Jigsaw puzzle manufacturers
Beverly is a youngish company, started in 1977. For some more historical details, see the manufacturers page.
Note that Beverly puzzles are very slightly smaller than those from most other manufacturers: 72 x 49 cm as opposed to 75 x 50 cm.
- Missing a piece from a Beverly 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.*
3 "Fan service" coupon: collect enough of them, and you get a free puzzle.*
* Both of these items are marked "This card is of NO USE outside Japan." But if you are missing a piece, ask, and I will see if I can get a replacement for you.
4 Bag containing sachet of puzzle glue and sponge
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. It is a good idea to practice on a small puzzle before you try this on a really large one.
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 slightly - if you find any major discrepancies, please let us know.
The following links go directly to the puzzles for each topic or artist; these are mostly rather broad categories, and may be spread over many pages. There are 20 puzzles per display page, and you can use the page navigation at the bottom allows you to move through the pages. (Updated December 2020: buttons for piece count selection have been removed; other minor changes.)
Main puzzle menu
Tiny pieces (90) - Art fantasy (27) (Artists Kazuha Fukami, Takaki) - Youseki (37) (Jizo and others) - Torture puzzles (9) (Absolutely no picture: every piece the same colour!) - Colouring puzzles (4) - Children's puzzles (4) - Educational puzzles (42) (Larger pieces for children) - Art collection (99) - Kincade (25) - kayomi (24) - Where's Wally? (21) - Sanrio characters (22) (Hello Kitty and more) - Pokémon (19) - Anime and characters (124) (Chibi Gallery, Gundam, Harry Potter, and more) - Dinosaurs (27) - Something different! (9) (Random items from optician's charts to the fish kanji) - Message puzzles (3) - Shinkansen (1) (The "Bullet" train) - Scenic puzzles: Japan (111) - Scenic puzzles: worldwide (66) - Maps (4) - Flowers and gardens (24) - Pets (35) - Art classics (11) - Mosaic art (3) - Miscellaneous (26)
(The small numbers in parenthesis show the approximate number of puzzles in each category.)
Icons used on the Beverly site for puzzle features
|Kaleido ink vivid printing||Bargain|
|Art canvas effect||Educational puzzles|
|Small pieces||World heritage site|
(Updated September 2023)
The Beverly product codes are of two types:
- 61-258, 31-331, 73-153, 45-298, etc: the second digit shows the number of pieces (1=1000, 3=300, 5=500), and the first digit is a price code; so any puzzles starting with the same two digits should be the same price.
- 030-112, 050-119, 100-134, etc: these are the budget-priced "Heartful" series, 300, 500, and 1000 pieces respectively.
Imaginatorium Shop item codes for Beverly all begin with 'B' followed by the code omitting the hyphen.
Note: I cannot guarantee the above information about prices, which is simply deduced from the Beverly catalog.