Sunday, June 25, 2023

Helicopter - 3D Interlocking Wooden Puzzle, By Funyards Australia - REVIEW

Nature/ Type:          Wooden kumiki puzzle   

Rating:                     ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

Recommended age:  7 year-old ++   

Who would love this: Collectors of wooden 3D puzzles 

In the age where battery-operated and trendy toys (especially those equipped with lights and sounds) take the major market share, it’s beautiful to see small businesses like Funyards Australia continue to bring us little joy in life through a range of timeless, lovingly handcrafted wooden products. Recently, we were given this “Helicopter - 3D Interlocking Wooden Puzzle” for a review - we are captivated immensely by the wisdom and ingenuity behind the flawless kumiki design of this brain-teaser! 

Why I love ❤️ this toy: 

(1) Fun & Challenging 3D Puzzle With 17 Interlocking Pieces 

It’s fun to take the helicopter model apart, and reveal the 17 interlocking wooden pieces in varied sizes and shapes. From the first glance, the puzzle looks deceptively simple - some of the pieces seem pretty “obvious” and there are quite a few large and chunky ones that we can immediately identity where they should go. But once we started the assembly process, we realised immediately that the puzzle is “harder than it looks”. It took us a while to get the base (landing skid) pieces figured out, before we built the model upwards one piece at a time, and interlocked the final “rotor blade” piece to fill the remaining gap and securely hold the model together. It’s amazing to watch the individual pieces come together and turn into a medium-sized helicopter. Once we discovered the tricks and steps, we were eager to disassemble and reassemble the puzzle again, multiple times. It’s an unexpectedly addictive exercise. 

(2) Wooden Helicopter Toy

I love that this stimulating brain-teaser is also a fascinating decorative item, and an engaging aircraft toy to be incorporated into our imaginative small world creation. The main top blades are not rotatable (it would be awesome if they can move), but the tail rotors are spin-able, and the pieces hold together as a single model securely once fixed! 

(3) 3D Wooden Puzzle With Quality of Workmanship

I love the rustic feel of the handmade product. I love the precisely-cut pieces that can interlink and fit perfectly, the fine and sturdy quality wood of at least two contrasting shades to accentuate the beauty of natural timber. The toy is manufactured in Thailand, and elegantly handcrafted by local artisans. 

# gifted in exchange for review 

Where to buy this: 

Funyards Australia 

Check out my reviews on other 3D wooden puzzles from Funyards Australia

Enjoy the two videos! 

Video: Helicopter - 3D Interlocking Wooden Puzzle, by Funyards Australia 

Video: How to assemble the "Helicopter- 3D Interlocking Wooden Puzzle from Funyards Australia

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