B&M's first 4D coaster testing.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:22 PM

Offride footage of Raptor at Gardaland testing. Looks nice. Wide trains just like the Arrow model.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:28 PM
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BUY A TRIPOD!


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Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:46 PM
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It's not really a 4D coaster as the seats remain stationary, it's more of a wing walker type ride.

Looks interesting, though, but I can't say myself that I'm rushing to ride one. Now, if they do come up with a model where the seats rotate...


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Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:48 PM

Yeah Tekwardo. I had started thinking about that right after I posted this. If the seats don't rotate, it wouldn't classify as a 4D. Oh well, it looks like one though!!! :)

Last edited by Chitown, Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:48 PM

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:53 PM
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Yeah, the train looks a lot like the Arrow version. I'd love to see B&M take this and make something that had a controlled rotation, put some inversions, overbanks, and a vertical drop on it. Mayhaps one day.

This, to me, looks about as exciting as Furious Bacco, and that, to me, isn't that exciting looking. Still, nice to see B&M try something new.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:56 PM
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kpjb said:
BUY A TRIPOD!

I'd settle for him not drinking six cans of Red Bull prior to picking up the camera.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 5:10 PM
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Maybe he had parkinsons? ;-)

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 5:36 PM
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Which if we've learned anything at all in the news this week means he may be taking meds that turn him into a gay sex addict.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011 6:18 PM
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I have to say I saw that story too...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1352747/Parkinsons-drug-ReQ...ather.html

The reality is that he probably had to use the money to pay Gay escorts - because he's certainly not hot enough to attract anything for free!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:19 PM
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He wouldn't need a tripod if he would just hold the camera close to his body. That seems to help me when I don't have a tripod.

I can't remember where, but I read somewhere that the next installation of a train of this type will feature rotating seats. I don't know how believable that info is, because I can't recall where it came form.

This ride, so far, looks slow and small. It's not amazing, but maybe it will be a precursor for something much more interesting.


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Thursday, February 3, 2011 10:02 PM
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One could argue that some of B&M's other prototypes (Iron Wolf, Oblivion, & AIR) haven't particularly been amazing compared to later installations. I'd be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that this prototype will lead to bigger and better things.

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Friday, February 4, 2011 7:11 AM
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The only problem with your logic there, is that Iron Wolf IS awesome. So are the Batman rides.


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Friday, February 4, 2011 8:54 AM
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/\ Iron Wolf being a bad ride is as tired a sentiment as all Vekomas being unreliable pain-trains. B&M doesn't make them like that anymore and it's a shame.

The seating on this ride looks fun. Different than Furius Baco in that it's to the side of the track, like X, but fixed. The concept is like a floorless and invert had sex. I hope this isn't as lame as B&M's last prototype, where they also took another company's idea and managed to douse it with Nyquil and suck.

Last edited by BullGuy, Friday, February 4, 2011 9:02 AM

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Friday, February 4, 2011 9:39 AM
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What was their last prototype?


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Friday, February 4, 2011 9:47 AM
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Air/S:UF both opened in 2002.


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Friday, February 4, 2011 10:08 AM
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I love how the ride is being written off as sub-par already, and that hopefully the next versions will be better, and being compared to other less-than-stellar prototypes...after watching a minute of an empty train doing a test run on a coaster we can barely see through trees and buildings.

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Friday, February 4, 2011 11:03 AM
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I didn't think S:UF was a disappointing prototype, and I don't really know anyone who was disappointed after riding Air.


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Friday, February 4, 2011 11:33 AM
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Not even necessarily prototype, I thought it was a waste of steel in general. Then again, I'm perfectly aware that some/many may feel similarly about some of the coasters I enjoy- Iron Wolf being one of them.


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Friday, February 4, 2011 11:37 AM
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For the record, I enjoyed Iron Wolf and S:UF. And Batman. And what ever the first floorless coaster I rode was ;).

In this instance, this is just a new seating configuration on an inverting B&M sitdown. I'm kind of over those, because I'm just not that into inverting coasters that much anymore. That's why this looks bland to me.


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Friday, February 4, 2011 3:29 PM
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Medusa east (first floorless) is still certainly a good ride.


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