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K'nex Roller Coasters - 14 Models Featured

Updated on September 20, 2014

Ever Built a K'nex Roller Coaster?

Imagine the fun of this build a roller coaster game with your favorite kid. K'nex roller coasters are popular building toys. Many different models of K'nex Roller Coasters are featured here with descriptions.

K'Nex Education is an award-winning construction toy company, and they are American made. K'Nex has designed a system of plastic building pieces that snap together and form sturdy models that stand up to a great deal of handling and exploration.

K'nex roller coasters are a delight for 'kids' of all ages, and a perfect choice if you are looking for quality educational toys.

All of the K'nex roller coasters featured come with:

  • colorful illustrated step-by-step directions - no need to read, follow the pictures and color codes
  • a sturdy, clear-lidded box with dividers, making cleanup easier.
  • at least one motor that runs on batteries, not included

K'nex roller coaster kits would be best for kids at about age 8 and up. Small pieces, so beware youngsters (or pets) who might eat the colorful k'nex pieces, NOT good. However with adult assistance with the building process, I can assure you that these K'nex roller coaster models will THRILL kids of all ages. These are cool toys boys love. Hell they'll even thrill the dog or cat!

image above, amazon: K'NEX Screamin' Serpent Roller Coaster

K'nex Roller Coasters are Models that MOVE!

Maybe the BEST feature is the motor than makes this an exciting working model!

K'nex Roller Coasters are WORKING Models

Fun AND learning happens with a build a roller coaster fame.

One thing that sets K'nex apart from other construction toys is that you don't just built them to sit on a shelf. Building them is only the beginning, for these models are action-packed - they MOVE! Wheels turn, propellers spin, and roller coasters rock and roll. So after they build a K'nex roller coaster, kids can can play with it. ...and they will - over and over again.

These roller coasters are also a fascinating hands-on tool for exploring physics. Kids can build many classic roller coaster models, including ones with loops, half pipes, and ball ramps. They'll learn about projectile motion, centripetal force, acceleration, conservation of energy, and experimental design as they experiment with these working models - making them excellent educational toys.

Some models are easier on the wallet than others. Pricing for these awesome K'nex Roller Coasters range from around $40 up to nearly $200, depending on the model you choose.

Most of the Knex roller coaster sets below include directions for more than one model, so there are even variations to the design plans to make more than just one creation. The structures do require batteries for the moving parts. K'nex pieces are very sturdy and seldom if ever break, so they can be used over and over again. A build a roller coaster game is sure to be a favorite.

K'nex Roller Coaster Building Tips

After building several Knex structures, here's a few tips to make it simpler.

* 1) Most of these K'nex structures are huge, so consider your space prior to building. If you build it in the middle of your living room floor you'll likely regret it later cause the kids will NOT want to remove it. You might start the building process in parts, but once you get to the part of it becoming an actual roller coaster then it will need a home, so consider that space. Maybe the corner of a kids' room, basement floor, den, table top (not in use) or... ? We even used a bunkbed once by building a platform and putting it on the top bunk. The kids didn't mind climbing up there a bit to play with their K'nex roller coaster, they loved it.

* 2) The models on this page will be too difficult for most kids under about age eight to built without help, but don't let that stop you! Kids of ANY age will be fascinated with a build a roller coaster game. Beware: Your dog or cat might go nuts! However the small parts would NOT be safe for kids under age three . With so many parts, any of these roller coasters will take awhile to build, maybe several hours. Put on some music and whistle while you work, it's worth it.

* 3) Never built a K'nex roller coaster or other K'nex model before? Know that the first is the hardest while you get used to how the pieces fit together. Have patience when building with a kid. If he/she starts to lose interest. Just take a break and come back to it later. It may take 4-5 hours, and few kids will stay focused that long, so take breaks and keep it a fun joint venture. Give the pieces funny names, listen to music while you work, crack jokes and giggle. Next thing you know...you've created a 'k'nex kid (mine were pros by around age 8) who will no longer need your help and might just built structures that completely astound you.

Popular K'nex Roller Coaster Sets

Sawblade Thrill Ride Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #1

Saw Blade - K'nex Roller Coaster #1

Build a SawBlade K'nex roller coaster - a favorite build a roller coaster game thrill ride building set!
Towering 4 feet high and sporting motorized, dual-spinning wheels, SawBlade Thrill Ride gives an ultimate K'nex building challenge for kids who love to build.

