Jan van Haasteren 'The Fairytale Forest' (De Efteling) 1000 pieces

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Jan van Haasteren Puzzle 'The Fairytale Forest'

I made this puzzle and it is the puzzle 'The Fairytale Forest' - this is number 20045, issue in 2021 on Saturday 5 June. This puzzle is drawn by Robert Derks of the Studio Jan van Haasteren. It's this puzzle:
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There are two different boxes in circulation, 1 box with the 'Toy of the Year 2021' emblem on it and a box without that emblem on the front.
– This is the 'Toy of the Year' box:
Jan van Haasteren Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Toys of the Year Box
– This is the regular box:
Jan van Haasteren Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Ordinary Box

JUMBO/Jan van Haasteren and De Efteling

Two traditional family brands join forces. We are therefore proud of the great collaboration with Efteling! This year, several Jumbo products in the Efteling theme will be launched. One of these is the Jan van Haasteren puzzle Fairytale Forest, the first product.
The 1000-piece puzzle shows the world-famous Fairytale Forest of the Efteling. The Jan van Haasteren family is on a day trip and immerses themselves in this fairytale world between well-known Efteling residents, such as Langnek and Holle Bolle Gijs.

Efteling wants to bring the amusement park closer to people's homes, and will therefore do so by, among other things, publishing puzzles and games in which the various attractions of the Efteling can be recognized. The collaboration with the game manufacturer JUMBO is extremely suitable for this. Examples of these kinds of games that are then released are: Human Don't Worry! appears in a Fairytale Tree variant, Piraña style goose boards and you can play Stratego Junior in the form of George and the Dragon.

Where is this 'Fairytale Forest' puzzle sold?

This puzzle is available in the Efteling and through well-known toy outlets.

Is it by chance this puzzle – Fairytale Forest?

I scoured the internet and found via Facebook 'I'm a fan of Jan van Haasteren' the following item back:
On December 4, 2016, this message came along with a reaction from the current artist of the puzzle (Rob Derks!!):
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What is The Fairytale Forest in the Efteling again?

The Fairytale Forest is one of the biggest attractions in the Efteling theme park. The Fairytale Forest was also the first attraction in the park and has been around since May 31, 1952. Of the 10 fairy tales in the beginning, 29 fairy tales can now be found. Those are the following fairy tales:
Castle Sleeping Beauty, Long Neck, The Naughty Princess, The Chinese, Nightingale, Woman Hollow, Little Errand, Cave Snow White, Frog Prince, The Magic Clock, Leprechaun Village, Red Shoes, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Donkey Stretch, Genoveva Bridal Gown, The Gardener and the Fakir, The Dancing Dolphin, The Little Mermaid, The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, Dragon Touchy, Troll King, Little Thumb, Rumplestiltskin, The Chinese Nightingale (new), Rapunzel, Girl with the Sulfur Sticks, Cinderella, Emperor's New Clothes, Pinocchio, The Six Swans.

Take a digital walk through the Fairytale Forest of De Efteling yourself


Voted Toy of the Year 2021

Nice to mention, this puzzle has been elected in the category 'Puzzles' to toy of the year 2021! If you would like to see a nice interview regarding this prize, take a look at the page 'How old is Jan van Haasteren' – there are all kinds of fun facts about Jan


Recurring elements in the puzzle Efteling (Fairytale Forest)

In the video below you can see all the recurring elements drawn by Rob Derks – and there are always a lot of them! Fun puzzle:


This puzzle was once made during the Dutch National Championships Puzzle

Nice to know, this puzzle was used during the NK Puzzle. During the preliminary round in Benschop on 23-04-2022, a team consists of 4 people. With 4 people they have put this puzzle in a time of 1:07:07. So if you think you can participate in the Dutch National Championships? Then multiply this time x4 and you have an indication whether you are a fast puzzler. By the way: puzzle the NK is especially fun and fun to participate in!


Which Fairytales from the Fairytale Forest do you see in this puzzle?

