Age Range: 12-99 years
Manufacturer’s Description: This unique 3D puzzle depicts the iconic Eiffel Tower as you’ve never seen it before … bedecked to celebrate one of the world’s longest-standing romances. Together for over 85 years, we imagine that Mickey wanted to create something special for his lady love, and so managed to get images of himself and Minnie “projected” onto the Eiffel Tower. The tower appears as though lit up against a night sky, so you can see the starlit sky through the girders of the building, together with colourful images of the happy couple, their signatures and lots of pretty hearts. This puzzle has hinged plastic pieces, which slot together to build a sturdy and strong “building”. No glue required! The puzzle has 216 high quality plastic pieces and measures 44cm tall when complete. Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the reverse side, so you can either assemble the puzzle by eye, or just by following the numbers. Puzzle comes with a printed base board, so it can be displayed on a shelf or table top. This would make a wonderful gift for Disney fans and collectors.
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: This 3D puzzle is a really attractive design; bringing together the joy of Disney, the romance of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, and the relationship between Mickey & Minnie. I love the colours, it really does look like the tower has been lit up with celebratory designs of Mickey & Minnie; it has been very well done.
This puzzle consists of 216 plastic pieces. The pieces are numbered to make it easier for you to build the tower, although they do include a visual guide as well. I did part of the puzzle with the numbers guiding me to what piece went next, and part of it visually. Unsurprisingly the visual section took a lot longer but there was a great sense of satisfaction when completed.
The corner pieces have a bend built into them and then click together when they reach 90 degrees. As this puzzle has four sharp corners all the way up due to the tower’s four sides, there were quite a few pieces that had to be bent and clicked together in this way. It felt a little odd to be using so much force on the plastic pieces, but you do have to be quite firm with them to get the two sides to click together.
The legs of the tower clip into a square cardboard base with the addition of four plastic corner sections for the feet. Two blue moulded plastic squares then go between the different puzzle sections so that the tower is separated into three sections; the legs, middle section, and tall thin top bit. A plastic cupola and spike is then added to the top to finish it off. These moulded plastic sections were a bit difficult to clip in and I feel like the topmost part just sits on top of the puzzle rather than truly clipping into place; it is really easy to knock off, when it should really be securely slotting into place.
Georgie helped me build this tower and really enjoyed seeing it all come together. I thought she would get bored and lose interest completely but she just got herself a pretend snack, a real drink, and kept on “helping.”
This seemed to involve lots of her knocking pieces onto the ground and then picking them back up! She did enjoy trying to find the numbers I needed though; I would tell her I needed “48, which has a 4 and an 8” and she would try to hunt for the right piece, usually proudly picking up one with one of the two numbers on and passing it to me. It was a fun way to practise numbers a little with her, and reinforcing how double digit numbers work which is something we have begun to talk about recently.
The finished puzzle is really attractive and I didn’t have the heart to take it apart and put it away in the box for another day; instead it has found a home on top of Georgie’s play kitchen to be on display for the time being. I love Disney, and the girls both enjoy the Mickey & Minnie characters, so it is enjoyed by us all.
I give this puzzle 4 stars; Georgie and I really enjoyed building it, it is just a shame that it doesn’t feel like it all clips together quite right. I think it is good value for money, at around £20.