This set includes 1,555 colorful K'NEX pieces and eight K'NEX men riders.

Two star-shaped wheels begin to quickly spin as the central arm rotates round-and-round to create a high octane twist on a traditional Ferris Wheel experience. Instructions for a second dynamic model are available at knex.com.

Dragon's Drop Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #2

The K'NEX Dragons' Drop Coaster Model# 13075 lets you build a hanging roller coaster that's over three feet high!

This build a roller coaster game has many unique features including a motorized chain lift and two coaster cars.

The set includes over 800 pieces and comes with instructions for two different K'nex roller coaster models.

Screamin' Serpent Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #3


Winner of 7 prestigious awards, this working replica of a real roller coaster teaches physics: acceleration, & velocity.
Authentic Steel Coaster Design - 1,280 pieces - 23 Feet of Track - Zero-G Loop - 3 Coaster Cars - 6 Passenger Figures

This model operates by a motorized chain lift sound module that delivers real roller coaster sounds AND screams! Fun!

Color Coded Instructions Instructions for Building 2 Designs:
1) Screamin Serpent (over 6 1/2 Feet Long)
2) Screamin Serpent Jr. (5 Feet Version which includes canopy)

Screamin' Serpent is a build a roller coaster game of excitement for the whole family!

Build a monstrosity of a k'nex roller coaster model that's 6 1/2 feet long, 2 1/2 feet wide, 3 1/2 feet tall. Styled just like today's steel style roller coaster.

Realistic sounds, motorized action, speeding cars.

Double Dare Dueling Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #4

Build DoubleDare Dueling Coaster, the coaster building set that's a head-to-head race to the finish!

With over 32 feet of multi-colored track and 2 separate runs, DoubleDare combines the fun of thrill ride building with racing performance.

The set includes 1,054 colorful K'nex pieces, flexible track system and 2 chrome-coated coaster cars that can race each other, or be combined into one train.

Once you switch ON the motor on to bring the model to life, the motorized chain lift quickly carries opposing cars on separate tracks to the top.

As they crest the peak and pass through the starting gate, both cars accelerate through identical, opposing tracks that are full of twists, turns and loops. Spinners positioned at the end of each track indicate which speeding car passes through the finish line first.

Instructions for a smaller, alternate coaster are available at www.knex.com.

Lava Launch Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #5

Holy cow! This K'nex Roller Coaster actually shoots a mini-car up a volcano!

Be the engineer of a towering, monstrous model roller coaster with the K'NEX Lava Launch Coaster building set.

Containing over 1200 colorful plastic pieces that click into place, this set includes a motorized blaster that shoots a miniature car up the volcano-shaped structure and through 20 feet of spirals, twists, and loops. Color-coded instructions make assembly easy for kids nine years and older. This exciting ride is sure to get their hearts racing!


This Lava Launch Coaster is actually two models in one, with the option of building a different turbo booster model coaster that is more of a horizontal shape than vertical.

Shark Run Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #6

Build big and catch a wave with the awesome Shark Run Roller Coaster!

This real-working coaster model is over 4 feet long and features a motorized chain lift to carry the surf-themed car to the top of the track.
Then, once at the peak, watch out for the chompin' shark tunnel, then ride the rail down and around for some fast-paced coaster action!

  • Surfing Dude Chasing Shark Fin
  • Jaw Chomping Action
  • Kowabunga Drop Ripcurl Turn
  • Motorized Chain Lift

Rippin Rocket Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #7

This build a roller coaster game has a turbo booster rocket !

This coaster is 5 feet tall and SO much fun to watch, 5 star ratings!!!
Build your own high performance coaster, and then bring it to life with two turbo boosters and gravity-defying action.
Assemble the coaster track complete with a 5-foot peak, sheer vertical drop and super-G loop.
Fasten the rocket car, and then hang on tight!!!

Hornet Swarm Dueling Coasters - K'nex Roller Coaster #7

This thrill ride build a roller coaster game set combines motorized roller coaster excitement with head-to-head racing and sound effects.

This set includes 1,100+ pieces, including colorful K'NEX parts, motor, sound module, 4 coaster cars and over 32 feet of track. Follow the color-coded instructions to build this exciting dueling roller coaster over 3.5 feet high. Then switch the motor and sound module on to bring the model to life.
The motorized chain lift quickly carries opposing cars on separate tracks to the top. As they crest the peak, they trigger the motion-activated sound module which results in coaster sounds & screams. Both cars accelerate through opposing tracks that are full of twists, turns and loops in a race to the finish. Instructions for a second dynamic model are available at www.knex.com. Hornet Swarm Dueling Coaster is appropriate for builders and roller coaster enthusiasts ages 9 and up.

