It has been long rumored that after the #10244 LEGO Creator Fairground Mixer from 2014, the #10247 LEGO Creator Ferris Wheel from 2015, and the #10257 LEGO Creator Carousel from 2017, the next fairground-inspired set is going to be a roller coaster. 🙂
This rumor was mostly based on the fact that the box images and promotional materials of both the #10247 LEGO Creator Ferris Wheel and the #10257 LEGO Creator Carousel featured a roller coaster in the background. (As a side note, that same images also show a swing ride, which appears to be heavily inspired by the Star Flyer ride of Tivoli Gardens, Denmark. The LEGO version has the same star shaped body as the real ride, and it even features a similar globe on top – except that the LEGO version is shaped like a LEGO Classic Space logo. This may be a hint to another future fairground set.)
When the #70922 LEGO Batman Movie The Joker Manor was revealed last year with a whole new roller coaster track and car system, it became pretty obvious that we are going to get a regular roller very soon. However, LEGO decided to surprise us with not one, but two roller coasters this year. The #31084 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Roller Coaster includes a fairly substantial number of tracks, to build a full roller coaster ride, and the set can also be rebuilt into two other fun rides. This will be an excellent and moderately priced introduction (exact price not yet known) to the new roller coaster system.
If you want to go big, however, and build a giant roller coaster for your minifigures, you can look forward to the #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster coming soon. Below is the press-release of the new set, along with pictures, and introductory videos.
Take a ride with the ultimate Roller Coaster! Enjoy the thrills and excitement of the fairground with this chain-lift Roller Coaster featuring a wealth of brick-built details and 11 minifigures. Upgradable with LEGO Power Functions and LEGO BOOST for an added movement sensor and realistic sound effects!
This fully functional chain-lift model comes with 2 trains and an array of authentic features and functions, including a ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, height marker, and a covered boarding station complete with opening barriers and a control panel. Lower the lap bars to secure the riders into the cars and release the brake to send the train to the foot of the first climb. Then activate the chain lift and enjoy the ride as the gravity-driven cars hurtle through the Roller Coaster’s twists and turns. Upgrade the Roller Coaster with LEGO Power Functions for a motorized chain lift or LEGO BOOST for an added movement sensor and realistic sound effects! This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 11 minifigures.
- Build a fully functioning Roller Coaster with 2 trains, lots of big dips and upgrade options.
- Upgrade with LEGO BOOST and LEGO Power Functions for an even more immersive experience.
- Includes 11 minifigures: a cotton candy vendor, 2 ride attendants, 2 grandparents with their granddaughter and 5 riders. 8 of these minifigures feature reversible heads to display different emotions.
- Fully functional chain-lift Roller Coaster model features a classic brick-built sign, control panel, 2 trains—each consisting of 3 train cars with low-friction wheels, and a 44-piece track consisting of 7 different rail elements.
- Also features a ticket booth, fountain, cotton candy cart, concession stand, waiting area with bench, camera element and a pond with a frog figure.
- Buy your ticket at the booth and make your way to the covered plaza.
- No cheating at the height marker—the ride attendant has an accurate measuring stick!
- Help the riders into the cars and secure the lap bars.
- Release the brake to send the cars to the foot of the first climb.
- Activate the chain lift to pull the train cars to the top of the first drop.
- Move the rails to launch a second train.
- Serve refreshing beverages at the concession stand or spin some cotton candy.
- Don’t forget to smile as you race past the camera!
- Upgrade the Roller Coaster with LEGO Power Functions for a motorized chain lift, or with LEGO BOOST for automated chain lift activation and realistic sound effects!
- Decorated elements include a ticket, money, arrow tiles, pressure gauge, number pad and a ride control panel.
- Special new-for-June-2018 elements include a 2x8x6 Rail Slope, 1x2x1 Bow Brick, plant leaves, stalks and flowers. Other elements include a height checker and 2 cotton candy treats.
- Makes the perfect fairground addition to the #10257 LEGO Creator Expert Carousel and the #10247 LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel.
Measures over 20” (53cm) high, 34” (88cm) wide and 16” (41cm) deep.
- Recommended for ages 16+.
- Includes 4,124 pieces.
The #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster will be released on June first, with early access to LEGO VIP members on May 16th. Prices are as follows: $379.99 US – $479.99 CN – DE 329.99€ – FR 349.99€ – UK £299.99 – DK 2699DKK (Euro pricing varies by country). For further details, please visit the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the new roller coaster sets? Are you planning to get either of them? Or both? Do you have the other fairground sets? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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