This 3D puzzle was fun, but quite frustrating at times. It is a brilliant way of learning your world geography, and is great fun for any child aged 12-15. However, be aware, this puzzle is not easy. You just have to use the numbers on the back of the pieces to put it together(unless you know the world map like the back of your hand)...so its not like a normal puzzle that way. Some of the pieces are very hard to get in, and sometimes I would push too hard, so the pieces around it feel out. Especially near the top of the puzzle when you put in the last few pieces, it is fiedishly difficult. I found the top pieces stuck out, because if I pushed too hard they fell into the globe so I had to remove the pieces around it to stick my hand in and retrieve it.
If you're looking for a globe, then this probably isn't what you want. Some of the pieces don't line up--so sometimes words such as CANADA spread over two pieces will not line up.
So, at the end of the day, this is a puzzle more than a globe and an ideal holiday project for any teenager.
I bought this product on ebay brand new and it was cheaper
The spinning frame is a great additional, giving it a professional look. Once together, the puzzle is reasonably robust. I dropped it on the floor and it survived, but when my 13 yr old cousin kicked a football at it, it crumbled : )