We’d previously reviewed the Ravensburger Windmill 3D Puzzle and had a lot of fun with it, so H was well up for trying out the Empire State Building 3D Puzzle. This was a bit of a step up in terms of difficulty, it’s for 12+ rather than 10+, plus it’s a lot more exciting because it lights up in a range of colours.
We did struggle with constructing the first few layers of pieces. When I say ‘we’ I mean both H and I. Mr 92three30 then took over and things moved more quickly, although to be fair I think once you get some of the supports inserted, the structure is a lot more stable and easier to add to. This is a puzzle for adults or older children to build, but H had a lot of fun helping Daddy construct it.
This puzzle is made up of 216 plastic pieces which are pretty sturdy. Once finished the structure measures 46.5cm high. Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the reverse side, so you can either assemble the puzzle by eye, or just by following the numbers, which did it with the numbers. You could also do it by eye and then check your work with the numbers. There’s no need for glue or any sticky stuff as the pieces slot into each other like a normal jigsaw and stay there. The puzzle comes with a printed base board, so it can be displayed easily. Once complete, the Empire State Building 3D Puzzle looks very impressive as you can see.
You’ll need to provide 3 AAA batteries to light your finished skyscraper up at night. It’s very dramatic and moves through a good range of colours: I counted 7 or 8. H loved having it in his room at night and having it as a sort of night-light. It’s very impressive to watch it switch from colour to colour and the light highlights all the little details.