I have made an overview of the fairy tales that you see in this puzzle and that you will also find in the Efteling in the attraction 'Het Fairytale Forest':


Fairy Tale 1 - Snow White - The Wicked Witch

Snow White is a fairy tale about an evil queen who is so jealous of her stepdaughter's beauty that the princess has to flee and eventually ends up with seven dwarfs where she goes into hiding, until the stepmother manages to find her with the help of a magic mirror and save her. trying to kill. (source: Eftepedia† The evil witch is the evil queen in this case and is captivated by power and beauty. She is often referred to as the Wicked Witch, but in reality she is not a witch, but the Wicked Queen in disguise. The queen always wanted to have a lot of power AND to be the most beautiful, until she asked the mirror that always spoke the truth ""Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest in all the land?" then the mirror answered: "O queen, you are very beautiful, But Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful now!"
Here's the Wicked Witch:
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Wicked Witch
And here 'Mirror, mirror on the wall':
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Snow White Mirror Mirror on the Wall


Fairy Tale 2 - Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty is a story about a beautiful princess who pricks herself on a spinning wheel on her sixteenth birthday, causing her and the entire kingdom to fall asleep. Despite the king's vigilance, the princess still pricks herself at sixteen, causing her to fall asleep. After being warned by a dwarf with seven-mile boots, the good fairy puts the entire household to sleep, so that the princess will still have something familiar when she wakes up. (source: wikipedia)
Here you see everyone and the whole kingdom falling asleep:
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Sleeping Beauty
And Sleeping Beauty in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 3 - Bridal Gown of Genoveva

It is the only fairy tale that does not consist of a depicted scene or an indoor show, but of living animals. The pigeons on Herautenplein are the image. For sixty years, from 1952 to 2000 and 2005 to 2018, the pigeons were painted in bright colors, which made the fairy tale much more striking. The Efteling linked a self-written fairy tale to the colorful birds about an old weaver who had to weave a wedding dress, but had to be helped by the pigeons due to her blindness. (source: Eftepedia)
I do have my doubts about whether this fairy tale is depicted in the puzzle, but there are so many pigeons on the puzzle that I thought it must be. However, the pigeons are all white and not colored on the puzzle, except for 1 pigeon, which falls into the orange paint. So right…..?
Jan van Haasteren De Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Bridal dress by Genoveva de Duiven
And the Bridal Gown of Genoveva with the pigeons in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 4 - Dragon Touched

The story about the Dragon Light touched from Eftepedia's site:
“Draak Lichtgeraakt (also called the Dragon, the Chinese Dragon or the Flying Dragon) is the eleventh fairy tale on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Mermaid and the Wolf and the Seven Goats. The dragon does not portray the narration of a specific fairy tale (although the Efteling later wrote fairy tales for the portrayal), but the archetype of a dragon guarding a treasure. Children who dare to get close can try to take the crown from the treasure chest, after which the dragon designed by Ton van de Ven bends towards them, roaring and agile. During his tirade, smoke comes out of his nostrils. The attraction was inaugurated in 1979 on the spot where the Chinese Nightingale used to be found, one of the original fairy tales from 1952. The wall and the branch are still remnants of this.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Dragon Light touched
And Dragon Touched in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 5 - The Frog King

The Story of the Frog King from Eftepedia's site:
The Frog Prince is a fairy tale about a prince who is enchanted into a frog and has to win the heart of a princess in order to change back. It was recorded under the title “Der Froschkönig oder der eiserne Heinrich” (The Frog Prince or the Iron Henry) by the Brothers Grimm. The fairy tale is a mixture of various old folk tales from the German region of Hesse and appeared for the first time in Kinder- und Hausmärchen in 1812. The fairy tale was placed as number one in the collection by the brothers at the time and many new collections with Grimm are still opening fairy tales with this narration. In the Efteling it is the twenty-first representation on the route in the Fairytale Forest. The fairy tale opened in 1952 and was one of the first ten fairy tales designed by Anton Pieck. It consists of a fountain with four frogs that shoot up a golden ball, centrally located on Herautenplein.
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Frog King
And the Frog King in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 6 - Magic Clock

