Penguin Plunge Jigsaw Puzzle

Brand: Springbok PzL4443 Hallmark

Title: Penguin Plunge

Pieces: 500

Size: 18"x 23.5"


Overall Experience:  Good

Cut Quality: Very good

Board Quality: thickness great

Shape Cut: random cuts

Image Quality: Good

Hardest Area: The black and blue

Puzzle Dust? none

Finish Quality: Smooth

Box Quality: Great

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: no

Was this purchased new? no

Price: $1.00 Thrift Store 

Recommend Level: Medium to high

Time: 15 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. 

The border was definitely testy but luckily the random shapes were a little helpful. I could tell this was going to be a challenge just by the sorting of the colors. I thought maybe being 500 pieces that I could endure one more challenging puzzle before I start to take on a somewhat easier one but this one is really pushing the limits.

I worked the blue 'lines' in the water first since they were the most distinguished. Unbeknownst to me THAT was the easy part. So I focused on the splashing water area next  because I could see specks on top of the dark colors which was actually the splashing bubbles.

Then I spent a LOT of time on the black-white-dark-green but I knew if I could get past them then what would be left meant mostly black and whites. Those were assembled by using the shapes but also took a generous amount of time.


The Springbok - Hallmark Penguin Plunge is meant to be a challenge and only for those who have the patience for this type of jigsaw puzzle. For 500 pieces and 15 hours, it put my patience to the test indeed but so grateful it's done.

This being a Thrift store purchase, I am pleased all the pieces are available which is always like a little bonus.

Also the pattern of the piece-cuts are not really THAT outstanding therefore even using the shapes of pieces to assist in the progress is not that helpful.

So be alert - I highly recommend this one only for those who like challenges. And if you like the image so much and want to give it a try, then just be prepared to spend some extra time with it.

Clearly you can see the quality of the cut-pieces fit so well that it can be held up easily. 

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I am in the process of recording all my past jigsaw puzzles that I still have for my walls and all my current puzzles.

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