|The Red Box puzzle|
The Oriental design has been created by a talented illustrator Colin Thompson, well known for his unique and original style.
Like all Ravensburger puzzles, The Red Box comes in a sturdy cardboard box. The puzzle pieces are also made from strong durable premium grade cardboard.
I kept postponing the work. Since the complete puzzle measures 69.9 x 49.7cm, I had to find a clear table space. I have been looking into buying one of those foldable puzzle trays, now that would have been very handy. In the end, I used a desk upstairs to build my puzzle without it being disturbed by all the toys. You should see my working table with the laptop, it's all laden with papers and toys, there's absolutely no space for a puzzle of this size.
As always, I first try to find all the pieces to build the frame, and then slowly sort out the colours and assemble separate pieces.
The design shows a magic oriental red lacquer box, with lots of drawers. You find all sorts of hidden treasures inside, as well as some mystic mini-figures.
You'll see a beautiful Blue Willow patterned piece and a red lantern, a golden koi carp, elegant old pieces of china, a smiling Buddha and much more.
I loved spotting weird little creatures, a kind of trolls and magic animals which often populate the Northern European illustrations of Moomins and Findus & Pettson series.
There is a very handy print of the overall picture which is very convenient for reference.
I am half-way through with my puzzle, so it's still very much a work in progress.
As with all Ravensburger puzzles, it is a pleasure to play with.
This puzzle will make a great gift for any puzzle lover. Or perhaps you might give it to someone for Chinese New Year which is celebrated on 19 February.
Next day update: once kids fell asleep, I spent a good couple of hours, finishing the puzzle. I swear all night I had puzzle pieces dancing in my mind. But oh boy, what a satisfactory feeling when the last piece was slotted in.
Disclosure; I received the puzzle for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are mine.