I've only had this puzzle for nine days now, but I'm having loads of fun with it. I wondered if there would be some damage to the box during shipping. Surprise! It was in perfect condition when it arrived!
Such a huge puzzle - I'm looking forward to months more fun with it.
First of all, you better have a huge wall to mount this puzzle since it's massive in size. I am an avid woodworker with a workshop that has a 48-foot wall that is 12-feet tall, and this completed puzzle will dominate that wall at 8-feet by 29-feet.
Second, you'll need to give your delivery driver a cold beer, since the shipping box is uber-heavy.
As for the puzzle, it's a lot of work, but Dowdle has done a really good job at making it "bite sized" pieces. There are 60 puzzles of 1,000 pieces each that come individually bagged and tagged in three hefty boxes that are then packed in a huge shipping over-pack carton. For those puzzle builders who like to do the outside pieces with their one-flat-edge before filling in the myriad of inner pieces, there is some not-so-good news. Of the 60 separate puzzles, none have straight edges on four sides. In fact, only 4 puzzles have even two sides with straight edges, while 24 have one straight edge and the remaining 32 have only puzzle-piece edges. But, fear not, Dowdle includes individual folded-pictures of each individual puzzle to help out. Plus, they provide a five-panel-fold-out map of the finished puzzle with all 60 puzzles identified.
Unless you have a death wish, plan on taking months to finish this behemoth. We have a lot of family events, and we own two larger format puzzle tables (with those uber-handy side drawers for sorting puzzle pieces, so we just put out a puzzle and let family curiosity take over. Our only family complaint came when someone wanted us to work on puzzle #42 for our second puzzle. It was all I could do to get them to understand that starting with #1, then #2 and so on was the only way practical considering I would have to store each numbered section on a feet of hardboard until #60 was done. Inventory control is hard enough with 60 puzzles, but if they are done out of order, it just makes a hard job never-ending.
And finally, there is the Dowdle guarantee of no-missing-pieces. Murphy’s Law says that there is zero probability of actually accounting for all 60,000 pieces. One will fall by the wayside, somewhere in the process. The idea of having a massive 232 square foot puzzle mural … with one missing piece … is not something anybody would want. Dowdle to the rescue!
And don’t get me started on the little “nuggets” hidden in the puzzles. I snicker whenever I see one, and there are hundreds in this huge puzzle. Any mind that creates something like these puzzles in something else. If you’ve ever seen the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” this puzzle should be the ending that movie needed.
Wait for one of the Dowdle sales, and take the plunge. It ain’t cheap. But, if you have a space to display it, you’re gonna be proud of the finished product. I just hope it doesn’t end up gracing the wall of your three-car garage … unless you have three Ferraris, of course.
I drive a pick-up truck and my wife drives a Suburban, but I'm proud of my woodshop and this mural puzzle will fit in quite nicely with a pleasant wood frame around the edges. I just hope I can live long enough to step back and admire the finished product. The good news is that my son is a puzzler, and he'll step up for whatever I can't finish. It's a family affair after all and all of us have beautiful minds
I purchased two of these puzzles and found out the patterns on section 1 and section 2 do not line up. Ended up taking both of them back as it’s not worth continuing if this problem persists throughout the puzzle.