What have I gotten myself into?!? I’ve known about these building sets for years but never wanted to shell out the money… or the time, to put one together. But FaceBook Marketplace is a temptress and she sucked me in! Now I own a K’NEX Space Mountain model.
It should only take an hour or two to put together… right?
The box is pretty beat up but gives us some nice graphics. And it gives you the idea that it just may be possible to assemble your very own Space Mountain. And if you believe that…
Disney Parks does sell some amazing theme park attraction merchandise! I have several monorail sets with accessories and a Main Street USA building set from SEARS. And you guessed it: None of them are put together!
Seriously, just look at all those parts (top left). And stickers (top right). At least the cars, or ride vehicles (bottom left) look simple, as do the little guest figures (bottom right). Actually, I almost bought this set just to get the LEGO-like figures!
The motor (top) is simple enough. And I love the Space Mountain sign (bottom)!
So all joking aside, just how hard is it going to be to put this set together? Well, as an indicator, the instruction book is basically 12″ square and 74 pages long (below, left)!
At least it starts by giving you some building basics (top, right) to make it look easy. But does the following page from the instructions look easy to you?
It does look amazing when it is all together (above, left)! So I will likely give it a try as I really do want to see it working. If I manage to pull that off, I can then purchase another K’NEX set featuring the Dumbo attraction. But I have the sneaking suspicion that I won’t!
I’m trying to put the track together now and it’s proving virtually impossible. So rather than make you wait for me to finish, here is a YouTube Video from a man who (somehow) completed the project. Enjoy!
FUN FACTS: K’NEX is a construction toy system founded by Joel Glickman. It was first introduced in America in 1992. The toy’s building system consists of interlocking plastic rods, connectors, blocks, gears, wheels, and other components, which can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models, machines, and architectural structures. K’NEX is designed for older (5- to 12-year-old) builders. Or grown men.