We invite you to read Roberta Shore's review on the following jigsaw puzzle. Since she has discovered the advantages of jigsaw puzzling, she has reviewed/journaled several that will be available on this website.
My Newbie Difficulty Rating; easy
Vintage Barbie jigsaw puzzle
Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle
1000 pieces (from the manufacturer - "each piece has a unique shape")
Finished sized: 20" x 27"
Well, 4 months and several puzzles of various piece counts later, I am still far from being an experienced puzzler who finishes a 1000-piece puzzle in 8-10 hours! That will probably take a few years! But I adore the mind clearing calm I experience during every hour I spend on the puzzling process; getting lost in the activity, it’s a good thing!
I researched the puzzle manufacturers for quality, and built a stash including one (or more) from each highly rated brand. Puzzle Hobby was a super resource for that, and for a comprehensive fact and idea introduction to my new hobby. Hence, this Ravensburger puzzle.
Pluses — no puzzle dust, sturdy in small box, sturdy pieces - none missing, each “unique” piece can only fit in the right place, bright colors, and my favorite — a totally matte finish. Minuses - loose piece fit while working, (but tight when complete - go figure), no poster. I took a screenshot, blew it up and printed it. Does it live up to its reputation -a qualified yes. I have purchased 2 more.
Despite everything I said above, it was almost too easy. I finished it over 2 days, taking lots of breaks. I chock it up to the cartoon drawing style and limited number of colors. I sorted by color which, for this puzzle, basically meant it was sorted by object. I left the big Barbie for last, but it all came together with ease.
Did I have fun? Yes! Was I challenged? Not really. Do I have to be? Not necessarily. I give this an A+ for fun!
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About: Ravensburger, Pioneering the World of Jigsaw Puzzles
Since its inception in the late 19th century, Ravensburger has emerged as a leading name in the world of jigsaw puzzles, captivating puzzle enthusiasts with their high-quality craftsmanship and captivating imagery. Let's delve into the rich history and legacy of Ravensburger, a company that has shaped the puzzle industry for over a century.
A Humble Beginning
The story of Ravensburger dates back to 1883 when Otto Robert Maier founded the company in Ravensburg, Germany. Initially, the company specialized in producing board games and educational materials. However, it wasn't until the 20th century that Ravensburger expanded its horizons and ventured into the realm of jigsaw puzzles.
The Rise of Jigsaw Puzzles
In the early 20th century, jigsaw puzzles gained popularity as a recreational activity for people of all ages. Recognizing the potential of this burgeoning market, Ravensburger embraced the opportunity and began producing their own puzzles. With a commitment to quality and innovation, the company quickly gained recognition for its meticulously crafted puzzles, characterized by their precise interlocking pieces and vibrant artwork.
Ravensburger's commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail set them apart from their competitors. The company employed advanced printing techniques and high-quality materials to ensure the durability and visual appeal of their puzzles. Every piece was carefully crafted to fit snugly together, providing a satisfying puzzling experience for enthusiasts around the world.
Over the years, Ravensburger expanded its puzzle offerings, catering to a wide range of interests and skill levels. Their collection encompasses various themes, including landscapes, animals, famous landmarks, and works of art. Collaborations with renowned artists and licensing agreements with popular franchises further enriched their puzzle selection, appealing to diverse audiences.
Innovation and Advancements
Ravensburger has consistently embraced innovation to enhance the puzzling experience. In 1964, they introduced their signature "Softclick" technology, revolutionizing puzzle assembly by creating a distinctive clicking sound when pieces fit together correctly. This innovation simplified the process and elevated the enjoyment of puzzle-solving.
Educational Puzzles and Beyond
While Ravensburger is synonymous with entertainment and leisure, they have also recognized the educational value of puzzles. The company developed a range of educational puzzles aimed at fostering cognitive development, problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness in children. These puzzles not only entertained but also provided a platform for learning and growth.
Ravensburger's popularity transcended borders, and their puzzles became highly sought after worldwide. With subsidiaries and partnerships in various countries, Ravensburger established a global presence, ensuring their puzzles reached enthusiasts in different corners of the globe.
A Legacy of Excellence
Throughout its history, Ravensburger has remained committed to their founding principles of quality, innovation, and captivating design. Their puzzles continue to captivate both young and old, providing hours of entertainment, relaxation, and a sense of accomplishment.
Today, Ravensburger stands as a prominent and beloved name in the puzzle industry. With their vast collection of puzzles, ranging from small beginner puzzles to massive and intricate designs, Ravensburger has something for every puzzler. Whether you're an avid enthusiast or a casual solver, Ravensburger puzzles are sure to engage your mind and bring joy to your puzzling endeavors.
In conclusion, the story of Ravensburger is one of innovation, quality craftsmanship, and a passion for puzzles. From its humble beginnings to its global recognition, Ravensburger has left an indelible mark on the puzzle world. As we piece together their puzzles, we not only experience the joy of solving but also become part of the enduring legacy that is Ravensburger.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)