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Ravensburger 11205 – Star Line Starry – 540 pieces Puzzleball®
- Puzzle theme: Other motive
- Puzzle difficulty: children – Advanced, advanced, adults
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540 pieces to put together. The stand included in the box, the puzzleball to rotate on its own axis. The curved plastic pieces slot together easily to form a perfect sphere, with no glue required.
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However, putting it together is not for the weak at heart or unassisted youngsters under the age of at least 12 (in my opinion). I wouldn't think of approaching this puzzle without using the numbers. Just call me a cheater if you wish, but if you finish it without using the numbers, just call me. The process goes smoothly until you reach what would be the equator of the sphere. That's when get a little dicey. Pieces have a tendency to fall out, and as you place one a couple of tiers up, you may hear a plop as one from lower down falls inside of the sphere. I'm not being sarcastic when I say the last few pieces will seperate the men and women from the boys and girls. It is difficult to apply enough pressure to one of the final pieces to hold it in place without causing a few of the adjacent pieces to go tumbling down into the ball. This is where your sense of creativity takes over. The company suggests you use a pencil to gently tap the final pieces in place. When that dosen't work, maybe a screwdriver will, or maybe needle-nosed pliers, okay, bring the toolbox. I am ashamed to admit it, but I am a 67 year old ex engineer, and my puzzle ball still has two pieces that are not quite right in their placement in the puzzle. But I was so delighted to be that close that I stopped and reached for the pieces of the stand to put together and place the ball on it. Oh yes, the stand. Once you have figured out how to put it together, you realize it has to fit into those little holes at the top and bottom of the ball. Thats right, the sphere will be spring loaded into the awaiting arms of the stand. That means you will hold the ball in one hand while opening the jaws of the stand in the other hand, and join the two somewhere in mid air above the floor. Listen closely for the plop, plop, plop sound as you do this. That's all there is to it. You will now have one of the most beautiful ball puzzles I've seen, and you can be quite proud of your accomplishment.
I understand I can include a photo of my puzzle with this review, but I think not.
I highly recommend this puzzle to anyone who seriously wishes a significant challenge and is willing to accept a certain level of frustration. DO NOT give this puzzle as a present to your pre teen grand kids. That would not be nice. Otherwise it is an outstanding buy.