Shane from Stuff Made Here has made machines that reduce the difficulty of basketball, pool, and golf. Now he’s built a robot which can look at jigsaw puzzle pieces, pick them up, spin them, and place them in the right location. It was a complex engineering challenge to make it solve even the simplest of puzzles.
Awesome Jigsaw Puzzles
Do you enjoy a challenge? This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is sure to test your brain cells (and patience). Featuring a vibrant and detailed image of puzzle pieces, you’ll struggle to figure out where the picture ends, and the actual puzzle pieces begin. To make things even harder, each of its pieces is incredibly tiny.
This fun puzzle was inspired by David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy. Illustrated by Kev Gahan, the 500-piece puzzle features a scene of 1970s West Berlin filled with all kinds of colorful people, and Bowie scattered in the crowd in his various personas. There’s another Where’s Bowie? puzzle that takes place on the Moon.
We’ve finally found Bigfoot, and it turns out the elusive beast is not what we thought it was. Actually, Sasquatch is just a bunch of cats smooshed together. This delightfully weird 1000-piece Catsquatch puzzle was illustrated by artist Shyama Golden, as part of Fred’s Artist Series.
While they’re not as cool as Simone Giertz’s puzzle table, we think Jumbl’s jigsaw puzzle boards are great. They provide a smooth work surface with an edgeless design for sliding puzzles off, along with drawers for storing pieces. They also make a portable version that folds up and holds your pieces on a felt surface.
Celebrate your love for our planet and our neighbors in space with these oversize puzzles from Chronicle Books. Measuring 2.5 feet in diameter, the kid-friendly 100-piece puzzles feature beautiful satellite images captured by NASA of the Earth, Mercury, Mars, and our moon.
Unnecessary Inventions’ playful coffee table offers a clever commentary on “some assembly required” furniture. When you want to use it as a table, you need to place all 91 of its pieces in the proper places. Its top is made from baltic birch, which sits atop an MDF grid and steel hairpin legs. Measures 40″ w x 20″ d x 16″ h.
Unidragon enlisted the illustrators of Japan’s IC4 Design to create detailed images that challenge puzzle builders to participate in a variety of quests. Adding to the design are unique puzzle pieces cut to match the outlines of the illustrations. The first four Quezzle puzzles can be combined to form an even larger world.
Love the movies of the MCU? This enormous 3000-piece jigsaw puzzle from Aquarius will keep your mind occupied while celebrating the series from Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame. The finished puzzle measures 32″ x 45″, so you’re gonna need a nice big table to work on it.
Nervous System makes unique gifts, housewares, and jewelry that incorporate math and generative art. Their birch wood jigsaw puzzles of the Earth and the Moon have no straight edges, and the ability to be reconfigured into a nearly infinite combination of shapes. The Earth version has 441 pieces, while the Moon has 186.
BetterCo. specializes in colorful and challenging jigsaw puzzles. This astronomical puzzle features a dramatic image of the stars, dust, and gas clouds of the Milky Way captured by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. The completed 1000-piece puzzle measures appx. 27.5″ x 19.7″.
Perhaps the most difficult of Bgraamiens’ challenging jigsaw designs, this 1000-piece puzzle is covered with a seemingly random arrangement of skinny lines, overlapping across a white background. Looking for something more colorful? Check out more of their puzzle designs here.
This series of three jigsaw puzzles come together to form the major anatomical structures of a 5-foot-tall human being. Choose from head, thorax, or abdominal sections, each certified for accuracy by medical illustrator Mesa Schumacher. They make a great gift for biology students, or just anyone interested in science.
As Stan Lee has taught us, F-bombs can really come in handy to underscore a point. If you appreciate a good swear word like we do, and are looking for something to occupy your spare time, then grab this 1000-piece puzzle that celebrates just how good or bad things are – depending on whether you’re an optimist or a pessimist.
Craving carbs? White Mountain’s 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is covered with images of Hostess snack cakes like Twinkies, HoHos, Ding Dongs, and Suzy Qs. We can’t guarantee it won’t make you hungry, but it will give you something to do other than running to the pantry to snack while you’re stuck at home.
These stay-at-home months have made jigsaw puzzles a hot commodity, so it’s no surprise that eeBoo’s designs keep selling out. Their Goddess and Warriors puzzle comes to the rescue with an epic illustration of global goddesses, deities, warriors, and heroines. Made with 90% recycled board and vegetable-based inks.
Nervous System is known for their unique, mathematically-generated designs. After making a seashell puzzle out of sea creatures, they made a cat puzzle out of cats. The vibrant, 224-piece wooden puzzle features 43 tiny cats hidden within its otherwise abstract pieces. Also available as a 114-piece version with larger cats.
Looking for a way to pass the time at home? This enormous, 51,300-piece jigsaw puzzle features vibrant images from 27 amazing locations around the world, and measures a whopping 28.5 feet by 6.25 feet when finished. The biggest challenge? Where to put the thing.
Science and math-based design company Nervous System presents a duo of generative art puzzles inspired by spiral-shelled creatures. Both the 117-piece Ammonite and 307-piece Nautilus puzzles are laser cut from birch plywood, and incorporate a handful of unique pieces that resemble other living organisms.