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Puzzles by Maker > Mr Puzzle Limited Edition wooden puzzles > 20th Anniversary Limited Edition 2 Sets - SOLD OUT

Katie Koala sequential discovery puzzle


Katie Koala sequential discovery puzzle

Katie Koala & her joey Verne
You're getting two tough Koala puzzles not just one!
Limited Edition set of 65 puzzles to be made.  Once sold they will never be made again.

Released 4th January 2014. 7th January 2014 all puzzles have now been sold.  If you would like to be wait listed please email to
Many of these puzzles will not be completed until late 2014/early 2015 and circumstances can change in a year.  So if someone has been allocated a puzzle but decides by then they do not want to have their puzzle we will contact you then.

Delivery Brian always knew it was going to be a mammoth project but it’s only now that’s he’s about half way through that he realises just how long it’s going to take to finish this LE set.
The schedule has been revised and Brian now expects that in the first quarter of 2014 he will be able to complete about 12 puzzles.
He will then break to work on IPP exchange puzzles that he committed to last year.  After IPP he’ll resume completion of Koalas through 2014/2015.  Even at that point to finish the other 53 Koala’s he estimates there’s in excess of 7 months full time work for one person to finish them.
The puzzles have been allocated on a first come, first served basis.  We've had overwhelming interest in this puzzle and all of the initial batch of 12 have been allocated; in fact almost 2/3 of the puzzle have been allocated. 

There is much more going on inside this Koala’s head than a real Koala even after she’s been eating lots of gum leaves.  Not just a single puzzle. This is a collection of a number of puzzles, all complex in their own right.  The big puzzle for Brian was how to fit all the puzzling experiences into one Koala so that it didn't turn out the size of a small motor car?

The ultimate goal is to find the 20th Anniversary token.

Along the way you’ll have to find and assemble Katie Koala's joey named Verne; technically you’re getting two tough Koala puzzles not just one.  To find the joey you'll have to navigate literally a maze of locks that interact with each other.
The final door is actually held shut with 4 separate locks so there will be no fluke to open it.  Once you do open it you'll be rewarded not only with the token, but you'll also get to see a lot of the inner mechanisms that Brian has deliberately left exposed.  We would love to show you some of the brass work inside so you can understand where all the time’s been spent preparing this puzzle but that would give away waaaaaaay too many clues! so you’ll just have to wait until you discover it all for yourself.

In the past Brian has left ideas out of puzzles to keep the cost down.  This being his 20th Anniversary he wanted to go all out, and everything he planned just seemed to work well, so he kept going.....  It’s unlikely that he’ll ever make anything this elaborate again in a single puzzle. 

The complexity to solve is matched by the complexity to make.  There are 17 separate glued wooden pieces to create the head alone.  This does not include the large number of pieces of brass work contained within; there's many more of those.







Do you have the ‘koalafications’ to tackle this one?
The puzzle was designed by Brian Young.  Special thanks to Junichi and his wife Yukari for their fabulous collaboration on the design for the joey.

Woods used:  Koala - Papua New Guinean Teak (Vitex) with ear trim from Silver Ash and nose, hands & feet from Papua New Guinean Ebony.  Her joey is made from Sycamore wood.
The puzzle also includes lots of brass and magnets used to make many tools that you will discover as you progress.
Size:  Height 233mm  Width 150mm at the ears Depth 125mm

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