Product: Ravensburger Taj Mahal 3D Puzzle
Age Range: 12 – 99
Manufacturer’s Description: Create your own imitation of India’s famous Taj Mahal – in 3D! Ravensburger’s Taj Mahal features 216 carefully constructed plastic puzzle pieces, including curved and hinged pieces that interlock to create a stunning model of India’s most recognizable monument. Start at the base and work your way up – then display your finished work or disassemble and enjoy the challenge of building again. Take puzzling to a whole new dimension with Ravensburger’s 3D puzzle replicas!
Patented EasyClick Technology features flat, curved, and hinged plastic puzzle pieces that click together to create sturdy 3D structures – no glue required. The collection includes reproductions of famous monuments and iconic structures from around the world, as well as designs from renowned artists as Tula Moon patchwork illustrator Steph Dekker. Construct by picture or follow the sequence of the numbered pieces. Build and display or disassemble and begin again. Collect them all today!
Rating: (5/5 stars)
Review: I love to solve jigsaw puzzles in my (limited!) spare time, although I hadn’t done a 3D puzzle since I was a teenager before putting together this mini Taj Mahal. How things have changed! Last time I did a 3D puzzle it was a comparatively huge structure made from thick foam pieces that fell apart a bit too easily while you were trying to put the thing together.
This puzzle is made from strong plastic pieces, some of which are hinged or curved to form the building’s rounded shape and corners. There are also various plastic components that are used to clip the different sections of jigsaw pieces together to create the full building.
The plastic jigsaw pieces that make up the Taj Mahal are numbered so that you can be guided as you put it together; although this takes a lot of the puzzle solving aspect out of the equation I still enjoyed seeking out the numbered pieces, and found putting them together therapeutic and enjoyable. You could try and do it without the numbers but you might end up with a wonky building unless you double check as you go!
The pieces seem to be good quality and everything clipped together very satisfactorily. The main structure is built up, onto which sits a moulded plastic roof with the smaller domes preformed. The large dome is put together with plastic jigsaw pieces, topped off with a moulded finial.
Each Minaret on the corners of the building are made from three sections of curved plastic pieces, which fit together with interconnecting clips.
I was delighted with the final building; the attention to detail is superb and the Taj Mahal has been translated brilliantly into this model. It is sturdy enough to keep out on display if you wanted to, and attractive enough for me to wish we had somewhere I could put it.
I give this puzzle 5 stars, and will be dropping some hints to my husband to perhaps pick up one of these for my birthday in a few months 😉