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Working on a review of the Friends roller coaster now....
Proper roller-coasters have been on the wish list for years; now we have #41130, although that doesn't really qualify as "proper". That probably means TLG have noticed the interest, but may feel their hands are tied somewhat if somebody else has produced something.
They tried a monorail; it wasn't exactly wonderful so disappeared. I doubt they'd have another go.
They're toying with a roller-coaster. Where that leads will probably depend on the results.
The trouble with this sort of thing, and with trains, is that everything ends up being not only big, but clunky. You can't even have a half-reasonable train set-up without half a barn or exhibition hall. At least, for a roller-coaster, you might have the option of using the third dimension a bit more.
will also add I'm tempted, but there's an awful lot of non-Lego there! Anyone planning to get a group of 10 together for the $749 package? ;)
Can't say for certain I'd be in, as I got dark looks from the management when the Technic Porsche GT3 arrived the other day, but definitely expressing an interest.
At least it's all in this kit. I bought a couple of these a few years back...
...and then had to ask a favour of a mate in the US to be able to buy a bulk order of chain links as they weren't included.
Thank you so much for coming here to comment, @CoasterDynamix. Your kit certainly produces a lovely-looking roller coaster. Is it possible to extend the length of the train in some way? Also, given how flexible Kickstarters' reward packages can be, couldn't you have offered a bare-bones version as well as a complete package?
I haven't pledged yet, at least partially because I feel like Im not getting "the deal" that super early bird and early bird got (not blaming anyone, just being honest)
a package of coaster only parts (the things I can't use existing LEGO for), added to either the full single or double kits might entice me to pull the trigger
though i admit I'm in the minority there.
A package of supplemental parts would likely get me to pledge more. A custom-printed minifigure? Not so much, though it might be fun to have someone who can act as an attendant for the ride.
But I doubt LEPIN would go for it. LEPIN is all about stealing ideas that have a proven and successful market. I'd be surprised if they started producing non-LEGO products like BrickArms, Mega Blok Star Trek figures, or Hasbro Kreons (I admit, I haven't checked to verify).
If the brick-built roller coasters turn into a huge thing, then maybe. But then again, if that were the case, LEGO probably would've picked up the idea, too, rather than turning it down. It's probably best suited to be what it is-- a niche in the hobby rather than a huge money-maker.