This puzzle was released to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the summer of 2022. I had been meaning to get a puzzle to do after the queen has passed, and I put in an order on August 28. Two weeks later the queen had died, but since my order contained a lot puzzles that were not in stock, I decided to wait. Well, I finally got tired of waiting and cancelled the remaining two puzzles that still weren’t in stock. So here, finally, my tribute to Her Majesty Elizabeth II, who was also a puzzler.
The puzzle was easy and fun. There are images of the Queen, her parents, her sister, and her husband.
For some reason, I really enjoy puzzling vehicles, not just cars, but trains and ships as well. Otherwise, I’ve never been that interested in cars, but I love them in puzzles. Add some signs with text, and I’m pretty much guaranteed to love a puzzle – and I did!
A Gibsons collage with toys and games. This continues the recent trend where 1000-piece Gibsons are excellent quality, and 500-piece ones are pretty bad. They must use different subcontractors. This was similar to the Jumbo Wasgij-puzzles, it has the same waxy finish, and a similar cut. It also says Made in the Netherlands on the box, so it may not be entirely accidental. (There was no indication of where the previous substandard 500-piece puzzle was made, I checked.)
Anyway, the puzzle was great fun, even though there were few of my favourite toys in there.
Here’s one that I have fond memories of:
Basically a big, air-filled ball that you could hop around on, holding on to the “ears”. Mine was orange, and I don’t think it had a face painted on.
Football and games. None of the board games are familiar to me.
This was a great image, and the quality was not as bad as my last 500 piece Gibsons. It’s ribbon cut, which I don’t like, for some reason, and the fit wasn’t great (but OK).
I’ve done some really lovely 1000 piece Gibsons in between (they were grid cut and great in every way), but I wasn’t happy with The Missing Piece. Even so, turns out I was lucky, because I saw someone post about the same puzzle on FB, and they had entire rows of pieces missing, and doubles of other pieces.
Anyway, mediocre quality, but it was still pretty fun to put together!
Wonderful collage of British food and drink, from very old classics like haggis to more recent (at least in Britain) favourites like Chicken Tikka Masala. Thoroughly enjoyable as a puzzle, and also great quality. Gibsons is a bit of a mixed bag quality-wise, the previous Gibsons puzzle I did was shoddy with a poor fit, but this was excellent. I’m keeping this to do again.
Cakes, cheese, chicken tikka masala and drinks.
Sausages, tarts and tea time treats. I always love puzzling cake.
Wonderful image of two puzzlers looking for that final piece. I’ve had some good Gibsons puzzles lately, but here the quality was not good, I’m afraid. The fit just seemed a bit off, the pieces didn’t fit easily into the placed they belonged. On some tabs the image layer had separated, and this was a new puzzle.
By the way, that missing piece really is missing, at least I couldn’t find it in the image 🙂
I actually gave this puzzle away when I moved in 2013, but then someone brought it into work (I don’t remember who got the puzzle in 2013, but it was obviously a colleague), and now I have it back 🙂 I completed the puzzle for the first time in May 2012, and I posted about it in April this year. A rerun, I’m afraid 🙂 It’s still complete, even after its travels. Also, it was still great fun working on it.
I’ve never been a big fan of Gibsons, but every now and then an image is so good that I cave and buy one anyway. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised this time, there was no sign of the old problem of pieces fitting where they don’t belong. It may just be the image, of course, but I don’t think so. Based on this I would even be prepared to try an image with a large area of the same colour. Still not a fan of the waxy finish, but that’s a minor quibble.
I loved this puzzle, it was fun from start to finish.