Appleone is a young company, founded in 1989. It offers a medium-sized range, and features a number of interesting Japanese artists and the photographer Mizuno Katsuhiko's images of Kyoto.
- Missing a piece from an Appleone puzzle? Help here
In days gone by you opened a jigsaw puzzle box, and inside were just the pieces! But Japanese puzzles come with various extra bits and pieces. The assumption is that you will only do the puzzle once, then glue it together for wall mounting, to impress your friends.
1 Most important - the pieces
2 Postcard: instructions, and how to get a replacement for a missing piece. (Details on request)
3 Sachet of jigsaw puzzle glue
4 Sponge for spreading glue
Doing the puzzle
Ignore the strict instructions to do the edge pieces first: put the bits together in any order you like. If you want to display the puzzle, you can use the glue to stick it together. Spread a sheet of clean but unwanted paper under the completed puzzle, with the puzzle the right way up. Then pour the glue over the front of the puzzle: spread it out with the sponge, so all the joints get neatly filled with glue. It should dry with a nice glossy finish.
Disclaimer: I have very limited experience of gluing puzzles - I usually break them up to do again some day. But I have had some success with trompe l'oeil murals!
Please note: Actual box contents may vary. If you find any discrepancies, please let us know.
It's probably best to start at the puzzle index, which includes some thumbnail links. Each of the following links shows a topic or artist, with ten puzzles on each page. Use the '0|1|2' links at the bottom of each page to see more.
The small numbers in parenthesis show the approximate number of puzzles in each category. (These are not updated in real time, and may be inaccurate.)
Ozuma Kaname (4) - Kazumi (7) - Takeuchi Hakuga (6) - Ogasawara Etsuko (1) - Ishikawa Mari (5) - Taki Keisetsu (16) (Buddhist figures with warm words) - Auspicious pictures (4) - Other traditional (6)
Shu Mizoguchi (57) - Iwasaki Chihiro (7) - Fujishiro Seiji (20) - Fantastic collection (49) (Traditional scenic views) - Andres Orpinas country cottages (4) - Steven Klein naive art (2) - Janet Kruskamp (7) - Aimee Stewart (4) - Tanikawa Hiroyuki (5) - Playful art by Reina Sato (9) - Jon Rattenbury (1) - Yuu (3) (Fantasy artist) - Yoshimasa Kishida (2) (Fantasy artist) - Tsukushi Akihito (2) (Fantasy artist) - Watanabe Mieko (5) - Nagaoka Taku (2) - Afu (5) - Colin Thompson (4) - Classic paintings (2) - Mandalas (1) - Maps (1) - The heavens (2)
Kumamon (2) (Bear character)
Icons used on the Appleone site for puzzle features
|Large pieces||Super vivid colour printing|
|Silky cloth finish||High-intensity printing inks|
|Pieces are numbered on the back||Puzzle includes "Apple" piece|
|Glitter hologram||Thick board puzzles|
|Diamond screen super-high quality printing||Budget series|
|Vivid six-colour printing|
(Updated August 2017)
Please note: Manufacturers tend to rearrange their websites from time to time, so I cannot guarantee that the above links will work. Please let me know if you find them broken.
The Appleone product codes all start with the piece count, then a hyphen, then a code number: e.g., 1000-366 is a 1000-piece puzzle. Imaginatorium Shop item codes for Appleone all begin with 'A' followed by a condensed version, with the first two digits indicating the number of pieces. So A03___ is 300 pieces, A05___ is 500 pieces, A10___ is 1000 pieces, and A20___ is 2000 pieces.