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10261-1

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster is LEGO set 10261-1. It has a score of 90. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 5 reviews, based on 12 scored reviews and 17 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 13.92% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2018, and it is categorised in Creator Expert.

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10261-1 Roller Coaster

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A review is considereded a recommendation when its score is above the reviewers median score or if it's explicitly said so in the review. Read more in our article about recommendations.

Price Per Part (PPP)

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Average PPP for System in 2018 is 0.13. PPP for this set is 0.09, which is better.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as System. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPP is a guide, not a rule, and affected by the type of parts included. A set containing small generic parts generally have better PPP than one containing larger specialized parts.

Price Per Minifig (PPM)

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Average PPM for System in 2018 is 14.63. PPM for this set is 35.17, which is worse.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as System. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPM only takes the number of minifigs into account and discards everything else. It's a guide, not a rule.

Review breakdown

Scored reviews

Sariel's LEGO Workshop Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 → 100 / 100

Jay's Brick Blog Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 → 100 / 100

Brickset Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 → 100 / 100

Blocks Magazine Recommendation: yes 98 / 100 → 98 / 100

amazon.com Recommendation: meh 4.7 / 5 → 94 / 100

amazon.com Recommendation: meh 4.6 / 5 → 92 / 100

LEGO Recommendation: meh 4.6 / 5 → 92 / 100

The Rambling Brick Recommendation: yes 4.5 / 5 → 90 / 100

ttpm Recommendation: meh 4.5 / 5 → 90 / 100

True North Bricks Recommendation: meh 87 / 100 → 87 / 100

Eurobricks Recommendation: no 30 / 40 → 75 / 100

Brick Architect Recommendation: meh 3 / 5 → 60 / 100

Unscored reviews

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Set information

Set ID: 10261-1
Name: Roller Coaster
Parts: 4124
Minifigs: 11

Retail price (USD):
Original: 379.99
Inflation adjusted: 386.88

Price Per Part (USD):
Original: 0.09
Inflation adjusted: 0.09

Price Per Minifig (USD):
Original: 34.54
Inflation adjusted: 35.17

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Sariel's LEGO Workshop

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Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 by Paweł Kmieć

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Jay's Brick Blog

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Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 by Jay

It's pricey, but the value that's packed in the set is more than worth the price of admission. If you consider yourself a serious LEGO fan, I would seriously consider adding this set to your collection (or building it if you already own it!) if you haven't already.

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Brickset

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Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 from 4 reviews

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Blocks Magazine

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Recommendation: yes 98 / 100

10261 Roller Coaster was reviewed in issue 46 of Blocks Magazine.

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amazon.com

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Recommendation: meh 4.7 / 5 from 34 reviews

My 11 year old did this all by himself. Good quality and challenging, yet fun!

This score from amazon.com is an aggregate of 34 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Recommendation: meh 4.6 / 5 from 5 reviews

Building this with my 10 year old daughter and both having a lot of fun doing it. Some parts (pillars) aren't that exciting but as it takes shape it is really cool and fun. Well detailed and complex enough not to be boring.... yet not a difficult build. Would recommend if you can afford the price tag. Trying to figure out how to display after we build because it is LARGE.

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LEGO

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Recommendation: meh 4.6 / 5 from 142 reviews

It was a decision between some small LEGO sets or the Roller Coaster. Eventually, I came to my senses and bought the coaster. When we got home, it took me almost 20 minutes to set up my station. Then the fun began. It took me nearly 2 days, but I got it done with plenty of winter break left to spare. LEGO, you never seem to disappoint me.

This score from LEGO is an aggregate of 142 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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The Rambling Brick

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Recommendation: yes 4.5 / 5 by Richard

It is a great functional model in its own right, as well as proving inspiration for many ways to build up structures around it, or design your own track. In short, I enjoyed putting it together, and enjoyed the sense of achievement. After several days, it is still very easy to just send a train for a run when I am walking past…

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Recommendation: meh 4.5 / 5

For LEGO builders and roller coaster fans, this is a lot of fun. We were intrigued by the building process, of course, but we really enjoyed the play, too. There's a lot of creativity and ingenuity built into this model, which you can discover for yourself as you build and play, all of which adds to the long-term appeal of the model.

