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The Earth 540 Piece Puzzleball

by Ravensburger
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
RRP: £27.78
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  • Pieces are numbered on the back to help with completion
  • Shaped plastic pieces that fit together perfectly to form a spherical puzzle once complete
  • 22 cm in diameter
  • Can be used as an educational tool or as a decorative piece in any home
  • Challenging Puzzle
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight839 g
Product Dimensions26.4 x 26.4 x 8.4 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:12 - 17 years
Item model number11118
Educational Objective(s)Spacial Awareness
Main Language(s)English, English original, English published, English translation
Number of Puzzle Pieces540
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Material Type(s)Plastic
Material Composition100% Plastic
  
Additional Information
ASINB000UEL05U
Best Sellers Rank 5,445 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight880 g
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Date First Available12 Oct 2007
  
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Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months
  • Warning: To be used under the direct supervision of an adult
  • Warning: Toy inside. Adult supervision recommended

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Puzzleball® is a unique 3D puzzling concept where each shaped plastic piece fits together perfectly with the next to form a strong and sturdy sphere. Every piece is numbered on the back to help you complete the ball and display it on the enclosed stand for all to admire. The clever v-stand allows the completed puzzleball® to rotate on an axle, similar to that of the earth. The puzzleball® can also be taken apart to complete again another day. This 540 piece puzzleball® shows the map of the world. Puzzleball® makes very interesting and decorative items for any home. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Box Contains

540 piece 3D puzzleball® and rotating stand


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Despite the rather mediocre and negative reviews bought this jigsaw and have found it my best buy in absolutely ages. Absolutely brilliant. The globe with the metal display is better than the tray one though the tray is included with the metal one for you to construct it on. Tray a bit shallow to permanently display so glad I bought this one. I bought it predominently to learn where everywhere is in the world and it has answered this requirement and more. Because it takes you a while to find the correct piece it imprints the location and which country. Because I dont use it as a jigsaw but as a learning device I have cheated using the fantastically useful numbers on the back and have put the "sea" areas together using the numbers. Also I have grouped all the pieces into their "100's" so dont waste endless time hunting. Just long enough to let the info sink in but not frustrating enough to forget. So you could just ignore the numbers and use it as a proper jigsaw or cheat a bit and learn countries and whereabouts. As for quality of pieces and design cant fault it. The pieces fit together well and whilst the writing a bit small (definitely need my glasses and good light) they are legible enough. A robust object and can visualise this being built and taken apart and built again many times - until I know where all my countries are anyway! Im 47 and a useful learning tool for me and I suspect for all except very small children. More a tool than a toy but still great fun nevertheless. I think everyone should have one!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ravensburger World Map Jigsaw Ball 20 Feb 2009
By Killer
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This item was bought as a Christmas present for my 11 year old Grand Daughter. I delivered to her home and we started straight away. It was quite challenging and I doubt that she would have managed it on her own. We had some fun assembling it but a degree of patience was required. The result was worthwhile and I now know where Namibia is !!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORLD PUZZLEBALL 4 Jan 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I saw the Puzzleball advertised on tv just before Xmas, and thought it would make a fun extra present for my jigsaw loving wife and 2 teenage girls. Although the cost may seem a little excessive in comparison with jigsaws, the quality of the pieces is outstanding, and I feel it is good value. The puzzle didn't take very long to complete, and the numbers on the back of the pieces made it fairly straightforward, but my youngest daughter immediately broke it up as she wanted to do it all over again! Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but has its flaws 25 Jan 2011
By Satchmo VINE VOICE
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Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is generally a good puzzle and the fact that all the parts are numbered helps when working on areas of blue sea. My only complaints are that there are NO written instructions included at all (apart from a visual guide for the stand), and although most jigsaw puzzles do not need instructions, in this instance some guidance would have been helpful on issues such as how to insert the final north-pole piece (which in my case was extremely tight) without damaging the existing puzzle-build. (never did solve this)

And..I thought the stand was very poorly designed and (in my instance) was not correctly sized..being too large to hold
the finished globe.. An attempt to bend the wires to correct this resulted in the stand breaking :o(

So ..a fun but flawed product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging 6 Jan 2011
By Robbie
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Prices for this vary enormously across retailers. While some are reasonable others are way too high. I would have been diappointed paying near to thirty quid that some ask.

Completing the land masses and island chains etc was fun and educational.

For those who complain about the numbers on the back, you don't have to look at them you know! If you do and then complain, it is down to your own weakness, not the product's fault.

Having tried to build "bridges" across the oceans following the dotted lines of the tropics, I found sequences that appeared to fit perfectly and even the graticules (line of latitude and longitude) aligned well but I eventually got stumped thinking I had missing pieces. Peeking at the numbers I realised there were duplicate patterns and I had to rearrange my bridges.

Realising that it would be even worse having a clump of open ocean pieces fiting together with matching graticules but not correct according to numbers led me to fill in the oceans by following numbers. I imagine it would take enormous patience to do the ocean without numbers. This was the least satisfying and boring part of the puzzle.

Some peices fit loosely and will fall off until "braced" by adjacent pieces so that is a bit of a frustration. Most fit quite snuggly. Others take a but of force but might fit easier pushed from the inside rather than the outside.

So overall satisfying, fun and educational but with some frustrations unique to a 3D puzzle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ravensburger globe of the world 8 Jan 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This puzzle was very difficult to complete but it was a great help that all the pieces were numbered on the back! I learnt a great deal about the world whilst completing it. It is very strong and is now standing in our sitting room.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my grandchildren happy for hours 23 Mar 2011
By Jan
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought for 2 grandchildren, one 9 years old and one 10. They both needed a bit of help to get started then they built on their own. Kept them happy for hours. Good value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 22 Feb 2013
By louise
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we got this for xmas for our daughter and its very good.the jigsaw is very well made and they all have numbers on so once you sort them out its pretty easy to put together.it comes with a stand which allows the globe to move around.its a good buy and educational.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Globe Puzzle
This puzzle is actually far more robust than I expected being made from a sturdy plastic rather than cardboard or similar. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rachel Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift for an inquisitive child
Great gift for a family; robust and easy to assemble. Clear graphics and a great project for a rainy day
Published 1 month ago by AmandaW
5.0 out of 5 stars Still in the making.
Great fun and includes numbers on the inside for younger kids to play. Learning a lot about the world with it.
Published 1 month ago by Km
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Challenge
Difficult for me to comment as I bought this as a present for someone. Quite a good challenging idea!
Value!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Philip G. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Easier then expected
It was moderately hard, I think if it wasn't for not looking at the number on the back to help GUIs it would have been a lot more (fun)/difficult??
Published 1 month ago by Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Not much a challenge but good quality.
A gift for my wife. She didnt find it as challenging as she hoped it would have been. Good quality, solid product though. Amazin delivery exellent again.
Published 1 month ago by Martin Boddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Gift
I gave this to my Grandson for Christmas and it gave him something to do on Christmas afternoon. He was really taken with it and it made a nice change from his electronic games. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lesley
3.0 out of 5 stars Swift delivery
Very fast delivery which was great and it was an enjoyable puzzle.

It's not how I expected it though. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs K V Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars 3d globe
Arrived on time. Excellent service. Was a problem sorting out all the numbers, as all in one bag. But we managed. Went together well. My son loves it. Thankyou.
Published 2 months ago by angie
5.0 out of 5 stars just great fun
it feel really good after you put it together.
it not like it will fall apart any time and stays and turns nicely on the stand
Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
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