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Space Coaster Marble Run

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Description

Sometimes, a toy comes into the office and everyone just sits gawping at it, struggling to remember the time before it arrived. The Space Coaster Marble Run is one such toy - an indescribably cool piece of sci-fi silliness that's part marble run, part physics experiment. After you've constructed it (a pretty epic and rewarding task in itself), simply turn it on, put the two ball bearings in the central shaft and watch them whiz round the rail at breakneck speeds. It's a self-perpetuating Ouroboros of a toy, guaranteed to turn any frown upside-down, and possibly into a vacant stare of wonderment.

There are a number of different routes for the balls to go down and a junction at which they randomly determine it: they will either be sent wheeling around hairpin bends or careering through a rather exciting loop-the-loop section before returning to the bottom of the central shaft, which will lift them to the top again. It's a madcap, self-perpetuating gizmo that will delight kids and adults alike. Perfect for anyone with an interest in science and building things (there's over half a metre of rails to assemble), it's hypnotic, mesmerising and oodles of fun.

Features:

  • The Space Coaster Marble Run is an amazing, self-perpetuating marble run.
  • Great for anyone with an interest in physics. Or marbles.
  • Contains over 50 cm of rail to assemble.
  • Assembly is quite a task in itself.
  • Central spiral shaft lifts balls to the top of the run.
  • Balls (2 included) can travel through a series of hairpin bends or through a 360-degree loop.
  • Potentially never-ending spectacle (at least while the battery lasts).
  • Requires large flat surface.
  • Requires 1 x D battery (to power the central shaft, not included).

Size:

  • H: 36 W: 59 D: 18 cm.

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5

Reviewed on Sun Oct 19 19:41:08 BST 2014 by 

Fab present

Great present for my dad - well received, assembled and marvelled at all in the same weekend! Would definitely recommend - in fact, I want my own and will be making hints for this Christmas.

3

Reviewed on Mon Mar 31 13:05:54 BST 2014 by 

Good, but complex

This is a good product, but it requires a lot of work and a decent amount of patience to build it and get it running smoothly. The instructions are clearly translated from another language and don't often make much sense so this makes the challenge all the greater. I am still tweaking it to get the lift working properly. I would recommend this product, but only for someone who likes an engineering challenge and has the patience to enjoy the building process.

4

Reviewed on Tue Dec 17 10:11:39 GMT 2013 by 

this is for my grandson for Christmas so hopally he like it

5

Reviewed on Mon Dec 16 16:02:59 GMT 2013 by 

item for gift

Fantastic service and delivery. Product looks amazing. Not opened yet as for christmas but looks like a good challenge for my son.

4

Reviewed on Tue Dec 03 16:59:32 GMT 2013 by 

Does it need a genius?

Purchased as a gift so only a 4 rating. Am giving it to the genius in the family so will let you know if he succeeded!

4

Reviewed on Tue Dec 03 16:51:25 GMT 2013 by 

Haven't opened these as they are Christmas presents - but look like they are going to be good fun

5

Reviewed on Sat Nov 16 11:38:04 GMT 2013 by 

great fun my husband enjoyed every moment it took

5

Reviewed on Tue Oct 22 00:13:26 BST 2013 by 

Great fun!

Been looking at this for ages and finally went for it! It's quite fiddly to put together, but extremely satisfying once you complete it. Looks modern and stylish and works brilliantly. Will keep me (and the cats) entertained for hours! Was very impressed by the number of spare parts it comes with.

4

Reviewed on Mon Aug 26 17:12:43 BST 2013 by 

Takes a while to build but good fun

The instructions for the Space Coaster Marble Run leave a little to be desired but that only adds to the challenge. The rails have to be cut to length by hand but that's easy enough and if you do it after the supports are sussed you'll be fine. Kids love it and you can experiment by leaving ball bearings stationary on the track in the path of oncoming ones so that it acts like a Newton's cradle. Bargain at the price, I've bought two now, one one my son and another for my nephew.

4

Reviewed on Thu Apr 04 19:01:11 BST 2013 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

It kept my husband and daughter busy putting it together for a whole evening, with a great deal of discussion. So I had some peace too. Now they plan to modify it....... I've said they aren't allowed to until a young friend of ours has had a go. I can see it going on our holidays as a substitute for the Tomy train set, and this takes up a lot less space in the case. Well worth buying. P.S. He says it would be nice to buy some extra bits to help with the modifications.