The Story of the Magic Clock from Eftepedia's site:
“The Magic Clock is the twenty-second fairy tale on the route in the Fairytale Forest and one of the ten original fairytales that were present at the opening of the Fairytale Forest in 1952. It is set around the clock tower in the corner of Herautenplein and is completely built designed by Anton Pieck, whereby the heralds have had some metamorphoses over the years. In the portrayal, the self-invented fairy tale is read by Peter Reijnders, which tells the story of a wizard who wants to sell a magical timepiece to six princes who want to pay one instead of three bags of gold. The sale then does not go through, after which the princes steal the clock with the help of the dishonest clerk Smart Toon. The sorcerer discovers this and then casts a spell on the princes and his servant.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Magic Clock
And the Magic Clock in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 7 - The Emperor's New Clothes

From the Eftepedia website:
“The Emperor's New Clothes is a fairy tale about an emperor who is too vain to admit that he has been put on his number by two tailors, and therefore walks into a parade naked, assuming he is wearing beautiful clothes. It was written by the famous Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Originally titled “Kejserens nye klæder” it was first published in 1837 as part of Andersen's third collection of fairy tales.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Emperor's New Clothes

And the Emperor's New Clothes in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 8 - The Giant and Little Thumb

From the Eftepedia website:
“Klein Duimpje is the protagonist in a number of fairy tales. The most famous is the version by Charles Perrault, who first published it under the title “Le Petit Poucet” in his Contes de ma Mère l'Oye (Fairytales of the Mother Goose), in 1697. In it, Little Thumb and his brothers in the woods, after which they escape from a giant by stealing his seven-mile boots.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Giant and Little Thumb

And De Reus and little Thumb in the Efteling:


Fairytale 9 - The Little Red Shoes

From the Eftepedia website:
“De Rode Schoentjes (also known as De Dansende Schoentjes) is a fairy tale about a poor girl who is taken care of by a rich old lady, but through disobedience has to keep dancing on red patent leather shoes as punishment. It was written in 1845 by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and published in his seventh collection, entitled “De røde sko”. In the Efteling it is the sixth representation on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between Pinocchio and the Troll King. It was opened in 1953, a year after the opening of the Fairytale Forest, designed by Anton Pieck. It is one of the simpler representations of a forest fairy tale: on a glass plate, under a lean-to against a crumbling wall, a pair of red shoes dances around, accompanied by clog dance music on the piano. The accompanying story is told by Wieteke van Dort.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Red Shoes

And The Red Shoes in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 10 - The Talking Parrot

From the Eftepedia website:
“The Talking Parrot, also known as The Naughty Princess, is the eighth fairy tale on the route in the Fairytale Forest. It was one of the first ten fairy tales that were present at the opening in 1952. The whole concept is based on the then relatively new technique of tape recorders. You can call out to a parrot on a stick, after which a few seconds later the called is played again at a higher speed. The name "The Naughty Princess" comes from the story written later to accompany the scene, which is about a princess who takes such pleasure in impersonating people that she is turned into a parrot as punishment."
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Talking Parrot or Naughty Princess

And The Talking Parrot in the Efteling:


Fairytale 11 - The Fairytale Tree

From the Eftepedia website:
“The Fairytale Tree is the twenty-eighth fairytale on the route in the Fairytale Forest. The tree has been chatting with children since the beginning of 2010, just past the bend in the path after De Nieuwe Kleren van de Keizer. The Fairytale Tree in the Fairytale Forest is based on the name-giving tree in the television series Fairytale Tree.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Fairytale Tree

And The Fairytale Tree in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 12 -The Troll King

