Carbonated Colours Puzzle 
by Guest Writer Roberta Shore

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Carbonated Colors

Random Cut
500 pieces
Finished dimension: 20” Round

Carbonated Colours Puzzle - Roberta's Review

Carbonated Colors

Random Cut
500 pieces
Finished dimension: 20” Round

Carbonated Colors puzzle

Springbok jigsaw puzzles
Random Cut
500 pieces
Finished dimension: 20” Round

My (advancing) Newbie rating: Easy

The copy of this puzzle I put together was flawed. It had one broken piece and a few damaged pieces. The piece fit was so loose no two pieces would stay together. Loose fit seems to be a possible issue across brands. The previous Springbok puzzle I completed did not have any issues that ruined my puzzling experience. Springbok has an excellent reputation.

So, stuff happens. I want to recommend this puzzle to new puzzlers. Because it is an easy puzzle to complete, it would be a great introduction to random cut pieces, round puzzles, and the art of sorting.

Specific to this puzzle:

  1. The random cut was typical, not many traditional piece shapes, some large pieces, sometiny, false edge pieces, and pieces that did not lock together.
  2. The round puzzle frame had almost straight edges and used several of the tiny pieces.Piecing it together following the bottle colors was a simple task.
  3. The Puzzle Hobby sorting order works wonderfully! Do a general sort by color while findingthe edge pieces. Build the frame. Sub-sort by color value, and layout all the pieces by shape (easier with ribbon cut puzzles) on a foam core board. Well, I don’t have the practical space for the luxury of that last step. So, I use trays and sort by recognizable areas of color or items. For this one, I sorted by label. If there was no indication of label on a piece, I sorted those by color. There were relatively few. I also sorted out the center and a row or two of surrounding pieces.

From there the construction was a breeze - it was equivalent to doing 23 little puzzles. As soon as the sorted labels were put together, they could be attached to the frame.

When I finished this bothersome puzzle and there were no missing pieces it still evoked a moment of pleasure to see it complete. And, it can be fun to do an easy puzzle; not every one has to be challenging and take days to complete, to enjoy the process. Because that is always the same — a mind clearing, calming activity. It’s a good thing!

My ratings: Quality C, Fun Factor B+

Note: Loose piece fit is second perhaps to missing piece, but it is a disappointment from beginning to end. This review and ratings have to be honest based on my experience with the box of puzzle pieces I put together. Please don’t be deterred.


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About: Springbok

A Rich Legacy in Jigsaw Puzzles

In the world of jigsaw puzzles, few names evoke a sense of nostalgia and quality quite like Springbok. With a rich history spanning several decades, Springbok has established itself as a prominent and beloved puzzle brand. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating history of Springbok, its connection with Hallmark, its unique puzzle qualities, and the diverse range of puzzles it produces.

Origins and Hallmark Connection

Springbok traces its roots back to the 1960s when founders Robert and Katie Lewin embarked on a mission to create high-quality jigsaw puzzles. Initially, the company focused on creating puzzles with exceptional imagery and intricate designs. In 1963, Springbok caught the attention of Hallmark Cards, a renowned greeting card company. Recognizing the potential of Springbok puzzles, Hallmark acquired the company, infusing it with resources and expertise while retaining its commitment to craftsmanship.

Superior Quality and Craftsmanship

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Springbok puzzles is their superior quality. Known for their thick, sturdy pieces, Springbok puzzles are crafted to withstand multiple assemblies, ensuring longevity and durability. The company takes pride in using eco-friendly materials and adheres to rigorous production standards, resulting in puzzles that stand the test of time.

Another hallmark of Springbok puzzles is their precision-cut pieces. The company employs a unique interlocking technique, ensuring that each piece fits seamlessly with its neighbors. This precision cut not only enhances the puzzle assembly experience but also allows for a visually appealing final result.

Diverse Puzzle Collection

Springbok offers a wide array of puzzles, catering to various interests and skill levels. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a fan of classic art, or someone who enjoys whimsical designs, Springbok has something for everyone. Their puzzle themes encompass breathtaking landscapes, nostalgic scenes, vibrant wildlife, iconic landmarks, and much more.

Additionally, Springbok is known for producing specialty puzzles that go beyond the traditional rectangular shape. Their shaped puzzles, often featuring unique silhouettes that complement the image, add an extra layer of challenge and visual appeal. These distinctive puzzles are a testament to Springbok's commitment to innovation and creativity.

Continued Legacy and Dedication

Over the years, Springbok has continued to uphold its legacy as a provider of high-quality puzzles. The company has remained true to its mission of crafting puzzles that delight and engage puzzlers of all ages. Through their collaboration with Hallmark, Springbok has consistently delivered puzzles that capture the imagination and spark joy in the hearts of puzzle enthusiasts.

Springbok's commitment to excellence extends beyond the puzzles themselves. The company understands that assembling puzzles is not only a hobby but also a way to connect with others and create lasting memories. They strive to create puzzles that foster a sense of togetherness, whether it's a family gathering, a quiet evening at home, or a social activity among friends.

In Conclusion

Springbok's history is woven with a passion for puzzles, an unwavering dedication to quality, and a commitment to capturing the essence of visual art. From their partnership with Hallmark to their reputation for superior craftsmanship and diverse puzzle offerings, Springbok has earned its place as a beloved brand in the world of jigsaw puzzles.

As you embark on your puzzle-solving adventures, consider exploring the captivating collection of Springbok puzzles, where creativity, quality, and a rich legacy converge.

(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)