The 10 Best 3D Puzzles
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3D Puzzle Buying Guide
Puzzle enthusiasts everywhere are embracing 3D puzzles. If you want proof, go to Amazon.com and search for "3D Puzzles." You may be surprised to find more than 26,000 puzzles to choose from. Those 26,000+ puzzles are broken down into nine categories, six areas of interest, represent a whopping 156 different cartoon characters, not to mention places of interest, forms of transportation, and the list goes on and on.
The following links will take you to puzzles from each of the categories:
Medieval Castle and Pirate Ship
UGEARS Premium Collection Mechanical 3D Puzzle DIY Wooden Construction Set
Cinderella's 3D Castle 200 Piece Puzzle
Original 3D Crystal Puzzle – Dog
BFUN 3D Horse Puzzle Woodcraft Assemble and DIY Paint Kit
D-Mcark 3D Metal Models Art Metal Works 3D Laser Cut Models Puzzle Tool Kit Warrior's Armor Silver
Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Smithsonian Mini Motorized Military Vehicle 3D Puzzle Pack
Max Traxxx Mini Motorized Ford Mustang Police Car 3D Puzzle
The Dark Knight 3D Metal Art Metal Works 3D Laser Cut Brain Teaser Puzzles for Adults
As you can see from this quick overview of the 3D puzzles available on Amazon.com, your choice is limited only by personal preference and the age and ability of the one(s) putting the puzzle together.
You will find puzzles priced anywhere from a very modest $5 to $50 each. The average price of a 3D puzzle is probably somewhere between $20 and $25. UGears mechanical puzzles run between $13 and $78, making sturdy, affordable puzzles for your future engineer.
Keep in mind that you are building upward with a 3D puzzle, so what it is made of is important. For example, foam core pieces tend to be less stable than other materials, making the base harder to build on. The material is also important if you're building with small children. You want pieces that are forgiving with the elementary and preteen population. Avoid or closely supervise younger children using crystal 3D puzzles.
Foam core puzzle pieces are approximately ½" thick, and the picture is glued onto the foam core. You will connect, disconnect, and reconnect pieces frequently with a 3D puzzle, meaning the pieces will get a lot of handling. If you're not careful how you handle these pieces, the picture can start to peel away from the foam core at the edges. As mentioned previously, this product is not as stable as the following puzzle materials.
Wrebbit foam core puzzles have been criticized by reviewers because the pieces come linked together, and you must take them apart before you begin. This can take an hour and a half or more, depending on the puzzle. There are thousands of very tiny pieces to these puzzles, and many pieces have red dots marking pieces that are just connecting one puzzle piece to another. You are instructed to throw pieces with red dots away. If you're not very careful, you can leave a puzzle piece attached to a red dot and accidentally throw it away, so I would keep the red dot pieces in a bag until you have completed assembly just in case you find a piece missing. Wrebbit puzzles also come with very minimal instructions. If this is your first 3D puzzle, and you don't know where to begin, you can get lost quickly using the instructions found in the box. They do, however, provide a more detailed set of color instructions online.
Wooden puzzles would be my choice, especially when working with younger children. You will find many wooden puzzles in the transportation and mechanical categories. Some of these puzzles are specifically designed for children to play with once they have been assembled, and they come with paint for an added dimension of fun and creativity. Look at the size of the pieces and the detail involved when choosing a wooden puzzle for a child. UGEAR puzzles are quite intricate and would probably be more appropriate for adults and more mature teens.
You will find a few sci-fi characters made of metal. These action figures can become display pieces or toys once assembled. The quality of metal puzzles is similar to puzzles made of wood.
Many 3D puzzles are crystal. They make beautiful dresser decorations for a girl's room (a rose and Cinderella's shoe, to name a couple) and lighted displays for a child who might like a fantasy night light.
The Max Traxxx Mini Motorized Ford Mustang Police Car mentioned is described as "more than just a puzzle, more than just a model, more than just a pull-back toy – it's all three in one fun little package." This motorized puzzle is a collectible car and includes a collectible fact card. Fun for children 6 and up with adult supervision. Skullduggery Products makes a complete line of collectible car puzzles.
3D puzzles are a natural next step for avid puzzlers, but they can be frustrating if you find yourself dealing with missing or poorly cut pieces and inadequate instructions. Be sure to read reviews of the puzzle you are considering before you purchase. Well-built 3D puzzles are fun to assemble and make beautiful display pieces, toys, gadgets, and conversation pieces.
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