Rollercoaster!

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The just announced 70922 The Joker Manor will introduce no less than five new rollercoaster track pieces as well as the cars themselves, which surely signals the arrival of a Creator Expert rollercoaster next year.

Let's take a look at the pieces after the break...


You can click on the picture for a super-hi-res version.

From left to right we can identify the five pieces:

  • 90 degree curve, I'm guess at something like 32 studs diameter
  • Shallow ramp
  • 8 length straight
  • Steep Ramp, lower section
  • Steep ramp, upper section

The ramp pieces appear to be 16 studs long.

The lime green rollercoaster cars are five studs long and fitted with four wheels, side guards to keep them on the track and a coupling system that enables them to turn corners. It is not motorised -- the instructions would have said as much if it were -- so the 'hand of God' will be needed to push it round the track.

However, I suspect it's very free-rolling and maybe the cars are capable of being driven up a steep ramp to enable a realistic rollercoaster to be constructed, using pieces not present in this set.

What do you think?

53 comments on this article

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By in United States,

LEGO Rollercoaster Tycoon CONFIRMED.

Anyone else have memories of that game?

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By in United Kingdom,

What about 41130 Amusement Park Roller Coaster? Are they not proper roller coaster elements?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ The gradient on that thing is pitiful.

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By in United States,

A really nice thing about this roller coaster system is that it seems like it could fit just as easily in a Creator Expert set as, say, a City, Friends, or Juniors set. Like the previous narrow-gauge tracks, there's nothing stopping LEGO from using these track pieces in other ways besides as tracks. Also, if sets with this feature do well LEGO might be able to justify adding new elements for building, say, a loop-de-loop. The biggest potential disadvantage is that there's no obvious way to add a motorized lift chain underneath one of the inclines to make one with realistic functionality… although, LEGO might find a way to surprise me, maybe by looping small Technic tread links around the rail ties.

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By in United Kingdom,

I hope for black, white, grey, tan, ... anything neutral.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ That's what I was alluding to with "using pieces not present in this set"

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By in United States,

Very excited by these pieces. My 10-y.o. and 6-y.o. and I have been building a lot of roller coasters using the standard Lego train tracks, and we've been saying for a while that more appropriate roller coaster tracks would be great to work with.

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By in Netherlands,

A sixth rail element could be a 45 degree section that would fit inbetween the Steep Ramps.

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By in Colombia,

Creator Expert has a Carousel, a Ferris Wheel, and a Fairground Mixer. All of them can be motorised and have instructions included to do it.

I agree with Huw, it's likely this is a precursor to a Creator Expert Rollercoaster. And if so, it is likely it can be motorised too.

Very exciting!

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By in United States,

I really hope so. If they continue to make the large/expensive creator amusement park sets, it would be a great follow up to the Ferris Wheel and Carousel. I saw the Joker manor announcement and was wondering the same thing.

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By in Norway,

i'm guessing a lot of people will buy multiple sets to make a larger rollercoaster

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By in Australia,

It looks like fun. What I am more excited to see are specialised roller coaster track elements as well as coaster carriage elements. This will hopefully mean a future rollercoaster in the summer fairground theme.

*edit* It looks like I wasn't the only one who immediately joined the dots for the future use of the new coaster elements.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Roloff, exactly!

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By in Germany,

As soon as I saw the picture I yelled: "I NEED this!"
Much to the dismay of my family members. But they quickly decided I was right ^^

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By in Malaysia,

It's probable that you could slant the straight section of track, although it wouldn't be ideal.

I can't see an easy way of motorising pulling the cars up an incline, but you never know.

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By in United States,

It seems to me a solution to the pulling the cars up the incline could be something similar to the conveyor belt on the Bucket Wheel Excavator, some sort of gears track system. But it would be very Technic based.

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By in United States,

I saw a box in his attic that says "Wildstyle!"

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By in United States,

I have been waiting so long for these pieces!!!! Lego you have truly made my wish come true!!! There are so many possibilities, hopefully we see these pieces used in a creator coaster! Maybe they will release a few modified pieces so that it can be motorized!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks like a really good set and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with a dedicated rollercoaster set.

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By in United States,

Is the timing of this to fight against the new CDX coaster?