Vertical Vengeance Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #8

The Vertical Vengeance build a roller coaster game model is over FIVE feet tall!

K'NEX builders and thrill seekers will feel the hair on the back of their necks and goose-bumps on their arms rise high with the K'NEX Vertical Vengeance Coaster.
The building set includes a vertical, motorized chain lift that carries two coaster cars all the way to the top.
The cars then race down 33 feet of track through loops, turns and spirals.
To make the ride more realistic, the kit comes with coaster sounds and screams.
Step-by-step instructions are included, with each broken down to translate the 3D result into a 2D visual that is easy to understand.
The set includes a part organizer for easy sorting and storage.

Storm Mountain Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #9

A Glow-in-the-Dark K'nex Roller Coaster!

The Storm Mountain Set includes a roller coaster car with figures, a bonus motor and a glow-in-the-dark graphic panel and labels.

Storm Mountain includes instructions 646 pieces and photos of other building possibilities.

Loopin' Lightening Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #10

Twists, Turns & Loops come alive with this KNEX roller coaster!

Build the K'NEX Loopin' Lightning Coaster, a vertical roller coaster building set.
Standing over 3 feet high with more than 19 feet of twisting, turning track, the motorized Loopin' Lightning provides a building experience that's just as thrilling as its performance.

This set includes 615 colorful K'nex pieces, including 2 coaster cars, motor and track. Follow the color-coded instructions to build this exciting thrill ride step-by-step.

Then switch the motor on to bring the model to life. The motorized chain lift quickly carries the cars to the top. As they crest the peak, both cars accelerate through twists, turns and loops. Instructions for a second dynamic model are available on www.knex.com.

Extreme View Video Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #11

This K'nex roller coaster has a built-in video camera!

This build a roller coaster game combines the K'nex building experience with a digital video camera!
The camera lets you share your creation with friends and family by featuring a coaster car with on-board digital video camera. So you get to actually see what it would be like to ride your own creation - how cool is that?

You can then share the video with others AND you can even edit and create your own personalized roller coaster movies.

Speed Coaster - K'nex Roller Coasters #12

Possibly the best choice for those with smaller space and needing a smaller price tag.

The Speed Coaster model is a part of the collectible Build Amusement Park Series.

The Speed Coaster set includes 428 pieces and instructions to build a speed coaster 2 feet high.

Each set is motorized for exciting thrill ride performance.

Speed Coaster be combined with other sets in the series to make new rides.

Sonic Blizzard Coasters Set - K'nex Roller Coasters #13

TWO roller coasters in ONE that light UP!

Turn down the lights and watch the magic of this unique roller coaster!

This model is actually TWO roller coaster cars that race to the finish in action-packed lit up speed.

Kids will LOVE turning out the lights and watching the roller coaster action glow in the dark!

Light and Sound Thrill Park - K'nex Roller Coasters #14

Both a roller coaster AND a ferris wheel with lights AND sound!

More than just a roller coaster, this set is a theme park including a ferris wheel model.

Set includes 2 motors for lights and sound, 8 people figures and 953 pieces. Build both models at once, roller coaster has sound and ferris wheel has lights.

Which Knex Roller Coaster is Your Favorite???

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Cool Roller Coaster Poster - This roller coaster is at Seaworld in Queensland, Australia

What to you think about these K'nex Roller Coasters? Cool toys boys love! Really they're not just for boys, by any means.

Ever Built a K'nex Roller Coaster - Can you imagine playing with one of these build a roller coaster game sets with your favorite kid?

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      These look AWESOME! Thanks for writing about them and how to make the building go more smoothly. I'm sure my daughter will get into them as she gets older. Who knows, maybe we'll start with them now. She's 6, but likes to build.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      This would have been the best thing ever for me when I was a kid. I had something similar that's no longer made.

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @dogged lm: Thanks for the compliment. Yes, there are K'nex conventions, great fun!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @cleansweeping: If only more of these toys showed up in classrooms... kids couldn't WAIT to get to school!

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      cleansweeping 5 years ago

      We Love K'nex! I use them in my classroom!

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      dogged lm 5 years ago

      I love them and I see that there are big meetings held for the expert constructors to show their tricks.I like your great lens, covers the subject really well, thanks.

