Early last February, I got to go to the New York Toy Fair. This was an awesome weekend where I got to see the new toys, games, and hobby kits that companies would be selling over the upcoming year. While there, I was gifted a veritable plethora of swag. Swag is great, it’s the free stuff that companies give out in the hopes you’ll spread the news and buy more stuff. At the time, I had no real plans for the swag, which included puzzles, micro-brick kits, and bath bomb kits. Then winter hit me, and hit me hard. I spent the better part of two months staring at the ceiling, too ill to leave to bed. I watched a lot of Netflix. Honestly, I watched so much that I became bored with boredom. It’s summer now, but nothing, especially good health doesn’t last long. My spouse-critter (SC) recommended I start a blog, talk about the things I love. My body may have bad days/weeks, but my brain still craves stimulation, and I certainly can’t be the only one!
Back on topic, one of those Toy Fair Puzzles was this:
My family and friends will agree…I’m obsessed with sharks. Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is sacred holiday in my house. What better way to build this puzzle than to marathon watching Shark Week’s 30th Anniversary season?
So I set up my work station, AKA the couch and bought a season pass on Amazon. The cats decided this was to be a family project. Zane tests the box for sits as Teedle warms my spot.
This is a new brand to me, and I was really impressed. While there were a few pieces that weren’t fully separated during the cutting process, the overall quality of this puzzle is excellent. The irregularly cut pieces, mixed with traditional ones, made for a fiendishly clever puzzle. Featuring nearly 30 sharks from over 25 different species; this puzzle is almost more educational than Shark Week! Better yet, my FAVORITE shark is on it. Spotted Wobbegong FTW!All finished, and beautiful!Hurricane gave it the Cat Seal™ of approval as Zoomie supervises.
Okay, enough cat photos. Here’s the details!
- Company: Eurographics Puzzles
- Title: Sharks
- Artist: Unknown
- Year released: Unknown
- Pieces: 1000
- Cut-Style: Grid-cut puzzle
- Finished size: 26.5 x 19.25 in
- Bonus poster: No
- Made from recycled board and printed with vegetable based ink.
- Made in USA
- Box: sturdy, sized 14 x 10 in
- Board: Very sturdy and rigid
- Cut: Cut with a steelcut die, very few pieces were not fully separated
- Image Quality: Excellent
- Finish: Slightly glossy
- Puzzle Dust: Minimal
- Piece shapes: A good mix of traditionally cut and irregular pieces
- Piece Fit: Very good, small clusters of pieces could be moved without falling apart
Where to buy: At the time of this post, “Sharks” is listed for sale on the Eurographics website for $17.99 usd.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary puzzle from the manufacturer in exchange for review. The opinions are my own.
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