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What Is A Wrebbit 3D Jigsaw Puzzle?
Are Wrebbit 3D Puzzles for you?
Wrebbit 3D Puzzles. What are they? Simply put, Wrebbit 3D puzzles are three dimensional jigsaw puzzles first created by the Wrebbit company in Montreal. They are interlocking puzzles created from the foam that is used to insulate airliner cockpits. They were a hot commodity when they were created and they are still very popular.
Many of these Wrebbit 3D puzzles, or Puzz3D puzzles as they are also known, are no longer being produced, making them much sought after and allowing them to command top dollars in the market place. This page will give you a little bit of the company's history, a number of fantastic photos of some of the completed puzzles and a couple of sources for some of these Wrebbit jigsaw puzzles.
Who Invented Wrebbit Puzzles?
Who Invented Wrebbit Puzzles?
Wrebbit was founded by Mr. Paul Gallant of Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I was surprised to discover that they were created by a fellow Canadian who lives less than two hours from my home. Wrebbit is known for creating products that are unique, creative and innovative. Their success with the 3D puzzle readily demonstrates this fact.
When Mr. Gallant met with the puzzle buyer at F.A.O. Schwarz he threw the puzzle of the Victorian Mansion (shown at the top of this page) in the air. Because it is interlocking, it held together without benefit of glue or pins. The buyer was amazed and a new business relationship created.
The Irwin and Hasbro Toy Companies
The Irwin Toy Company
Wrebbit was purchased from Mr. Gallant by the Irwin Toy company in 2001. However, that company encountered difficulties at about the same time and went bankrupt within a year. Mr. Gallant purchased the company back and restarted it.
Once again, Mr. Gallant sold the company. This time it was to Hasbro in 2005 and they moved the business to East Longmeadow, Massachusetts in the United States of America. (While I am disappointed that the company is no longer Canadian, I am at least pleased to learn that it did not leave North America.)
Hasbro has produced many of the toys you are familiar with like Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe and My Little Pony. Under their umbrella of companies you will find brand names like Coleco, Galoob, Kenner, Maisto, Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, Playskool, Selchow and Righter, Tiger Electronics, Tonka, Wizards of the Coast and now, Wrebbit.
Mickey's House Toontown puzzle is a rare one which featured 70 pieces. It is sometimes available on Amazon.
Christmas 1997 saw Wrebbit Inc. and its U.S. partner, Hasbro Inc., produce more than 10 million 3D puzzles including the Millennium Falcon (Star Wars), the Taj Majal and the Tower of Pisa.'
The Complete Wrebbit Puzzle Story
Mr. Gallant's story was written up in 1997 in the New York Times in an article called Newfangled Idea For Old-Fashioned Toy; These Next-Generation Jigsaw Puzzles Take Off in a Direction All Their Own. It is a very interesting story and I highly encourange you to read it if you are interested in learning more about the company. You can find it by clicking right here.
Wrebbit has had to fight in court to protect its patent from lower-priced copies.
The History of Wrebbit Jigsaw Puzzles
I highly recommend this link to a more detailed history of the Wrebbit company for those who are looking for more information.
- The History of Wrebbit Jigsaw Puzzles, The New York Times, December 20, 1997
Wrebbit, a Canadian puzzle maker, has made a big splash with its three-dimensional puzzles, like the Eiffel Tower. But games and puzzles make up a relatively small share of the toy market, and future growth for Wrebbit could be difficult because of t
A Few More Wrebbit Puzzles
New York, New York
A super challenging puzzle with 3,141 pieces. This Wrebbit puzzle is hugely popular but, unfortunately, very rare. Wrebbit's item number P3D-SP2, it depicts New York as we remember it and is considered one of the most challenging 3D puzzles ever made. This Amazon customer review sums it up nicely:
"I got this puzzle for my boyfriend last Christmas and when we got back from college we started it! It took us one month in total to finish the puzzle. The puzzle is VERY CHALLENGING. We worked every night from 6pm-1am most nights. After hours of looking at teeny tiny windows and searching for that ONE PIECE amongst 3,000+, one might lost one's mind and get frustrated very quickly, BUT DO NOT GIVE UP. This puzzle is a amazing because when it's done, it's gorgeous and it paying a fitting tribute to the twin towers and NYC!" ~~ K. Barone
3D Notre Dame Cathedral Puzzle
Travel to France...without leaving home!
Another beautiful puzzle, Notre Dame Cathedral is a 366-piece. The Amazon Customer Review one for this said, "It lets me see Notre Dame in 3D which I've heard of ever since I was a kid; now I don't have to go to France! Highly recommended for even beginners!"
Wrebbits 3D Neuschwanstein Castle Jigsaw Puzzle
Another magnificent building, the Neuschwanstein Castle is a Romanesque castle. It is item number 00817, features 836 pieces and is rated very difficult and for individuals 12 years old and up. Apparently there are versions of this castle that light up.
Wrebbit Puzzles In My eBay Store
I do not have many Wrebbit 3D puzzles but the ones I have are hard-to-find, brand-new, factory sealed puzzles.
I am always thrilled to be able to offer my customers a Wrebbit 3D puzzle because I know they are searching for them and that some of them are becoming increasingly hard to find. Imagine my surprise when I actually found a Wrebbit Dracula's Castle puzzle brand-new in the original factory-sealed packaging! I am thrilled to be able to offer it for sale in my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda, as I know someone will be equally thrilled to have the opportunity to purchase that one! By the way, if you are interested, you can click on either the title or Buy It Now. Neither buttons obligate you to purchase the item. They just take you to the eBay page with all of the details available about the puzzle. And remember, as always with eBay, when these ones are gone, they're gone.
Wrebbit 3D Puzzles ~~ Do You Love'm Or Hate'm?
More Wrebbit 3D Puzzles Available Through eBay - If one of these is the one you're after, don't let it get away!
I always caution people about buying used puzzles because they come with a great amount of risk...which is fine, I think, if the seller is willing to guarantee that the puzzle is complete. Otherwise, you might just find yourself with a puzzle almost but not quite finished, which would be a big disappointment in my household. Therefore, I sell very few used puzzles. If I do sell a used puzzle, a member of my extended family team works the puzzle for me. In this manner, I am able to guarantee that a puzzle is complete.
I have, therefore, chosen to showcase only NEW 3D puzzles here in this section. I want to caution you though that because of the word 'new' appears in 'New York' some of the items on this list may appear here but may not actually be new. Shop carefully.
My final caution is that items available on eBay are sometimes one-of-a-kind or hard-to-find and often, the item you are interested in is the seller's ONLY one. If something takes your eye, don't wait to bid!
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On this page, many of the pictures of the finished puzzles were provided by Chris Robart and used with his permission. I could only show a fraction of the puzzles that Mr. Robart has photographed on his site at Flickr. You can find the rest of them by clicking right here.
At one time, Mr. Robart had every one of these puzzles on display in his home. However, a tiny kitten changed all that...thank goodness he has the photos! Thanks to Mr. Robart for his permission to share these photos with you.
Mr. David Otway also kindly consented to the use of his picture that included so many of the towers made by Wrebbit. You can visit his flicker photos by clicking right here.
I think the presence of these pictures of the completed photos really add to the presentation on this page and I am grateful to them both.
© 2009 Treasures By Brenda