The Nutcracker jigsaw puzzle may not be in production anymore so you would be extremely lucky if you were to see it on a store shelf somewhere. It was a Christmas special limited edition so it worth taking another look at. Each year I enjoy reviewing this one because of the extra packaging this one came in. A music box embedded right into the packaging playing the perfect music for the girl in the image. This one was a treasure!
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Good
Board Quality: firm
Shape Cut: grid-like
Image Quality: great
Hardest Area: The border
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth shiny
Box Quality: Great c/w music
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? yes
Price: $58.30 includes shipping
Recommend Level: highly
Time: 12 hours
I did my usual sorting routine with this one. I sorted the colors as best I could into piles then did an additional color sort as I laid all the pieces out onto the foam board. I attempted to do the border but with not much luck, I decided to leave it until the end.
After placing the border pieces into position as best I could, I started with the Dancer in pink, the presents, the Soldier and the Christmas tree with the dark background. Those went quite well. Then I pulled out the patterns for the page border, the center book mark and the music sheet. The rest of the pieces fell nicely into place to complete the inside image so it was back to the border.
Grid-like cut pieces sometimes 'feel' like they are in the correct place only to be discovered other pieces do not fit correctly. Repeated patterns or solid border combined with grid-like pieces makes for the additional challenge. I am pretty sure I got the border correct because they 'seem' to fit.
The following 3 images share some close up images of the puzzle piece quality and sizes which are great! The images share several little Christmas details such as the beautiful Christmas tree, the clock and the Nutcracker soldier the Dancer is carrying.
This special JaCaRou jigsaw puzzle comes with a sturdy Book-like box with an embedded music box so when the lid is lifted the music plays "Dragee Fairy Dance" of Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky.
When Nutcracker jigsaw puzzle came out I purchased it for myself for Christmas and wrapped it up and put it under the Christmas tree.
I also had the pleasure of assembling the beautiful Zodiac jigsaw puzzle at 1000 pieces.
About: JaCaRou Jigsaw Puzzles
Celebrating Quebec Artistry in the World of Jigsaw Puzzles
Introduction: The world of jigsaw puzzles is not only a source of entertainment but also a canvas for artistic expression. Among the notable players in the industry, JaCaRou stands out as a Canadian jigsaw puzzle company that embraces the talent and creativity of Quebec artists. Founded by Anie Maltais, JaCaRou has gained recognition for its exquisite puzzles featuring artwork exclusively sourced from Quebec artists.
The Origins of JaCaRou: JaCaRou was founded by Anie Maltais, a Quebec artist herself. Anie's passion for art and puzzles led her to establish the company with the vision of showcasing the unique talents of Quebec artists through jigsaw puzzles. Anie's deep-rooted love for her province's artistic community inspired her to create a platform that would elevate and celebrate the work of Quebec artists on a global scale.
JaCaRou's dedication to promoting Quebec artistry did a TV show that is the Quebec version of Shark Tank, "Dans L'oeil Du Dragon (In the Dragon's Eye). It's in French, and it's only in Quebec. JaCaRou successfully secured funding from the show.
Celebrating Quebec Artists: What sets JaCaRou apart is its unwavering commitment to sourcing artwork exclusively from Quebec artists. Each puzzle released by JaCaRou features original artwork created by talented artists from the province. By doing so, JaCaRou not only supports local artists but also amplifies the rich cultural heritage and artistic diversity of Quebec.
Anie Maltais, the founder and owner of JaCaRou, is herself a celebrated Quebec artist. Her passion for artistry, combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, drives the company's mission to provide a platform for Quebec artists to showcase their work and gain recognition beyond provincial borders.
Exquisite Puzzle Designs: JaCaRou's puzzles are known for their captivating and intricate designs. The puzzles feature a wide range of themes, including nature, landscapes, animals, and fantasy. Each piece is carefully crafted to ensure a satisfying puzzling experience, with attention to detail and high-quality materials. JaCaRou's puzzles challenge enthusiasts of all skill levels, offering a gratifying journey of exploration and discovery.
Embracing the Quebec Art Scene: JaCaRou's dedication to promoting Quebec artists extends beyond the puzzles themselves. The company actively engages with the local art community, participating in art exhibitions, festivals, and other cultural events. By collaborating with Quebec artists and showcasing their work, JaCaRou strengthens the connection between art and the puzzle community, creating a space for appreciation, dialogue, and collaboration.
Growing Recognition and International Reach: JaCaRou's commitment to excellence and the promotion of Quebec artistry has garnered recognition both locally and internationally. Puzzle enthusiasts worldwide have come to appreciate the beauty and quality of JaCaRou's puzzles. The company's success has allowed them to expand their distribution network, making their puzzles accessible to a global audience and bringing the talent of Quebec artists to puzzle enthusiasts worldwide.
Conclusion: JaCaRou's journey in the world of jigsaw puzzles is a testament to their dedication to promoting the arts. As JaCaRou continues to grow, their passion for art, their commitment to Quebec artists, and their dedication to providing exceptional puzzles will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on puzzle enthusiasts around the world.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)