Title:
Jigsaw puzzle assembly
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A jigsaw puzzle includes a base and multiple puzzle piece blocks detachably mounted on top of the base. The puzzle piece blocks are composed of corner puzzle piece blocks each having a first marking to show that the corner puzzle piece block is located at a corner of the base, side puzzle piece blocks each having a second marking to show that the side puzzle piece block is located at a side of the base and central puzzle piece blocks surrounded by the corner puzzle piece blocks and the side puzzle piece blocks.



Inventors:
Chuang, Shih-hung (Taipei Hsien, TW)
Application Number:
11/039891
Publication Date:
07/27/2006
Filing Date:
01/24/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F9/10
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Primary Examiner:
WONG, STEVEN B
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROSENBERG, KLEIN & LEE (3458 ELLICOTT CENTER DRIVE-SUITE 101, ELLICOTT CITY, MD, 21043, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A jigsaw puzzle comprising: a base; and multiple puzzle piece blocks detachably attached to a top face of the base and respectively having multiple bosses formed on a top face thereof and including corner puzzle piece blocks, side puzzle piece blocks and central puzzle piece blocks, each corner puzzle piece block having first bosses respectively formed on a back side of the corner puzzle piece block to correspond to one of corners of the corner puzzle piece block and two first ribs interconnecting three of the first bosses of the corner puzzle piece block to indicate that the corner puzzle piece block is located at one of multiple corners of the base, each side puzzle piece block having multiple second bosses respectively formed on a back side of the side puzzle piece block to correspond to one of corners of the side puzzle piece block and a second rib interconnecting two of the second bosses to indicate that the side puzzle piece block is located at a side of the base, each central puzzle piece block having multiple third bosses respectively formed on a back side of the central puzzle piece block to correspond to one of corners of the central puzzle piece block to indicate that the central puzzle piece blocks are surrounded by the corner puzzle piece blocks and the side puzzle piece blocks.

2. The jigsaw puzzle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the base has multiple through holes defined through the base, each of the corner puzzle piece blocks has a first circular step formed on the back side of the corner puzzle piece block and a first cylindrical extension extending from a center of the first circular step to be extended through a corresponding one of the through holes of the base, each of the side puzzle piece blocks has a second circular step formed on the back side of the side puzzle piece block and a second cylindrical extension extending from a center of the second circular step to be extended through a corresponding one of the through holes of the base, each of the central puzzle piece blocks has a third circular step formed on the back side of the central puzzle piece block and a third cylindrical extension extending from a center of the third circular step to be extended through a corresponding one of the through holes of the base such that after the first cylindrical extension of the corner puzzle piece block, the second cylindrical extension of the side puzzle piece block and the third cylindrical extension of the central puzzle piece block are extended through the corresponding through holes of the base, the first bosses, the first circular step, the second bosses, the second circular step, the third bosses and the third circular step keep the puzzle piece blocks away from engagement with the top face of the base to facilitate detachment of the puzzle piece blocks from the base.

3. The jigsaw puzzle as claimed in claim 1, wherein the base is composed of multiple base units each being selectively engageable with a corresponding one of the base units.

4. The jigsaw puzzle as claimed in claim 2, wherein the base is composed of multiple base units each being selectively engageable with a corresponding one of the base units and having multiple connecting areas each configured as a quadrant, each connecting area includes an arcuate gap defined between a first wall and a second wall having a height lower than a height of the first wall.

5. The jigsaw puzzle as claimed in claim 4 further comprising a circular joint to combine base units, the circular joint having a recessed area defined in a bottom face of the joint, a cross shaped protrusion formed on the bottom face of the joint and a cruciform path defined in the cross shaped protrusion to correspond to and receive therein side walls surrounded by the second wall of each of the base units such that after a portion of a peripheral edge of the circular joint is received in the arcuate gap in the base unit, each base units is selectively engageable with a corresponding one of the base units.

6. The jigsaw puzzle as claimed in claim 5, wherein the joint further has a step formed on a top periphery of the joint to correspond to a hook formed on an inner face of the second wall such that after the hook is abutted to the step of the joint, engagement between adjacent base units are secured.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a jigsaw puzzle, and more particularly to a jigsaw puzzle assembly having multiple subassemblies to be assembled respectively so as to form a complete picture and a frame assembly to secure the assembled jigsaw puzzle pieces on top of a base assembly.

