While perusing the gorgeous “HAL Project” web site, full of simulations, screensavers, animated desktops, and audio samples from the seminal 2001: A Space Odyssey—for my money, Orson Welles’ finest film*—I had a flash of duh: Are the original LEGO Space minifigs in red, blue, and yellow because of 2001? (I’ve asked LEGO, but that might be a hard one for them to track down.) [via â˜…]
* It’s a tie between 2001 and Porky’s.
Update: So I’m an idiot. Apparently red and blue Space minifigs didn’t come out until far after the original ones in ’79. LEGO told me:
I have asked several product developers to find an explanation. It had of course no connection to the Hal project 2001, the yellow and white space minifigures are developed in 1979 and the red and blue ones are developed in 1987.
I think the only explanation may be it is our primary colours.