Monday, November 14, 2005 8:03 AM
I was at my local Wally-World picking up a prescription, when I ran across a large display of a new Knex roller coaster: The Shark Run. (I assume it's new; I've never seen it mentioned).
It looks much less complicated than either the Screamin Serpent or the Rippin Rocket sets. It has the motorized chain lift, aqua blue rails, and a surfboard as the coaster "train". It cost a $30 for the set. Maybe something to put on your Christmas list, if you're in to that sort of thing.
Here's the product page from wal-mart.com..
[Edit: spelling] *** Edited 11/14/2005 1:04:31 PM UTC by Outlane***
Monday, November 14, 2005 9:29 AM
I saw that too.
Reminded me of a HotWheels layout called shark Attack...
still, for 30.00, not bad as an add-on.
Monday, November 14, 2005 10:19 AM
I have seen it too, as well at a Storm Mountain kit i think it was called (Also at Wally World). I think that Shark Run would be better with regular coaster cars/trains. But then agian I am not the one buying it due to lack of money/interest :)
Monday, November 14, 2005 11:39 AM
I have the other sets, but honestly, with several CoasterDynamix sets, I don't think I'll be buying any more K'Nex. Still, that's an awesome price point.
Monday, November 14, 2005 5:12 PM
What really has me interested are the new ride kits. I'd take one of those over the coaster, which is nothing more than a stripped-down version of the more expensive coasters.
But I'll buy those things at a regular store- I'd prefer my girlfriend run over my foot with the car rather than buy anything from Wal-Mart.
Friday, November 18, 2005 2:41 AM
I agree that it looks like a stripped down version of the other coasters.
That new pirate ship ride looks rather interesting though. I can't figure out what that other ride is or if it's part of the pirate ship in the photo.
I have an entire K-Nex amusement park in my basement. The Screamin Serpent, and Rocket coasters are strategically placed next to each other with three amusement rides inside. The three rides came together in a set: ferris wheel, a sky ride, and a whirly spin & puke ride. It looks really neat when all are running simultaneously with the coasters. Problem is they take up almost an entire wall. Someday I wouldn't mind having a roller coaster going all the way along the ceiling like one of those hobby railroad trains. I wouldn't mind having lights on the rides too.
Now all K-Nex needs to do is provide things such as concession stands, benches, trees, and people. Currently, the people that fit on the rides don't fit on the Screamin Serpent because they're made like pegs. The Screamin Serpent's riders have legs that bend. The Rocket's has perminant riders that are glued into the seats. I don't get that. Why make coasters and rides where you can't put the people on everything?
And no I don't buy these things for myself, I get them as gifts.
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Friday, November 18, 2005 9:13 AM
I buy them for myself! I love the K'Nex rides even though most of them take up a LOT of room!
Friday, November 18, 2005 12:32 PM
I've been getting interested in old Erector sets. I've been slowly restoring one of the 8 1/2 Ferris Wheel sets and I'm keeping my eyes peeled for an affordable, but not to beat up, Amusement Park set. That one build several rides including a carousel and a Parachute tower.
Old 1940s - 1950s Erector is much more interesting than the new version.
Friday, November 18, 2005 2:48 PM
Really? I had no idea that Erector made those kinds of amusement rides.
Friday, November 18, 2005 7:48 PM
In a Toys R Us ad a few weeks ago I also saw they make an inner tube river ride (the picture made it look like a mix between a waterslide and a river rapids ride). Looked interesting but not worth $80. I think it's cool they keep coming up with new rides and coasters though.