Last February, I got to meet an awesome puzzle company at Toy Fair. Madd Capp Games makes animal head shaped puzzles. Not just any animal shapes, though. These are hyper-realistic puzzles that any big-game hunter could substitute for a moldy taxidermy trophy. I was determined to try one, even though shaped puzzles are something I find incredibly daunting.
I was sent the I Am Horse 300 puzzle, which has 300 pieces. The 300 line is for people like myself who are intimidated by the larger puzzles which range from 550 -700 pieces but want more challenge than the 100 piece Lil line.
The box is really nice and sturdy, the puzzle is nestled inside with a full color poster, wasting no space. The poster’s back side is covered in great horse facts, adding to the educational aspect.
The pieces are a random cut, nicely large in size and with a great bottom texture. I found them to be gentle on my hands and easy to handle.
As I expected, this was tricky to get started. I sorted according to color as there wasn’t a frame to work off of. Once I got the nose and part of the ears together, the assembly sped up!
I love how very realistic this is!! You can see the individual hairs on the horse’s muzzle and count it’s eyelashes!
It took me 2 days to finish this puzzle and I took another 2 to seal it with polycrylic. Hime is currently getting to the horse/unicorn obsessed phase, and this was part of her Christmas present.
I am not really a horse person, but I love how this came out! Definitely will be doing more Madd Capp Puzzles in the future!
- Company: Madd Capp Games
- Title: I Am Horse
- Year released: 2019
- Pieces: 300
- Cut-Style: Random
- Finished size: 15 x 20 inches – Horse Shaped
- Bonus poster: Yes
- Made in China
- Box: Sturdy and compact,
- Board: Medium weight chipboard, sturdy pieces
- Cut: Steel-cut Die
- Image Quality: Excellent, great color saturation
- Finish: Semi-gloss, with great color saturation
- Puzzle Dust: Minimal
- Piece shapes: Random
- Piece Fit: Very Good. Some of the irregular pieces make it so that pieces can only be moved in small groups.
Disability Notes: The slightly larger size pieces of the 300 piece puzzle are kind to the hands while still being complex enough to challenge lovers of larger piece count puzzles. Honestly, I want to try this brand’s 100 piece counts for later this winter when my hands threaten to swell into claws. Their 550 -700 piece puzzles are intricate and huge! I can recommend this for people with mild to moderate arthritis or hand/eye coordination.
Where to buy: I Am Horse is available on the Madd Capp Puzzles website for $14.99 USD.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary puzzle from the manufacturer in exchange for review. The opinions are my own. All links are direct; I do not make money from them.
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