Fixated: From Plushies to Pixels, Reconnect with The Op’s Latest Puzzles – May 2021

This month’s colorful 1,000-piece pastimes ended up creating a happily accidental throwback to animated classics, including Hallmark characters turned cuddly toys, and a mustachioed plumber that went from breaking bricks to burning rubber. Nintendo ported our favorite console and handheld franchises into playful 2D challenges, giving our eyes a new prize and game closets a “Breath” of fresh air. Check out The Op’s latest jigsaw puzzles below and see which ones you connect the most with your youthful days in this month’s Fixated.

Care Bears “Care-A-Lot” 1,000-piece Puzzle

If this visual evokes memories of watercolor wallpaper or the bedsheets on your bunk bed, you may just be an 80’s kid. The expressive cartoon bears that emerged as comforting figures on greeting cards went on to slide down rainbows and into our hearts, continuing to charm every generation along the way with their unique personalities. Affix their tummy icons (or would they just be emojis now?) to revisit Tenderheart Bear, Funshine Bear, Bedtime Bear, and others in this 19×27” image of the classic Care Bears enjoying life at Care-A-Lot Castle. For ages 9+.

The Legend of Zelda™ “Breath of the Wild” 1,000-piece Puzzle

Our idle hands were Link’s handiwork when the classic video game franchise came to the Nintendo Switch and fans helped the hero discover his new surroundings. Unscramble what’s inside this box to find him overlooking Hyrule in this 19×27” tribute to “Breath of the Wild”, a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring the cover art of the action adventure hit. For ages 9+.

Super Mario™ “Mario Kart™” 1,000-piece Puzzle

Set a new personal record with this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle that’ll take you back to the thrill of the chase (without the possibility of spinning out from banana peels). Get your friends to assemble their favorite Mushroom Kingdom character and see who finishes first! For ages 8+.

“Super Mario™ Odyssey Snapshot” 1,000-piece Puzzle

Put together an analog photo album of the best moments floating through zones, collecting shiny objects, and traveling with your sidekick Cappy in the 1,000-piece “Super Mario™ Odyssey Snapshot” puzzle! There’s a glance at every kingdom in this 19×27” collage of scenes that call back the use of the Switch hit’s in-game photo mode. For ages 8+.

Animal Crossing™: New Horizons “Summer Fun” 1,000-piece Puzzle

April showers bring May flowers… and apparently not one but two puzzles to put Animal Crossing fans right back in the game that helped them forget about lockdown last Spring! It’s Bug-Off season in “Summer Fun”! Catch some Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing with Flick, Bud, O’Hare, Francine, and more in this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle based on the happy and relaxing simulation game. For ages 8+.

Animal Crossing™: New Horizons “Welcome to Animal Crossing” 1,000-piece Puzzle

Taking it back to when millions of players discovered New Horizons, this 1,000-piece “Welcome to Animal Crossing” jigsaw puzzle makes a fond reminder of all the activities you and other villagers could undertake on your island, such as fishing with C.J., crafting with a Flimsy Axe, hunting for bugs with Apollo, and introducing new friends with Isabelle. For ages 8+.

Find a sentimental space at your table for one of these bright and exciting brain teasers the next time you’re feeling nostalgic! Search the entire collection of The Op Puzzles for these and other ways to enjoy your summer vacation, then show us your final pieces by using hashtag #TheOpPuzzles and tagging @theopgames for a chance to be featured on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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