Previously, the largest jigsaw puzzle in recorded history was made by Educa, called LIFE: The Greatest Puzzle with 24,000 pieces. The puzzle came in four packets, breaking the puzzle art up into four slightly easier to manage sections, which all connect together to create a giant puzzle that is 14 feet long and 5 feet tall. A TRUE puzzle challenge, and certainly not for the faint of heart.
But the folks at Ravensburger wanted to take things up a notch and create a puzzle even larger than LIFE! They have passed up Educa and made Double Retrospect, now the biggest puzzle ever, with 32,256 pieces. This mammoth of a jigsaw puzzle measures an incredible 17 feet x 6 feet!
The art for Ravensburger’s Double Retrospect was created by American Artist Keith Haring (1958-1990). Each of the 32 different images show one of Haring’s quirky illustrations, inspired by the cartooning skills he learned from his father, according to Ravensburger’s website. The puzzle is very colorful and vibrant and each scene will make you smile or chuckle. The limited color palate also makes the puzzle even more challenging because it will be harder to separate the pieces that go in one scene from another.
The puzzle pieces arrive in 8 separate bags inside of a box, and a trolley is also supplied so that you can transport the giant puzzle home. When you open the box, each bag will contain 4,032 pieces – each a sure-fire challenge on their own.
Thomas Barbey is a photography artist inspired by travel and everyday life, as well as the surrealism nature of artists such as M.C. Escher and Roger Dean. Barbey creates montages from concept to finish using negative, double exposure and retouching. His entire gallery of work can be seen on his website, Thomas Barbey Gallery.
We are introducing a new line for Puzzle Warehouse, the Barbey Black and White Photo Art Puzzle Series, with much excitement! These beautiful black and white works of art are sure to make an interesting and challenging puzzle experience. See the photos below, or take a look at all the new 1000 piece puzzles in our selection over at our website.
This collection, along with our other new puzzles by Lion Rampant Imports, are sure to be hit for the avid puzzlers.
We have added literally thousands of new items since January, with all of our favorite brands releasing new puzzles and games – so we thought we would collect all of our favorite new items, as well as the ones we have sold the most of since bring them in – so you know what jigsaws are currently hot on the radar!
2. Busy Bee Quilting Club SunsOut, 300 pieces. This one is not new, but it one of our highest sellers, and it has been discontinued by SunsOut – so we have ordered up extra – better grab it while you can!
The edgeless jigsaw puzzles from Puzzle Warehouse will blow your mind away and give a new meaning to the word difficult. If you thought that large puzzles were hard to assemble, you should try doing it without the benefit of straight edges. Made by University Games, these small jigsaw puzzles not only have no edge, but they also feature 5 extra pieces.
These extra pieces will give you a really hard time, as they don’t fit in anywhere in the picture and you won’t know which ones they are until you manage to complete the puzzle. But you might not be able to do so, as the picture from the box is incomplete.
So you’re left with assembling a puzzle without two fundamental tools: the reference picture and the edges. The picture usually helps you to figure out where the different pieces go, while assembling the edges is usually the best and fastest method to begin a puzzle. Left without those, what could have otherwise been a simple assembling job can turn into an impossible but really fun task.
And we don’t say fun for nothing. One of the best things about these impossible puzzles that you can get at Puzzle Warehouse is that there are some hidden objects in the images that you can only discover if you complete the puzzle. How’s that for fun?
Are you up for a challenge? Even if it is an impossible one? Because Puzzle Warehouse has prepared for you some impossible jigsaw puzzles. And when I say impossible, i don’t mean one hundred thousand pieces impossible, I just mean impossible. Impossible to assemble and even impossible to conceive, these jigsaw puzzles will give you sleepless nights and make you doubt yourself and your puzzle making skills.
What defines these impossible challenges are their repeating colors, shapes and images. Whether you have to assemble a 500 pieces swarm of colored butterflies, a 1000 pieces artwork depicting dozens of clownfish or a 500 pieces herd of zebras, you should be aware of the difficulties that you will have to face. In the beginning, all the pieces will look the same and the only ones you will be able to distinguish are those that make up the borders of the puzzle. And if you think they will make the rest easy for you, you couldn’t possibly be more wrong about it.
Assembling such an image requires you to be fully focused on the task and a lot of concentration. It will take you ages, but in the meantime it will keep you entertained for hours. And the best thing about it is that, in order to work on it, you will have to give up, even if it’s only for a short moment, everything else in your life. No more worries will bother you during the intense time when you will be trying to figure out which piece goes where, which fish belongs where and what zebra has an ear like the one you’re holding in your hand.