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Tiny pieces

On this page: Tenyo 1000 pieces - Beverly 1000 pieces - Apollo/Epoch 1053 pieces - Yanoman "Petit" series

From around 2006, the Japanese puzzle manufacturers were engaged in a battle for the "smallest". Starting with puzzles of one-and-a-half to two times as many pieces in the standard dimensions, these were merely small (and Japanese puzzles are typically 10% or so larger in area than European or North American puzzles of the same piece count). Then Tenyo produced a "World Smallest 1000-piece" series*, earning a place at Guinness World Records, shortly to be overtaken by Beverly, with 1000-piece puzzles at 300-piece size, and finally Apollo brand puzzles (from Epoch) with 1053 pieces. These tiny pieces are not for the faint of heart, and you will need patience, delicate fingers, and very good eyesight!

* A3 size: two sheets of A4, or very roughly two sheets of "Letter" size if you're in the US.

Meanwhile, Yanoman led the way in postcard-size puzzles, with its "Petit" series...

Tenyo Disney puzzles - 1000 tiny pieces

Disney character world
© Disney

1000: Disney character world

Mickey and friends in the central circle are surrounded by all the Disney characters through the ages...

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10260 (DW-1000-260 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.35 €16.26 £13.99)
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Mickey's Magic Shop
© Disney

1000: Mickey's Magic Shop

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10259 (DW-1000-259 on box)
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Twilight toyshop
© Disney

1000: Twilight toyshop

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10406 (DW-1000-406 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.35 €16.26 £13.99)
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Minnie's flower shop
© Disney

1000: Minnie's flower shop

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10393 (DW-1000-393 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.35 €16.26 £13.99)
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Beverly 1000 tiny pieces

White torture

1000: White torture

Every piece of this puzzle is plain white. Not for the faint of heart!

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

* Blank puzzle, with no pattern at all!

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM71847 (M71-847 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €14.63 £12.59)
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Black torture

1000: Black torture

Every piece of this puzzle is plain black. Not for the faint of heart!

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* Blank puzzle, with no pattern at all!

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM71848 (M71-848 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €14.63 £12.59)
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Promise to heart
© Takaki

1000: Promise to heart

A slim figure poses before a window frame, the wind blowing her dress into an elegant furl...

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: BM81525 (M81-525 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.18 €17.89 £15.38)
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Aqua angel
© Kazuha Fukami

1000: Aqua angel

An enigmatic figure in the foetal position seems to float inside a water-filled cathedral...

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: BM81529 (M81-529 on box)
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Good luck lavender
© Maki Mizuno

1000: Good luck lavender

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM61704 (M61-704 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €14.63 £12.59)
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The High Priestess
© Takaki

1000: The High Priestess

The figure, her head surrounded by a halo, takes on a pose with ceremonial staff and holy book in hand...

* This puzzle is printed with more ink colours for extra-vivid effect.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: BM81540 (M81-540 on box)
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Kannon mandala
© Beverly

1000: Kannon mandala

The Kannon of the title appears right in the centre of this extremely intricate mandala, in her many-armed form.

Detail

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: BM81557 (M81-557 on box)
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Kinkakuji
© Beverly
Position map

1000: Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Actually, "Gold pavilion" is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81835 (M81-835 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.35 €16.26 £13.99)
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Apollo (now Epoch brand) - 1053 tiny pieces

Kenrokuen
© Apollo
Position map

1053: Kenrokuen

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the foreground of irises we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47606 (47-606 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €14.63 £12.59)
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Primrose and feather

1053: Primrose and feather

These two beauties hold a flower and a feather in typical Mucha style.

On this puzzle the flower is referred to as a "primrose," a translation of the original French, but it appears to refer to the cluster-headed primrose (Primula veris) which grows across Europe, and is known in England as "cowslip" - not to be confused with the different plant (Marsh marigold) called a "cowslip" in the USA. Even so, the colour (at least in this print) is a deep reddish hue, quite unlike a delicate primrose yellow.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P47608 (47-608 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €14.63 £12.59)
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Azumino
© Apollo
Position map

1053: Azumino

An idyllic rural scene high in the Northern Alps. But this particular view is very well known, because the water mill was featured in Yume (Dream), the film by Kurosawa Akira.

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* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49402 (49-402 on box)
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Times of the day
© Mucha Trust

1053: Times of the day

"Awakening of the morn, Brightness of the day, Dream of the evening, Rest of the night" &emdash; four panels represent the times of the day with female figures draped in the unmistakable flowing Mucha style.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E31005 (31-005 on box)
Retail price ¥1600 (approx. US$14.68 €13.01 £11.19)
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Himeji castle
© Epoch
Position map

1053: Himeji castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

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An Epoch puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E31001 (31-001 on box)
Normally ¥1600 - special offer 5% off: ¥1520 (approx. US$13.94 €12.36 £10.63)
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Belvedere
© M. C. Escher

1053: Belvedere

A lithograph from 1958 portrays in Escher's impeccable style an impossible building... no real rectangular building could have a ladder with its foot inside the walls at the bottom leaning against the outside at the top!

This type of "impossible object" drawing uses perspective rules tbat are always correct over a small enough area (as in the detail image), yet break down when seen as a whole.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E31301 (31-301 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €14.63 £12.59)
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Animal paradise
© Satoshi Kusuda

1053: Animal paradise

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47711 (47-711 on box)
Normally ¥2000 - special offer 50% off: ¥1000 (approx. US$9.17 €8.13 £6.99)
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Primavera

1053: Primavera

Or the Allegory of Spring, one of Botticelli's most famous paintings...

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47517 (47-517 on box)
Normally ¥1600 - special offer 50% off: ¥800 (approx. US$7.34 €6.50 £5.59)
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Gokayama irises
© Apollo
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1053: Gokayama irises

Irises line the paddy fields in this preserved village of the traditional mountain houses, high above Toyama.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49614 (49-614 on box)
Normally ¥2100 - special offer 50% off: ¥1050 (approx. US$9.63 €8.54 £7.34)
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Traditional umbrellas
© Epoch

1053: Traditional umbrellas

A puzzler's puzzle! These are traditional waxed paper umbrellas, of slightly varying shades of red...

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An Epoch puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E79024 (79-024 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €14.63 £12.59)
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Yanoman "Petit" series

These were originally postcard size, with 204 micro-sized pieces. The series now includes versions with slightly larger pieces (still "small"), and double-postcard size, with many new Disney designs (as of 2019).

Petit puzzles

View puzzles - Disney puzzles in tiny pieces

Titles
Available:22
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204

Petit² puzzles

View puzzles - Double-postcard size Disney puzzles in tiny pieces

Titles
Available:34
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300

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300

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