LEGO ICONS 10303 Loop Coaster caused some physics-based challenges

A new interview with designer Pierre Normandin has discussed the development of LEGO 10303 Loop Coaster and the challenges the team faced.

10303 Loop Coaster features the first loops in a LEGO roller coaster but getting the movement to work while keeping the set at a reasonable size proved to be a challenge for the design team and resulted in plenty of experimenting to get to the final model. The interview also suggests that loops weren’t originally intended to be a part of this new LEGO roller coaster.

“We started building and we quickly came to the conclusion that we could do loops if we could have enough speed,” says Pierre Normandin

“While building LEGO models is different from the real world, it can be similar in many ways, and we realized early on that there were many challenges regarding the physics of the roller-coaster. A lot of times our biggest frustration was to see the train stop right at the top of the loop!”

“During the development and design process we need to look at all the options possible,” continues Pierre. “A ramp would have taken a huge hill and it was just not possible. The model would have been way too big.”

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To address that issue, the design team chose to incorporate an elevator instead, which can be upgraded to motorise the function.

You’ll be able to pick up 10303 Loop Coaster starting on July 5 in stores and online for £344.99 / $399.99 / €399.99. However, LEGO VIP members can start ordering it from July 1 early.

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