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Ravensburger Puzzle Moment
My Confident Puzzler Difficulty Rating: Satisfyingly Easy
This is another in the Ravensburger Puzzle Moment series. Admittedly, 200 pieces is not going to take very long, so in terms of time (but more than a moment) this was easy. It did, however, offer enough concentration to feel satisfied for the effort.
Quality: A+ if you forgive quite a bit of puzzle dust. The small, square box is sturdy. It is adorned on top with the Ravensburger corner, the # 200, three amall pictographs encouraging us to relax, enjoy and take some “me time”, and only a portion of the illustration. The full image is on the box bottom - not large, but big enough to see details. Inside was only a sealed bag of pieces. Color match pieces to images was excellent. The solid, near matte pieces had no damage, none were together uncut, and none were missing. Piece fit was pick up off the table tight.
Getting started: Find the edge pieces and sort by color. I like to also sort by object, so along with sorting the lights and darks of the blues, grays, and blacks in the background, I sorted the bricks, the flowers, the bike basket, the wheels, and other bike parts. I know, I know — with 200 pieces they could just be turned face up and puzzling could begin. But with only a small piece count the extra organization doesn’t take very long at all.
Construction: I built the frame first and added the bright pink and yellow flowers. Then I filled in the street and started building the wheels. Not as easy as it appears, especially the dark areas on the right. I kept building upward to finish the bicycle, so a lot of the background came last. I did line up only some of the sorts by shape. Other than the little bike basket, I did not build any sections first. This one was quite fun doing it piece by satisfying piece.
Final thoughts: I’ve done several in the Puzzle Moment series. To paraphrase the dictionary, a moment is an immeasurable amount of time, an instant. IMHO, they should be called Puzzle Moments! That aside, they are a good way to get some puzzling into a busy day. They come in a variety of illustrations from one that is almost a solid color, to a busy one filled with umbrellas. There are also cityscapes, animals and more. One of my favorites is Balloons. I recommend checking them out.
My grades: Quality A+. Fun Factor A++
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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)