Puzzle World Building Sets by Lights, Camera, Interaction! and Melissa and Doug
We bought an enormous box of train/car/boat stuff at Once Upon a Child a while back. We didn’t have a train set and this one said Melissa & Doug on the bottom, so it seemed like a good deal.
When I got home, I did some research and found out that the sets were no longer being made. It seemed that a company called “Lights, Camera, Interaction!” was possibly bought by or merged with Melissa and Doug. I guess maybe the LCI thing could have always been a subset of of M&D, I’m not sure. The series is called Puzzle World. At first I thought we had all of the sets, but now I know there is something with a barn and something with a helicopter that we don’t have. I think we have 4 sets, but there may be some extra track and I couldn’t because there are so many pieces.
There is the train set, called “Ramblin’ Railway.” Here is a picture of the box that I got from the Sea of Toys Angelfire website. The big feature of this one is the arch (which is the same arch from the Arched Bridge Set).:
Another one from that same website is the Big City Adventure. The big features in this one are the really tall city hall and the drawbridge with the working crank.
The last set is is Dock’n Discover set that features boats, water and harbor pieces. I found a picture of it from Little Kids Stuff.
This is neat because you can use the crank to magnetically pick up and move the cargo and the fish. A pic from our set:
Another shot of the sea wall.
We have a roundabout and some buildings with tops like these, so we must also have this set that someone (catlovergail) at Ebay calls Skyscraper Roundabout. Here is the picture that I lifted from their ad.
The main reason that I wanted to put this post together is because I had such a hard time figuring out what went together and how. A lot of the buildings were not glued anymore and so it was confusing. Maybe they weren’t supposed to be glued and the previous owners tried unsuccessfully to glue it together. I used the above pictures as guides and tried to assemble some of the pieces back together. I’m hoping that this will help some other parents out there who are trying to figure out what goes where.
First of all, the boat. This one was easy because there was an exploded shot up at Little Kids Stuff. Note the three flat pieces. The yellow, black and red one is a vertical door to keep the cargo in. The plain one with the red (helipad?) mark fits between the two crew areas on the top. The last one which is not painted at all, but has grooves and 2 pegs is the roof on the boat.
Here is a top view from our boat:
I cropped this out of someone’s (dudlbg06) Ebay post. The train can go over or you can wind the drawbridge up and the boat can go under.
Here are some pics from our set of the drawbridge:
The train can go over. You can put water or road underneath. This pic is also cropped from that Ebay post:
Here is our arch assembled:
Here are the Town Hall pieces according to the package, but I guess you could assemble any of the buildings however you want.
I hope that these pics help you. If you have any more tips, clear pictures or instructions, I’d appreciate them.