LEGO has introduced an all new roller-coaster play system in 70922 The Joker Manor. We discussed it briefly in our review of the full set, but we felt the new roller-coaster rails were important enough to merit a post of their own. As one of TBB’s least Technic-centred members of staff, I found it was great fun attempting to add Power Functions to the rollercoaster and—health and safety aspects aside—it turns out it’s also rather simple.
It’s fairly rare and always noteworthy when LEGO introduces a completely new set of elements that work together as a sort of sub-system to the overall LEGO “System of Play.” With 70922 The Joker Manor, LEGO has introduced a new rollercoaster system. We’ll be taking a much closer look at the rollercoaster system and the parts in this new set with a second, parts-focused review, but first we’re taking a look at the new set on its own merits.
Joker Manor includes 3,444 pieces with 10 minifigs, making it the fifth largest LEGO set released in 2017 (after 75192 Millennium Falcon, 10256 Taj Mahal, 70620 Ninjago City, and 10255 Assembly Square). The set will retail for $269.99 and launches on Black Friday, November 24.
Don’t let the random furniture and cardboard boxes in the background fool you, this LEGO roller coaster by Chairudo is one impressively beautiful creation. The meticulous “wooden” beamwork makes this LEGO creation look like the real thing (only in miniature). And of course, just like a real a coaster, this beauty delivers thrills using only a chain lift and good old gravity.
Chairudo says that his roller coaster is made out of 100% LEGO and that the design was inspired by El Toro at Six Flags New Jersey. Altogether, this behemoth uses nearly 90,000 LEGO pieces and took Chairudo over 800 hours to build. It’s 6.5 meters long, 1.2 meters wide, 1.4 meters tall, and has a track length of 26 meters. (Given the sheer size of this thing, it’s impressive that Chairudo was able to take any photographs of it in his home).
In addition to the coaster, Chairudo also built two spinning rides and flowery walkways for the amusement park patrons. I particularly like the tree design with the large leaves and vines creeping up the coaster’s support beams. So how exactly did the builder make a working roller coaster using only LEGO parts? Honestly, I’m not entirely sure. Though I’d wager there was a lot of trial and error. Hopefully, Chairudo had a few volunteers to help him.
Best of all, there’s a video showing the coaster in action. Check it out below:
I really encourage everyone to take a close look at this one, there are just some fantastic tricks I’ve never seen before – especially the track made from tile and hinges. And if you look real carefully you might be able to find the three prehistoric baddies roaming around.