However I far from think the fun ceases there, now I may spend hours making new jewellery and finding things to hang on my new tree. Plus, because the Tree has a double-sided image, I can swap from one picture to the other so I always have something fresh to look at. Next I’ll be building the matching vase (it actually holds water so you are able have real cut flowers in it), then there’s the really cute pen holder and open-topped jewellery box. They all start as puzzles, yet end up as gorgeous items which have a real job and purpose in every girl’s bedroom – so cool!
Although, if 3D the opposite of your thing, there are some really exciting new traditional puzzles in the range, which may fill in some wonderful hours over this Christmas. This is because Ravensburger are launching a celebratory 20th Anniversary Edition of their most popular Christmas range. Like a box of crackers or a Christmas pudding, a Ravensburger puzzle has become part of a family’s traditional festive celebration. A brand new design is commissioned each year, so the puzzles are highly sought after collector’s items. This year’s image depicts ‘Santa’s Christmas Party’. With a hand-drawn illustration showing Santa, Mrs. Christmas and Santa’s helpers celebrating after another busy Christmas Eve
So whether you’re a traditional puzzle fanatic or if you’re looking for something more modern with the 3D collections, there’s something to get everyone jiggy on the jigsaw!
You’re able to buy the 3D puzzle collection from all good toy and gift stores or from Amazon. For more info visit:
What is your favorite puzzle to solve?
Review by the Jupital

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Day with Grandma & Grandpa 500pc puzzles from Ravensburger *review*

When we have reviewed Ravensburger puzzles in the past they have been purely for the children but I thought it would be nice to do one myself as a relaxing activity-much needed during the long 6 week summer holiday!

I was sent Day with Grandma and Grandpa, two 500 piece puzzles, with lovely scenes by Trevor Mitchell, of a grandson and granddaughter enjoying a day in the garden cleaning the car and fixing a bike and then spending time baking with their grandparents.

I've never done a puzzle with as many pieces as 500 pieces so, guessing that it would take me some time, I got out our Ravensburger Puzzle Store so that I could separate the pieces into sections and put the puzzle away safely before finishing it.

To read the full review head over to Him Me & Three

Munich 1000 Piece Puzzle from Ravensburger

Munich 1000 Piece Puzzle from Ravensburger

Germany is a country I’ve visited a number of times both for work and to visit friends.  But I’ve never made it to the south of the country and to Bavaria.  I follow A Bavarian Sojournand always love looking at Emma’s photo of the area.  So I jumped at the chance to review the Munich 1000 Piece Puzzle from Ravensburger recently.

Aimed at those aged 12 years and over, I’ve enjoyed winding down with this Munich 1000 Piece Puzzle from Ravensburger, once Monkey has gone to bed recently.  I’ve always found jigsaw puzzles are a great way to switch off from the stresses of family life, and with the summer holidays, this has never been truer.

Munich 1000 Piece Puzzle from Ravensburger

To read to the full review head over Over40andmumtoone

Friday, 23 September 2016

Ravensburger Wins Prestigious Awards

Ravensburger have been awarded three accolades in the Practical Pre-School and Parent Teacher Update Awards for 2016.

The awards took place last week and have a strong reputation for recognising the best in educational resources, toys, equipment, books, multimedia and many other products aimed at pre-school, childcare and key stages 1 and 2.

The top award of overall winner in the Classic Toys & Games category went to Ravensburger’s Teletubbies My First Floor Puzzle. The second award was for Big Ben with Clock 3D Puzzle® which won Gold in the Toys & Games category for children over 5. Third award went to Thomas and Friends My First memory®, which scooped a Silver in the Classic Toys & Games category. These award wins mark a continuation in a string of successes for the company.

Ravensburger Product Managers, Sindy Randall and Sarah Stevens, were responsible for the development of the Teletubbies My First Floor Puzzle and describe the processes behind the creation of this seemingly simple product: “We identified the need for a simple floor puzzle for children aged 2+.  Our experience and observations of play over many years had taught us that children of this age can find larger floor puzzles frustrating, because they cannot easily reach all sides and often have to lean over or even sit on the puzzle in an attempt to try and complete it.  This results in pieces becoming dislodged and causes huge frustration. Hence we needed to create a puzzle where children could reach all the sides, and assemble it fairly easily.

“It’s essential that children can complete the challenge of assembling a puzzle, because it encourages them to move on to bigger challenges, and builds confidence in all areas of their life.  We carefully considered the piece count too, and chose 16 because it offered enough of a challenge, gave us a good balanced puzzle piece and also resulted in the majority of pieces having 1 straight edge.  Straight edges are a good reference point and help young children sort and assemble a jigsaw more easily. For the material we selected a very thick and strong double laminated FSC® board to ensure the pieces could withstand plenty of wear and tear, and felt really nice to hold”.

Sindy continued: “Puzzles are a great way to develop colour and shape matching skills, hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity.  But for these elements to work really well, the design is key.  The size of the images and characters, and the amount of background detail needs to be carefully considered to give plenty of visual clues, to ensure easy assembly of the puzzle pieces.  Colour is also vital; Is there an even spread across the design; Are all the colours clear & bright; Will they print well and look good on the finished pack?  We go through many different design stages to make sure everything is right, often mocking up packaging at an early stage to see what it will potentially look like on shelf.  We also work closely with the licensor, getting their approval at every stage.  It’s valuable getting their input and thoughts too – especially with a property like Teletubbies, which was created by the legendary Anne Wood and has such a strong heritage”.

From these comments, it’s clear that a ‘simple’ floor puzzle probably isn’t that simple after all!  Ravensburger’s Product Development team has over 40 years of experience behind them, which informs and influences every decision.  Over the years this team has won many awards, so despite appearances their work obviously isn’t ‘child’s play’!