Review: The Collector’s Cupboard, 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle

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Product: The Collector’s Cupboard, 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle

Price: £12.99

Age Range: 12 years+

Manufacturer’s Description: Collecting is a popular hobby, and finding storage for all that “treasure” can be a challenge. But the owner of this curious cupboard has everything under control. There’s space for an amazing array of valuables, including Cornish kitchenware, buttons, bottles, cameras, stamps and timepieces. But in addition to these, we think the owner is a budding Arctophile, Galanthophile and Chapeauphile. They don’t yet appear to be a Dissectologist … but perhaps that’s your own area of expertise? We hope Colin Thompson’s wonderfully inventive puzzle will keep you entertained and amused! No 6 in the Curious Cupboards range.

Rating: (4/5 stars)

Review: This 1000 piece puzzle depicts one of Colin Thompson’s wonderful illustrations; the Collector’s Cupboard. I really enjoy this series as it is full of whimsical details wherever you look, and they are really enjoyable to put together.

Inside the box you get an information sheet in addition to your bag of pieces; I really like it when you get these as you find out more about the picture and the artist, as well as having a handy reference for the puzzle image when you are putting it together.

Strangely, I had 2 extra pieces in this puzzle that were duplicates of other pieces in the puzzle, but there weren’t any missing – presumably somewhere out there is a puzzle with those two missing. In my experience this is a really rare occurrence – Ravensburger puzzles are usually really great quality, with good strong cardboard and that satisfying soft click puzzle action, where the pieces fit perfectly together.

Other than those extra pieces, this puzzle was no exception. The pieces were all cut well with no stragglers still attached to other pieces, they fitted together perfectly, and it was a very pleasant experience doing this jigsaw – and gave me some very relaxing moments in a hectic few days!

The finished puzzle is a feast for the eyes with all of Colin Thompson’s humorous touches and intricate details throughout the illustration. The Collector’s Cupboard is filled with all sorts of collections of different items – buttons, soft toys, ties, and so on. I really enjoyed the weird and wonderful hats in particular, and the little Cornish kitchenware up in the corner.

I give this puzzle 4 stars. It was really enjoyable and well made, but those 2 extra pieces that must have slipped in were a bit confusing!