This was the first 2000 piece puzzle we’ve put together and boy howdy was it a doozie! You would think just by looking at it that the cartoony looks would make it easy to do, but not so – it took us puzzle pros multiple days to put together.
For one thing, the puzzle being 2000 pieces instead of 1000 pieces made the puzzle dimensions larger. I think this changed my presumed ideas of what the object proportions would be like.
We were surprised that the cat ended up being a hard thing to piece together. We didn’t find his ears ‘til the last day because I thought the missing cat piece was a part of the rope! And, golly is there a lot of rope.
Another thing that made this puzzle challenging was that most objects are duplicated – there isn’t just 1 window – there are 2 plus the view out the door. There isn’t just 1 lantern, there are close to 10! And there are multiple sections that contain rope.
The last pieces we put together was the wood tones, which run throughout the puzzle – everywhere! Thankfully there were variations in the wood grains to help us identify where they went.
After finally completing this puzzle, there were mixed reviews. One of us didn’t think they’d ever put it back together again, stating emphatically that it’s a great candidate for the fate of puzzle glue and picture framing….or giving it away at a puzzle swap to someone who is a glutton for a rather puzzling challenge! Which brings me to one last point – after looking at the completed puzzle, we were scratching our heads. When this puzzle is completed, it doesn’t look like it should have been so taxing! In fact, it looks rather easy and fun.
I’m left to wonder why it was so difficult. Maybe it was because this was the first puzzle we’ve done that was so big – it required our whole breakfast table! Or maybe it was because the original beautiful painting had to be blown up pretty big to make it 2000 pieces – which made everything basically abstract until pieced together.
Would I recommend this puzzle? Lol – Actually, yes, but with this caveat: This puzzle is not for beginners or even casual puzzlers of the 300-500 piece range. I think it would be best left to experienced puzzlers who are very comfortable with 1000-1500 piece puzzles.
Tips or Warnings? You must be able to put the puzzle together where you have good lighting as there are lots of DARK tones in the puzzle. We found natural daylight to be the best puzzle time for us.
Border Facts: I counted about 190 pieces that make up the border. It took us about 30 minutes to put the border together and we pulled out all the border pieces on our first run through. Yay!
Puzzle Artist: Hiro Tanikawa
Puzzle Dimensions / Size: 38.5 in x 26.5 in // 98cm x 67cm