The Springbok Sparkling Tree Jigsaw Puzzle looks much better on my table than it does in the photo below. It has the 'gold foil' look to it giving it the 'sparkling appeal. The details are vintage Christmas ornaments with sprinkled candles and candy canes.
You may like this Springbok jigsaw puzzle.
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Awesome
Board Quality: firm
Shape Cut: Random and various sizes
Image Quality: slightly muted
Hardest Area: The border
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth
Box Quality: Good
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Recommend Level: highly
Time: 10 hours
Board ALERT! Watch your board size on this one. It is 24" x 30" (60.96 x 76.2 cm). A good portion of 500 pieces may measure within the 20" x 30" foam boards - not this one. I needed to get a bigger board. Luckily I DO have a few different sizes.
I did not do my usual sorting routine with this one. Springbok has random cut shapes so separating flat edge pieces is kinda difficult. So being a shaped jigsaw puzzle it seemed next to impossible to locate the border pieces.
It was easiest to pick out the tree top first because that was the uniquest color. The large patches of red were next so I built several ribbons off to one side. The base of the tree has colored glitter so that was the second portion built.
The internal tree ornaments were quite tricky so I built sections of ornaments off to the side as well. The border left the most challenge and was left for the last.
I had purchased this Springbok puzzle over a couple of years ago and have wanted to assemble it for 2 Christmas seasons now. I finally got to it this year. I thought it would be a keeper in my Christmas collection because it is a shaped Christmas Tree with glitter embedded into the image.
While I can appreciate the glitter and shape of the puzzle, I am not fond of the actual artwork on the tree. The painted items on the tree do not appeal to me and seem somewhat muted particularly around the bottom of the tree.
Even though I was not interested in keeping this one I really did enjoy assembling it. The following images share the sparkles extremely well. This Sparkling Tree jigsaw puzzle is not available to purchase new.
I have also had the pleasure of assembling the Lazy Creek also by Springbok.
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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.
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)