The Best 3D Puzzles
As far as we know, and please let us know if we are wrong, the first 3D puzzles were created by Paul Gallant in the early 1990s. The earliest 3D puzzles designed by Paul Gallant re-created famous landmarks and were produced by the Quebec based company Wrebbit. Rapid growth of Wrebbit continued throughout the 90s on the back of the success of the Puzz 3D range of 3D puzzles. In 2005 Wrebbit was bought by Hasbro but by 2006 all the Puzz 3D puzzle lines had been cancelled. Thankfully Ravensburger and a few other puzzle makers continue to make 3D puzzles, but sadly some of the most intricate are no longer produced and can only be found second hand.
3D Puzzles are the pinnacle of the puzzlemakers ingenuity and art. Fantastic full colour models of real life buildings or machines they take puzzles to the next dimension. If you have never tried a 3D puzzle then you are in-store for a treat as they present a magnificient challenge.
Below are some of our favourite 3D puzzles.
London has its fair share of world famous landmarks and Big Ben is perhaps the most famous. Now with the Big Ben 3D Puzzle by Ravensburger you can take a 39 cm high version of this famous landmark home with you. Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and often extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower. For those who want to know the tower itself is officially named Elizabeth Tower to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Before this name change the tower was simply known as the Clock Tower. Designed by Charles Barry the new Parliament was built after the previuos one was largely destroyed by fire in 1834. Elizabeth Tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower. The puzzle version when complete stands 39 cm tall and has 216 pieces.
Moving swiftly to Paris we find the famous Eiffel Tower an iron lattice structure locate on the Champs de Mars and named after the engineer Gustav Eiffel who designed it. The tower stands 320 m tall and for 41 years was the world’s tallest man made structure. It was erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World Fair, is the tallest structure in Paris and is also the most visited monument where you have to pay in the world. The Eiffel Tower 3D Puzzle by Ravensburger is a beautiful recreation of this famous landmark, stands 42.5 cm tall when finished and has 216 pieces.
Continuing our world tour by moving to New York and the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center’s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York, although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world. The Empire State Building 3D Puzzle from Ravensburger is, as you would expect from Ravensburger, a beautiful and faithful recreation of one of the worlds most famous landmarks. The puzzle stands 42 cm tall when completed and has 216 pieces.
We thought we would leave the world tour of famous structures for our next 3D puzzle as we love lighthouses and this 3D puzzle version is brilliant. Lighthouses have been the salvation for many a mariner as the re-assuring finger of light projected out to sea warning of dangerous coastlines or marking the entrance to a safe port. Lighthouses have been built for thousands of years, perhaps the most famous ancient version being the Lighthouse of Alexandria built around 280 BC. Sadly the number of operational lighthouses have declined due to the vast expense of maintaining the structures and because of modern navigation systems. The Lighthouse 3D Puzzle by Ravensburger is modelled on perhaps the traditional interpretation of what a lighthouse should look like. Cylindrical with red and white stripes this is a great puzzle having 216 pieces and standing 35 cm tall when completed.
Back to the world tour and back to London to find Ravensburger’s London Tower Bridge 3d Puzzle (216 Pieces) which is a 216 piece accurate representation of the famous London Landmark. Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge over the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name.
The bridge consists of two towers tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways, designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers. The vertical component of the forces in the suspended sections and the vertical reactions of the two walkways are carried by the two robust towers. The bascule pivots and operating machinery are housed in the base of each tower. The bridge’s present colour scheme dates from 1977, when it was painted red, white and blue for the Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee. Originally it was painted a mid greenish-blue colour.
Leaving London and jumping to Berlin where we find the world famous Brandenburgh Gate. The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is a former city gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch, and now one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany. It is located west of the city centre at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built by Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791. Having suffered considerable damage in World War II, the Brandenburg Gate was fully restored from 2000 to 2002 by the Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin (Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation). During the post-war Partition of Germany, the gate was isolated and inaccessible immediately next to the Berlin Wall, and the area around the gate featured most prominently in the media coverage of the opening of the wall in 1989.
The Ravensburger Brandenburg Gate Building 3D Puzzle fantastically captures the atmosphere of the Brandenburgh Gate. The puzzle has 324 pieces and when completed measures 1.17 m wide.
And now for something different. As a change to the 3D puzzles featured so far on this page we thought we would try out this great puzzle. We like a pint as much as the next person, and now that we are on the edge of summer, with the pub beer garden beckoning, we thought this was an excellent puzzle for the beer fan who likes a challenge. The Pint Of Beer 3-D Puzzle, handcrafted from wood represents a foaming pint of beer that looks good enough to drink. But this isn’t just a good looking puzzle it is a great challenge to put back together. Ideal for the beer fan it is an excellent pub game, our only warning, don’t try to attempt this puzzle after consuming too much beer! The puzzle itself is handcrafted from ethically sourced wood and when complete measures approximately 11 cm wide by 14 cm high.
This is just a small selection of some of the great 3D puzzles out there. You can find some really brilliant 3D puzzles that will keep you entertained for hours. If there is nothing in our selection above that takes your fancy then check out the link below.