Reviewed by David Savage
I’m not really a lover of jigsaws but did love building block sets as a child and this 3D puzzle from Ravensburger is a mixture of both and great fun.
I received a 3D puzzle of the Tower Bridge, one of the famous London landmarks. This is a 216 puzzle that when built is over a metre long and stands just over the length of a ruler (approx 117.4 x 17.4 x 33.6cm) so you will quite a bit of space is needed to complete it.
In the box there are 216 plastic pieces (jigsaw pieces, stand, road & instruction book). The instruction booklet shows how to put together the larger pieces like the plinths, road and bridge supports. The jigsaw pieces themselves are numbered on the back should you want help putting together the towers.
Overall, it took me about 2 weeks to put together this jigsaw (my first 3D one) but the finished puzzle is great (and big) with excellent detail. I just wish I had room to keep it assembled. I found it fairly easy to put together (but then I did love building bricks as a child so this probably helped).
The completed bridge is great and I may have to put up a shelf to put it on so it can stay complete as my only worry is that the corner pieces that you have to bend when assembling may break if taken apart and reassembled too many times.
Lots of great fun which a sense of achievement once completed. It is definitely value for money for not only the entertainment value but in sheer size. The box states suitable for age 12-99 years and I agree, whatever your age you will love this puzzle.
There are other designs of famous landmarks in the Ravensburger 3D puzzle range and I may have to look into getting another one.
Available to buy from Amazon here.