The Mighty Refreshing puzzle was a lot of FUN to put together and I’m super glad we have it in our puzzle collection. I can highly recommend it (and if you like retro cola ads like us, then this puzzle is a double win!)
I don’t know why it only took us a day to put it together either — I’ve been replaying it in my mind. One thing that stands out is that it wasn’t like some puzzles I’ve done in the past where you have 200 pieces that have the SAME color or pattern printed on all of them, requiring you to try each piece based on shape only.
I don’t think we entered this ‘brute force mode’ once! To me, that is the mark of a truly awesome puzzle for a weekend put together where I only want an easy-to-medium challenge to za gray cells!!
Because the puzzle picture was a well-done collage, the ad text, color and color patterns varied everywhere. For instance, even if the logo text was the same color, the size of the logo text would be different or the background would be slightly altered (dots instead of lines, etc), so you could identify where in the puzzle a piece should go.
A by-product of this was that there were certain parts of the puzzle that each of us instantly wanted to put together, so when we sorted the puzzle looking for the border pieces, we were able to begin pulling out the pieces that went to the ad areas we had adopted. Having a larger card table and multiple box tops (for sorting) is HIGHLY recommended should you attempt to piece this puzzle together like we did…we had piles everywhere! Lol.
I’m totally going to hold on to this puzzle for a while and put it together again. (Have I mentioned that I like retro ads, especially retro Coke ads? No? Let me mention it right now! 😉 )
And one more thing – the print job on our puzzle was super. It was clear and NOT muddled. And we had the perfect number of pieces!
Would I recommend this puzzle? Absolutely! I would also put it together again. (On my 4-point scale, it’s a 4 – See My full 4-point Puzzle Scale defined over on the FAQ page.)
Tips or Warnings? I found that having extra space to make different piles for the various ads helped when the goal was to focus on a particular design in the puzzle.
Border Facts: There were about 126 pieces that made up the border.
Puzzle Artist: Various since this was a collage of Cola ad copy from over the decades.
Puzzle Dimensions / Size: 26.75 in x 19.75 in // cm x cm
Playing in the Background: When we were putting this puzzle together, we had several movies playing in the background including:
B&W Sherlock Holmes, Max Headroom Hounds of the Baskervilles and The Royal Scandal, Then Perry Mason and the Curious Bride.
Other Puzzle Information:
Is Poster Included? Yes
Is Whole Picture Shown on Box? Yes. There is also a full picture poster included.
How is Puzzle Packaged: Glued Lid
Where I Found It: Stopped by Walmart looking for a different kind of puzzle. We saw this one and thought it looked adventurous!
Year Puzzle was Produced: n/a
Puzzle UPC Number: n/a