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Ravensburger The Earth - 540 Piece Puzzleball

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  • Features perfectly crafted, curved puzzle-pieces
  • Can be easily assembled together to form a solid, smooth ball
  • No glue required
  • Includes both a plastic base stand and metal rotation stand
  • 540 piece set
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Product Information

Color: Blue
Technical Details
Item Weight1.7 pounds
Product Dimensions10.4 x 10.3 x 3.2 inches
Item model number11118
ColorBlue
Number of Items1
Manufacturer Part Number12427
  
Additional Information
ASINB000UEL05U
Best Sellers Rank #3,157 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2000
  
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Product Description

Color: Blue

Product Description

This beautifully detailed globe puzzle is made of curved, sturdy plastic pieces that fit together snugly to form a perfectly smooth surface. No glue required| Underside of each piece is conveniently numbered. Comes with plastic stand.

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Exercise your mind with Ravensburger's 540-piece The Earth Puzzleball. This 3D puzzle is composed of 540 curved pieces that snap together to form a detailed, full-color globe. Each puzzle piece is printed with a number on the inside to assist with construction, or you can go by image alone for a real challenge. Recommended for children ages12 and older, the set provides hours of puzzle-solving fun for budding geographers and makes a beautiful decorative piece when completed.

Ravensburger The Earth 3D Puzzle
A great way to learn the globe as you build it. View larger.
Ravensburger The Earth 3D Puzzle
Easy to assemble with no glue.
Ravensburger The Earth 3D Puzzle
Display stand allows you to spin your globe.

Explore the World in Puzzle Form

The Ravensburger Earth puzzleball is built with 540 curved plastic pieces, engineered to securely snap together without the use of glue to form a smooth sphere. Each plastic piece features a detailed section of our Earth and provides a hands-on way to explore the globe from the comfort of your living room. Numbers and arrows are printed on the back of each piece to provide direction in the building process, and a handy reference guide is also included to see the completed map while you work.

Display Your Globe with Two Stands

This puzzle set includes two different stands to display your Earth puzzleball. A curved plastic base holds your globe while the puzzle is in progress and lets you position the globe any way you like. A separate metal display stand is included to hold the completed puzzle. This display stand allows you to spin your globe on its axis, making it easy to show off the completed globe and study its detailed surface.

Learn While You Build

Our testers found the puzzle pieces to be detailed and easy to connect. While some pieces took more effort to snap together than others, they all joined into a smooth and impressive globe. The plastic stand provides a convenient place to store the globe while searching for pieces. Doing the puzzle guided only by the map is a bit challenging, but great for learning countries' locations. The addition of numbers and arrows on the inside of the pieces is a big help for getting through tough sections.

What's in the Box

540 puzzle pieces, plastic display stand, metal display stand, reference map, and instructions.

Ravensburger 3D Puzzle
The Earth

At a Glance:

  • Puzzle includes 540 curved pieces to form a smooth globe
  • Globe features detailed, full-color artwork
  • Pieces easily snap together without the use of glue
  • Includes a plastic base stand and a spinning metal stand

Age/Weight Requirements:

  • 12 years and up

Assembly Requirements:

  • Ready to play

Customer Reviews

Nice stand (spins) and looks great on display!
pacman Q
We had fun with the puzzle and also learning about geography.
Mike
So much fun to put the pieces of this puzzle together!
GabiDara

