The Motorcycle Show 1, 2022-05-21

This is the first puzzle in a set of two by Falcon. I’m not a huge fan of Falcon, I find the pieces often fit where they don’t belong, but with an image like this, it doesn’t matter much. I didn’t actually find that pieces fit where they don’t belong this time, but I still didn’t like the fit. It felt slightly off, the pieces just didn’t fit together as well as I would wish.

The Motorcycle Show 1, Falcon, 500 pieces. Completed on May 21, 2022.

Tibet Wheel of Life, 2022-05-20

This puzzle was not easy, but it was a pleasure from start to finish. The quality was excellent, the best kind of Pomegranate. According to the box, the image explanes the concepts of Buddhism, and images like this are placed outside temples, so that people who can’t read can also understand the teachings. The artist is unknown but presumed Tibetan.

Galaxy of Horrors, 2022-05-16

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve haven’t posted in a few weeks. The reason for that is that my father died unexpectedly while I was in Dortmund. I came back to Helsinki early, and I’ve not really had the time or inclination to post about my puzzling. I have been puzzling a bit, though, and I had already finished some puzzles before all this.Β Here’s the first one of those.

This is a collage of posters for imaginary space-themed horror movies, similar to the imaginary space travel posters. I loved everything about it!

Galaxy of Horrors, New York Puzzle Complany, 1000 pieces. Completed on May 16, 2022.

Colorful Cocktails, 2022-05-14

Polish brand Trefl is mostly known for traditional cardboard puzzles, but they’ve now decided to get in on the growing wooden puzzle boom. As far as I know, producers of wooden puzzles are usually separate firms, and I’m not aware of another producer that does both. The overall quality was very similar to the two Unidragon puzzles I’ve done, which is to say good, but the pieces are quite thin, and also very small.

Colorful Cocktails by Aimee Stewart, 501 pieces, Trefl. Completed on May 14, 2022.

One thing that is different from Unidragon is that the whimsies have nothing to do with the image, there are all kind of whimsies, and I think they will probably be the same in many puzzles. Here are some examples (I was too lazy to pull out them all):

On the reverse side the pieces have a floral pattern. I suppose you could do the other side as a separate, really difficult puzzle, but I don’t feel like it.

I absolutely love the image of this puzzle (not the floral pattern), and I would be happy to do it again as a cardboard puzzle in any piece count. In fact, while it’s nice to do a wooden puzzle every now and again, I’ve come to realize, I actually prefer (interlocking) cardboard puzzles. The whimsies are fun, and I enjoy finding funnily shaped pieces, but in the end, it also means you have to place the pieces more carefully, and it can’t be 100 % interlocking, and that’s what I really prefer.

Ave Caesar! in Progress

I’m working on a rather tricky 2000-piece Heye from 2004. I was very happy to find it cheap, because I remember it from when it was available, but never got around to buying it, and then it was too late. Some puzzles are available for years, even decades, and others are gone so fast. It’s hard to know what to buy immediately, but my current policy of buying everything immediately is not really sustainable πŸ™‚

It’s slow, but enjoyable. It will be miracle if all the pieces are there, the pieces were floating free in a Heye triangular box, and a couple jumped out when I brought the box in and put it down. I don’t mind, it was only 5 EUR. There’s no way I’ll be able to finish this before I leave for Dortmund on Friday, so it will have to wait until June. Here’s a better look at the image:

Board Game Shelfie, 2022-05-02

Another Lautapelit.fi puzzle, this one much easier than the stamps, but the quality wasn’t as good. This is more like what I’ve come to expect from Lautapelit.fi, which is OK quality, but you have to pay attention in order not to place pieces wrong. I wouldn’t get a puzzle of theirs with large areas of the same colour, but this was very enjoyable and it came together fast.

Board Game Shelfie, Lautapelit.fi, 1000 pieces. Completed on May 2, 2022.

I’ve hardly played any board games in the past 25 or so years, so it’s hardly surprising that the only games I know I’ve played are Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly (or in this case, the Finnish version Monopoli). There are two more games that I’ve played as computer games, Civilization and Port Royale, but clearly, I’m not much of a board game enthusiast. I guess I prefer the puzzles, and I wish they’d make a similar image with puzzles instead of board games πŸ™‚

Finnish Stamps, 2022-04-29

I was sort of dreading this collage of Finnish stamps, but it turned out to be very enjoyable. The fact that there were so many small images made it difficult, of course, but I found the stamps so interesting that I didn’t mind. I was also afraid that the same stamps would recur many times, as happened with the Finnish Matchboxes puzzle, but there was only a few doubles. The quality was excellent, the best I’ve seen from Lautapelit.fi (a board game store that also has its own line of puzzles).

Finnish Stamps, Lautapelit.fi, 1000 pieces. Completed on April 29, 2022.

On the left, president Urho Kekkonen (in office from 1956 to 1983; presidents now only get a maximum of two terms of six years) and the ice hockey world championship 1974, on the right, a stamp celebrating the 400 year anniversary of Helsinki in 1950.

There were a lot of nature-themed stamps, here some mushrooms and a bluethroat. Most stamps have a set value, and if the postage becomes more expensive, you have to add more stamps, but the bluebird is a stamp for a first class letter, and it’s valid forever. This seemed like a really good deal in the 90s, when we still kept in touch with our friends with actual letters, so of course I bought a lot of them. I still have some of these stamps, because, of course, letters are now mostly a thing of the past.

Rome, 2022-04-26

This puzzles is part of the Trefl Golden Cities series. I bought it used, but apparently, when new, these puzzles include some gold paint and a brush that you can use to put some finishing touches on the puzzle. This has not been painted on, the text “Rome” and the helmet doodle are part of the original puzzle, but there was no paint or brush. Fine by me, I only want the puzzle anyway πŸ™‚ It was a nice and very enjoyable puzzle, even though the image is very traditional.

Golden Cities: Rome, Trefl, 1000 pieces. Completed on April 26, 2022.