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Mack powersplash knockoff is the only one I am underwhelmed about. However, launched raptor looks incredible and the lsm launch looks like a beefed up version of sandy’s blasting bronco, but it’s still really cool. New element is always welcome.

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So I guess Intamin is the new Vekoma...ripping off innovations from other companies.

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17 minutes ago, BeeastFarmer said:

So I guess Intamin is the new Vekoma...ripping off innovations from other companies.

WeLL iT’S a SInGlE rAil sO iT’S TeCHniCaLLy NoT a KnOcKoFf

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17 minutes ago, Rivertown Rider said:

Of all ride types to rip off why in the world would they choose the Sky Rocket II?

For parks with land constraints?

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15 hours ago, Rivertown Rider said:

Of all ride types to rip off why in the world would they choose the Sky Rocket II?

They're quality rides that are relatively inexpensive, easy to clone and install, very marketable, and take up next to no land. They have been Premier's biggest hit this decade. These are much better rides than similar coasters like Vekoma Boomerangs and Intamin Impulses (not the GIB's though). 

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15 hours ago, Rivertown Rider said:

Of all ride types to rip off why in the world would they choose the Sky Rocket II?

The powersplash is worse.

Although I do like the idea of a single rail water coaster.

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Intamin should have done the 2 across T-Rex single rail style instead of the Raptor style. Could have beaten RMC to the punch and offered a unique experience. 

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These concepts look cool but if it didn't say "Intamin" you'd think they were designs from Premier, Mack, and RMC. I think they're trying to play catch up. Yes they built Pantheon, Hagrid, and the Jurassic World coaster but I think they're trying to find their footing in a changing industry. I think they want to be THE single rail manufacturer since RMC isn't doing much with their single rail concepts. The Skyrocket knockoff doesn't suprise me either since most companies have developed coasters that are compact and easy to clone. The ultra splash is just a power splash knockoff imo. The giga splash looks cool. I just feel like they've become a shell of their former self with these designs. The rapid switch track launched coasters they've made look awesome but other than that the models I've listed are reminiscent of other manufacturer's work.

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^ That's kind of my thoughts.  Tempesto (SkyRocket II) is a fun coaster but I would think if a park is adding one they are probably still going to go with Premier unless they have severe footprint problems at their park.

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I will say, I was not expecting this much negativity surrounding the unthinkable reality of Intamin... my goodness... borrowing ideas from other manufacturers. As in, this is literally how the industry, and any industry ever has worked.

It's even more shocking considering how many concepts and influences other manufacturers have gotten from Intamin.

As I detailed in an earlier post, its the just the way of the game for competing entities to offer very similar products.

Look at all the Mack Rides that have been built in the past decade that are strikingly similar to so many rides Intamin has made.

Look at Storm at Etnaland (2013) and Alpina Blitz at Nigloland (2014) and you'll see they're almost indistinguishable from Intamin's Mega-lites, a concept that came out just a few years prior.

Zierer has made some coasters (Wicked at Lagoon, Impulse at Knoebels) that are basically the same concept as Gerstlauer's Euro-fighter/Infinity coasters.

GCI is following RMC's lead of wanting to incorporate launches and inversions on future rides.

I could list many more, but you get the point. And even if some of these are "exactly the same" as others. Who cares? I'm sure if the parks/chains feel the same way than that will will be reflected in them not purchasing said concept over the original.

I also find it silly that as much as its bemoaned Intamin getting overly-ambitious in their designs and thus compounding their existing reputation of unreliability, we then lampoon them for trying to be more grounded and sticking more to what works?

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19 minutes ago, BeastForever said:

I will say, I was not expecting this much negativity surrounding the unthinkable reality of Intamin... my goodness... borrowing ideas from other manufacturers. As in, this is literally how the industry, and any industry ever has worked.

It's even more shocking considering how many concepts and influences other manufacturers have gotten from Intamin.

As I detailed in an earlier post, its the just the way of the game for competing entities to offer very similar products.

Look at all the Mack Rides that have been built in the past decade that are strikingly similar to so many rides Intamin has made.

Look at Storm at Etnaland (2013) and Alpina Blitz at Nigloland (2014) and you'll see they're almost indistinguishable from Intamin's Mega-lites, a concept that came out just a few years prior.

Zierer has made some coasters (Wicked at Lagoon, Impulse at Knoebels) that are basically the same concept as Gerstlauer's Euro-fighter/Infinity coasters.

GCI is following RMC's lead of wanting to incorporate launches and inversions on future rides.

I could list many more, but you get the point. And even if some of these are "exactly the same" as others. Who cares? I'm sure if the parks/chains feel the same way than that will will be reflected in them not purchasing said concept over the original.

I also find it silly that as much as its bemoaned Intamin getting overly-ambitious in their designs and thus compounding their existing reputation of unreliability, we then lampoon them for trying to be more grounded and sticking more to what works?

It’s not really ride style we are disappointed about, or maybe it’s just me. The powersplash knockoff is absolutely ridiculous because it is literally a cloned layout. Yeah sure, they have single rail track on it, but that is literally the only difference apart from the larger trains. The lsm launch I actually really like because it is an original layout. That’s my opinion though.

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That is technically true for the Powersplash style ride, but there's not really a lot you can do with that. The same thing could be said of all the large flume style ride that came before like Amazon Falls where every company's were the same style and layout. Te shorter ones had the simple oval design with the double down and the large ones like at Cedar Point had a figure out layout.

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21 minutes ago, purdude86 said:

That is technically true for the Powersplash style ride, but there's not really a lot you can do with that. The same thing could be said of all the large flume style ride that came before like Amazon Falls where every company's were the same style and layout. Te shorter ones had the simple oval design with the double down and the large ones like at Cedar Point had a figure out layout.

Intamin literally just took their water ride and revamped it. I don’t think it’s a knockoff. Unless you mean the boat rides, that’s not exactly a boat ride, it’s just a rethinking of their water coaster like the one at energylandia.

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The designs are cool, I just thought there'd have been more originality. People praise Intamin for making innovative, world class rides but most of these designs are very similar to current models. I understand its common practice for manufacturers to make their own versions of other manufacturers work. I also understand these are smaller concepts that aren't meant to be ground breaking but I honestly was underwhelmed. I'm interested to see how their launched single rails turn out though. All in all, it just seems like they've stepped back with these designs. Then again, maybe they want to go smaller to attract smaller parks and rebuild their reputation with chains they haven't worked with in a while like Cedar Fair and Six Flags

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