2018: I hadn't done a puzzle in over a decade until a friend loaned me this Seattle Dowdle her brother bought her. I had never seen such a beautiful puzzle, from the packaging to the completed puzzle. After that i was hooked. Ordered 3 online and got a 4th one free.
2022: Over the holiday i completed Dowdle's "Festival of Trees" and "Winter Fun" which i got from a monthly puzzle swap at a local library earlier in the year and was saving for December. I've been attending the puzzle swap for over a year and usually bring home 4 or 5 a month. They have an entire roomful of puzzles spread out over several tables. You get to know the quality brands vs the cheaper ones. Very rarely have i seen Dowdles there but on the rare occasion i do see one it comes home w me.
I have the 500 pc version. Great picture, but #29 was identified as Mount Hood -- wrong mountain! Should be Mount Rainier which is visible on most days in Seattle. Mount Hood is in Oregon and is visible from Portland. If the name hasn't been changed yet on future printings, it needs to be!
This particular Seattle puzzle is definitely vintage, though the case sleeve had a 2020 copyright date. Hmmm. Vintage because of Tully's sign, Alaskan Way Viaduct (behind Tully's) and Kingdome! Tully's stores are gone-too bad it wasn't a Starbucks sign, which is everywhere. Viaduct was torn down 2019. Kingdome was imploded 20 years ago (March 2000).
Other than the 'technical' stuff, the puzzle is great. I really like the 500 pc Dowdle from various places. Just enough of a challenge for me.
This 1000 piece puzzle was too difficult for me. The pieces are small which makes it difficult to see detail. Plus, the “poster” included in the box of the completed puzzle to help with assembling is also small. I would need to use a magnifying glass to attempt putting the puzzle together.
We got 500 pieces puzzle of Seattle and this was such a wonderful experience to build it with my daughter Natalie. It was a great time spend, had some private conversations and made a great memories. We will be getting more for sure.