Sunday, 26 November 2017
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Night Edition 3D Puzzle (Ravensburger)
I chuckled, reading today's The Observer Magazine: "If you're bored of helping your grandma piece together The Hay Wain then why not blow her mind with a ... jigsaw... Explain to her that doing jigsaws now counts as being mindful rather than a way of filling the hours until Pointless starts". How one can be so casually stereotyping, is beyond me.
I'm certainly not in the nana category, and I've never watched Pointless, yet I do love puzzles. It's one of my favourite forms of relaxation.
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Night Edition 3D puzzle (216pc) is a stylish modern take on a jigsaw puzzle, which will appeal to many age groups.
It would look great on any book shelf or chest of drawers.
We have several 3d jigsaw puzzles from Ravensburger in our collection, and love them - you can find my reviews for Taj Mahal, The Colosseum and Statue of Liberty (among many others).
If you haven't had a chance of piecing together a 3d puzzle, be reassured that they are not that tricky. The plastic pieces are numbered and have a little arrow on the back of each piece, which shows where the next piece should be attached.
First sort through the puzzle pieces. I find it easier to make the columns of tens on the working table, and then use them, building the puzzle up, rather than looking for each piece individually in a big pile of puzzle pieces.
If you prefer your jigsaw puzzles more challenging, don't look at the numbers, and try to find correct details by looking at the printed image.
It uses LED technology to create several different coloured lighting effects which change from red to yellow, green, blue and pink. The lights change automatically.
It's a bit like having your very own mini-disco at home.
If you look up at the ceiling, there is a colourful reflection.
Eddie laughed that he's a monster, when the lights reflected on his face, in the dark room. I think he has a point.
There are 216 pieces in the puzzle, and it measures 29x8.5cm when complete. The puzzle comes with a base, where the LED unit is inserted.
We're particularly fond of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, as Pisa is the town where my husband served as a paratrooper (I know, it's difficult to imagine, but it is true). Years ago I visited his old barracks, and we stayed in Pisa overnight. I think it was the first time that I had a latte with a design on top. Lattes were not so popular in the UK in those days, the cafe culture was yet to reach the British shores.
So here is our Leaning Tower of Pisa puzzle with a mini figure of a paratrooper.
This jigsaw puzzle will make a lovely gift for any Italophile, or jigsaw puzzle fan.
Disclosure: We received this puzzle for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are our own.