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Looking for the name of a toy from the 1980s
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:17 PM
 
There was this toy my neighbor had and I remember it as a kid being the coolest thing I ever saw.

It had a black base with holes and you could stick black plastic pole pieces that had little clamps on them. You could then attach a plastic rail to it and eventually construct a sort of roller coaster. It also had a little elevator you could stick in that would carry metal marbles back to the top of the track.

Here's the only picture I could find of it, it's a screen grab from Real Genius:



Anyone remember what it's called, or who made it?
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:18 PM
 
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:22 PM
 
"marble works" perhaps
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:42 PM
 
I remember that. Always wanted one, never got one.

Thanks for bringing back those horrible memories.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:49 PM
 
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I remember that. Always wanted one, never got one.

Thanks for bringing back those horrible memories.
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:49 PM
 
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:50 PM
 
I remember that. There is a similar product on the market today:

Quercetti Skyrail Marble Roller Coaster

I was thinking that my 6-year-old would love to have it for Christmas.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:52 PM
 
I really hated the Mitch kid in it though. I don't know if it was the hair or the face or the feminine disposition but god did he rub me the wrong way.

Gotta love the random Jon Gries sighting in it, though.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:53 PM
 
i collect frito wrappers because of that movie.
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:53 PM
 
Originally Posted by ink View Post
I remember that. There is a similar product on the market today:

Quercetti Skyrail Marble Roller Coaster

I was thinking that my 6-year-old would love to have it for Christmas.
Never mind your six-year-old. I've just found out what I would love to have for Christmas.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:55 PM
 
Originally Posted by nonhuman View Post
I remember that. Always wanted one, never got one.

Thanks for bringing back those horrible memories.
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by Pierre Capretz II View Post
"marble works" perhaps
Nah, that's the big plastic one that you stack.

Originally Posted by finboy View Post
Connectix?
That was the toy with the little screw driver and you could build things with it. Don't think it was the name of the marble toy.
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Nov 15, 2006, 04:59 PM
 
Erector Set?
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Nov 15, 2006, 05:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
Erector Set?
That's not from the 80s.... 1910 or so, I think.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 05:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
Erector Set?
That's what Connectix was based off of.
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Nov 15, 2006, 05:09 PM
 
I had that toy, but I don't remember what it was called. I always had problems making the marble stay on the track. It was a lot harder then it looked.

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Nov 15, 2006, 05:18 PM
 
K'nex?

K'NEX - The World's Most Creative Construction Toy.


There's also some toy named rollerscape, which looks more along the lines of what you're looking for.
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Nov 15, 2006, 06:13 PM
 
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K'nex?

K'NEX - The World's Most Creative Construction Toy.


There's also some toy named rollerscape, which looks more along the lines of what you're looking for.
Definitely not K'nex. They always reminded me of a cheap version of Construx.

That Rollerscape is similar, but not what I was looking for. Thanks, though.
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Nov 15, 2006, 06:18 PM
 
FOUND IT!!!

Bandai Spacewarp!!

I know what I want for Christmas. The Spacewarp 10000 Marble Coaster.
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Nov 15, 2006, 06:20 PM
 
That looks damn cool. Too bad my cat would probably destroy it.

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Nov 15, 2006, 06:24 PM
 
Like I said earlier, I had one and it was a letdown. I was always obsessed with coasters and coaster design as a kid and I remember wanting this thing so bad. I remember it was fairly expensive and was the only gift I got for Xmas one year.

I had a lot of problems making it do much. the marbles would fly out all the time and assembling it was a pain.

It's still cool as hell, and I would like to get a crack at it as an adult.

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Nov 15, 2006, 06:31 PM
 
Originally Posted by ort888 View Post
I had a lot of problems making it do much. the marbles would fly out all the time and assembling it was a pain.
Don't feel too bad, the people who originally designed the roller coaster at the Mall of America had the same problem.
     
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Nov 15, 2006, 07:34 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
You should Photoshop in an iPhone into that shot and send it into the rumour sites.

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Nov 15, 2006, 07:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
FOUND IT!!!

Bandai Spacewarp!!

I know what I want for Christmas. The Spacewarp 10000 Marble Coaster.
Niiiice. Keep us posted on how it goes.

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Originally Posted by Dark Helmet View Post
You should Photoshop in an iPhone into that shot and send it into the rumour sites.


Then watch someone post here in a few days.
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Nov 15, 2006, 07:58 PM
 
It's only available in Japan, and a limited edition run of 10,000 copies.

Any copies being sold are selling for twice the retail value. Damn it.

I hope they release it in the states. Might be worth a trip to Japan Town to see if it's in any of the toy shops.
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Calling Japanese MacNNers!
Hey, good idea. Who here lives in Japan?
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Hey, good idea. Who here lives in Japan?
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Nov 15, 2006, 11:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
Erector Set?
Naw, Connectix was a plasticized Erector set, with rails and stuff. You could build roller coasters and other neat things that Erector didn't dream of.
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Nov 15, 2006, 11:19 PM
 
Marble Madness.. Thats what it looks like to me
     
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Marble Madness.. Thats what it looks like to me
Why? Cuz of da marbels?

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Nov 16, 2006, 08:49 AM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post

That's pretty goddamned cool.
     
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Nov 16, 2006, 03:25 PM
 
Fan page (lots of links w/ pages of instructions)
http://www.angelfire.com/journal/sco...spacewarp.html

E-Bay spacewarp 5000 $91 in the US (buy it now too)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Bandai-Spacewarp...QQcmdZViewItem

So yeah... google and e-bay are your friends...

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Originally Posted by phantomdragonz View Post
E-Bay spacewarp 5000 $91 in the US (buy it now too)
http://cgi.ebay.com/Bandai-Spacewarp...QQcmdZViewItem

So yeah... google and e-bay are your friends...

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It's $45 if you buy it in Japan.
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