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Well, hey Heye! Let me introduce myself. I turned 75 about six months ago and decided I needed a new hobby. Puzzles, something I hadn’t done since my grown grandkids were very young. I read you make great puzzles. So, I should put one in my stash. I perused your selections; many were way above my skill level. Then I saw the Dreaming collection, all so sweet, and picked this one. Looked sortable, with large areas of different colors, and individual objects that could be sorted out. Umm, not so much.
This puzzle was hard. I felt accomplished for having gotten the frame completed! I am pretty new to serious puzzling, but I don’t think anyone would say this one was easy!
So, what made it so challenging? The majority of the pieces were textured and many of those textures were multicolored. Yes, I sorted as best I could by color, sub sorted by light and dark pieces, and sorted out the black and palest blue panda pieces, pink flowers and what probably were the lanterns.
So, now you are asking “sounds doable, why so hard?” Same answer, all the texture that was everywhere. Particularly difficult in the beginning, when there were so many pieces to choose from, even when sorted by shape. This was a ribbon cut puzzle, but the majority of pieces were the 2 tips - 2 open sides variety. In 1000 pieces, there was only one 4 open sides piece!
The first thing I put together was the big yellow flower; okay, my sorting made that relatively easy. Left with the rest, I just said “oh boy, this is going to be difficult”. I worked, and worked, and worked on the bottom. Then I thought, maybe if I could connect the stem that ran through the puzzle I could build off of it. It was a time consuming effort that had little to do with piece shape; I had to go through all the sorts looking for the almost black, dark brown, lighter brown lines, but it was a good move.
Surprisingly, I was never frustrated. However long it took, finding that piece that fit was so satisfying. I was determined and I was actually having fun. Fun isn’t the only benefit. Puzzling is mind clearing, calming and peaceful. It’s a good thing!
Puzzle quality — mostly very good. The box is sturdy but overly large. Inside the box was a sealed bag of pieces, a small catalogue and nothing else. No poster, but the box pic showed the complete puzzle with a good color match to the puzzle pieces. No puzzle dust. Very loose piece fit - this seems to be an issue throughout brands. It is very annoying when even 3 pieces fall apart trying to pick up or move them! The pieces were sturdy, none were still together in the bag, none were bent, torn, or separating, and thank goodness, none were missing. They did have a bit of sheen; working the puzzle was best in daylight because of all the color variances.
The puzzle illustration is beautifully produced, and oh so charming. I want to hug the chubby little panda but it’s sleeping. Shhh.
Loved working on this puzzle so much! Usual great Heye quality, and the colors were relaxing to work with, especially after a long work day. I found it pleasantly more challenging than expected due to the way the colors are blended.
Loved this so much, I’m planning to get the entire series.
Panda Naps is really beautiful! We didn’t want to stop working on it. The colors flowed making it addictive in finding just one more piece.
Galaxy Puzzles is a great seller with a speedy delivery and packaged well.
Fun and challenging puzzle. Relaxing color scheme.