I love this Zodiac jigsaw puzzle and the way it assembled so nicely with the images laid out the way. The individual reference to each sign is interesting and different from others I have seen. The text was a tad tricky to read but was educating too. You may like this new line of Cobble Hill Zodiac puzzles (Amazon Link)
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Great
Shape Cut: Random and size
Image Quality: Superb
Hardest Area: Dark black area
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth matte
Box Quality: Good and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes
Was this purchased new? no
Price: Sent for review
Recommend Level: High
Time: 14 hours
I did my usual sorting routine.
The border was not to be completed at the beginning this time due to the same pattern-color backgrounds and puzzle shapes - it will get worked in during progress.
Instead, I started with The Zodiac sign as it was the easiest area.
After The Zodiac sign, ideally I would work each Zodiac sign similar to that of a collage image. That way I could break out the most distinctive image areas according to color and the images themselves. Capricorn, Taurus, Leo and Sagittarius proved to be the trickiest in colors due to the dark areas.
That light tone background with/without text was assembled last.
The matte finish is always nice on these puzzles. As is the cut and quality of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles. Being a very 'earthy' type person, I have always enjoyed the signs of the Zodiac since we are all part of the universe. I particularly enjoy being in the Aquarius Stars.
There is one drawback to this image - the fine-small-colored-font text. Most people are intrigued by what their signs says - it is meant to somehow reflect on how we should see ourselves or how others may see us. You will see, even in these close up photos how tricky the fine-small-colored-font text is to read....sadly of course.
The rest of the experience was terrific! There were enough details and color areas to match up the 12 different signs. So if you are not concerned about the 'fine-print' I highly recommend The Zodiac jigsaw puzzle.
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About Cobble Hill Jigsaw Puzzles
Cobble Hill is a Canadian company that specializes in producing high-quality jigsaw puzzles for adults. The company has gained a reputation for producing visually appealing and challenging puzzles that are made from durable and eco-friendly materials.
One of the standout features of Cobble Hill puzzles is their unique designs. The company collaborates with artists from around the world to create puzzles that are not only challenging but also visually stunning. They have puzzles featuring iconic artworks such as Gustav "Klimt" puzzle and festive designs like "The Village Tree". They also offer themed puzzles such as animals, landscapes, and nostalgia.
Cobble Hill puzzles are made from high-quality, recycled materials that are durable and environmentally friendly. The puzzle pieces are thick and sturdy, making them easy to handle and assemble. Additionally, the pieces fit together smoothly and accurately, ensuring that the finished puzzle looks seamless and well-crafted.
Another notable feature of Cobble Hill puzzles is their commitment to sustainability. The company uses recycled and biodegradable materials in their puzzle production, and they also use vegetable-based inks in their printing process. Additionally, they donate puzzles to nursing homes and Alzheimer's facilities to help individuals with cognitive challenges.
In terms of pricing, Cobble Hill puzzles are generally affordable, with prices ranging from $15 to $25 for most designs. While they may be slightly more expensive than some other brands, the high-quality materials and unique designs justify the cost.
Cobble Hill also has a strong social media presence and engages with its audience through various platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. They regularly post images of new puzzles, behind-the-scenes glimpses of their puzzle-making process, and share puzzles completed by their followers. Their social media strategy has helped them to build a loyal following of puzzle enthusiasts and has helped them to stay relevant in a competitive market.
One area where Cobble Hill could improve is their range of puzzle sizes. While they offer a decent range of sizes, they do not currently offer puzzles with more than 2000 pieces, which may be a drawback for experienced puzzlers looking for a greater challenge.
In conclusion, Cobble Hill is a brand of jigsaw puzzles that offers high-quality, visually stunning, and eco-friendly puzzles that are enjoyed by puzzle enthusiasts of all skill levels. Their unique designs, commitment to sustainability, and engagement on social media have helped them to stand out in a crowded market and build a loyal following. While they could expand their range of puzzle sizes, overall, Cobble Hill puzzles are a great choice for anyone looking for a fun and challenging puzzle-solving experience.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)