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The Original Rollercoaster by Anatex

by Anatex
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  • Parent's Choice Classic Award Winner
  • A Best-Seller!
  • Kids can't keep their hands off this exciting, stimulating, and fascinating toy!
  • Doctor tested, child approved.
  • Washes easily with mild soap & warm water.
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 15 x 20 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00000IRKL
  • Item model number: RC2591
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,790 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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This Parents' Choice Classic Award Winner is that colossal maze of wood, beads, and wire often seen at the doctor's office. Beautifully crafted with a 12-by-15-inch solid wood base, thick sturdy wire, and wood beads, this winding wonder keeps little hands and minds busy for hours. The structure consists of five intertwined wires, securely attached at the wood base, adorned with free sliding beads of varied color, shape, size, and pattern. One wire reaches 21 inches at its peak, another makes a complete 360 degree loop. As the child slides beads across the tangle of wires, fine motor coordination and critical thinking skills are developed, as well as an understanding of both spatial relations and depth perception. The Original Rollercoaster washes easily with a damp sponge and squares up neatly in a corner for storage. --Kathryn Gustafson

Product Description

This Parents' Choice Classic Award Winner is that colossal maze of wood, beads, and wire often seen at the doctor's office. Beautifully crafted with a 12-by-15-inch solid wood base, thick sturdy wire, and wood beads, this winding wonder keeps little hands and minds busy for hours. The structure consists of five intertwined wires, securely attached at the wood base, adorned with free sliding beads of varied color, shape, size, and pattern. One wire reaches 21 inches at its peak, another makes a complete 360 degree loop. As the child slides beads across the tangle of wires, fine motor coordination and critical thinking skills are developed, as well as an understanding of both spatial relations and depth perception. The Original Rollercoaster washes easily with a damp sponge and squares up neatly in a corner for storage.


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It is very well made.
Micki Collar
It is one of the few toys that he will sit down and be still to play with.
Stitches
I would recommend this toy to anyone with small children.
cellomama

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
My daughter first played with the rollercoaster at her pediatrician's office. It is one of the few toys that she never gets tired of. By moving the beads from one end of the colored wires to the other it helps to build the child's hand to eye coordination. It is also a great way for your child to learn different colors, shapes and sizes. As the child gets older it will also be a great toy to teach him/her math and problem solving. The rollercoaster is definitely one of the best developmental toys available today. I highly recommend it.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
This toy is captivating. It keeps my child interested for hours. There are so many different ways to play with the beads and wires. It has been a good way to interact one on one with my child. We both like to play with it. It is also very sturdy; my child has stepped on it, tipped it over, tried bending wires, and it still looks good as new.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Josh Sandstrom on August 14, 2008
I purchased one of these toys at a local toy store sometime around 2001. The toy was extremly fun, addictive, educational, and very well put together. Recently, as of 2008, I have purchased another one from the Anatex factory, and to my dismay, the toy was in terrible shape. The wires were bent, and they were popping out of the wooden base right when it came out of the box (unsafe for children). I immediately exchanged it, hoping that I wouldn't recieve another defective one. Guess what? I got another piece of crap with the same problems as the first one. I have also had the opportunity to visit a local toy store that had anatex items in stock, and theirs were all bent out of shape as well. If you have purchased this product before the year 2005, then you most likely recieved an excellent, durable product. If you purchased it after 2005, you probably recieved a piece of crap. The Anatex company must have changed the way they manufacture their items, and it is definitely not a good thing. Here is a warning to all of you who are planning to purchase one of these made recently, because you will probably recieve a toy with many defects that are not safe for children. This goes for all anatex items. If you still want to purchase this particular item, then I would suggest purchasing the Educo Supermaze, which is the same item, but from a different company that still knows how to make toys the right way. Thanks for reading my rant!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
I got this for my son when he was only 7 months old.. and even then, he was mesmerized by the colorful pieces (beads)and the way they moved on the wires. He is a year now and still, it is his favorite toy. He will sit and tediously move one piece through the maze of wire and then back again. I believe it has shown him patience and determination.. because he often has to start over to get the pieces where he wants them... This was, by far, the best gift he's even received.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 2001
I have eyed this toy in our doctors' office since my baby was 3 months old. I had waited to get this toy for her 1 year birthday, partly because I was concerned it was too advanced, and partly because it is more of an "investment" toy than the typical ... plastic toy. Now, I regret waiting so long to get her this toy. Not only does she LOVE playing with this toy but it is evident that she is learning new concepts every second she plays with it. Our daughter can not stand on her own, but the toy is stable enough for her to stand and lean on it by grasping one wire and playing with the others. Also, it is a good "sitting" toy. I would recommend getting this toy as soon as they can sit by themselves. This is good for independant play, as well as, parent/child interactions. Our daughter has gone from swatting at the beads, to meticulously moving each bead along the wires. She likes the different shapes, and I can't wait to teach her colors and numbers with the beads. It is well worth the money. Not only is it well-built and beautifully crafted, but new skills can be learned with this toy as the child develops throughout the years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alchemy1966 on November 4, 2001
My kids have loved this toy for years. The only defect is that when little kids repeatedly lean on the wires, they become loose at the base and list.Then when moving beads around wires impede the flow of beads across other wires. If there was a way they could fix this feature the toy would be ideal. Despite the dificulty my kids still use it alot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hoffmann on November 1, 2001
We bought this for our first child 16 years ago and this is truly the only toy we have kept. (Still looks the same) even though it was played with OFTEN! Our kids are now teenagers but when the younger kids in the family and friends with small children come to visit this is the one toy they enjoy playing with. My plan is to keep it for our future grandchildren.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Riley on October 7, 2008
I saw one of these in my son's doctor's office and he loved it. The one in the doctor's office was an older sturdy model and I was impressed with it. Perhaps we just got a dud but for $50 I would have expected a bit better quality. The toy we have doesn't sit flat on the floor and wobbles a lot because the wood bottom and slats don't fit together well. All five of the last bead on one side were glued to the bottom, one so tightly that I needed my husband to pry it loose. Unfortunately most formerly glued beads left paint residue on the metal rungs when pried loose.

Now for the positive, my son adores this toy. I would have given it 1 star for the flimsy craftsmanship versus how expensive this toy was if it wasn't for my son. When he wakes up the first thing he wants to do is play with this toy. He spends a good portion of the day playing with this toy and we are using it to work on counting. Anything that can keep his interest like that gets at least 2 stars.

So all in all my son loves it and I would too if not for its poor construction. If I were to purchase one of these bead maze toys again I would get Melissa & Doug. I think the bead maze toys are great I just think this one is of poor quality.
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