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

180 of 184 people found the following review helpful By R. Belikov on August 21, 2008
Color Name: Blue
I'm not a big fan of jigsaw puzzles (sure, they are fun, but I can think of more fun things to do with my time), but when I saw this thing in its assembled form at barnes and noble, something about it made me do a double take. It just looked so cool and unusual -- a professional-looking globe made out of jigsaw pieces with no internal support! How can it be so smooth? How can it stay solid? I hadn't even noticed that it wasn't a solid globe at first, when casually catching it out of the corner of my eye a few times as I was browsing the book stalls. It seemed like a lot of fun to make something like this, as was the prospect of testing my geography. My wife didn't see it as all *that* cool, but we still had a blast assembling this thing, though she only did the US, canada, and antarctica and only had patience for 30-60 minutes at a time. Trying to figure out which part of the world a given piece belonged to based only on parts of city names was a lot of fun. Watching it grow was great. Highly addictive, causes sleep loss. Took 3 days, maybe 4 hours a day. I would say the difficulty level is appropriate for adults and kids over ~12, or under 12 if accompanied by adults (unless it's assembled in cheat-mode where you look at the numbers on the backs of pieces). The pieces are hard and plastic, and interlock pretty tightly. It holds together pretty well during assembly, and is sturdy when fully assembled -- you can roll it around like a soccer ball (just don't kick it) and it can spin in the base very fast without breaking. It didn't seem quite as smooth as in the store -- some pieces jotted out by a fraction of a mm, but it does look perfectly smooth from a distance.Read more ›
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Debi D. on January 17, 2008
Color Name: Blue
My 9-year old daughter and I have had a wonderful experience with this puzzle. She started out using the numbers on the back of the pieces, but I convinced her to use her regular puzzle skills to assemble the globe. We've both learned a thing or two about geography! I chose the Ravensburger brand because of its quality and durability; I wasn't disappointed. I definitely recommend this product to others.
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By M. Toleno on December 27, 2010
Color Name: Blue
This was an extremely fun puzzle. I stayed up late at night working on it. If you don't "cheat" by using the numbers on the backs of the pieces, it is an excellent way to learn and review geography. The pieces have a great, smooth feel to them. They feel solid and seem to be waterproof (plastic or plastic-coated). My wife and I had a great deal of fun with the puzzle and would recommend it for most ages down to about age 8, depending on a child's interest in learning and an adult's ability to teach and to interest children in learning. It might be a bit tedious for kids too young or too impatient.

The puzzle is fairly solid and rigid when completed (thanks, probably, to my use of tape on the inside). It spins well in the metal stand. I disagree with the reviewers who faulted the stand--it was easy to use and did not require distorting the puzzle. I also disagree with those who wrote that it cannot be constructed in sections. That's exactly how I did it.

I gave this item 5 stars in the provided categories and would have given it 5 stars overall if not for these flaws:

1. The numbering on the back is great for the ocean areas that have virtually no distinctive features, but can ruin the experience and the learning for the land areas and the oceanic areas that have features. The numbers should only be provided for the featureless oceanic areas.

2. The box and on-line advertisements very clearly state that the puzzle requires no gluing. This is simply false. Many, if not most, connections are not solid enough to stay together well enough to support the weight of other connecting pieces. Some simply fall apart when lightly touched. There is no way this puzzle can be constructed without adhesive.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ladene J. Ward on August 27, 2008
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
We love maps and globes. Our family room is full of them. This is just the latest addition to the decor. It was fun to put together. I'm not sure how kid friendly it is but it is really old guy friendly.
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By James Frick on July 11, 2009
Color Name: Blue Verified Purchase
I have purchased two sets of this puzzle globe. I consider myself to have above average skills in modeling and crafts, and I've been assembling puzzles and models for over 40 years. I found it impossible to assemble this puzzle neatly, without flaws. I realized, soon after inspecting the first set I bought, that it would never assemble properly without glue. In certain areas of the puzzle the pieces simply don't fit together properly, without creating distorting stresses in the ball. Some pieces require forcing or trimming to go together at all.
I was not satisfied with the first resulting globe so I decided to get another one and try again. It hasn't gone much better. I assembled the puzzle to the midpoint, the equator, and began to have serious difficulties.
The photo of the completed puzzle on the box can't be an actual, assembled Earth globe puzzle, not one of the mass produced ones, anyway. It is quite deceptive.
If you want a jigsaw puzzle, I recommend one that's made of two dimensional panels, or a smaller size spherical puzzle. This one was quite frustrating.
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