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True North Bricks

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Recommendation: meh 87 / 100 by Tom

Thinking about the build experience for the Roller Coaster (10261) still upsets me a little. However, I am happy that I bought this set all the same. The product is amazing once you get it working. Despite including eleven Minifigures, a set this size still needs one or two more in my opinion. Additionally, the value is good but not great. I doubt many people will ever find this set on sale though. So, if you want it, you will just have to fork out the full price. The assembly might be aggravating, but I cannot see many people hating the result.

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Eurobricks

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Recommendation: no 30 / 40 by VBBN

It's a big, all out roller coaster design that's mean to be displayed, and it does that well. For me, I think my roller coaster cravings will be better satisfied with the Pirate coaster; but if you are a coaster fanatic, this is a really fun set to have. it just carries with it a high cost, a build that can suffer from repetitiveness at times, and honestly a large footprint which can be a problem itself.

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Brick Architect

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Recommendation: meh 3 / 5 by Koen Van Der Hoeven

Despite coming into this set with high expectations I was left with mixed feelings. The cool selection of minifigures and my inner engineer nerding out at the mechanics behind how to operate the coaster and watching the carts seamlessly glide through the tracks leaves a soft warm feeling in my heart. Despite that however, this is one of the few sets I have built recently that I would not like to build again. Repetition for me and the lack of finer details and varied building styles within the set left a feeling of being glad to be done after building this set, which is something that I have not yet experienced, nor want to experience with LEGO. Scale was something I did not anticipate on, and to no fault of the set I feel it is very large for the average collector so this is not a set one would purchase on a whim to display, this does not affect my review or rating of this set but is something to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to purchase this set.

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Is this set for you? If you couldn't already tell, it's not for me. It's far too big, it costs too much, the build experience was very repetitive, it's too fragile to move around, and while it looks exactly like some old-style roller coasters (Luna Park in Melbourne is what it reminds me of), I don't think it's a particularly attractive model - at least until the cars start running around the track and starts mesmerising the audience!

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New Elementary

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by caperberry

With the resources needed to develop a brand-new track and car system for the Roller Coaster, TLG must have pinned a lot of hope in it. The LEGO City Miners sub-theme came at an appropriate time, making use of the rails, and I am eager to see what other new ideas they come up with to exploit the elements. [...] It is a good time to be a LEGO fan with three iconic fairground rides available at the same time. I can't wait to see the humongous reinterpretations of these rides in upcoming AFOL conventions. Suspended railway, anyone?

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The Brothers Brick

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by Bre Burns

For anyone who is in love with the whole series of Creator Expert Amusement Park sets, this is definitely a perfect addition to the collection. I personally really love this color scheme. After seeing grey track in a couple other sets recently released, I was worried that the whole thing would be grey. So it was a wonderful surprise to see such a vibrant outcome! Even though the set is pretty sturdy, my one concern is the fact that is doesn't quite stand up to a ton of repetitive play. Eventually you have to make sure the track pieces are all still firmly connected, or else risk a derailment. If a derailment occurs on the lift, and you are running a motor, the binding up of parts can be tough on both the mechanisms and motor. To anyone who chooses to purchase the set, I would suggest being extra cautious while building the mechanical components.

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Brickset News

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by Huw

There is no question that this is a fantastic set and the best fairground ride produced so far. An official LEGO roller coaster is long overdue and this set will make many dreams come true. Price-wise, £300 / $330 for over 4000 pieces represents pretty good value and my only complaint about it is that it might have been better to have charged a tenner more and include a motor and battery box because without them it's not as much fun.

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Just2Good

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