From the website Eftepedia:
“The Troll King is the seventh fairy tale on the route in the Fairytale Forest. It was added in 1988 between the Red Shoes and the Parrot. The Troll King was designed by Ton van de Ven and developed in collaboration with TNO Delft and the makers of the British program Spitting Image. The portrayal consists of a troll (an advanced animatronic) on a throne in a hollow tree. The tree stands on an island in a pond with a small square in front of it, where a dial with constellations and just in front of it a vibrating stone can be found in the pavement. The Troll King is not based on an existing fairy tale, but the Efteling later wrote several stories about the scene.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Troll King

And the Troll King in the Efteling:


Fairytale 13 - The Two Watchmen at the Indian Water Lilies

These two guards are not a fairy tale in itself, but belong to the fairy tale of the Indian Water Lilies. From the website of Eftepedia:
“Two giants stand at the entrance of the Indian Water Lilies who, like watchmen, their eyes spying and armed with a large club, flank an entranceway. Sounds deep within them in a deep voice”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The two watchmen at the Indian Water Lilies

And the two watchmen at the Indian Water Lilies in the Efteling:


Fairytale 14 - The Indian Water Lilies

From the website Eftepedia:
“The Indian Water Lilies is a fairy tale about a witch in a jungle who is so jealous of the beauty of the star children dancing on a lake in the moonlight that she enchants them in water lilies. It was written by Queen Fabiola and published as one of the twelve fairy tales in her collection Los doce Cuentos maravillosos in 1955. In 1961 the collection of fairy tales was translated into Dutch by Lia Timmermans and published as De Twaalf Wonderful Sprookjes van Koningin Fabiola. In the Efteling it is the twenty-third representation on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Prinsenpoort and the open-air theater. It shows by means of a fully conditioned interior scene, in which animatronics of the seven elves in water lilies, the witch and a band consisting of four frogs and three geese in a jungle setting are given a short performance to the music of Bert Kaempfert's Afrikaan beat. The fairy tale was designed by Anton Pieck and technically elaborated by Peter Reijnders. It was opened in 1966 and was the largest attraction that Efteling had built up to that point.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Indian Water Lilies

And the Indian Water Lilies in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 15 - The Flying Fakir

From the website of Eftepedia:
“The Flying Fakir (also called The Gardener and the Fakir or Fakir for short) is the twenty-ninth fairy tale on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Fairytale Tree and The Chinese Nightingale. The scene consists of two Persian palace towers with a crenellated wall in between. A fakir flies back and forth on a magic carpet between the towers. From the towers he conjures red and yellow tulips in the garden in front of the palace with the music Sanai Gath that he plays on his flute. It opened in 1958, based on an idea by Peter Reijnders and a design by Anton Pieck. Over the years, several stories were written for the scene. Since the seventies this has been the fairy tale “The gardener and the fakir” written by Martine Bijl. It tells of a sick sultan who can only get well if his gardener, with the help of a fakir, manages to give him a tulip.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Flying Fakir

And the Flying Fakir in the Efteling:


Fairytale 16 - The Wolf and the 7 Kids

From the website Eftepedia:
“The Wolf and the Seven Goats is a fairy tale about a mother goat who warns her seven children not to open the door to the wolf, after which the wolf manages to do this through trickery and deceit. It was recorded as “Der Wolf und die sieben jungen Geisslein” by the Brothers Grimm and first appeared in the collection Kinder- und Hausmärchen in 1812. In the Efteling it is the twelfth depiction on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between Dragon Lichtgeraakt and Hansel and Gretel. It is depicted as a house, where one can peek in through the windows, where the kids in the living room play a game of goose board. The wolf is standing outside the door, further on mother goat is on her way to the market and the well from the fairy tale is also present. It was opened in 1973 and is one of the last extensions of the Fairytale Forest by Anton Pieck.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Wolf and the 7 Goats

And the Wolf and the 7 Goats in the Efteling:


