Product: Wasgij Destiny 14 jigsaw puzzle
Age Range: n/a
Manufacturer’s Description: The fashion styles will have changed, of course, but what else might be different for the characters shown in this 50’s/60’s style community? Will motor bikers still wear their black leather jackets? Will the young ladies be dancing around in their ankle length skirts whilst the young chap plays on the swing with his trousers touching his armpits? How could this scene possibly have changed in the modern day?
Rating: (4/5 stars)
Review: I really enjoy jigsaw puzzles and find them a great way to relax, so when I was offered this Wasgij puzzle to enjoy I agreed happily. I’ve done a few Wasgij puzzles in the past and find them much more challenging than regular jigsaws – you aren’t provided with the final puzzle image so you have to piece them together by pattern and colour matching, etc.
“How Times Have Changed” is a new 1000 piece puzzle (no. 14) from the Destiny Collection, caricaturing how the modern day is different to the 50s/60s.
The “hint” picture shows a scene in a park with a community of young, playful people. The completed puzzle shows the same park, and the same people, in the modern day. The young ladies are older, with children of their own in buggies. A lot of the people are clutching smartphones or tablets, and the vehicles have sat nav.
Wasgij puzzles are all drawn in the same cartoon style with exaggerated features and bucketfuls of amusing details. As I completed the puzzle, I saw more & more fun little bits of the final drawing that made me smile.
As you don’t have the final picture when putting the puzzle together, Wasgij provide clues on the box to head you in the right direction. The Destiny 14 puzzle has 3 clues on the box, with extra clues available online. I used the main picture hint (the “before” picture) to guide me as to where things were, but didn’t really use any of the further clues.
The puzzle itself was of fairly good quality; a few of the pieces had to be pulled apart slightly as they hadn’t quite been cut all the way through, but generally they pieced together easily and neatly. The printing quality is good, with bright colours and clear detailing.
I really enjoyed doing this puzzle. Because I didn’t have the finished image to look at and I was stubbornly staying away from the hints online, it took me several long sittings to finish it. Getting it down and having a go was a lovely way to relax in the afternoons/evenings, although once or twice Georgie insisted on trying to “help” which has resulted in a few pieces going astray – I will hunt them down soon!
This jigsaw was fun to complete and enjoyably challenging, and I give it four stars.