Ravensburger The Solar System - Set of 8 puzzleballs
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- Made of curved, sturdy plastic pieces
- No glue required
- Underside of each piece is conveniently numbered
- Comes with a plastic base stand for each planet, fishing line for hanging, informational booklet and poster
- Ravensburger's popular trademark is found on every box, the blue triangle, which American consumers value as a sign of quality for over 125 years
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8 planet puzzleballs to assemble + poster & detailed informational booklet. Proportionately sized puzzleball planets can be laid out on their base stands across the matching solar system map or hung up as a mobile with the fishing line included. Cardboard sun & moon as a small ball are included. No glue required!
Varying Piece Counts: 24 - 144 pcs
Varying Diameters: 2 - 4.75
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Solar System Puzzleball set is a unique puzzling experience- the next generation in puzzles. Ages 9 and up can learn about the solar system. Made of curved, sturdy plastic pieces. No glue required. Underside of each piece is conveniently numbered. Comes with a plastic base stand for each planet, fishing line for hanging, informational booklet and poster. Ravensburger's popular trademark is found on every box, the blue triangle, which American consumers value as a sign of quality for over 125 years.
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Like other Ravensburg puzzleballs, on the back of each piece is a number indicating where it goes, and a directional arrow indicating where the next piece will go, so the puzzle can be assembled entirely by following the numbers if one prefers this method, or finds the puzzle too difficult to assemble using only the picture. The numbers can also be used to check pieces one has assembled. In addition, the numbers can be used to sort out a "group" of pieces to turn a larger puzzle into what is effectively a series of smaller ones. I used this last method for my 540-piece puzzle to take groups of about 100 pieces at a time (pieces 1-100, 101-200, etc.) because I didn't have space to lay out all the pieces at once. In this set, I used the same method for Jupiter, but this time I was taking only 10 pieces at a time because the colors and patterns, as well as the shapes of the pieces, were so similar across the planet.
I thought some of the puzzles in this set were pretty good. I really enjoyed assembling Earth (although as one of the smaller planets, this was quite a short-lived task), and although Earth was the only one with varied enough colors and patterns for me to assemble it entirely by picture, the other three inner planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars), and well as Jupiter, were also fairly enjoyable. The last three planets (Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), however, were little more than a chore I had to do complete the set for display. While I generally enjoy a challenge, especially when it comes to puzzles, these three planets are nearly uniform in color, so assembling them based on the pictures alone is virtually impossible, and not only are the pieces very similar shapes, even when placed correctly, some pieces barely snap together at all, while others fit so loosely that they simply fall out until other adjacent pieces are in place, so it's almost impossible to determine whether a piece is positioned correctly based on shape alone. The only way I could complete these last three puzzles was to rely entirely on the numbers. To me, putting a few hundred objects in numerical order and snapping them together is not a very enjoyable activity. I already know how to count -- there's no challenge in it -- but it takes a considerable amount of time (almost as long as it takes me to assemble a comparably sized puzzleball by picture), and snapping the pieces together left my fingers sore (of course, this would still be the case had I been using the pictures rather than the numbers, but at least then I would have enjoyed the process a lot more). Although the images do appear to be pretty realistic, I think it would have made for much better puzzles if they had go with more colorful, higher-contrast images, even if this meant they had to go with more of a cartoonish appearance.
The completed puzzles do look pretty nice, and I think they'll look pretty good once I manage to hang them up. I'm not thrilled with the two-dimensional cardboard circle sun though, and while I did know this is what I would be getting and don't hold it against the set, I do wish that they had either included a puzzleball sun in the set, or even just had one available separately (preferably one that was about the right size to go with this set). Also, while I do realize that Pluto is no longer considered a full planet (it's been demoted to dwarf planet, and is not even the largest dwarf planet in the solar system), I would still have preferred if they had included it anyway. The did include Earth's Moon (not as a puzzle, but as a plastic sphere that looks as if it is an assembled puzzle), even though they did not include any other planets' moons, presumably because Earth's Moon is a particularly well known and "important" object, and since Pluto was considered a planet for so long, it too is quite well known, and similarly "important," and in my opinion should also be included (both in this set, and other solar system sets/models). However, when I hang up the planets, I might use the included Moon to represent Pluto instead since I don't have any other planets' moons anyway, and to me, Pluto is still the 9th planet even if it is a dwarf.
The product was as described on the label; 8 planes, all pieces made of plastic except the rings, the rings and the sun are made of thick paper.
the set included the moon made of 8 pieces pre-assemble but it doesn't look like the moon.