Imaginatorium Shop, version 2
Welcome to the new Imaginatorium site at
imaginatorium.com. There is no "total reorganisation", so you should be able to find things easily, and eventually any bookmarks to the old shop will be redirected to the right page. The new checkout is working, which means that in simple cases you will be able to complete a purchase in the normal way.
Covid-19: Shop status
There are still many problems in the postal system, varying hugely from one country to another. More details on the front page, and at the checkout there will be more specific information about the destination country (sorry: not implemented for all countries yet!).
Jigsaw puzzle manufacturers
Ensky – Artbox brand
Ensky produces puzzles under the Artbox brand. The Ensky name is relatively new, only appearing in 2005, but the Artbox brand has a longer history, originally being produced by the Amada Printing Manufacturing Company. For historical notes and some more details, see the manufacturers page.
- If you have a piece missing from an Ensky puzzle, we may be able to help.
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.
2 Missing piece postcard (Details on request)
3 Sachet of jigsaw puzzle glue (principal ingredient polyvinyl alcohol - PVA)
4 "Mystery object" (glue spreader)
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. (Some people say it's best to do this on a sheet of glass, which the puzzle won't stick to.) Then pour the glue over the front of the puzzle: spread it out carefully with the mystery object, 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 Ensky (Artbox) website is here: https://www.ensky.co.jp. There are now two index pages. The first, "Puzzle topics", has a list of all the characters appearing, unfortunately not in any obvious order (they are arranged in Japanese phonetic a-i-u-e-o order). The second, "Puzzle types", lists the different sizes of puzzles, and variations such as the "crystal" translucent puzzles. The following links lead to the first page of products for each character, with page navigation at the top and bottom if there is more than one page. Click the thumbnail for details.
The small numbers in parenthesis show the approximate number of puzzles in each category. (These may be missing or out of date; the Artbox catalog is updated frequently, and categories often come and go.)
Ensemble Stars! (1) - Uma Musume Pretty Derby (4) - Spy × Family (3) - My Hero Academia (12) - Kamen Rider (4) - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (50) - Golden Kamuy (3) - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (4) - Doraemon (10) - One Piece (87) (TV animation) - Ultraman (7) - Sailor Moon (8) ("Crystal" means the anime series; not all translucent puzzles) - Harry Potter (1) - Avataro Sentai Donbrothers (2) - Pui Pui Molcar (3) (Children's anime) - Chimimo (2) - Ghost Book (movie) (1) - Unfortunate results of evolution (book series) (1) - My Neighbor Totoro (122) (Miyazaki animation) - Love Live! School Idol Project (2) - Les Aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir (1) - Splatoon (7) - Jujutsu Kaisen (Sorcery fight) (7) - Sumikko-gurashi (44) ("Living in the corner") - A Couple of Cuckoos (5) - Cardcaptor Sakura (4) - Hatsune Miku (7) (Vocaloid character) - Studio Ghibli (345) (Shows all of the Miyazaki animations) - Mr. Osomatsu (7) - Minecraft (15) - BT21 (13) - Mofusand (2) - Pokémon (72) - Kirby's Dream Land (14) - Pretty Cure (2) - Love All Play (2) - Fantastic Beasts (2) - Kiki's Delivery Service (72) (Miyazaki animation) - Fanfare of Adolescence (1) - Momotaro Dentetsu (1) - Dragon Quest (4) - Spirited away (39) (Miyazaki animation) - Ranking of Kings (2) - Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion (1) - Rilakkuma (3) (relaxing bear ) - Stranger things (Spike) (1) - Attack on Titan (4) - Curious George (2) - Laputa, castle in the sky (17) (Miyazaki animation) - Super Mario (7) - Detective Conan (14) - Monster Hunter series (4) - Girls und Panzer (1) - Kaguya-sama: Love Is War (3) - Eleven cats (2) - Tokyo Revengers (4) - Fall Guys (1) - Howl's moving castle (14) (Miyazaki animation) - Ghiblies (1) - The Borrower Arrietty (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Ponyo on the cliff by the sea (6) (Miyazaki animation) - Princess Mononoke (12) (Miyazaki animation) - Whisper of the Heart (15) (Miyazaki animation ) - Sword Art Online (2) - Porco Rosso (18) (Miyazaki animation) - The Red Turtle (1) - Gintama series (3) - Link Click (2) - Shocker (Kamen Rider) (1) - Rent-A-Girlfriend (5) - Naruto Shippuden (3) ("Hurricane Chronicles") - Dragon Ball (29) - Kamen Rider series (2) - That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (4) - Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (4) - Nausicaä (7) - Puella Magi Madoka Magica (3) - Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō (2) (the mystery sweetshop) - Earwig and the Witch (1) - Evangelion (2) - Tokyo fantasy (9) - Girls × Heroine (1) - The Tale of Princess Kaguya (1) (Studio Ghibli) - The Quintessential Quintuplets (11) - Dr. Stone (1) - Chickip dancers (1) - Laid-Back Camp (1) - Nintama Rantarō (3) - Sanrio characters (2) - Haikyū!! (3) - Crayon Shin-chan (2) - When Marnie Was There (1) (Studio Ghibli animation) - Grave of the Fireflies (2) (Studio Ghibli animation) - From up on Poppy Hill (1) (Miyazaki animation) - The wind rises (1) (Miyazaki animation) - Only Yesterday (1)
(Updated August 2022)
The Ensky product codes all start with the piece count, then a hyphen, then a code number: e.g., 1000-29 is a 1000-piece puzzle. Imaginatorium Shop item codes all begin with 'N' (for "Ensky", as none of the letters in 'Artbox' was available!) followed by a condensed version, with the first two digits indicating the number of pieces. So the above is N1029, then N03xxx means 300 pieces, N20yyy means 2000 pieces, N95zzz means 950 pieces, and so on.