4

Reviewed on Wed Mar 06 13:22:09 GMT 2013 by 

Great stuff

This Space Coaster Marble Run is great if you are a big kid. The pieces are clearly marked and extra bits are supplied. The only problem I had with this was being able to understand the instructions to put it together. They don't seem to flow very easily and in some places aren't very clear. One of the pieces was not formed properly. One quick email to the company that makes the Space coaster and the piece was replaced. Other then the instructions this item is great. It is sturdy, easily put together and a great "toy" for the adult that likes to nurture the big kid inside.

5

Reviewed on Wed Jan 02 13:38:05 GMT 2013 by 

Gadget master

You have to build this Space Coaster Marble Run from scratch one bit at a time. If you love building and have time, then it's well worth it with a tweak here and there. When you watch it working you get a good feeling of self achievement.

5

Reviewed on Mon Dec 31 22:50:14 GMT 2012 by 

great fun

I bought this Space Coaster Marble Run for my 35 year old boyfriend because he always dreamt of having it. I could understand that but I bought it as a kind of joke and it was great idea. It needs a lot of effort to put together and make it work but it is all about effort and being successful. This is a lot of fun for me and him watching everything functioning well. This is highly recommend!

5

Reviewed on Mon Dec 31 16:26:55 GMT 2012 by 

Space coaster marble run

The quality of the Space Coaster Marble Run is good and it's easy to build. My only problem is that we now want the other kits as it is very addictive!

4

Reviewed on Wed Dec 26 19:52:03 GMT 2012 by 

Love it!

I got this for christmas and enjoyed constructing it, challenging but not annoyingly so. Its nice to watch it for a few minutes, then go off for a few minutes and get the same satisfaction all over again. Only downside is that the description states a size D battery not a size C as actually required. This led to a somewhat destructive dissemblemy of gadgets on christmas day to find a battery that fitted.

3

Reviewed on Mon Oct 29 21:43:47 GMT 2012 by 

Could be clearer

I bought the Space Coaster Marble Run as a gift. It seems ok, and quite fun. However, one thing which I did not realise until I purchased the item is that it is recommended for ages 14+. This is a bit disappointing as I had planned to give to an 8 year old.

3

Reviewed on Mon Oct 22 16:23:29 BST 2012 by 

Space Coaster

While the instructions were sometimes vague, and some of the rail lengths specified were incorrect, once the Space Coaster Marble Run was constructed it does look good and works well. It seems to eat up batteries with any more than two of the ball bearings in play; however it is impressive, and provides a distraction in the office. It's well worth the price tag.

4

Reviewed on Fri Sep 21 15:57:44 BST 2012 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

This Space Coaster Marble Run is a bit noisy. But the cat and dog like it; who says our pets don't have an equiring mind?

5

Reviewed on Sat Dec 31 10:23:26 GMT 2011 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

I bought this product for my brother. It's a great product, that was delivered on time, and I'm sure that he'll greatly enjoy it.

4

Reviewed on Tue Dec 27 09:50:45 GMT 2011 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

Keeps my brother fully occupied for hours.

5

Reviewed on Thu Dec 22 10:27:44 GMT 2011 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

Simple and fast, just as I wanted it. Thank you!

5

Reviewed on Tue Dec 20 21:47:57 GMT 2011 by 

Very pleased with the Space Coaster Marble Run and excellent service.

4

Reviewed on Tue Dec 20 21:19:02 GMT 2011 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

I can watch this for hours. As an extra positive, it's easy to put together.

4

Reviewed on Tue Dec 20 14:57:34 GMT 2011 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

Very good Christmas present for a big kid with a secret love of physics! Can't wait to have a go on Christmas day.

4

Reviewed on Tue Dec 13 13:37:07 GMT 2011 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

A good product which will make a great christmas present for my son.

4

Reviewed on Sun Nov 20 13:19:14 GMT 2011 by 

Space Coaster Marble Run

Looks like a great present. Will definitely know after Christmas.

5

Reviewed on Sun Jun 26 16:40:06 BST 2011 by 

excellent!!

this toy was fantastic. my cousin got this for me for my birthday and iv been playing ever since. it does get boring, but all you do is mix up the places of the tracks and urica!!! another creation.

5

Reviewed on Mon Nov 22 09:34:20 GMT 2010 by 

Excellent Xmas Photo Cards

I ordered a set of 10 Christmas cards from the Photo Gifts section and uploaded my favourite snowy photos. Not only did the cards arrive quickly, well packaged to protect them from the ravages of the Royal Mail but the quality was excellent. I can hardly believe they are my photos! Even the card they are printed on is very good quality and the finish of the whole front of the card is beautiful. I'm very pleased.

5

Reviewed on Sun Nov 07 12:53:01 GMT 2010 by 

fun

i bought it for my son's birthday but i soon found myself playing with it too. great toy for all ages.

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