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Age Range: 14 years+
Manufacturer’s Description: This the fifth in a series of Curious Cupboards jigsaws designed by Colin Thompson. What do eccentric inventors keep in their cupboards? Delve into this puzzle to find out! This cupboard must be enormous, because it contains all sorts of sizeable machines and gizmos.
Review: I really enjoy Colin Thompson puzzles – his illustrations are fantastical and amusing, and I am a fan of his Curious Cupboards illustrations in particular. I used to haue an iPad case with his bookshelf illustration and loved it. This puzzle is the 5th in the series and I really liked putting it together.
His jigsaw puzzles are really enjoyable to do; they have intricate illustrations full of colour, humour and fun. I love all the little funny details in this puzzle – the more you put it together and look at it the more you notice. There is a “universal love and peace machine” which outputs cake, more cake, and lovely puppies. Shy Spex which turn opaque so you don’t have to see difficult stares.
This 1000 piece puzzle measures 70 x 50 cm in size which is pretty standard for a puzzle with this amount of pieces.
Included in the box is an A4 flyer with a picture of the illustration, some information about it also about Colin Thompson. I find it really useful to have this to refer to – it’s less unwieldy than the box lid to have around to look at, and I often use the lid to sort pieces out.
This puzzle is made to the usual high quality I’ve come to expect from Ravensburger. The cardboard is the perfect thickness, with linen-finish on the printed size reducing the glare of the puzzle.
This puzzle was challenging but fun – the perfect level of difficulty; tough but without feeling impossible. It took me several jigsaw sessions to put together and was very relaxing & enjoyable. 5 stars.