The Mad Hatter
Blue Kazoo (@bluekazoogames) surprised me when the company first emerged over the summer. With COVID-19 swarming the world, many puzzle companies flooded the arena, and it became increasingly difficult to discern who was legitimate and who was trying to capitalize off the boredom of many a stay-at-home adult. I will admit, I was skeptical when I saw Blue Kazoo’s first collection of puzzles, even though their color series looks like candy to my eyes! I am SO GLAD I was wrong about this company! Abraham and Josh (the guys to blame for Blue Kazoo, as they say) gave me a chance to review their work, and I am thoroughly amazed by the careful attention they paid to every detail of their puzzle, from the construction of the pieces to the product’s packaging. Their latest creation, Starry Wave, is an impressive mash-up of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and The Great Wave by Hokusai, and as intimidating as the challenge is, Abraham and Josh created a puzzle that becomes more joyful to put together the farther into the puzzle I got into. By the time I finished the puzzle, I was shocked at how much I had accomplished given the level of apprehension I initially had going in. Blue Kazoo is by far THE NEXT FORCE to be reckoned with in the puzzle game. Should you decide to get your hands on one from this company, you will not be disappointed. Overall, this puzzle gets a PERFECT 10/10 from me. The artistic arrangement made approaching this puzzle methodical and fun. The pieces are sturdy, thick, and light, and easy to look upon even with bright lighting. The pieces lock together very well, making assembling and moving in parts easy. The details are crisp enough, and the pieces are unique enough to where each is supposed to go. Blue Kazoo exceeded my expectations, and I am looking forward to getting my hands on their entire collection someday!
I was lucky to get early access to this puzzle. Just finished it. I expected the wave portion to be harder than the starry night section, but they were actually pretty similar, and I enjoyed that consistency. And then the best part is...it looks incredible. I knew this from the pics, but seeing the actual puzzle was awesome. If I were to offer some feedback it would be to make the pieces tighter. They fit well, but I love a puzzle that’s really snug.
After doing the Earth series I was looking forward to this new one. It’s on the way and I can’t wait. (I’ll update this when I finish!)
Combining these two pieces into one puzzle just makes sense now that I see it. I’m actually sort of surprised it didn’t exist already. Looking forward to putting it together.
I just got the starry wave puzzle so I haven’t put it together yet, but I gotta say… The box is amazing. I know that’s not the main reason to get a puzzle (obviously) but this thing is gonna be waiting front and center on my shelf until I actually have time to do it.