2. Description of Related Art

Jigsaw puzzles are popular toys for children and even adults. Conventional jigsaw puzzles generally have planar pictures which have been cut up into pieces, and then the pieces are fitted together to recreate the pictures. The quantities of pieces in puzzles can be varied by manufacturers so that assorted difficulty levels in doing the puzzles are achieved in order to satisfy consumer demands.

There have been some jigsaw puzzles invented that are called three-dimensional puzzles. One of the three dimensional puzzles is composed of cubic pieces that each have six surfaces painted with various patterns and that can be recombined to form six pictures corresponding to the respective surfaces of the cubic pieces.

Another three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle has a three dimensional frame being composed of horizontal brackets and vertical brackets. The brackets have a plurality of apertures defined therein. Puzzle pieces with poles can be mounted on the brackets by the poles being inserted in the apertures to form a three-dimensional shape.

In a third three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle, there is a plurality of sheets painted with the same picture. The sheets are cut according to the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. The pieces are respectively adhered with the sheets and have different numbers. Whereby, the pieces have different thicknesses and the picture is recreated by the pieces so as to present a three-dimensional effect.

Although various jigsaw puzzle games do meet the players' requirements to allow the players to gradually solve the puzzle by putting the puzzle pieces of the same feature together, there is no jigsaw puzzle available in the market to allow the players to assemble subassemblies of the jigsaw puzzle first and then to combine the assembled subassemblies to form the predetermined picture. Furthermore, there is no structure to preserve the picture after the jigsaw puzzle is completed.

To overcome the shortcomings, the present invention tends to provide an improved jigsaw puzzle to mitigate the aforementioned problems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a jigsaw puzzle having multiple subassemblies to be assembled so that the user is able to assemble one subassembly at a time and then combine the subassemblies.

Another objective of the present invention is that a frame assembly is provided to the jigsaw puzzle so as to preserve the picture after the jigsaw puzzle is finished.

Still another objective of the present invention is to provide a securing device to the frame assembly to firmly combine the frame assembly so that the picture is protected.

Other objects, advantages and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the jigsaw puzzle of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a subassembly of the jigsaw puzzle of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the subassembly of the jigsaw puzzle of the present invention;

FIGS. 4, 5 and 6 are perspective views of the rear sides of the puzzle piece blocks of the subassembly of the puzzle piece blocks of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a cross sectional view showing the combination between a puzzle piece block and a secondary frame;

FIG. 8 is an exploded perspective view showing that a joint is provided to a bottom face of the base unit to enable one base unit to be assembled with another base unit;

FIG. 8A is a side plan view showing the structure of the joint;

FIG. 9 is a cross sectional view showing the assembly among one of the puzzle piece blocks, the base unit and the joint;

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of a side frame of the present invention;

FIG. 11 is an exploded perspective view of the bottom sides of the side frame and a corner frame;

FIG. 12 is a perspective view showing the structure of a bottom side of the jigsaw puzzle assembly of the present invention;

FIG. 13 is an exploded perspective view of the bottom sides of the side frame and a corner frame of a second embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 14 is a perspective view showing the structure of a bottom side of the jigsaw puzzle assembly of the second embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

With reference to FIG. 1, the jigsaw puzzle in accordance with the present invention includes a frame assembly (1) and a puzzle piece assembly (2) securely framed by the frame assembly (1).

With reference to FIGS. 2 and 3, it is noted that the puzzle piece assembly (2) of the present invention includes multiple base units (21) and multiple puzzle piece blocks (22) detachably mounted on top of the base units (21). The base unit (21) has multiple through holes (211) defined through the base unit (21).

With reference to FIGS. 4, 5 and 6, multiple bosses (220) are formed on top of each of the puzzle piece blocks (22) to present a unique reflection of light after a unique picture is painted on top of each of the puzzle piece blocks (22) and light shines on the bosses (220). The puzzle piece blocks (22) include four corner puzzle piece blocks (22A), side puzzle piece blocks (22B) and central puzzle piece blocks (22C). Each of the corner puzzle piece blocks (22A) has bosses (four are formed in this embodiment) (22A1) each formed on a corresponding one of corners of a bottom side of the corner puzzle piece block (22A) and two first ribs (22A2) extending from one of the bosses (22A1) to respectively connect to two different bosses (22A1).

