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Jigsaw Review Wembley Dreams by Ravensburger

Jigsaw Review Wembley Dreams by Ravensburger By Cheryl Homer 10th May 2016 Now, I like a jigsaw but I usually tackle one a year, in a cottage we visit by the sea, taking up the challenge to beat 1000 tiny pieces within the week’s holiday. Apart from that I don’t usually get the chance so I was excited when Wembley Dreams by Ravensburger arrived.  While I’m not a fan of commercial football but I’m a big fan of children with jumper-goal-posts playing in the park, which is exactly what this delightful picture is. The painting, by Trevor Mitchell, is classed as nostalgic but apart from the style of the clothes, cars, pram and old leather football you could easily enjoy this as a summer weekend today. I scanned the image mentally trying to decipher how hard it was really going to be. It’s a painted image and there’s a good range of colours, and distinct areas, the footballers have individual kits and each flower bed is a different style colours so I knew that’d help. …

Review of MCM Comic Con Midlands 2016

  Sharing snippets of feedback about this annual, one day event. Midlands Comic Con as with the remaining four MCM Expo shows namely Birmingham, London, Scotland and Manchester, is all about popular culture from Movies & TV showcasing and promoting to Manga and Cosplay. Venue: International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. Imagining, mainly due to the location and venue capacity, that this is the most pared back version of the five, so it fell a little short on the ‘must see’ happenings compared to the buzz and interest of shows elsewhere. It was well attended nonetheless, and, judging by the elaborate Cosplay seen, Anime and Star Wars are the main themes that people really came to experience and personally integrate with. These are consumer shows and are not geared for commercial buyers, and so exhibitor’s stands are allowed the majority of the floor space. Usually for retailers/dealers of clothing, posters, books and charms inspired by games, Japanese animation and general all round geekiness the selling happens online, so this is a real selling opportunity for them. Many …

Jigsaw Puzzle Review of An Evening Walk by Ravensburger

“An Evening Walk” is a new 500 piece puzzle from Ravensburger. The puzzle depicts the beauty of Paris at dusk and an insight into Parisian life in the 1950’s. The scene shows an elegant lady walking a poodle through a street in Paris, passing a fruit/flower stall and bars strolling towards the Eiffel Tower. The scene is truly authentic and captures the charm of Paris in this era. I absolutely love the sky blue Citroen 2CV convertible, which truly captures the essence of 50’s Paris. You can rent Citroen 2CV’s for tours of Paris, one for the bucket list for sure. The scene was painted by Dominic Davison and much of his work includes a 2CV. Never one to turn down a free lunch, I certainly wasn’t going to turn down a free puzzle to both enjoy and review. I’ve always enjoyed doing a puzzle, it first started on a rainy day, my Mum would pull out a puzzle and we would work on it together. This has always stayed with me and I always …

Our attributes for BRIO – TSS Business of the Month for January 2016

BRIO and Wood (a long time connection) After moving to Osby, Southern Sweden in 1884 Ivar Bengtsson and wife, Sissa enjoyed continued success from selling woodchip baskets and other goods. They went on to produce their first wooden toy in 1907 (the Osby horse). After their three sons Viktor, Anton and Emil took up the reins, the toy manufacturing remained prominent. Later, once Anton’s son, Lennart Ivarsson became CEO, the company went international and BRIO was a top wooden toy manufacturer with a range which included the famous train sets. BRIO is still ever-present in the development of new wooden toys for children. Wood is natural, workable, clean, long lasting and tactile and BRIO makes the most of its qualities. Since 2014, all wooden toys have been made from traceable wood coming from responsibly managed forests BRIO and Design (toy designs are timeless, uncomplicated and fun) Imaginative play and child development have always been and remain a key consideration in any design concept through to fruition. When asked how he knows a new toy will be compelling …