Fairy tale 17 - Donkey Stretch

From the website Eftepedia:
Table Cover Yourself, Donkey Stretch You, Club Club is a fairy tale about three sons who each receive a magical gift, after which the gift of two sons is stolen by the innkeeper, but the third son knows it with his club. getting back. The fairy tale is very old and was published by the Brothers Grimm in their collection Kinder- und Hausmärchen under the title “Tischlein deck dich, Ezel streck dich, Knüppel aus dem Sack”. In the Efteling it is the sixteenth representation on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between Kleine Boodschap and Snow White, on Herautenplein. The portrayal has a long history, with the donkey and bat each originating as separate attractions, each in a different location from the current one; both designed by Anton Pieck. The inn, which opened in 1999 to a design by Henny Knoet, also brought the table from the story to the Efteling.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Donkey Stretchy

And the Donkey Stretch in the Efteling:


Fairytale 18 - Hansel and Gretel

From the website of Eftepedia:
Hansel and Gretel is a fairy tale about two children who find a house made of candy in a forest, but threaten to be eaten by a witch. It was first recorded as “Hänsel und Gretel” by the Brothers Grimm in their Kinder- und Hausmärchen from 1812. In the Efteling it is the thirteenth depiction on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Wolf and the Seven Goats and Vrouw Holle . The candy house from the fairy tale, designed by Anton Pieck, has been there since 1955, with the witch behind the door, Hansel in the loft and Gretel in front of it.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Hansel and Gretel

And the Hansel and Gretel in the Efteling:


Fairytale 19 - Indian Water Lilies

From the website of Eftepedia:
“The Indian Water Lilies is a fairy tale about a witch in a jungle who is so jealous of the beauty of the star children dancing on a lake in the moonlight that she enchants them in water lilies. It was written by Queen Fabiola and published as one of the twelve fairy tales in her collection Los doce Cuentos maravillosos in 1955. In 1961 the collection of fairy tales was translated into Dutch by Lia Timmermans and published as De Twaalf Wonderful Sprookjes van Koningin Fabiola. In the Efteling it is the twenty-third representation on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Prinsenpoort and the open-air theater. It shows by means of a fully conditioned interior scene, in which animatronics of the seven elves in water lilies, the witch and a band consisting of four frogs and three geese in a jungle setting are given a short performance to the music of Bert Kaempfert's Afrikaan beat. The fairy tale was designed by Anton Pieck and technically elaborated by Peter Reijnders. It was opened in 1966 and was the largest attraction that Efteling had built up to that point.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Indian Water Lilies

And the Indian Water Lilies in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 20 - The Little Message

From the website of Eftepedia:
“Kleine Boodschap is the toilet block directly behind the Kleine Boodschap Kabouter in the Fairytale Forest. This gnome refers people in minor need to this building where there are ample opportunities to alleviate the need.

The front is formed by a brick wall, with a waterhole in the shape of a lion's head next to the door. In the early years you could find fresh air again after you walked through the gate in the wall: here the toilets stood with their backs against the wall, but there was no other building. In later years, a small building was built around the existing toilets, including urinals and a cubicle for the toilet lady. This did not change the view for the Fairytale Forest visitor, because only the wall is still visible from the Fairytale Forest. The rear of the building is clearly visible, but only from the steam train.

Once inside are the men's toilets on the left, straight ahead the space for the toilet lady and on the right the ladies' area. The individual WCs are separated by brick walls and feature large solid wood arched doors with molded hinges. The toilet on the far right has an open window to the outside with a view of the railway.

The men's toilets consist of 4 cubicles and 7 urinals. The ladies have 8 cubicles. This means that the capacity is more than sufficient for the usually not too busy Fairytale Forest.”

Already present at the opening of the Fairytale Forest in 1952, Kleine Boodschap can rightly call itself the oldest toilet group in the park.

Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Small Message

And The Little Message in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 21 - The Little Mermaid

From the website of Eftepedia:
“The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale about a mermaid who falls in love with a handsome human prince and longs for him so much that she makes a deal with an evil sea witch. The fairy tale is a famous cultural fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen who wrote it under the title “Den lille Havfrue”. It was first published in 1837.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Little Mermaid

And The Little Mermaid in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 22 - Long Neck or Tall Jan

From the website of Eftepedia:
“The Six Servants is a fairy tale about a prince who, with the help of six servants, each with a special gift, manages to win the hand of a princess. The story was recorded by the Brothers Grimm in 1815 for their Kinder- und Hausmärchen under the title “Die sechs Diener”. In the Netherlands, the fairy tale is mainly known for the prominent presence of Long Neck in the Efteling. In the Efteling it is the third representation on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Kabouterdorp and Little Red Riding Hood. Since the opening of the Fairytale Forest in 1952, the servant Longneck has been sitting on a rock, stretching his neck and looking around calmly. The original design is by Anton Pieck, but the giant has had transformations over the years, mainly under the direction of Ton van de Ven. In addition to the iconic figure from 1954 onwards, the depiction of the fairy tale also consisted of the bust of the servant Kogeloog for several years. It has been even more elaborate since 1967: then the gallery opened with a bust of Kogeloog on it. The portraits of all six servants from the title hang under the roof. The story is told by Peter Reijnders.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Long Neck or Long Jan

And the Long Neck or Lange Jan in the Efteling:


Fairy Tale 23 - Rapunzel

According to the website Eftepedia:
Rapunzel is a fairy tale about a girl who is locked up in a tower by a wizard, but by letting her hair fall out of the window, the wizard and later a prince manages to climb up, after which she falls in love. The fairy tale with the original title “Rapunzel” was written by the Brothers Grimm. It first appeared in the collection Kinder- und Hausmärchen in the 1812 edition. In the Efteling it is the ninth depiction on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Parrot and the Mermaid. It was added in 2001, to a design by Ton van de Ven, his last addition to the Fairytale Forest. The image of Rapunzel consists of a ten meter high, robust tower with a window at the top. From this, Rapunzel looks down and her braid hangs to the ground. Every few minutes the wizard climbs up on that braid, while Wieteke van Dort tells the story.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Rapunzel
And Rapunzel in the Efteling:


Fairytale 24 - Little Red Riding Hood

According to the website Eftepedia:
Little Red Riding Hood is a fairy tale about a girl who visits her sick grandmother and is eaten by a wolf, only to be saved by a hunter. It was first recorded with the title “Le petit Chaperon Rouge” (The Little Red Cap) in the Fairy Tales of Mother Goose by Charles Perrault and is probably his best-known fairy tale. The Brothers Grimm also included it in their collection Kinder- und Hausmärchen. In the Efteling it is the fourth representation on the route in the Fairytale Forest, between the Six Servants and Pinocchio. The fairy tale can be found in the park from 1953, at the time in the form of a statue of a flower-picking Little Red Riding Hood. The statue was replaced in 1960 by grandmother's house. Since 1961 you can see Little Red Riding Hood ringing the doorbell of Grandmother, who has just been eaten by the wolf who is now lying in bed, licking his lips, waiting for Little Red Riding Hood. The entire scene was dismantled in 2016 and rebuilt after the original designs by Anton Pieck.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Little Red Riding Hood
And Little Red Riding Hood in the Efteling:


Other items in the puzzle from the Fairytale Forest - but no fairytales

1. The Musical Mushrooms

From the Eftepedia website:
“A musical mushroom is a bench shaped like a fly agaric (red with white dots) from which harpsichord music sounds. The mushrooms can only be found in the Fairytale Forest and are probably the objects in the Efteling that are photographed the most – either with someone sitting on them or with someone listening to the hat. The mushrooms consist of a white PVC tube on which a polyester mushroom hat is mounted. The current hat comes from a mold and is therefore the same for every mushroom.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 The Musical Mushroom
And this is the music that comes out of a musical mushroom from the Efteling:

