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LEGO Creator Roller Coaster available now!

Just a quick reminder that starting today, LEGO VIP members get early access to the #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster. This gives LEGO VIP members a chance to try out the set a couple of weeks earlier than the general public on June 1st. We have discussed the set in detail already, (see: LEGO Creator Roller Coaster Coming! and LEGO Creator Roller Coaster Review), so below, I will only repeat some of the basic information about the set for your convenience. 🙂

Here is the official description of the set: 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.

While the #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster can operate with a hand-crank, as demonstrated by Jang in the LEGO Creator Roller Coaster Review, you probably would want to motorize it for the most impressive effect. Although the coaster looks complex, it is actually super easy to motorize, as LEGO already designed the set with motorization in mind. All you need is two LEGO Power Functions elements; a LEGO Power Functions Battery Box (either the regular one or the rechargeable one), and a LEGO Power Functions M-Motor. If you own other motorized LEGO sets, you probably already have these pieces, but if you don’t, you can get them at the LEGO Power Functions section of the Online LEGO Shop. Keep in mind that LEGO Power Functions elements tend to go on backorder whenever a popular new potentially motorized LEGO set gets releases, so I would recommend purchasing Power Functions parts within the next couple of weeks (before the general release of the coaster).

Other sets that tend to go on backorder whenever a popular new set gets released are the ones that have some connection to the new set (i.e. they are from the same series). In the case of the #10261 LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster, these would be the #10257 LEGO Creator Expert Carousel and the #10247 LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel, as they complete the fairground collection. While many LEGO fans already have these sets, others buy them later when they realize LEGO is making a full series. So expect both sets to be hard to find after the general release of the coaster. Currently, both sets are available at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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

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  • DavidH May 16, 2018, 1:04 PM

    Amazing set. Looking forward to see how afols will customize it!

    • Håkan May 17, 2018, 6:48 AM

      So far, this seems to be the only set containing red tracks, so to build a bigger roller coaster, you’d need to buy two sets.

      • Håkan May 17, 2018, 6:55 AM

        After its release, Red seems to be the only color to contain all the track parts, though. (Otherwise you’d have to mix purple and gray parts.)

        • admin May 17, 2018, 2:17 PM

          My guess is that gray will be the most available. I read that there is going to be a track pack coming as well, so we will be able to expand roller coasters cheaply. But I don’t know yet what color they will be.

      • admin May 17, 2018, 2:16 PM

        Yes, but you can also just reconfigure it. I know on Twitter people are talking about wanting to build a full loop. 😀

  • Martin May 16, 2018, 1:26 PM

    It’s interesting that they used all those 2×2 round bricks instead of support poles. This increases the pieces greatly. Probably a better building experience though.

    • Håkan May 16, 2018, 5:29 PM

      Seems a bit monotonous to me…

      Then, I don’t have the money or space for such a set, anyway…

  • brickmaster May 16, 2018, 1:39 PM

    I would have never imagined a decade ago that Lego would be releasing enormous sets like these. Really great to see the company doing well.

    • jabber-baby-wocky May 16, 2018, 2:36 PM

      I have to agree. Would have never guessed so many large sets. In fact, I’m starting to feel that they might be saturating the market. Of course, if the sets sell, good for them. Amazing coaster by the way.

  • BigShawn May 16, 2018, 3:39 PM

    So, anybody got it already? I watched Jang’s review, but curious to hear more opinions.

  • Legostuff71 May 16, 2018, 6:45 PM

    Great looking set but, to expensive for me. I have an off topic question. Let’s say you’ve collected a certain theme and Lego stops making it . Then all of a sudden Lego brings the same theme back and it’s better looking than the previous theme. Would you collect it all over again even though you have an older version of it. What’s your thoughts on the matter?

    • admin May 16, 2018, 6:57 PM

      Hm… this is a dilemma many LEGO Star Wars fans face, and now of course, we will have the same thing with the new Harry Potter sets. I’m not the best person to answer this question, as I’m mostly a builder not a collector. In other words, I only buy individual sets from different themes that I like, and I often rebuild them, or at least customize them.

      I do know some collectors who will resell their old collection when they see a re-release coming (or even just the re-release of one set). They will quickly resell their old set for good prices before most people will realize there is a re-release on the way. Once the re-release becomes available, prices on the older version usually plummet. So, if you want to sell, it is best to do it before the new version is out.

      I also know collectors who are very happy with the original release, and they are perfectly fine sitting out the re-release. Or, perhaps, they will get a few of the newer sets to enhance their original collection (if they are compatible), maybe update some of the minifigs and accessories… something like that.

      So, I would say it really depends on the individual, and how happy they are with their original collection, and how much they like the new version. There is no right or wrong way to approach this. Sometimes freshening up a collection is the best way to go, and other times sticking with the classics makes the most sense – or, any combination of the two. Whatever makes you happy is the best way to go. 😉

      • Håkan May 16, 2018, 8:17 PM

        Yeah, do you prefer the collecting itself, or having a complete collection?

        Sometimes, collecting as a pastime could – in itself – bring on a purpose, depending on the individual.

  • Legostuff71 May 16, 2018, 8:12 PM

    Yeah, you’re right about that. It’s up to me . It is the new Harry Potter sets . I may get some of the newer version and mix it with the old. Back to the topic, I watched Jang’s review and my problem is (besides the price ) that it looks complicated and is very fragile when or if you have to move it. I like the modular buildings because they are sold and don’t break very easily.

    • Håkan May 16, 2018, 8:21 PM

      Wouldn’t the older and newer Harry Potter sets likely be pretty compatible, either way, at least the sets after 2004 when the fleshies were introduced?

      • Håkan May 16, 2018, 8:25 PM

        Or are you missing the Sand Green roofs?

        Anyway, it’d be nice to see some Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff school uniforms in the new wave.

        • admin May 16, 2018, 8:30 PM

          I actually miss the sand-green roofs, and I don’t even really care for Harry Potter. I do feel that the original sets had a nicer color-scheme with the tan and sand-green compared to the new ones. But since they are all sandy/earthy colors, I think they would look fine mixed.

    • admin May 16, 2018, 8:32 PM

      Sets this big are definitely not meant to be moved around a lot. And I do agree that the Modulars are just the right size to be friendly and sturdy enough for moving. Although Assembly Square does push those limits with the larger size.

  • Legostuff71 May 16, 2018, 10:07 PM

    There are so many cool sets coming out this summer that I’m going to lose my mind .Lol! I think I will mix and match the old with the new Harry Potter sets. Right now I have Tatooine and Jakku set up. I put out my Jabba the Hutt set out ( with Rancor set) and made kind of a open face continuation of Jabba’s palace ( for easy access for playability). I made a work shop for my Freemaker family . Throw in Mos Eisley cantina and that one Jakku set ( I forgot the characters name).there you have it. So , it’s bounty hunters vs the Empire.

    • admin May 17, 2018, 2:15 PM

      Bounty hunters vs. Empire. I sign up for that. 😈

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