Vekoma has said they are not going to make different models of the flying coaster unless a park is willing to put in the money. They hope to market these coasters like their SLC's. B&M flying coasters will have different layouts since they are not all clone happy.
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Batman: The Ride' are clones. No, Vekoma is not clone happy: they simply know how to give smaller (or bigger, in these cases) parks coasters for a small amount of money. Mathew, isn't it always the case that a manufacturer won't make custom layouts unless a park is willing to pay for it? It is simply efficient to design a ride and then mass produce it. If you want a custom ride, you're going to pay for it.
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Coastercraver said: "No, Vekoma is not clone happy.....coasters for a small amount of money."
I like many assumed a less expensive ride was major part of why SLCs and Boomerangs are everywhere. However....around 97-98 SLCs passed the $10,000,000 mark. Now they are closer to twelve. The latest "Batman" clones were only $12m, and the all new Talon was only $14m. I could see if SLCs were $4 million and B&M's were $10+, but other than a quick order and fast delivery, I don't see what makes SLCs so desiring to parks as opposed to other makes.
(Sorry this strayed a little from the thread topic! :) )
Do you think B&M gets first pick over which park gets which? It seems to me they only produce, say 8 coasters a year which results in waiting lists or country restrictions (Why doesn't my country - Australia have a Beemer? Anyone have an idea why?)
Whereas Vekoma sometimes produce over 25 coasters a year.
I just had a weird thought, B&M doesn't build Shuttle, LIM/LSM or Junior Coasters. Imagine if they did!