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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
The Road brand is an old name in Japanese puzzles, which once had a name for superb scenic puzzles, and a range of animation and fine art puzzles. In around 2002, just as Imaginatorium Shop opened its doors, the name was acquired from Sunlike by a paper product company called Kezuka. For about 15 years, they maintained production of a small but quality range, but at the beginning of 2017 finally ceased production. Some of the puzzles, however, have reappeared from other manufacturers.
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 Instruction slip and request form for a missing piece. (Ask me for details)
3 Catalog request slip (beige)
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.
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.