I first discovered “Dowdle” jigsaw puzzles while browsing the book aisle at our local Costco store. They had packaged one of their 500 piece puzzles with a more kid friendly 100 piece puzzle.We bought the two puzzles and soon discovered these were a very special line of puzzles.
First of all, the photos were magnificent, with bright colors, many showcasing large cities and famous landmarks. The puzzle pieces were also of a higher quality chipboard, and they provided a nice photo poster inside the box of the finished product. That meant you could refer to the photo, instead of the box, while working on the puzzle. I found that to be a very handy feature.
The packaging was also first-class, including a magnetic closure so the box was easy to open. The pieces are in a plastic bag
, like most puzzles, but “Dowdle” also provides an additional zip-lock bag to store the pieces, once the puzzle has been completed. I have never seen so much attention to small details.
Dowdle was represented at the recent New York Toy Fair, where I discovered they also have calendars, framing kits, fine art, art magnets, gift bags and even greeting cards. The puzzles range from 50 pieces to 1,000 pieces. I just completed a 500 piece puzzle of the Las Vegas strip.
Take a look at the “Dowdle” Folk Art line of puzzles at Amazon.com
. Choose a “Dowdle” and you will not regret it.– RJ Cullen