Moulin Rouge, 2022-06-25

Spanish Educa is a brand that I usually avoid, because the cut is not precise enough and I often get false fits (I saw this expression for pieces fitting where they don’t belong in a FB puzzle group, and immediately adopted it). Educa is considered by many to be a premium brand, but for me, the false fits are usually a dealbreaker. That said, I have some Educa puzzles that I really like, and this was also fun and just the right amount of challenging (if the black areas had been larger, it would have been a very different story).

Moulin Rouge, Educa, 1000 pieces. Completed on June 25, 2022.

The only artist credited on the box is Viktor Shvaiko, but the background (top half) is actually from a poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, so they might have mentioned him, too. I’ve actually done that poster as a mini puzzle.

Central Station, 2022-01-03

I’m not a fan of Educa, I find pieces often fit where they don’t belong, but with this image, I knew that wouldn’t be a problem. It turned out to be a fun and relatively easy, just as expected. I don’t know if this is supposed to be an actual central station in an actual city (probably not), but it says Amtrak on the train on the left, so it’s definitely supposed to be in the USA.

Central Station, Educa, 500 pieces. Completed on January 3, 2022.

Antique Library, 2020-08-30

This puzzle is part of a new Educa series called Enigmatic, and it’s pretty obvious the series has been inspired by the Ravensburger Exit/Escape-series. I got this thinking there would be some mystery to work out, but these are just regular puzzles. I don’t mind, it was a nice puzzle 🙂

Antique Library, Educa, 500 pieces. Completed on August 30, 2020.

Hien, Unfinished

I got this puzzle for free, and I wouldn’t have paid for it. The image is, of course, beautiful, but I usually avoid Educa, and especially Educas with large monochrome areas. With Educa, I always find that it’s difficult to know whether a piece belongs or not, and they also have very little variety in piece shape. Well, this turned out to be even worse than usual, ALL the pieces were of the basic shape with two tabs opposite, and, as usual, pieces would fit where they don’t belong. I enjoyed doing everything except the red bits, and then I decided I wasn’t going to ruin Easter by working on a puzzle I no longer enjoyed. (2)
Hien by Haruyo Morita, Educa, 1000 pieces. Gave up on April 9, 2020.

Zombis: The Blonde, 2019-12-24

A zombie Marilyn Monroe. Not really a fan of the image, but it was pretty entertaining to work on, except for pieces fitting where they don’t belong, as happens with Educa. (4).jpg
The Blonde by Javi Meiner, Educa, 500 pieces. Completed on December 24th, 2019.

Zombis is, apparently, a registered trademark, but I don’t know if it’s a cartoon, or an art project or something else entirely. I expect there are other puzzles in the series, but it’s unlikely I’ll be buying them.



Cake Shop, 2018-01-27

I love this image. I can never resist painted or real cakes (photos of cakes, however, are often less appealing). It’s an Educa, so I did have some trouble with pieces fitting in the wrong places, but overall I still liked it. Would have been better as a Ravensburger, of course.

Cake Shop, Educa, 1500 pieces. Completed on January 27th, 2018.

The Bakery, 2018-07-11

This was mostly enjoyable, although the old Educa problem of pieces fitting where they don’t belong was definitely present. The image is great, though! I also managed to lose one piece (at the far end of the table).

The Bakery, Educa, 3000 pieces. Completed on July 11th, 2018.