2. Kneeling Knees Ear

From the website Eftepedia:
“Kniesoor is a small interactive attraction in the shape of a 'talk tree' in the Fairytale Forest, between The Girl with the Sulfur Sticks and The Emperor's New Clothes. The tree itself is real, but the face is a superimposed animatronic with moving mouth, eyeballs and limbs. The talking tree is not seen as the representation of a fairy tale and is therefore not included in the count of the number of fairy tales in the forest, where the Fairy Tree is included. On September 24, 2018, Efteling announced via its blog that the tree would be built and it was already in use two weeks later, on October 8. The plans provided for several trees like this one in the forest, but for now Kniesoor is the only one.”
Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Chatter Tree

And the Kneeling Knees Ear in the Efteling:

3. Hollow Bolle Gijs

Who is Holle Bolle Gijs? Via the website Eftepedia:
“Holle Bolle Gijs is a waste bin in the shape of the figure from a children's verse, who can eat an awful lot but is always hungry. There are currently eleven of these waste bins in Efteling, including some in the form of other figures. Most Hollow Bolle Gijzen cry out for garbage with the slogan “Paper here!”. The waste can be deposited in a hole, usually in the form of a round, open mouth, where an air suction system brings the dirt via a tube in a waste container to a place invisible to the visitor. De Gijs then thanks, in most cases with a “Thank you!”. There are also representations of the figure who do not swallow waste.”

Jan van Haasteren The Efteling Fairytale Forest 20045 Hollow Bolle Gijs

And an overview of all Holle Bolle Gijzen in the Efteling (Paper here!):


What else is striking?

Nice item is the meeting between Jan van Haasteren and Anton Pieck, you can see them here, both with a book under their arms:
Jan van Haasteren and Anton Pieck
Who was Anton Pieck? According to the website Eftepedia:
Anton Franciscus Pieck (Den Helder, April 19, 1895 – Overveen, November 24, 1987) was a Dutch illustrator, printmaker and graphic artist. Anton Pieck was involved in the creation of the Fairytale Forest by filmmaker Peter Reijnders at the end of 1951. He designed ten fairy tales for the opening in 1952 and subsequently made at least 1500 designs for fairy tales, attractions, catering, squares, attributes and book illustrations. Pieck took on the design work in the Efteling until the mid-70s. From 1975 his work was taken over by Ton van de Ven. Pieck then stayed on as a consultant and visited the park regularly until his death in 1987.”
An interesting video in which a former Efteling employee talks about Anton Pieck and Het Sprookjesbos:


How big is the puzzle Jan van Haasteren 'Fairytale Forest' 1000 pieces?

This puzzle also has dimensions of 68 (width) by 49 (height).



Guardians at the Waterlily and Suske en Wiske

The nice thing is that the guards at the Water Lilies also come back in a Suske en Wiske 'The Efteling – Elves'. You can see the front of this Suske en Wiske here:
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Laying the puzzle

I always put the puzzles on a puzzle mat and always start by sorting the puzzle pieces, immediately taking out all the straight pieces. And let's just hope I've been able to find all the straight pieces:
jan van hastenen the efteling fairytale forest pieces sorted by puzzle mat
as you can see it was difficult to place the edges, as the pieces were very similar in terms of colors. And I just couldn't figure it out. First make the rest of the puzzle and then follow those edges later I thought - but it still irritates:
jan van hastenen the efteling fairytale forest after 1 o'clock
as you can see I started with the mushroom and sort pieces with colors and shapes that match. That puzzles the fastest:
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it was a really difficult puzzle and that makes it a nice challenge, a puzzle that is too easy is not nice either. The green parts with the forest were especially difficult:
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you can see that I saved the most difficult parts, namely all the orange roofs of the houses in the Efteling until last. At a certain point that became real trial-and-error, piece by piece and trying:
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and finally finish this fantastic puzzle:
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How long will it take you to complete this 1000 piece puzzle?

