Roller Coaster Models

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 2:44 PM
I just recently purchased the K'nex Screamin' Serpent coaster at ebay. I have had some fun in getting it built, but I think it takes way too much time. Anyway, my roommate and I were discussing that with the popularity of these and the new Dynamix model, we came to the conclusion that Cear Point could make a killing if they were to mass market CP coaster toys. What do you guys think?
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004 3:05 PM
I think they'd sell, but not as well as you think they'd sell.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004 8:00 PM
Six flags already has that idea and locked it down with walmart!!
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Thursday, May 27, 2004 12:25 AM
I'm just hoping that Dynamix does well, and when I win American Idol(though i can't sing...), I'll buy a few from them.

Either that, or when I marry my sugarmoosh, err, momma;)

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Thursday, May 27, 2004 9:08 AM
If the K'Nex coaster is too time-consuming to put together, then why would it be more popular if it was marketing as a CP toy? Its a quality product and it sells fine on its own, without any kind of marketing ploy.
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Thursday, May 27, 2004 9:30 AM
I'm sorry Rob, I should have been more clear on what I meant. What I was saying is that you would make the CP coasters in the same fashion as the Dynamix model, which appears to be a lot simpler to build than the K'nex. And of higher quality. It wouldn't necessarily have to be made by K'nex.

I think they'd sell, but not as well as you think they'd sell.

I have to disagree with you on that one. Are you saying that K'nex does not sell very well? I think you could combine the popularity of K'nex and the simplicity of Dynamix, and it would be a good product that would sell. *** Edited 5/27/2004 1:30:39 PM UTC by Dragster Freak***

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Thursday, May 27, 2004 9:50 AM
I think Matthew is referring to cost. With the cost of the Coaster Dynamix kit being so high, a lot of potential buyers are eliminated right there.

The K'Nex kits seem to work because, while complicated, they are pretty fool-proof if you follow the directions and are quite inexpensive when you consider how complex they are. When you change one of the parts of that formula, you take a risk.

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Thursday, May 27, 2004 12:06 PM
Yeah, but the cost is high because it is not really being mass produced and marketed like K'nex.
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Thursday, May 27, 2004 12:11 PM
DF, it's also priced higher because of the quality of the parts. It's cheap and easy to make hard plastic pieces, but to make the flexible spine that allows some - but not too much - twisting is a more complex (and therefore costly) process.

Granted if CoasterDynamix gets picked up by a major manufacturer and mass produced, the price will drop, but there are inherent pricing limitations due to the manufacturing costs.

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Thursday, May 27, 2004 1:06 PM
And even if that were to happen, I would imagine the price not going below at the very lowest $200. I have friends that make model boats that are made out of wood, same quality factor, and they are a bit more 'mass produced', but its about quality, and they still sell for upwards of $500 to a grand or more.
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Thursday, May 27, 2004 1:24 PM
Aww man! I came here looking for the equivalent of a Mac Tool calendar but with coasters.

I'd suggest this to mOOSH, but I don't think I'd be interested a calendar with scantily clad mechanics posing in front of the Beast. ;)

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Thursday, May 27, 2004 1:26 PM
No...be _he_ would... ;) (sorry, 'Moosh)
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