A Jigsaw Puzzle with a Difference: Review of a Wasgij
This Wasgij is set at the race track. A fun picture ... can you guess what happens next? Get the pieces in place to find out.
During the vacations my daughters and I enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles together. This is a family tradition and dates back to the days my mom did jigsaw puzzles with me and my siblings. She is still very much part of the puzzle building process still.
This vacation I bought our first WASGIJ to try out. In the past we have made bigger and bigger jigsaw puzzles as we needed to challenge ourselves, then we did mystery jigsaw puzzles - the kind where you have to figure out whodunnit from the picture you create and even 3D puzzles.
So when I first read about Wasgij puzzles I knew we had to try one.
These jigsaws have no picture on the box you can follow exactly. They do have a picture on the box - but it is just a clue to the one you will be building. You look at the picture - and an extra "hint" picture on the back and then it is up to you to guess "what happened next" and build that picture! Hence the name "Wasgij" - it is a "reverse" jigsaw!
We are just over half way with Ride Like the Wind and my daughter figured out after a while that the perspective of the picture we were building had changed - but the same people were in it. So that helped somewhat with knowing which pieces would be near each other. But we can also see new elements have been introduced - and we don't know where they go yet.
My dad says it is madness to attempt a jigsaw puzzle without a picture to go by - but we think it is a cool challenge.
This is a great gift to give anyone who loves jigsaw puzzles as it is a twist on the old style ones. It is also a fun thing to by for oneself - like I did. Hours spent pouring over small pieces is actually a great time of bonding as a family and creating memories for years to come.
All Wasgij jigsaws seem to be 1000 pieces at present. We have been working on ours - on and off of course - for about 3 days now. Three of us are working consistently at it - the menfolk just walk past and get a lucky piece in occasionally.
I am glad there are quite a few others so we can try another one next vacation.
This is perhaps the one I would like to try next
This video explains the concept of a Wasgij ... please note they are available on Amazon and not just from the people who made this video.