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By in Netherlands,

Is the Creator Rollercoaster something that is being rumoured with the the parts in these sets making it a high possibility or are these just hopes?

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By in United States,

I've been waiting for this one, and it's better than I imagined. This makes me so happy.

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By in United States,

Coaster. Coaster. COASTER!!!!

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By in United States,

The roller coaster pieces are going to be REDICULOUS on the re-sale market until Lego gets some more sets out. The possibilities are awesome! Since it comes out the day after my birthday, I think that calls for 2.

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By in United States,

I'm much less excited about this set (even though it is a cool set) than I am about the prospect of future sets and where these new pieces are going to show up. The round 1x1 lemon slice tile, the coaster tracks obviously, and are the pieces the funhouse mirror stickers are on new as well or have I just not noticed them.?

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By in United States,

I hate to pee in the cornflakes, especially because I love the idea of a coaster in the future, but TLG...cmon...another 250+ set???

My wallet, seriously, is weeping...:P

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By in France,

I hope Lego read your post! I will enjoy a coaster very much. But i wonder about the build: it could be very repetitive to build the structure of the coaster... I hope the designer will find a way to avoid this kind of issue. Maybe some tracks could be set up on a mountain, some others on a bridge, inside a tunnel etc. Something like the "Big thunder mountain" train attraction in Disneyland: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/8_HM2a0sx-Y/maxresdefault.jpg
What do you think about this?

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By in Germany,

@Yooha.....excellent link. Many thanks

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By in United States,

Oh yeah, I forgot that The LEGO Batman Movie was missing a $199.99+ set, LEGO Movie had Sea Cow and Ninja had the city.

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By in Ireland,

Call me mr glass half empty but unless those side-guards also have little wheels the rolling resistance could be substantial in turns. Combined with very little weight in the cars I'm not sure how well this system is going to function...

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By in United States,

The $500 dollar Creator Expert Coaster comes out December. Get your wallets ready folks. I'm sure you all have lots of dinero just waiting to be spent.

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By in Belgium,

C'mon Lego bring us a creator expert rollercoaster! :)

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By in Norway,

I'm personally a little disappointed they've decided to introduce yet another track system rather than expanding on the current narrow-gauge one (which still lacks essentials like straights, switches and crossings). Also, the single-piece carts reeks a bit of Juniors and seems rather inflexible.

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By in United States,

@jedibricks82 Seeing how the Taj Mahal took the title of the largest Lego set from the UCS MF just 1 year after it was released in 2007, maybe the new roller coaster would be the same and retake that title again from the new MF with over 8000 pieces lol

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By in Australia,

Beyond the obvious UCS Roller Coaster possibilities, could we perhaps see a re-imagining of the all time classic 6399 Airport Shuttle or its Futuron cousins? I guess it depends on the extent to which Lego has invested in a motor element for the new coaster wheel elements...

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By in Netherlands,

As others have said it seems that if these pieces are used for a creator expert coaster it will be a pretty boring one. There doesnt seem to be any pieces to lengthen the gradient and none of the pieces allow you to make a loop. That coupled with the weird little coaster cars gives me little hope that a fairground coaster would look any different from the one in this set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps instead of doing a large thriller rollercoaster LEGO will instead choose to focus on rides that incorporate more scenery and other features within the ride and have less focus on the coaster as opposed to the other things. Such as a haunted house coaster, or a child’s ride with other features, etc...

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By in Romania,

I think it may be motorized using a sort of chain by the side of the rail. Actually I'm pretty sure it can be done and is the first thing I would try.

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By in Italy,

i think there might be just enought room to have a chain lifter under the carriage. Looking at pictures, the slope track pieces have quite some space beneath and the carriage are slightly raised. Either that, or there will be specialized pieces for motorized lifting, becouse i'm pretty sure lego wouldn't have added so many new pieces without considering motorizing the lift.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm hoping there's a motorised lift we haven't seen yet. It would be an incredible waste of time if there wasn't.

The problem I'm seeing is that the curves are level; they don't continue the descent, so the cars must enter a curve with enough momentum to get all the way round to the next slope. You would need separate right & left turns if they did descend, but flat turns are a serious limitation on how a powered coaster could work.

