Marble Roller Coasters 101
Various types of marble games have been played by kids for decades. Some of the popular ones these days include marble tracks, marble races, marble runs, and marble roller coasters.
You can find plenty of information about marble run toys on our blog, but today we want to spend some time highlighting marble roller coasters.
WHAT ARE MARBLE ROLLER COASTERS?
Marble roller coasters are science-based interactive toys that work on the principles of physics, particularly changing potential energy into kinetic energy. They're miniature versions of the types of roller coasters you'd find at amusement parks, and they include twists, turns, and loops.
You could attempt to make a homemade marble roller coaster using leftover paper towel roles, pipes, and duct tape. Or you could spend a little money and buy an official roller coaster set.
TYPES OF MARBLE ROLLER COASTERS
There are many different varieties of marble roller coasters on the market. Some are manual, while others are automated so that the marble returns to the top by a battery operated lift.
Manual Marble Roller Coasters
Manual roller coasters can be easily operated because they have less moving parts and are often shorter than their automated counterparts.
Automatic Marble Roller Coasters
Battery operated or automatic coasters have longer tracks with various types of twists and turns, allowing the marbles to cover a much longer distance than manual coasters. They're usually multi-level tracks that contain other features like lighting to make the game more interesting.
MARBLE ROLLER COASTER EXAMPLES
Here are some of the marble roller coasters available on the market today:
Quercetti Skyrail Mini Rail Rollercoaster
This 150-piece coaster allows you to construct its glow-in-the-dark track up to 27 feet. It can be built using the designs in its instruction booklet, or you can design your own roller coaster with its pieces. This marble roller coaster is made in Italy and is suitable for kids ages 6+.
SpaceRail Marble Roller Coaster
This marble roller coaster has 16,000mm of track line. It includes two different tracks and a variety of pieces, such as a full loop, spirals, and drops. The set also includes an elevator and a freestanding base to make for more functional use. This interactive toy is recommended for kids over 15 years old.
SpaceRail Glow in the Dark Marble Roller Coaster
This marble coaster is similar to the other SpaceRail coasters, except that it offers significantly more pieces and glows in the dark. Featuring 36,000mm of track line, it offers infinite possibilities and hours of fun. Similar to the other SpaceRail coasters, it's recommended for kids 15 years and up.
Marble roller coasters are just one of the many marble games and toys on the market today. In our experience, they're best suited for older kids and teenagers looking for a challenge in physics and engineering.
To round out your library of marble games, be sure to check out our Marble Genius marble runs, which can be adapted to any age group!