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LEGO Creator Roller Coaster review

One of the most anticipated LEGO sets that will be released soon is the #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster. We talked about the set already, along with the #31084 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Roller Coaster available later this summer. See the article and discussion here: LEGO Creator Roller Coasters Coming! 🙂

In the previous article linked above, you will find the press-release with pictures and a couple of demonstration videos on how the #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster works. However, LEGO didn’t release a designer-video as of yet, which leaves LEGO fans with some questions about both the construction and the functions of the set.

Fortunately, JANGBRiCKS was able to get an early copy of the set from eBay, and did a throughout review, with some extremely helpful details. He shares on his blog: “The build took a good 7+ hours and casually exposed me to some pretty advanced and humbling LEGO math. Best of all, the finished product works every bit as well as anyone could ask for, if not better.” Sounds exciting, isn’t it?

In the player below, I have included two videos by JANGBRiCKS. The first one is the full review of the set (about 25 minutes long), covering everything from the building experience, building techniques, how to motorize the set, unique parts, minifigures, size comparison with other large sets, any possible issues that may come up while building and playing with the set, and more. The second video is the time-lapse build of the set, which follows the process of building the set in speedup mode (less than 10 minutes long). I recommend watching both.

I was very happy to see that the #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster can split into two for easier transportation! This is something many LEGO fans were concerned about, as moving such a beast can be very awkward and even dangerous. I also really like the little builds like the ticket booth, the juice stand, and the cotton candy cart. The interior walkway and the trees using a new building technique are also nice surprises. Obviously a lot of thought went into designing this set to provide structural integrity, fun play-features, and impressive displayability. Below is the official description with more details:

Take a ride with the ultimate Roller Coaster! 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. Measures over 20” (53cm) high, 34” (88cm) wide and 16” (41cm) deep. Includes 11 minifigures. 4,124 pieces. Price: $379.99 – Available for LEGO VIP members on May 16th (with regular release on June 1st) at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.

The #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster makes the perfect fairground addition to the previously released #10257 LEGO Creator Expert Carousel and the #10247 LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel, both of which are still available at the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the new roller coaster set now that you had a chance to watch the review? Are you planning to add it to your collection? Do you have the other fairground sets? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • Maya May 10, 2018, 12:38 PM

    Looks like there’s a typo (sort of) in the article description – it’s the roller coaster, not the carousel 🙂
    I like the roller coaster, but think we’re going to wait for the pirate one. The price on this is just more than I can afford.

    • admin May 10, 2018, 1:00 PM

      Hm… the title was incorrect, but I fixed that this morning, which was hours ago. I’m not sure why it would still show up wrong. It’s correct on my side. 😕

      • TomTom May 10, 2018, 1:14 PM

        Looks fine to me. I sometimes mix up park rides too! 😀

  • TomTom May 10, 2018, 1:24 PM

    The set is obviously amazing, and as Jang says, a marvel of engineering, but somehow I don’t like the muted colors. The Carousel and the Ferris Wheel where more cheery. That’s my only gripe with this set.

    • admin May 10, 2018, 4:19 PM

      Hm… yeah, the Carousel and Ferris Wheel has some very nice colors. The light-blue is carried over to the Roller Coaster, but as you said, it’s definitely not as colorful as the other two sets. The red nicely stand out though. 🙂

  • DavidH May 10, 2018, 1:44 PM

    I’m not clear on how Boost is used with this. If you have a PF pack only does everything works? What about the Boost pack? Is that enough to motorize the whole thing, or do you need both Boost and PF?

    • admin May 10, 2018, 4:17 PM

      As far as I understand PF is used to motorize the roller coaster, while BOOST is only optional to add sound effects.

    • Will May 10, 2018, 5:29 PM

      From what I saw you could use the battery pack for either but power functions is what will most likely have the rotary motor you need where as Boost primarily uses servo motors.

      It’s possible the servo motor can be used in a pinch, but it wouldn’t be ideal which is why they probably advocate for getting both Power Functions and Boost.

      But yeah, Boost is mostly for the sensors and the sound effects.

  • LEGOMom May 10, 2018, 8:28 PM

    I wouldn’t know where to put such a huge set, but the little pathway and stands are very nice. I might use those as inspirations for our own builds.

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