Age Range: From the adult range.
Manufacturer’s Description: A colourful nostalgic scene showing a bustling scene of the seafront at Blackpool in the late 1950s/early 1960s. There’s plenty here for puzzlers to enjoy – all the different people, the donkeys, the tram and, of course, the famous Blackpool Tower. This is the latest in the hugely popular “Happy Days” series painted by Yorkshire-based artist Kevin Walsh. Includes jigsaw puzzle measuring 69.9 x 49.7cm and A4 inbox leaflet showing additional puzzle picture for reference and artist’s biography.
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: One of my most enjoyable hobbies is jigsaw puzzles. In this modern world I quite often do jigsaws on my iPad but this is something that technology just can’t ever replicate well enough for me. A well made jigsaw is a true delight and this puzzle definitely ticks that box.
Depicting a nostalgic view of Blackpool, the painting on this puzzle is by Kevin Walsh and is full of lovely details and colours.
I really love the colours and styles of the clothes – the yellow dress was great fun to put together, in particular. I really enjoyed doing the bus as well. There are some great animals in this puzzle – the dog is so cute and the donkeys were quite challenging to work out.
As I’ve come to expect from a Ravensburger puzzle, the pieces fit together so beautifully and the finished puzzle is so flat you could varnish it and frame it if you wanted. I didn’t have any problems with flimsy pieces, or them not being fully cut & separated, something that occasionally drives me up the wall.
Inside the box you get an A4 sheet with a picture of the puzzle and some interesting snippets of information about it. I love this extra touch as it allows you to use the lid and base of the box to store the pieces in, without losing the handy preview of the puzzle image. It’s really nice to learn a little bit about the artist and inspiration behind a picture, too.
I give this puzzle 5 stars. It’s been a very busy few months and this puzzle provided little oases of calm amongst the chaos – an excuse to steal away at the weekend, or put the laptop down for a change in the evening.