Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product.
Age Range: 12 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: This brightly coloured Silhouette jigsaw puzzle is a new, creative addition from Ravensburger. This unique puzzle builds into the London’s Big Ben shape, measuring more than 1 metre high, and includes some specially shaped pieces.
Review: I enjoy challenging jigsaw puzzles, and this new Big Ben puzzle from Ravensburger definitely fits the bill. It is big, too – with 1155 pieces, it is over 1 metre tall.
This puzzle is irregularly shaped, rather than being a standard rectangle, following the shapes of the images depicted in the puzzle. This makes it more challenging – no corners, for a start! Some of the pieces at the edges were particularly difficult to place to begin with as they needed inside pieces to connect them to the next edge piece, as they sat together corner to corner with the next bit of edge, or flat edge to flat edge rather than connecting normally.
A fun extra element to this jigsaw is the silhouette shapes of different famous London landmarks, including Big Ben and Tower Bridge. They add extra challenge to the puzzle, adding extra weird shapes into the mix. The shapes are made up of several jigsaw pieces that fit together to make recognisable silhouettes of famous icons, that relate to the puzzle theme.
This new series of Silhouette puzzles would make great artwork on the wall; you can use special glue to seal the puzzle then mount it on a board to hang on your wall. If you have a London themed room this one would be perfect.
Of course, this puzzle is a typical Ravensburger puzzle, with their softclick technology which lets you know you have the perfect match when you put a piece in the right place. The puzzle is made from good quality cardboard, with a linen finish to the printed side, reducing glare.
Although it was fun to do a bigger puzzle, it was a challenge in a hectic household like ours. I used my puzzle board which fits a 1000 piece puzzle, as I don’t have anywhere else to do a puzzle where it is safe from little hands. This meant having to do the puzzle in two halves using the insert board, and then joining them up when I was done. It is less impractical for people like me who have limited puzzling space, but great if you have a big enough surface to do it on.
Overall it was a challenging and enjoyable puzzle to do. The picture is nice – a very classic (and a little cliche) London montage. I think I would enjoy more puzzles from this new series, especially if they came out with slightly smaller ones that fit on a “standard” size jigsaw board to make it easier to do with the kids around!
I give this puzzle 4 stars.