This Kittens by the Dozens is a delightful idea being 12 shaped individual kitties in the form of jigsaw puzzles.
Overall Experience: Good
Cut Quality: Very good
Board Quality: thickness is medium
Shape Cut: random-like and small
Image Quality: Good
Hardest Area: The Tiger-kitten colors
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth
Box Quality: Great
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: Yes
Was this purchased new? Yes
Price: $20.00 Bits & Pieces online
Recommend Level: High
Time: 12 hours
There was no way to organize this puzzle other than laying the pieces out onto the foam boards. Clusters of colors and what appeared to be OR might be edge pieces were just a guest-imate. So after laying the piece out I assembled the toys the kittens were playing with. That would start the process of elimination of colors. Then I would build each individual kitten.
As the toys were completed, I gathered the eyes, nose, mouths, paws and possible tails into sections. Then I chose each toy and assembled the kitten around that toy, having several kittens on the go at the same time. At one point I had all the faces semi-assembled and most of the tails associated with the kitten's body.
The bodies were tricky so I did the lightest colored bodies first until only the black, grey, tabby and white colored kittens were left. And as you can see, those colors fit about half the dozen. Then it came down to the pattern of the fur on the kitten and the shapes of the puzzle pieces.
The following 12 images gives a little bit closer look at each of the 12 kittens which is what was the real attraction to this jigsaw puzzle. Unfortunately the uploads have a few of the kittens sideways which is a technical issue.
The quality thickness of the pieces are not that thick and tended to be cut a tad loose. Many of the pieces are quite small being a shaped puzzle so that is not uncommon. Once the individual kittens were assembled they were somewhat moveable - very carefully of course.
The Artist, Jack Williams, has several jigsaw puzzles sold by Bit and Pieces but I am partial to cats and kittens so when I seen Kittens by the Dozen they were a MUST have.
After the 12 'minis' were completed I was totally delighted with this 700 piece jigsaw puzzle for a slightly different entertainment experience as in the puzzle was not the standard shape.
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Bits and Pieces: A Pioneering Journey in the World of Jigsaw Puzzles
Introduction: Jigsaw puzzles have long captivated enthusiasts of all ages, providing a perfect blend of challenge, entertainment, and artistic expression. Among the many companies that have contributed to the growth and popularity of jigsaw puzzles, Bits and Pieces stands out as a true pioneer. Established in 1983, Bits and Pieces has carved a niche for itself in the puzzle industry, offering a wide range of high-quality puzzles that continue to delight and engage puzzle enthusiasts worldwide.
Origins and Early Days: Bits and Pieces was founded by Mel and Jill Sunquist in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Their passion for jigsaw puzzles led them to establish a company with the vision of creating unique and engaging puzzles that would inspire people to embrace the joy of puzzling. Starting small, the Sunquists initially operated out of their basement, handcrafting wooden puzzles and selling them at local craft shows.
Innovations and Growth: The early years of Bits and Pieces were marked by continuous innovation and experimentation. The company introduced unique puzzle designs and concepts, such as shaped puzzles and puzzle accessories, which quickly gained popularity among puzzle enthusiasts. These innovations helped Bits and Pieces gain a strong foothold in the market and expand its reach beyond local craft shows.
Collaborations and Licensing: Recognizing the potential of collaborating with talented artists and iconic brands, Bits and Pieces began partnering with renowned artists to feature their artwork in puzzles. This strategy not only enhanced the visual appeal of their puzzles but also attracted a broader audience. Moreover, the company secured licensing agreements with well-known brands like National Geographic and Disney, allowing them to create puzzles based on popular themes and characters.
Online Presence and Global Reach: In the late 1990s, Bits and Pieces embraced the digital era by launching their online store. This move opened up new avenues for the company to connect with puzzle enthusiasts around the world. Through their online platform, they were able to offer an extensive catalog of puzzles, including challenging brain teasers, 3D puzzles, and large format puzzles designed for seniors and visually impaired individuals.
Commitment to Quality and Customer Satisfaction: Bits and Pieces has always been dedicated to delivering exceptional quality puzzles to their customers. They prioritize using sturdy materials, ensuring precision-cut pieces, and offering vibrant and engaging imagery. Their commitment to customer satisfaction is reflected in their attentive customer service and willingness to address any concerns promptly.
Continued Success and Community Engagement: With over four decades of experience, Bits and Pieces remains a prominent player in the jigsaw puzzle industry. The company continues to innovate, introducing new puzzle formats and collaborating with talented artists and brands. Moreover, they actively engage with the puzzle community by organizing puzzle contests, contributing to puzzle forums, and supporting puzzle clubs and events.
Conclusion: Bits and Pieces has left an indelible mark on the world of jigsaw puzzles through its pioneering spirit, commitment to quality, and dedication to customer satisfaction. From humble beginnings, the company has grown into a global brand, offering a diverse range of puzzles that cater to puzzle enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. As they continue to evolve and inspire puzzle lovers worldwide, Bits and Pieces remains a cherished name in the ever-thriving world of jigsaw puzzles.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)