Perfect Party Puzzles

All puzzles are good to do with a friend, some are just easier! The new puzzles offered by PSI are round-table puzzles, or four-fronts puzzles. That just means when everyone sits around the table, they’re going to have a part of the puzzle that is facing them—not upside down, or at another weird angle—making them perfect for throwing a puzzle party or for having it out on Thanksgiving or during the holiday season! If you’re looking for a good family-based, easygoing activity, this is the perfect idea.

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City Central by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

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Animal Arena by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

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Legendary Landmarks by PSI. 700 pieces. 24″ round.

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A Quick Walk Through Time by PSI. 550 pieces. 20″ x 20″.

 

 

 

One Step Up from 3D: Astonishingly Interactive 4D Puzzles

3D puzzles take the traditional flat-lying jigsaw puzzle and amp it up by adding the dimension of space—you can construct Fenway Park, the Leaning Power of Pisa, or the Brooklyn Bridge. So what do 4D Cityscape Puzzles do, you ask? They add the dimension of time. These puzzles are interactive on an entirely new level, teaching you about other cities through the reconstruction of specific periods of that city’s history.

First, for example you will build the city from the ground up in 1812, then you’ll jump forward to 1910, then leap to 1970, finally settling in with the modern look of today. Each puzzle actually has a completely unique timeline that fits that city’s history.

The 4D Cityscape Puzzles come with multiple layers. The first part is what you’re familiar with: you’ll create a landscape puzzle. The second layer will help form that geographical map of the city. It’s the final layer, the skyscrapers and the buildings, that will take you back to a different time. Each puzzle also includes a Time Poster to aid you.

These educational puzzles have many benefits. They will help you

  • Learn how a city develops and evolves
  • Explore historic buildings and architectural styles
  • Get to know the geography of an area
  • Discover the defining moments in history

As an added bonus, they’re great for group play and make great souvenirs from your visits to some of the best skyline places on earth!

Berlin. 1000+ pieces. Assembled size: 24″L x 16″W x 3″H.

With the 4D Cityscape of Berlin, you will span over 700 years of architecture history. In 1961 you’ll build the Berlin Wall using 60 replica pieces. In 1989, you remove the wall as you re-join East and West Berlin together.

Famous landmarks include the Marienkirche, Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Kollhoff Tower.

Hong Kong. 950+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 20″L x 16″W x 4″H.

You’ll see 98 years of architectural history up to 2010 with the 4D Hong Kong puzzle and learn about Hong Kong’s neighborhoods, streets, and ports.

Famous landmarks include the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the Hong Kong Convention Center, the Bank of China Tower, and the International Finance Centre.

New York. 700+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 28″ L x 12″ W x 4″ H.

Go back 200 years in Manhattan’s history from 1812 all the way to the Freedom Tower completed this year in 2013.

Famous landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the United Nations, and the World Trade Center.

Las Vegas. 930+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 27″ L x 17″ W x 3″ H.

Viva Las Vegas! Go back 70 years in the city’s history with this 4D Cityscape which won the Gift of the Year prize back in 2010

Famous landmarks include casinos such as The Tropicana, Stratosphere, MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace and The Wynn.

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4D Cityscape Puzzles is a great brand that won Toy of the Year awards in 2012 from both Japan and Holland.

Still need some help understanding the concept or just want to see it with your own eyes? Check out Youtube for a nice and brief play-by-play video of construction.

Puzzle Expert Allegra Vernon on the Secrets to a Quality Puzzle

Cobble Hill released a video in April with Puzzle Maker Allegra Vernon. In the video, Vernon discusses lots of fun things for the puzzle lovers, including how she chooses new artists to represent on Cobble Hill puzzles, how they edit images to make sure you get the highest and best quality image on your puzzle, their own process for taking photos to make into puzzles, and the difference between random cut and ribbon cut jigsaws.

Cobble Hill is a relatively new company. Founded in 2005, these puzzle makers are committed to high quality with durable and thick pieces on premium grade blue board and even a box with a linen finish.

If you’re browsed our site often enough, you’ll recognize several of these nostalgic and lively puzzles. Afterwards, you’ll know the secret to just how they were created!

To view the video, just click on the photo below.

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Check out these puzzles, all created and imagined directly by Cobble Hill!

Cupcake Garden. 275 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″

Doughnuts by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Ice Cream by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Plenty of Yarn by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

Bead Tray by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625″ x 19.25″

 

Springbok Puzzles Celebrates 50 Years

The Springbok 50th Anniversary Commemorative Puzzle. 500 pieces. 20″ diameter.

Bright, colorful, and lively, this puzzle lives up to Springbok’s essence as it is made from selections of Springbok’s most popular images in recent years. When the company first began, the founders were specific about these qualities: Robert and Katie Lewin wanted their puzzles to feature photographic images with “brilliant color and clarity.”

Springbok touts that this “limited edition puzzle is [their] homage to the best of Springbok innovation and creativity.”

Springbok is not only a popular puzzle brand, it’s a brand we stand behind proudly. The company began in 1963, making it the oldest made American-made jigsaw puzzle factory (from start to finish, all Springbok puzzles are made right here in the US). On top of that, Springbok puzzles are made with eco-friendly materials, and they have a great line of puzzles with large pieces for Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Other unique qualities of Springbok puzzles are that their pieces are thicker than most. That’s because the Lewins wanted their jigsaws to be sturdier. They were committed to making a special product, so they also had each puzzle made of uniquely shaped pieces (often referred to as a random cut jigsaw), and they were the first to create circular and octagon shaped puzzles.

Here are 5 more puzzles that are among the most popular from our store:

Goldfinch, 350 pieces

Colorful Kettles, 350 pieces

Fruit Market, 500 pieces

Aquatic Collection, 500 pieces

Autumn Reflection, 1500 pieces

 

Artist Bio: Eric Dowdle

Eric Dowdle is a very popular artist for puzzles. So popular, in fact, that he has his own puzzle company: Dowdle Folk Art. We carry Dowdle Folk Art puzzles that feature images of some very recognizable towns in Dowdle’s very recognizable hand. Charming and colorful, these renditions are some of the most well-liked puzzles around!

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Statue of Liberty. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle was born into a family of twelve children (ten boys and two girls) in the Western United States. His family focused on old fashioned values that he thinks are reflective in his art—those values of hard work and  devotion to God and country.

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Jerusalem. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

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Galveston, TX. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Eventually the family lived in Boston, Massachusetts where Dowdle said he developed his fascination with folk art. His unique style has been applied to cities all around the country and world from Boise, Idaho New York, New York to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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Central Park. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

No matter the city, Dowdle applies the same unique style that somehow manages to cncompass an “essence” of what people feel about their home. It’s a sort of magical quality that makes everywhere beautiful and homey, no matter how big or small.

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Hong Kong. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

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Portland, OR. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle’s first gallery was in the Cottonwood mall in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now his work has been featured all over the country in different galleries and historical pageants. Currently Dowdle, his wife, and five children reside in Lindon, Utah. To date, he says his most flattering award is the one he received at the 1997 Latter Day Saints Church Art Competition.

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Paris. 500 pieces. Finished size: 16″ x 20″.

Dowdle also loves to illustrate stadiums and fields of some of your favorite sports teams, from Wrigley Field to the Boise State Broncos football stadium. Check out more Dowdle Folk Art puzzles for puzzles of zoos, ballon festivals, more!