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      CodyHemby 5 years ago

      I still play with Knex!

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      salharald 5 years ago

      They're awesome!

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      JeremyRustling 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      FancyThatUK 5 years ago

      Me and my sister used to love k'nex so much! My aunt sent them to the UK from canada before they even came out here, she often did that with new toys - beanie babies were another one!

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      TarahFlesch 5 years ago

      I have a friend of mine who still builds theme park rides with knex all the time... I think it's awesome!

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      loggy15 5 years ago

      You really explain the coasters!

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      Wow, what cool toys, my boys would love these.

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      We've built one of these big ones with my son.

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      Hypersapien2 6 years ago from U.S.

      These look awesome! Great gift idea!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      I need to get one of these for my boys! Thanks for all the info about them.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      These seem like so much fun.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      online shopping for a gift, enjoyed your selection, this may be right up our 6 yr olds alley as his birthday is coming up.

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      Wow, now that is so cool. I'm familiar with the Knex toys (my kids are still a little too young for them), but I've never seen that awesome coaster before.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @GrowWear: Never too late to enjoy these knex roller coasters... my sons loved them for many years!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Well, I've already "liked" the lens... Sure hope my "never having heard of them before" is a fluke of memory and not a sign of old age. :)

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Cannot believe I've never heard of Knex before now, what with my grandson having loved roller coasters since he was a toddler! :)

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, have not heard of these Knex roller coasters, but looks like a very interesting toy.

      Thanks for sharing. Have A a nice Christmas and a happy new year. Blessed

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      cwkerns lm 6 years ago

      Great lens, I really enjoyed it. I have never heard of the Knex Models but I am considering one for my nephews for Christmas

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      These are so cool! Love it! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, the Roller Coasters by KNEX sure look like fun and something that my grandson might enjoy unless he thinks he is too old at 12.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      My husband and I are big Roller Coaster Tycoon fans so one year I bought him a roller coaster kit. I'm not sure if it was this brand or not, but it was just too hard to put together. He loves toys though so I'll have to hide this page from him. (grin)

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      My son would love these!! They look like so much fun.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      These are cool alright. Makes me want to go to the amusement park! Fun lens! Sundae ;-)

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      Wow these look so fun.

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      tiff0315 7 years ago

      My brother has 3 of these and absolutely loves them....BTW he's 21 now and still gets them out when he's bored. LOL

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Wow! These sets are huge and fabulous! They look like they would be a lot of fun building and playing with. Awesome!

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      They seem very entertaining game. Great collection. Congratulations.

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many variations of the Knex roller coasters! Great Christmas gift ideas for my boys this year. I had a hard time picking a favorite but two of my sons have volcano fascinations so I ended up picking the Lava one. Neat stuff!

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      My grandson was fascinated by roller coasters at two and three years old. We even bought him one of those roller coaster software games that make it look like you are inside a roller coaster. Fascinated by it, he was. Wish we had heard of Knex back then. :)

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      coastus 7 years ago

      I think there is no limited supply by the way. I made my own website about it: http://toyrollercoasters.net

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks, I made my own website about it: http://toyrollercoasters.net

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Boy, would these set be fun to have and play with, the grand-kids would love them. This has been fun to see! ~ Susie

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      What fun! these knex roller coasters are awesome

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      These look like so much fun!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really neat roller coasters. Hadn't heard of K'nex before.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Fun!

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Lensrolled to my Hot Christmas Toys For Boys. Thank-you.

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Wow... this is really a great toy! I didn't realize that there were so many available. Awesome collection.

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      Nice page. My son received Knew when he was younger but unfortunately, he wasn't patient enough to keep building good things with these construction sets. So, he stuck to Legos instead but we still like to see Knex constructions.

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      Edit Photos 8 years ago from Earth

      I built several of these with my kids - they are all fun and unlike many toys with many parts - they all work! Copying the security word I am about to enter - they are a "GIGAWOOT" of fun!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Wayyy cool! Who woulda thunk there was such a toy. Creative and educational!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Educational and fun, k'Nex are one of our favorite toys for learning about physical science, engineering and math. Combine the educational aspects with the fun you have building with them, k'Nex are one of my family's favorite toys.

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      Could not pick a favorite. I am a rollercoaster fanatic. I would have loved these when I was a kid.

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      JoyfulPamela2 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My boys have several kits and think they are pretty awesome. I'm linking this to my Lego page - hopefully fellow builders will enjoy both pages. :)

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