Herd of Elephants Jigsaw Puzzle

Brand: Heye, Panorama, 2012

Title: Herd of Elephants

Size: 54" x 19" each

Pieces: 2000


Overall Experience:  Great

Cut Quality:  Great

Board Quality: Great

Shape Cut: Ribbon/grid, firm/snappy

Image Quality: great

Hardest Area: sky

Puzzle Dust? minimal

Finish Quality: Smooth

Box Quality: Solid 

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes 2 bags

Was this purchased new? no

Price: $5.00 

Recommend Level: High

Time: 30.5 hours


I did my usual sorting routine.

  1. Sorting to locate all  the outside border pieces, while....
  2. Placing the pieces into the 'general-color' piles. 
  3. Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards. 

As you can see in the above photos I had to use 4 foam boards to layout all the pieces. Each foam board averages approximately 500 pieces.

Laying out the pieces onto foam boards also assists with the shading of the colors, especially in this case where there are minimal colors that are blended. 

I started with the lines on the blue water and built straight across the water first then the dark green grass along the bottom border. The 2 biggest color areas were the elephants and the bolt of thunder. Then the brown shrubbery/grass behind the elephants were next followed by the brush and trees leaving  only the cloudy sky.

I experienced a couple of humps with this one where the word 'daunting' was entering my mind. It seems that more often the pieces just fell into place and I was unsure if they were correct. This ribbon/grid type cut tends to have pieces that fit into more than one place with very little difference. I was really stumped with the trees and the sky so the first half was slow going and the upper portion took a lot more patience.

It was my drive for achievement that kept me moving on as I have been eyeing this one up for a few years now and was determined to see it assembled by me. It was also seeing it assembled by other Group Member Puzzlers that inspired me to tackle it.

The quality is really good with a nice matt finish and the finished image is beautiful.

The Herd of Elephants jigsaw puzzle by Heye comes highly recommended for a great puzzling experience for those who enjoy a challenge and reap the 'Achievement' reward at the end!... And I now have it included in my Puzzle Hobby Tracker

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