The box is heavy, the manual is thick, and kids will get a lot of use out of this set. An impressive roller coaster is the heart of any good amusement park, so it’s best to begin the set by building the piece-de-resistance—the functional pirate roller coaster with working carriages that really roll along the tracks with a push.
The set is designed for kids ages 9 to 14, and with 923 pieces, it will take them about four hours to build the roller coaster from start to finish, creating a huge sense of accomplishment once it’s completed.
The coaster is full of pirate details and nautical touches, including carriages with a shark design, a sunken galleon, a skull archway, a cannon that fires water elements, an octopus hanging off the track, a palm tree, and more.
The roller coaster has a twisting oval track and a water splash feature, which would easily make it the coolest ride at any real-life amusement park. The kit also comes with a ton of accessories to create even more elaborate carnival scenes, including a ticket booth, a balloon stand, four mini figures, and a skeleton figure.
This set is extensive enough to keep older kids engaged for long periods of time without getting bored. Like many construction toys and LEGO sets in particular, part of the thrill is seeing it all come together. After it’s built, kids can actually play with the rolling coaster and moving parts, so it won’t just sit there collecting dust. It makes a great display too, so kids can leave it up in their bedroom or playroom without mom or dad bugging them to put it away.
Kids can also take it apart to build two other rides: the Skull Ride—a circular mini coaster featuring a giant skeleton—and the Ship Ride—a pirate ship that swings back and forth like a pendulum.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen to build an amusement park fit for Blackbeard himself!