4D New York City Skyline Time Puzzle
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- A Great Way To Naturally Start Conversations About History, Geography, Current Event And More. Helps Instill A Sense Of Patriotism As They Help Build "The City That Never Sleeps" From The Ground Up, Into The Future. Ages 14 And Up.
- Contains 900 Pieces
- Plastic Skyscrapers Are Completely Detailed
- Includes Such Icons As The Statue Of Liberty, Empire State Building, And The United Nations
- Educational ; Teaches the Time Line of the City
- Contains 700 pieces
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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 over 100 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. Includes a Time Poster that includes a history of the city. The online educational feature includes more than 2000 facts. Ages 14 and up. Assembled 28" x 12" x 4".
From the Manufacturer
40010 New York Time Puzzle (840+pcs)
This puzzle recreates Manhattan’s famous skyline, not only in three dimensions using scale-model buildings, but also along the fourth dimension of time, spanning 201 years of architectural history. The puzzle includes 120 plastic building replicas 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 to 2013 with the completion of the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). The puzzle includes such iconic structures 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 that form the city’s street layout and islands. The product includes a Time Poster that directs you through time as you rebuild New York’s skyline history. Ages 8+. Assembled 28 inches L x 12 inches W x 4 inches H.
Top Customer Reviews
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 !
The first layer of the puzzle is really tricky, challenging at the same time. The second layer which are foam filled puzzle pieces are much easier to assemble since some of the foam parts comes pre-assembled. The final layer are of course the buildings and its pretty straightforward from then onwards. It took me about 2 days to complete the entire puzzle and the end result was well worth it! They have other 4D puzzles, but I think this one of New York is one of their best!
My mother and I had a blast with it - she's never been to NYC and we never buy puzzles! We are going to take it apart and give it to my aunt and cousins to put together.
I bought a second puzzle of NYC as a Christmas gift for a friend and am going to order a puzzle of Chicago for myself.
What a great product ! ! ! If you like a bit of a challenge or like NYC, you won't be disappointed.
The glow-in-the-dark feature makes makes it possible to view the city as it might be at night with traffic on the streets. Maybe they should make parts of the buildings luminescent so it will look like they are lit up at night, also?
I hope they will make puzzles of San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Maybe Houston, and Dallas, also - or a larger map of NYC that includes parts of the boroughs?
Positives: Lots of pieces, challenging enough for an adult, and different from other puzzles. Also, the finished product looks really neat - you may not want to take it apart.
Opportunities: Some of the puzzle pieces are not uniquely die cut so you have to experiment a bit to ensure you have the right piece in some cases - but this just adds to the challenge in a positive way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was purchased for my husband and out two young sons. My husband and I spent a night putting the lower level of the puzzle together, then we spent another day with the kids... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Bug
My son loved putting this together. Not a 5 minute puzzle, it took time and thats what he wanted.Published 9 days ago by Kevin Lucius
Bought this for my grandson who loves trips to New York City. He is currently putting this puzzle together and he loves it.Published 13 days ago by Lorrie Ulfers
These are fun and informative puzzles. Bought San Francisco and will keep it up on a wooden board. The grandkids love to help too. Very well madePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love the concept of this puzzle, but am disappointed with it. The underlying puzzle of old New York is fine, but the buildings don't stay well in the puzzle of modern New York... Read morePublished 20 days ago by pderry