Each side puzzle piece block (22B) has bosses (22B1) (four in this embodiment) each formed on a corresponding one of corners of a bottom side of the side puzzle piece block (22B) and one second rib (22B2) interconnecting two of the bosses (22B1). Each central puzzle piece block (22C) has bosses (22C1) (four in this embodiment) respectively formed on a corresponding one of corners of a bottom side of the central puzzle piece block (22C). Furthermore, each corner puzzle piece block (22A), each side puzzle piece block (22B) and each central puzzle piece block (22C) has a circular step (22A3, 22B3,22C3) formed on the bottom side of the corner puzzle piece block (22A), the side puzzle piece block (22B) and the central puzzle piece block (22C) and a cylindrical extension (22A4,22B4,22C4) extending from a center of the circular step (22A3, 22B3,22C3) of the corner puzzle piece block (22A), the side puzzle piece block (22B) and the central puzzle piece block (22C) to correspond to and be received in one of the through holes (211) of the base unit (21) as shown in FIG. 7.

The formation of the two ribs (22A2) of the corner puzzle piece block (22A) is to indicate that this particular corner puzzle piece block (22A) is located at a particular corner of the base unit (21) of the puzzle piece assembly (2). The rib (22B2) of the side piece block (22B) is to show that this particular side puzzle piece block (22B) is located at a particular side of the base unit (21) and the central puzzle piece blocks (22C) are then surrounded by the corner puzzle piece blocks (22A) and the side puzzle piece blocks (22B). Therefore, it is noted that after the corner puzzle piece blocks (22A), the side puzzle piece blocks (22B) and the central puzzle piece blocks (22C) are mounted on a top face of the base unit (21), the bosses (22A1,22B1,22C1) of the corner puzzle piece blocks (22A), the side puzzle piece blocks (22B) and the central puzzle piece blocks (22C) keep the bottom faces of the corner puzzle piece blocks (22A), the side puzzle piece blocks (22B) and the central puzzle piece blocks (22C) from engagement with the top face of the base unit (21).

With reference to FIG. 8, it is noted that a bottom face of the base unit (21) is provided with multiple connecting areas (212) (four in this embodiment) each being a quarter of a circle. Each connecting area (212) includes an arcuate gap (2121) defined between a first wall (2122) and a second wall (2123) having a height lower than that of the first wall (2122) and a hook (2124) formed on an inner face of the first wall (2122). A circular joint (3) is provided to combine base units (21). In this embodiment, the joint (3) is able to combine four base units (21). The joint (3) has a recessed area (31) defined in a bottom face of the joint (3) and a cross shaped protrusion (32) formed on the bottom face of the joint (3) and having a crossed path (321) defined in the protrusion (32). Furthermore, from the depiction of FIG. 8A, the joint (3) has a step (30) formed on a top periphery of the joint (3) to correspond to the hook (2124).

With reference to FIG. 9, it is noted that when the joint (3) is applied to combine the base unit (21) having a puzzle piece block (22) detachably mounted on top of the base unit (21) via an extension of the cylindrical extension (22A4, 22B4, 22C4) into the through hole (211) of the base unit (21), the hook (2124) is on top of the step (30) to secure the joint (3) in the arcuate gap (2121). Furthermore, because the height of the second wall (2123) is smaller than that of the first wall (2122), after the joint (3) is received in the arcuate gap (2121), the top face of the joint (3) is flush with the first wall (2122) of the base unit (21). Further, side walls surrounded by the second wall (2133) of the base units (21) are respectively received in the crossed shaped paths (321) of the circular joint (3).

With reference to FIGS. 10, 11 and 12, the frame assembly (1) of the present invention includes corner frames (11) and side frames (12). To simplify the structure of the frame assembly (1) of the present invention, only one side frame (12) is introduced between two corner frames (11). The combination of the corner frames (11) and the side frame (12) forms a rectangle. The corner frame (11) has a sectorial wall (111) formed between two adjacent side walls of the corner frame (11) to correspond to the arcuate gap (2121) of the base unit (21). A first securing device is provided between the corner frame (11) and the side frame (12) to combine the corner frame (11) and the side frame (12). The first securing device includes two half-cylindrical protrusions, a first half-cylindrical protrusion (112) formed on a side of the corner frame (11) and a second half-cylindrical protrusion (121) formed on a side of the side frame (12) to combine with the first half-cylindrical protrusion (112) to form a cylinder. The first securing device further has a hollow cylindrical connector (13) to receive therein the first half-cylindrical protrusion (112) and the second half-cylindrical protrusion (121). After the first half-cylindrical protrusion (112) and the second half-cylindrical protrusion (121) are received in the cylindrical connector (13), the corner frame (11) and the side frame (12) are securely combined. Further, the side frame (12) has a half circular wall (122) formed on a side face of the side frame (12) to correspond to a combination of two arcuate gaps (2121) of two base units (21). Therefore, from the depiction of FIG. 12, it is noted that a joint (3) is able to combine four base units (21), a sectorial wall (111) of the corner frame (11) is able to connect to one base unit (21) and the half circular wall (122) of the side frame (12) is able to combine two base units (21).

Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3, it is noted that because the puzzle piece assembly (2) of the present invention is composed of multiple base units (21) and each base unit (21) has multiple puzzle piece blocks (22) detachably mounted thereon, a user is able to separately package one base unit (21) together with the puzzle piece blocks (22) on that one particular base unit (21) as a travel package. That is, the player of the jigsaw puzzle is able to carry one portion of the jigsaw puzzle as a pastime on a bus journey etc so that after each of the puzzle piece blocks (22) is mounted on each of the base units (21), the player is then able to combine the base units (21) one by one via the joint (3). Therefore, in addition to the indication of the rib formed on the back side of the corner puzzle piece block and the side puzzle piece block, the difficulty level of the jigsaw puzzle may be reduced by the travel package.

With reference to FIGS. 13 and 14, it is noted that a second securing device is provided between the corner frame (11) and the side frame (12). The second securing device includes a first notch (112a) defined in a side face of the corner frame (11), a second notch (121a) defined in a side face of the side frame (12) and a bolt and nut combination (14). In this embodiment, the corner frame (11) has two first notches (112a) respectively defined in two side faces thereof and the side frame (12) has two second notches (121a) respectively in two side faces thereof. When the side frame (12) and the corner frame (11) are to be combined, the first notch (112a) is aligned with the second notch (121a) and then the bolt is applied to extend through the aligned first notch (112a) and the second notch (121a). Thereafter, the nut is screwed to the bolt to secure engagement between the corner frame (11) and the side frame (12).

With reference to FIGS. 15, 16 and 17, it is noted that a third securing device is applied to the frame assembly (1). The third securing device includes first through holes (112b) respectively defined in two side faces of the corner frame (11), a second through hole (121b) defined through side faces of the side frame (12), L-shaped connectors (15) and extensions (16). Each L-shaped connector (15) has two sets of screw holes (151,152) respectively formed on a vertical portion and a horizontal portion of the L-shaped connector (15) and bolts (153) each corresponding to one of the screw holes (151,152). Each extension (16) has two sets of connecting holes (161,162) respectively defined in two opposite ends of the extension (16). Each set of connecting holes (161,162) corresponds to one set of screw holes (151,152). That is, the L-shaped connector (15) is able to connect to two extensions (16), one to the vertical portion and the other one to the horizontal portion of the L-shaped connector (15).

When the L-shaped connector (15) as well as the extensions (16) is applied to the frame assembly (1), the L-shaped connector (15) is placed on the back side of the corner frame (11) to have the vertical (horizontal) portion extended through the first through holes (112b) in one side face of the corner frame (11) and the horizontal (vertical) portion extended through the first through holes (112b) in the other side face of the corner frame (11). Thereafter, two extensions (16) are extended into the vertical portion and the horizontal portion of the L-shaped connector (15) to have one set of connecting holes (161,162) to be in alignment with one set of screw holes (151,152) of the L-shaped connector (15). Then the bolts (153) are applied to screw into the aligned screw holes (151,152) and connecting holes (161,162) so that the frame assembly (1) is secured.

From the introduction of different securing devices, it is noted that the frame assembly of the present invention can be assembled in any suitable manner so long as the corner frame (11) and the side frame (12) are securely connected together. After the frame assembly (1) of the present invention is assembled and the puzzle piece assembly (2) is securely framed by the frame assembly (1), the entire jigsaw puzzle reveals a unique attraction to observers' attention due to its special light reflection resulting from the bosses (220) on top of each of the puzzle piece blocks (22).

It is to be understood, however, that even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and function of the invention, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in detail, especially in matters of shape, size, and arrangement of parts within the principles of the invention to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms in which the appended claims are expressed.