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- Over 1255 pieces
- Coaster soars 4 feet high
- 37 feet of track
- Includes 2 coaster cars and motorized chain lift
- Color-coded instructions, recommended for ages 9+
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Your child can build an atomically cool coaster with dueling action with this play set. With the K'NEX Atomic Coaster Building Set they can use more than 850 K'NEX pieces to create a thrilling roller coaster building experience. Two dueling cars twist, turn and dive as they race through more than 37' of track. The K'NEX Coaster builds over 4' tall and includes a motorized chain lift. Give your child's mind a challenge. With the K'NEX Roller Coaster, your child can construct two different tracks at once and experience the thrill of watching them race against each other in separate courses. Watch your child experience the pride of having built something so intricate. It makes for an exciting gift that can expand the imagination of a child, and it is sure to provide hours of fun.
Create your own thrilling roller coaster at home with the K'NEX Atomic Coaster. Standing four feet tall when constructed, this 1,255-piece kit features a motorized chain lift, color-coded building materials, two racing cars, and twisting, turning tracks. The Atomic Coaster combines the rewarding stimulation of building with the thrill of racing and motor power. After you've conquered the Atomic Coaster, its pieces can be reassembled to make another exciting ride called the Proton Plunge.
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Coaster Stands Four Feet Tall
This exciting K'NEX kit features 1,255 pieces, allowing you to build your Atomic Coaster from the ground up to four feet high. Visual diagrams in the included booklet show you how to connect your K'NEX pieces to steadily transform your coaster from a pile of colored rods and connectors into a towering thrill ride. Once the frame is completed, connect twisting tracks that loop around your structure to create an exhilarating course for your racing cars.
Motorized Chain Lift
Once your cars have made their way down the coaster, a motorized lift uses chains and pulleys you've built into your Coaster to pull the cars back to the top, where they can begin their rapid descent again. The K'NEX motor runs on two AA batteries (not included).
Rewarding and Stimulating Construction
Like many construction toys, playing with the Atomic Coaster is more about the journey than it is the destination. The real fun here is putting the coaster together, not necessarily what it does once it's completed. Although this product is intended for children ages nine and older, our testers found that this set may be a bit too complicated for children on the young end of that spectrum without some adult help.
The instructions aren't entirely straightforward--the first step in the booklet is actually comprised of a large number of individual steps, many of which require paying close attention to the small visual diagrams and using deductive reasoning to figure out how pieces are aligned. Determining which pieces belong where, based on the diagrams, requires some focused thinking and spatial reasoning. Building the Atomic Coaster properly requires some patience.
Hours of Fun
It took our testers upwards of six hours to fully assemble the Atomic Coaster. The finished product is an impressive sight, and its architect will rightly feel a sense of accomplishment for constructing such an intricate structure. Once assembled, the racing cars lift up the motorized track and zip down the tracks in an endless loop (well, endless as long as you replace the batteries). When you're ready for another challenge, you can use the same pieces to construct another coaster, the Proton Plunge. The instructions for the Proton Plunge can be found on the K'NEX website.
What's in the Box
1,255 K'NEX pieces, two coaster cars, motorized chain lift, and instructions.
At a Glance:
- Stands over four feet tall when constructed
- 1,255-piece kit delivers a substantial and stimulating construction experience
- Motorized chain lift keeps your cars racing hands-free
- Set can be reassembled into a second unique coaster design
- Nine years and up
- Two AA batteries (not included)
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|Item Dimensions||3.25 x 17 x 14 in||3.25 x 18.5 x 14 in||2.75 x 17 x 14 in||3.25 x 16 x 14 in||3.5 x 21 x 14 in||3 x 16 x 15 in|
|Item Weight||3.4 lbs||3.5 lbs||2.2 lbs||1.7 lbs||5.07 lbs||1.5 lbs|
|Number of Pieces||200||891||536||649||797||580|
Top Customer Reviews
This toy isn't going to be for the faint of heart, or those who are not into reading and following directions. This is why the 9+ rating seems inaccurate to me. I think tweens and teens would really like it, and if I had it to do over again, I probably would have given him this for his 12th birthday instead. (This is not to say there are not exceptions to this rule.)
The overall K'NEX quality is there and the design is fast and fun. I managed to get this at half off, and the gift recipient loves it. I'm very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to others who are looking for gifts for kids who like to build and don't mind working to get the job done. However, I would warn potential buyers of the complexity of the building of this toy, and recommend it for 12 and up versus the 9+ recommendation on the box.
Well, after 10 days of waiting ( I do have special needs child as well, and am very sensitive of my availability) - the structure, that was so close to finishing, took upon my son's frustration and was destroyed. Now I really don't know if there is any of tiny parts are missing or not and I think I have no valid point if asking for that one particular part. Maybe I do and yet it is not my job to chase anyone from K'NEX. I am a frustrated customer. Anyone from K'NEX interested to respond?
The motor and chain continually loop the cars back up to the top to make it keep going. My kids even had fun without the motor on, just lifting the cars up by hand and letting them go. They tried putting both cars on the same track to make them chase each other. It probably won't give hour after hour of continuing entertainment, but we have thoroughly enjoyed it so far!
One tip: The Knex website has a few corrections to the instructions that make it easier to do some of the steps.
The only negative was that my set was missing about 10 chain links, so I had to contact Knex to try to get more. I just contacted them today, so I have not resolved that, but I'm assuming that will go smoothly.