I made the puzzle 'The Fairytale Forest' in peace and took several days to complete it. Beautifully made on a puzzle mat on the floor in the living room. I do take the time, but not very precisely, it remains a hobby that puzzles! But to give you an idea of ​​how long it took me to complete this 1000 piece JvH puzzle:

  • Explaining the pieces: 20 minutes
  • Laying the edges = 30 minutes
  • Laying the rest of the pieces = 6 hours and 25 minutes
  • So it took me a total of 7 hours and 15 minutes to complete this puzzle. That is faster than it takes me on average over a JvH jigsaw puzzle, namely about 8 hours

About Jumbo puzzles

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Jumbo (not to be confused with our supermarket Jumbo!) makes toys, games and puzzles. Jumbo, for example, has made the very well-known games such as “Human don't get annoyed” and “Stratego” and “PimPamPet”. Games that have been around for generations and are still widely played by both young and old. Jumbo has been making and developing toys since about 1900. In the early years of the company, only toys from other countries were imported to the Netherlands. However, since about 1930 it was decided to also make their own toys, at the time manufacturing wooden toys, which was very popular at the time. Almost all toys in those years were made of wood. An important spearhead was that the toys made by Jumbo had to be of very good quality; it had to be as strong as an Elephant. An elephant had to stand on it! The red elephant has been the hallmark of Jumbo's games and puzzles for years. The name Jumbo and the red elephant together form the logo from about 1935. The Jumbo elephant is drawn by Mr. Möhr. He worked at an advertising agency and regularly signed for Hausemann & Hötte. Mr Möhr was at one point commissioned to design a beautiful new elephant logo for the Hausemann & Hötte toys. The logo has changed a bit since then. For example, the eye has grown over the years and has dropped slightly more, resulting in a friendlier elephant.

In the past, the elephant was not only used in the color red, but in all kinds of colors such as blue, yellow, black, white and green. All those colors were cozy and playful. For example, one time there was a yellow elephant on the box and the other time a red one. It was usually looked at which color best matched the color of the box. It was not until the end of the 60s that the red elephant was definitively chosen. Red is a color that stands out and attracts attention.

From 1945 Jumbo also started to focus on games made of cardboard. Jumbo has therefore been a guarantee for strong quality for years! Jumbo is a unique Dutch company with a rich history, with its head office in Zaandam. About 130 employees work for Jumbo. With a turnover of €75 million, Jumbo is a medium-sized European player in toys. Jumbo has sales offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. They export to more than 25 countries around the world.

In 1980 Jumbo starts the production of Jan van Haasteren Puzzles.


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Jan van Haasteren 'The Fairytale Forest' (The Efteling) 1000 pieces - Specifications

EAN Unfamiliar
Puzzle number 20045
Kind of product Jigsaw puzzle
Puzzle theme Cartoon
Number of Pieces 1000
Quality mark CE
Target audience Children and adults
Puzzle type Jigsaw puzzle
Brand Jumbo
Color Diverse
Material Board
Age From 10 years old

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through Gerben van Vineyards op Puzzle 1000 pieces
The Cutest!

I wrote the above review in May 2022. AND: it really is the nicest Jan van Haasteren I've made so far - or drawn by Rob Derks and not Jan van Haasteren; that feels a bit strange ...... But: the nice thing is that there are also fairy tales incorporated AND elements from the Efteling AND the well-known recurring elements. What a winner, well done Rob!

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  • March 13 2022
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    Joke de Bruijn - Was a very nice puzzle to make. Really back to the visits to the Efteling in my childhood. We will definitely visit the fairytale forest with the grandchildren.
  • January 7 2022
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    Hans - Well, we too have been looking for that Santa Claus, but we haven't found him yet either. Perhaps he is behind a building and you only see a hand with the bell, or the tip of his hat ???
  • November 13 2021
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    Lynn - Fun puzzle! Especially if you are a fan of the Efteling! But we haven't found the Santa Claus that would be in it yet... someone who did find him? Let me know where, we've given up.
  • 28 October 2021
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    Nelly heyden - Nice puzzle but difficult

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