Ravensburger recently sent us through another of their 3d puzzles to review and we couldn't wait to put it together. You may remember our reviews for some of their other 3d products - the Unicorn Vase, Vanity Box and Jewellery Tree, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Medieval House, Eiffel Tower By Night and, most recently, the fabulous Disney Castle. We're getting quite a collection now, but we're always happy to add another one. They're great fun to put together and look fantastic on the shelf when they're finished.
Inside the box, you get a bag of puzzle pieces, along with the moulded plastic shapes that make it look so fantastic and lifelike when it's assembled. For this puzzle, there is a base with a little staircase winding up through some rocks and the top of the lighthouse, complete with working rotating light, just like in a real lighthouse.
There is also an instruction leaflet but we didn't need it at all, as it's a simple round tower shape this time. Some of the 3d puzzles are much more complex.
Given the shape of the puzzle, this one didn't have any hinged pieces. Instead, the plastic pieces are all slightly curved.
As usual, they are all numbered with an arrow to show which way the pieces join up. This makes it a doddle to put them together.
In fact, it was so simple that 7-year-old Pierre assembled the whole thing all by himself.
We worked as a team, with me sifting through the pieces and lining them up in groups of ten in numerical order, then Pierre putting them all in place.
The whole thing took less than an hour to complete and once the plastic embellishments are slotted into place, it looks fantastic.
There are lots of little details on the puzzle which really bring it to life, such as the windows, bench and lifebuoy. (The boat didn't come with the puzzle - Juliette added it.)
This puzzle is one of the "by night" collection so it still has a trick left up its sleeve to impress you - a fully working rotating LED light. We initially thought that it was broken or faulty because it didn't work when we switched it on, but there are actually three AA batteries to insert - two on one side and one on the other, which we missed at first.
There is an on-off switch so you could even use this as a funky nightlight in your child's room.
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £24.99
for more information : https://www.ravensburger.com/uk/products/3d-puzzles/3d-puzzles/lighthouse-at-night-3d-puzzle-12577/index.html
Disclosure : We received the product from Ravensburger Testers Lounge, in order to write an honest review. Sign up for news of their future tests.