One thing I have really enjoyed about lockdown is those moments, that turn into many minutes and hours when you can just sit and lose yourself in something, especially jigsaw puzzles. Late last year I was lucky enough to be #gifted a new puzzle from Ginger Fox and I can honestly say I've never done a puzzle like it.
Design duo Carnovsky has produced a series of 3 animal-themed 500 piece jigsaws all, each on a different animal theme, with a very clever twist. The bo contains 500 pieces and 3 pairs of glasses, just like the 3D glasses you might get in the cinema, but each has different colour lenses.
You can tell from looking at the box and enclosed print of the finished puzzle that there is more to see, but I definitely didn't expect quite such a wow from the end result, and I strongly suggest not cheating and only using the glasses when you've finished the puzzle.
The product details:
Retailed by Ginger Fox these puzzles cost £14.99 each and are available from Amazon. They cost £14.99 each at the time of blogging and include the box, 3 pairs of glasses, and a cardboard bag to store the pieces in. The lack of plastic (apart from maybe the glasses lenses) was nice to see. Choose from a jungle, animal, or ocean theme. I received the jungle one.
Doing the puzzle:
It started off as a solo effort, but mum couldn't resist joining in a bit later on and we got lost in the process quite a few times. It started off fairly easy - I was quite pleased with how quick I got all the edges done, and one corner of the design done, but then it got harder. This puzzle is definitely a challenge, and though having a print of the finished design helped a bit with some parts, quite a few times we were trying to match the patterns or colours up and were undecided on where pieces went/what they depicted. I think you have to be patient with this and be prepared to wait a while for the rhythm to set in and more spaces to be filled, but it's worth it.
The end result:
Mum said after we had finished the puzzle that she probably wouldn't choose to buy another one because you don't get the same enjoyment from the picture coming together as you would with normal puzzles, and it's a fair point - some parts of it really do look like nothing specific at first.
My reaction to finishing one puzzle was a sense of achievement, and I was a little bit mind-blown by the 3D images. Right now that means I'm curious to see what the other puzzles in the range would look like finished, although I'm not sure I would have the stamina to complete both of them.
Looking through the glasses was even better than I expected. Each picture is completely different, some even featuring animals that there was no hint of at all in the pattern. It was detailed, clear, and I felt a little childlike excitement, especially when I looked through the red glasses. No spoilers but the image are shown when you use those was probably the best of the 3, and the biggest surprise.
Good value for the price, entertainment value, and 3D element. The designers are very clever and although it's not a product I would necessarily keep buying, say if there were a larger series of them, I definitely hope to try another at some point.
Keep an eye on the blog or my Instagram as I'll be dropping in with progress on other puzzles, and any other free time activities I end up trying out. Are you a jigsaw fan? If you have any favourite types of puzzles do let me know below. I always love to hear from you.