Rated 1 out of 5 by DerpDDerp No Picture!
I purchased the puzzle as a keepsake and had no intention of opening it at all, but during the snowstorm of 2015 while we suffered over 51 inches of snow in a week, I was deperate.
The box was in perfect condition, including an personalized order number on the back. Pieces are small but usable, all in a plastic bag.
There is a strip (non-adhesive) with the address (included in the bag)
The puzzle is roughly 12 x 18 inches
Included is an LL Bean customer response / guarantee paper and receipt
THERE IS NO PICTURE IN THE BOX
I lived at the address for 26 years, but an aerial view is not the same as noticing landmarks that are common to you. There is not even a compass key on the puzzle, so you really have to guess where things are, including the bordering towns.
I was desperate and obsessed to figure this out, but I repeat THERE IS NO PICTURE of the finished product.
If I find out a piece is missing, I'll be very unhappy. I had planned to order similar puzzles for different addresses in the future, but I won't, because THERE IS NO PICTURE.
A guarantee is not helpful if you can't prove the finished product is complete until it's done, and by that time, you have your entire life invested in completing a geographical survey map WITHOUT A PICTURE.
I feel the puzzle is a waste of money, because by the time I am done with this, I won't even want to do any more.
If I am allowed to, I will post a picture of the completed puzzle when it is done.
February 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by RRNinIowa Disappointing
Yes, I, too, should have paid more attention to the recent negative reviews on this puzzle, but it seems like such a great idea! This was a Christmas gift for my husband. The photo is indeed of our home and the area around it, but the puzzle pieces are too similar and don't connect well. It is frustrating and no fun! This is a great idea, but this product is really disappointing!
January 10, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by GiftBuyer52 VERY Disappointed
Should have trusted the other negative reviews of this product.... This puzzle will be nearly impossible to complete as every piece printed looks almost exactly the same. The satellite view is taken in the fall so you can have a clearer view of houses, but that makes the whole picture a very dull-looking brown.
Also, I didn't realize there wouldn't be any street names on the map either, making it extra hard to figure out what you're looking at.
I do think the house piece features the address I submitted, but the zoom level of the print is so far that it's also almost impossible to tell whether or not it's the correct house.
The only positive is that the puzzle showed up in time for Christmas, although I really do not want to give this as a gift anymore...
December 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Mylableu Not worth the price
I was so disappointed in this item. I bought this as a Christmas gift for my Dad of the neighborhood he grew up in. The image was so small you could hardly make it out so it had no significance. It looked like just a muddy green puzzle and way too hard to put together. I returned it. Searching for another Christmas gift for my Dad. This is not a good representation of the usual awesome quality of LL Bean.
November 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by puzzlequeen puzzlequeen
I was so excited to find this gift for my husband's birthday. I had hoped we could work it and then frame the finished product, but that will no longer be a possibility. Not only were the colors dull, the view so far away as to make it difficult to identify the houses, but the pieces were so small and similar that it was almost too difficult to put together. After it sat on the table with only the outline completed for over a month, I was about ready to tear it apart and put it back in the box, but just could not let it defeat me! I diligently worked on it to almost completion, but was missing one piece and had two pieces that looked like they would/should fit but absolutely would not. And, to add insult to injury, the center piece, which was supposed to be our address / house, was totally off by two inches! This was not only an exercise of frustration, but a total waste of time and money!
September 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by buybabe NOT GOOD
I was really excited to purchase this for my husband's birthday. We have a house on a lake that we just built, and I thought it would be fun to have this aerial view of the lake and the house. Well, the picture was taken at the end of fall, everything is brown and ugly, and the picture is taken from so high up, you can't see any details at all. One big ugly brown mess.
August 7, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Catalogmama The Worst Ever
This was a huge disappointment. We have been trying to work it for 2 and 1/2 weeks and gave up today. My daughter-in-law is a wiz at puzzles and when she saw all the identical pieces, she suggested we forget about it. We had so many in the wrong place that it wasn't doable. It's dull as in not colorful, and the satellite photo should have been enlarged so things were recognizable. AND, there are way way too many pieces that are punched into the same shape. And there is very little variety. Any chance of getting a credit if I send it back? We really tried to work it.
December 26, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by LotsofKnotts Very disappointed - misleading product
I purchased 2 hometown puzzles for my sister and father. I thought this was such a great idea since we all live in different states now. I chose to have our childhood address be the focal point of the puzzle. While visiting my sister over the holiday's I asked to see her puzzle. It was nothing like I had imagined. Quite frankly I was embarressed. It was tiny, almost like a travel puzzle. The arial photo taken was ridiculous. It must have been taken in the winter, just before the snow. Everything was brown and green. The homes and businesses were so small, we couldn't even find our home. Spoke to L.L. Bean and I am returning 1 of the puzzles. My dad would not send his to me because he didn't want to make a fuss. This would have been a great gift if it was done right. I was mislead with the example puzzle picture on line. I don't do much business with L.L.Bean - this was an unfortunate experience.
January 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaitieM Great gift idea!
What a great unique idea! Ordered one for myself after seeing one at a friends. Really fun ? I?m building my own neighbourhood (as the instructions suggest), street by street! And the image is very clear. Would definitely recommend. Boxed nicely too, so great to give as a gift.
January 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JackyDon Cute Product!
We have a family tradition of doing a puzzle every Christmas. I think this one is going to be the best yet, it?s sure to keep us all busy. Really current image of our house, I can see our extension we built last year ? nicely presented.
November 21, 2012