K'Nex Roller Coaster Physics set

Tuesday, December 31, 2002 5:38 AM
I noticed that, in addition to the Screamin' Serpent, K'Nex offers a kit called "Roller Coaster Physics." It is quite pricey- about $275 for the entire set- but looks really interesting. Does anyone know anything about this kit? Has anyone purchased it? I'm curious to know because I have never heard of it before.

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-Rob

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 6:11 AM
The physics class at the school I taught at used the physics set in their studies. That was always the students' favorite portion of the course. I've heard nothing but good things about it, however, I think it is geared more towards education than the typical home consumer.

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-Stephanie
Moderator and soon-to-be wife of Spongebob Squarepants

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 6:16 AM

...which would explain the pricing, lol. *Educational* for whatever reason always seems to mean "pricey" in marketing lingo....

Stephanie, USF has a SpongeBob hanging out in the store by the new Jimmy Neutron attraction...thought of your sig when we saw him. Not sure what *you* see in SpongeBob, but he was there for the photo-op. No lap sitting, though, he's NOT Santa Claus...;)

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 6:19 AM
Its just a huge rubbermaid tub with tons of knex parts in it with books. I had a study hall my senior year in the physics room and I convinced the teacher to let me build a coaster in the study room that was attatched. I tried connected two boxes worth and make a huge coaster but it failed.

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Wood Rules!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 6:31 AM
Sadly I got the physics version just before screamin serpant came out. I think it is pretty cool, but I would definately buy the screamin serpant one. It is much cheaper and I think it gives a better sense of a real coaster. For example the physics one only has one little car where the serpant has a train. They are both pretty good though.
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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 7:59 AM

rollergator said:

Stephanie, USF has a SpongeBob hanging out in the store by the new Jimmy Neutron attraction...thought of your sig when we saw him. Not sure what *you* see in SpongeBob, but he was there for the photo-op. No lap sitting, though, he's NOT Santa Claus...



Damn....

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-Stephanie
Moderator and soon-to-be wife of Spongebob Squarepants

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 8:08 AM

I just looked it up, and it looks like the origional roller coaster that knex used to sell, back in the day. http://www.knexeducation.com/79305.jpg

Also, i was looking at the regular k'nex site, and if u go to the family fun section, there is a brown box w/ New Roller Coaster Under Construction printed in white on the side.

http://familyfun.knex.com/index.php

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*** This post was edited by CRVeck on 12/31/2002. ***

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 8:30 AM

The picture on the Toys R Us/Amazon website showed a really cool shuttle loop-type coaster, that is what made me take interest. I thought that maybe the more expensive set included some kind of "alternative" form of propulsion that the Screamin' Serpent doesn't, like some kind of launch mechanism.

If that was the case, I could probably justrify the price as a diehard coaster nut, but not if it isn't too different from the nicely-priced Serpent.

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-Rob

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 8:59 AM
i got that a couple years ago for half of the amount you have to pay now.before it was just called the K'nex roller coaster not the educational whatchamucalit thing. The parts in that set are a lot more repetitive than in the Screamin Serpent so it can get pretty boring, and some of the parts start hurting your hands after a while
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