Craft Book Review THE KNITTED NURSERY COLLECTION

ISBN 978-1-78221-317-8 RRP £9.99   Author Jem Weston Published by Search Press, Jan 2016 Content 14 knitting projects which include toys, accessories and decorations for babies and nursery room environments Introduction The author, Jem Weston is a freelance designer and a Workshop Tutor for Rowan Yarns. Weston lives in Nottingham UK and in the book’s introduction she reveals that her affection for knitting started at a young age. She says it developed during her time at university and that she was often inspired by traditional crafts in her Fine Art studies Range of information The pattern information is presented over anything from 2 pages up to 8 pages depending on the range of detail and complexity involved in the making, this includes photographic imagery, stitch diagrams (charts), materials required and the patterns.  A page of Abbreviations at the rear as well as a thank you from the author to the people involved in ‘bringing the book to life’. There are no step-by-step images of the items in various stages of being made 9/10 Quality of …

BEST PRODUCTS OF 2015 AT TSS

Featuring twelve top products of 2015 (falling in one or more categories) here at tssreviews View the showcasing Slideshow Kicking off the New Year and published in four separate categories including Giftwares and Stationery was TSS Product of the Month for January: Bagabook’s 17TH CENTURY WORLD MAP BRITISH LIBRARY DESIGN (licensed) on a journal cover/organizer with handle. Recent BAGABOOK company news is that they have launched a special edition – Alice in Wonderland to their collection of book and journal covers. VP Operations explains that as the summer of 2015 was the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Bagabook decided to release, under licence with the British Library once again, this exquisite design (figure 1) appearing on quality book/journal covers which tells the famous story and includes those fabulous original illustrations by John Tenniel. Bagabook believes that Alice is set to be amongst one of the hottest topics of 2015/2016, so this a unique gift for all ages & occasions! Details on the Bagabook website Also available in Blue Bagabook have also …

Labyrinth Board Games

Testing this, the Junior Labyrinth Board Game by Ravensburger is, Adam (aged 8), Abigail (aged 5)  and their parents ‘the testers’. Review written and submitted to TSS by mum, Cheryl   “That looks Epic!” cried Adam when we opened the package that arrived, and with some prompting Abigail said it looked “hard but fun“. The game was played 4 times over 2 days. We liked the instruction, ‘the bravest starts first’. Adam shouted up, and started, with me second, Abigail third, and my husband to be last. I read the instructions and Adam took his turn, but by the time it reached Abigail, we realised that to start with she’d need help, so my husband teamed up with her. She still chose her own moves and gained understanding and more independence as the game went on. By the 4th time we played she set it up, and collected 7 tokens before anyone else had sat down to play, which caused much amusement! Adam understood the game quickly, though he took some time to think through …

3D puzzle by Ravensburger Big Ben (at Night)

Because of the identical technique involved in puzzle compilation it is sometimes difficult to convey anything new, but these 3D models, complete with display stand and LEDs bring a new dynamic to the table the instructions are clear and are in diagrammatic form over 2 pages The puzzle pieces are plastic, and are numbered on the reverse side. Sort pieces into numeric order. 216 pieces to fit together, altogether. Some of the pieces are pre-bent and hinged to obtain the angled structure The main body consists of 132 pieces The stand is square shaped and plastic, with lid made from heavy card and requires the fitting of 3 x AAA/LR03 batteries (not included) The photograph above was taken when the main body shaft was complete and the camera lens is pointing straight down the channel. Note: There are two lighting settings, this image shows the soft white light setting emanating from the base This image taken at the same stage of completion but tester has switched to the fluctuating colour setting. Colours fluctuate from a …

Ravensburger Puzzle Boards – A Blog Feature

tssreviews have put together a number of editorial pieces featuring Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles, but we haven’t, to date, extended our thoughts to include those additional kinds of considerations that one has to factor in before setting about the task of puzzle compiling. This time we are doing Whether it is subconsciously, or not, we will firstly be considering a few things: the space available for undertaking this type of hobby pursuit the comfort and positioning of the person (people) while doing it and the maneuverability and storage of something that is a largely a Work in Progress until completed Some people have space within their homes which can incorporate physical things based around their interests or hobbies, and some will, willingly, give up precious space that is usually dedicated to mealtimes, in favour of the puzzle making, for the length of time required to get it done Others prefer to use a working base that will transport the puzzle and allow re-positioning of the operation onto the floor, or a different furniture top, or to …