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4D New York City Skyline Time Puzzle

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  • Contains 700 pieces
  • Educational
  • Glow in dark streets
  • Skyscrapers are completely detailed
  • Teaches Time line of the city
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Product Information

Color: New York
Technical Details
Item Weight1.8 pounds
Product Dimensions16 x 12 x 3 inches
OriginImported (China)
Item model numberCTY-4D101
Target genderUnisex
Minimum weight recommendation2 Pounds
Number of items1
Batteries requiredNo
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Best Sellers Rank #12,521 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
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Product Description

Color: New York

From the Manufacturer

This puzzle recreates Manhattan’s famous skyline not only in three dimensions using scale-model buildings, but also along the axis of fourth dimension time, spanning 101 years of its architectural history. The puzzle includes 120 plastic buildings that depict the city as it appeared as far back as 1812 through to 1971 with the addition of the World Trade Towers, and into the future in 2013 with the completion of the Freedom Tower. Including icons such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and the United Nations, the buildings fit into pre-cut holes in a traditional 2D jigsaw puzzle composed of 575 pieces that form the city’s street layout and islands. The streets glow in the dark, emphasizing the city’s insomniac nickname. Includes a Time Poster that includes a history of the city. The online educational feature includes more than 2000 facts. Ages 12 and up. Assembled 28" x 12" x 4".

Product Description

New York City, 1812-2013!

This challenging and educational puzzle graphs the evolution of New York City. Complete the base, then install the 126 plastic building and skyscraper replicas in chronological order, using the included illustrated and fact-filled guide.

Watch the city grow, beginning with City Hall in 1812, to the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Madison Square Garden and World Trade Center, through the projected erection of the Freedom Tower in 2013.

Completed cityscape with glow-in-the-dark streets measures 12" x 28" x 4". 765 pieces.

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Customer Reviews

We're displaying the finished product in our living room.
Happy shopper
Good quality puzzle that was fun to put together as well as a tool to learn the history of this great city.
Don Carlos
I know the city very well and there are a few liberties taken in terms of building locations.
Nathan de Rover

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By jmeweb on January 4, 2011
Color Name: Washington D.C. Verified Purchase
My son took a 5th grade trip to D.C. last spring and he developed a real love for the city. So, he was excited to receive this puzzle as a gift. My husband, son and I all spent time together over the course of 3 or 4 days working on it- and though I would say it is not an "easy" puzzle- it was fun time spent together. The pieces are thick foam and rather than fitting shapes together- (because the pieces themselves are almost entirely comprised of only two different shapes)- it is made to follow a printed map to know where the pieces should go. What we did was build the first layer directly over top of the map. I think that made it far easier than trying to look back and forth at the map and the puzzle. After the first layer is finished, you are surprised to find that you now have to start over from scratch because the second layer is a near exact overlay of the first layer, except with no water pieces (because the water is meant to appear recessed)- and holes for the plastic buildings. This is frustrating at first, but ends up being quite a bit easier because you've already seen it done. Once the second foam layer is on- the reward is the fun of placing all of the buildings in their correct locations. I would not recommend this puzzle for young children- but, perhaps age 9 or 10 and up. One thing to know, which I did not notice in any of the directions, is that the puzzle pieces are packaged in separate bags inside the box. Don't open all the pieces at once! One whole bag is the base layer- and it will become exceedingly difficult if the second bag of pieces is mixed in. These bags are not marked with which to open first- you should open the one that has lots of blue water pieces in it.
I hope our experience helps- We had fun and hope that you do too!
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Marcos C. Augusto on December 12, 2009
Color Name: New York Verified Purchase
I am certainly not into puzzles but this one takes the prize as the most fun and geographically interesting puzzle i've ever seen and put together; It does take a lot of effort to string together all pieces of the puzzle, specifically the bottom first layer and the final 120 buildings layer, but i imagine that's what puzzles are for. I became so engrossed with it towards the end of assembling the bottom layer that i ended up having a "puzzling" marathon session that lasted for 8 1/2 hours of non-stop, head-breaking matching pieces and final assemblage, almost an act of obsession !
The detail of the pieces, particularly on the tiny buildings, was rather surprising and amazing, considering their size and the price of the item.
One recommendation that i found very useful and not mentioned in the manual is to get a base (wood, plastic, etc) large enough to serve as the assembly base, as there are so many small pieces in this puzzle, so many buildings and assorted detailing, that you might as well have a base to display the end result permanently, or at least until the puzzle is fully put together and ready to be transferred to a more permanent location.
A few minor disappointments were the fact that the Metropolitan Museum building is not included in the puzzle (arguably the biggest tourist attraction in New York City and major historic building), the detailing on the bridges, compared to the detailing on all the 120 buildings, is non-exhisting, and the same can be said about the World Trade Center Twin Towers, which the manufacturer decided to include with the puzzle as well as having their own places on the final assembled puzzle, even though they don't exist any longer.
Overall, a highly recommended item; Just be prepared to become unwittingly obsessed with finalizing the puzzle and have some water or other liquid handily available, or like myself you might end up dehidrated in blissfull obsessiveness !
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jean M Thompson on March 2, 2012
Color Name: Washington D.C.
We enjoyed putting the puzzle layers together. It was interesting to work on a puzzle where the pieces are all the same. My husband generally works by shape so he had a new challenge. I work by picture so it seemed easier.

We were disappointed by the number of errors mostly caused by the wrong size of the building models. The White House is disproportionately large and should be positioned between the Treasury Building and the Old Executive Office Building. Because the model size of both The National Museum of Natural History and The National Gallery of Art is too large, The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, which should be directly south of the National Archives, is missing. The Art Museum of the Americas is on 18th St, behind the Organization of American States Building, not on 17th St. The model is too large. The Bureau of Engraving & Printing is flipped east to west. It opens on the east side not the west. The Smithsonian Castle sits on a curve (which is missing) in Jefferson Drive causing it to be slightly north of the Arts and Industries Building. The Renwick Gallery is on the East side of 17th St., across Pennsylvania Ave from the Old Executive Office Building, and not as depicted in the building facades chart as big as the capitol. In the facade chart the names on items 4, the Smithsonian Building (Castle), and 5, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, are switched. The diagram on the back of the box labels the Supreme Court Building as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

I'm guessing that there are more discrepancies that weren't so obvious. It's a shame that an educational tool such as this isn't more accurate.
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