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By in United Kingdom,

Unfortunately this seems to be a very underwhelming selection of parts for a roller coaster. No loop, s-bends or way to extend the drops means you can get very little from the track design other then those fold out kiddie rollercoasters you see at travelling fairs.

The price also worries me somewhat this set is £250 but doesn't really look like £250 worth of Lego (though as a licenced product this may be skewed somewhat). Now a lot of this will be down to the Joker Mansion in the middle of the coaster but take that away and the coaster will still need supports, theming, ticket booth, etc. for a more generic Creator coaster. So far the Creator fair ground line has been great at giving us rides that feel complete and have wonderful detail for about £160. I fear with a roller coaster to get any sort of decent run it will end up feeling very skeletal and out of tune with the rest of the lines statement pieces.

Having said all that I do hope Lego prove me wrong because a fully realised, customisable rollercoaster system would be a fantastic addition to the line (plus I could build some of my better designs from RCT in real life!).

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By in United Kingdom,

The big drop is split in two so it could be extended as much as you want with an extra fixed slope piece.

My concern is that these are a lot of new parts and neither Direct-To-Consumer nor Creator Expert sets get new part-shapes. That these tracks appear here is just another example of a shorter turn-around for these sets compared to regular ones. Such as how the Medieval Marketplace had brown cows before the City Farm sets that cows were designed for were even announced.

This amount of investment suggests either a new line in fun-parks or a City roller-coaster, in which case it might not be powered. However, it could still be hand-cranked. The cross-ties of the slopes are rounded off, so a chain could run loosely over the top of them, if the cars were designed with a catching mechanism that suits LEGO chain links.

My biggest technical issue is with the flat curve pieces, which won't help with smooth automatic running. It'll be interesting to see a Designer Video and if the cars, once pushed up to the top of the slope at the front, get enough speed off that first small drop to make it all the way round that first turn and the rest of the loop.

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By in United States,

No doubt. They wouldn't make so many specialized elements only for this set. It'll be interesting to see how they do a proper rollercoaster! If there are flexible track elements we could do proper bankings and loops.

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By in United States,

I'm excited about the possibility of some future LEGO coasters... maybe a Big Thunder Mountain or Expedition Everest (complete with Yeti?) to go with my Disney Castle??! Splash Mountain would also be cool, if they could somehow make the cars look like logs. Or just a generic coaster in the Creator Expert line to go with the other fairground rides there. But as others have said, these coaster pieces would seem to lend themselves better to a simple coaster with complex scenery, not a Six Flags type of mega-coaster. (The latter would be boring both to build and to look at anyway.)

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By in United States,

Wonder if they worked off of Coaster Dynamix's set.

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By in United States,

I certainly hope this is the case, although think it's a little early to say, "surely...next year."

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking at some of the other pictures, I notice that the short straight and the turn pieces seem to have multiple criss-cross braces, but the slopes only have simple cross-member 'rungs' spaced further apart. This again suggests that maybe the slopes are designed to let a chain run up and over the top of the rungs and then back down underneath. Although the two-stud wide mount in the middle could get in the way - you'd have to build a hollow into any support to feed a chain back through.

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By in Austria,

I bought a few Knex Coasters sets in the past. If Lego could produce roller coaster sets it would be great! By the way this Joker Manor look really exciting too, fun with great colors and grand. In my opinion it's better than the Millennium Falcon. Haha.

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By in United Kingdom,

So exciting that Lego have produced these elements! Looking at the ramp sections though, a chain lift system can't fit between the rails, but I suppose Technic flex pipes could be used for the lift hill track.

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By in Italy,

If people at TLG are smart enough, they will wait at least one year for a new creator expert with rollercoaster elements to came out...or else the sales for this very creative set will suffer

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By in United States,

I wouldn't speculate too much on what this can and can't do. Lego could just be showing a taste of this system. More could be in the pipeline. Lego has a great track record of developing families of parts over time. So the chain lift element and maybe potential loops and other stuff like that could be in tow.

But I feel the question needs to be asked, are they only gonna do traditional "roller coasters, or do you think they'll do upside down and spiral style coasters to?

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By in New Zealand,

I think that LEGO will do a chain lift using the Technic small chain links as in the Brickcoaster.com rollercoaster that I have built.

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