by Julie Terrone
We love the 4D Cityscape Puzzle! It’s amazing! We checked out the City of New York Version. With 840 pieces for ages 8+, there are actually 3 layers of puzzle to build. The layers fit on top of each other. The first layer is a 592 piece jigsaw puzzle, you then build on top a modern day 116 jigsaw map. Lastly the third layer in which you use a 4D Time Poster to identify and place each skyscraper on the map according to time (assemble in time sequence according to the year each building was built). See the history of the city overtime, starting with buildings dated back in the 1700’s . It is fun, challenging and completely educational. By referring to the time poster, the skyscraper layer consists of 126 highly detailed replicas of some of the world’s most famous landmarks in NY. Each building has a unique shape and pattern on the map. Experience history as you construct the past present and future – through planned development, even the Freedom Tower is included in this puzzle.
Full assembly measures 28″ x 12″ x 4.5″
The detail of the pieces, particularly on the tiny buildings, was rather surprising and amazing, considering their size and the price of the item. The pieces of city streets glow in the dark. This project is definitely a challenge. Prepare your work space by have a large piece of wood or cardboard to build on. The two jigsaw puzzle layers take time, patience and be very conscious of the color shades and fine details of the picture in order to get it right. The building are small and numbered, but you will need a magnifying glass to read the numbers to detect where they need to be placed.
TIP: Write the number on each piece with a fine Sharpie, and then sort them by the date they were built (according to a chart that’s included). This will help during assembly.
Where to buy: Toys R Us (Times Square Location only) FAO Schwarz (New York location only); Barneys New York, New York Location only, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of the City of New York. A more detailed list of where to purchase in stores and online is on the 4D website.
Thank you to 4D Cityscape for sending a sample puzzle.