Earth 3D Puzzle

Brand: Ravensburger, Title: Earth 3D Puzzle, Pieces: 540 plastic pieces, Size: 8.7”/22cm.

The Earth 3D puzzle has been on my wish list for years! Ever since I saw such an item I REALLY wanted it.  So I paid the Piper a hefty price for it but but I just HAD to have it! :)

Brand: Ravensburger

Title: Earth 3D Puzzle

Pieces: 540 plastic pieces

Size: 8.7”/22cm

Earth 3D Puzzle Review

Overall Experience:  Good

Cut Quality: Very good

Board Quality: Hard plastic

Shape Cut: random

Image Quality: Great

Hardest Area: The last 2 pieces

Puzzle Dust? none

Finish Quality: Smooth shiny

Box Quality: Great

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes

Was this purchased new? Yes

Price: $45.99US 

Recommend Level: High

Time: 3.5 hours

Earth 3D Puzzle - What's in the box...

Today's conversion rate makes this puzzle price to be about $62.00 Canadian...I know! Crazy, right??!! Well this one has been on my wish list of many years and I have had a previously loved board one but once it was assembled it did not look all that pretty. My daughter had an opportunity to visit the Jigsaw Puzzle Warehouse on one of her 'live' Workshops so she stopped in to buy me a birthday present. She asked me what was on my 'list'. Even though she did not buy this one for me for my birthday (as she purchased me 2 other beauties), I opted out to pay for this one myself as a 'souvenir' of 'her' being there and sending me the photos as she shopped. Yes it is easy to justify buying a puzzle :)

So you will see in the images below the price on the box and starting at age 12 for a puzzler to manage assembling this one. The poster shows a very nice visual of all angles of the world which is the standard world map. Inside the box it comes with the 540 hard plastic pieces sealed in the plastic bag, the poster of course, then the metal/plastic stand for the puzzle to be mounted on for spinning and finally the 'cheat' sheet for assembling the entire puzzle. This sure is a luxury kit :) 

Earth 3D Puzzle Assembly...

I have assembled these numbered hard plastic puzzle in the past so I have a general idea for my plan to move forward. Since there are 540 pieces I labeled 6 plastic 'snack' size baggies and sorted the number from 1-100, 101-200, 201-300 etc. Then I stacked them nicely into the box. I also got a pair of light pliers incase I wanted to tighten the pieces smoothly together. You should  know that assembling hard plastic pieces can be hard on tender hands and/or fingers. That said, I found I did not need them in this case.

As you can see in the following photos, I started to work the pieces in the circular direction that is labelled on each piece.

They are numbered AND have a direction arrow pointing the way 'forward' which I found to be quite helpful.

Below is 2 rounds of progress as I complete about 1/3 and then about 2/3's of the globe.

The following 11 images shares some close up views of the stand and the Globe assembled together.  The stand was quite easy to assemble with a quick insert at the top and bottom of the Globe which allows it to spin quite easily. The overall  tautness of the pieces on the Globe are pretty good but you should be mindful when handling it as it will cave pieces into the Globe as I have experienced that ;) 

The above photos of the Ravensburger Earth 3D Puzzle shows the completely assembled image in all its array of the world. Nowadays with the internet, the world seems so much smaller however I can still appreciate its vastness when viewing the world on its axel.

It was a bit pricey for this one but one that will be a keeper and can easily be re-assembled in the future if desired. I can highly recommend this one for its quality when it comes to 3D puzzles such as this :) 

I also had the pleasure of assembling the Krypt jigsaw puzzle by Ravensburger which was quite a test!

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