Exclusive: One-of-a-kind official Blade Runner "Spinner" car from LEGO

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Today BBtv and I headed to the house of artist, designer, and futurist Syd Mead, who graciously let us sit around for a couple of hours and talk about, gosh, everything. It was without a doubt one of the most fantastic days of my life, bouncing ideas and picking the brain about car design, utopianism, and Hollywood. We shot enough video we could cut multiple BBtv episodes (and maybe we will!) but I thought I'd give you guys a little something to tide you over.

So here you go: A one-of-a-kind official LEGO version of Mead's "Spinner" flying car from Blade Runner, presented to Syd by LEGO when he attended a design summit in Billund. Syd let me pick it up and swoop it around my head like a child.

I have the best job ever.

Thanks again to Xeni, Dana, and Derek (Team BBtv!) for setting up the whole thing. I owe you big.

Two more pictures after the jump.

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22 Comments

  1. Dammit your iphone shots came out better than mine! Yay, great fun today, Joel. Can’t wait to edit!

  2. And actually I was afraid to pick it up, and did not.

    I thought I’d lose my cool and compulsively spazz out and break it somehow.

  3. Oh, that is so very cool on so very many levels.

    @Xeni: It’s LEGO, it can be rebuilt. Somebody had to say that, heh heh. 😛

  4. This looks like mostly standard parts, but I don’t recognize the parts used for the inside wheel hub covers. I’m longing to build one – this is one reason I want a reprap. Custom Lego.

  5. every once in a while, two things of such quintessential radness collide that the word ‘rad’ fails to adequately reflect the sheer excellence of what you’re seeing.

    This lego spinner is such a thing.

    I propose the term radt. The t is silent.

  6. Eustace: The inside wheel components were originally the heads of the Bohrok from earlier Bionicle sets. They are usually translucent with a fading opaque pattern on them. I have no idea where solid blue ones came from. GIS “bohrok” to see what I mean.

  7. Oh my God. That is just . . . just . . . oh God.

    It’s . . . *sniff* . . . so beautiful . . .

  8. Now that’s what I call a perk – both to Syd for being himself, and to y’all for boinging. Also a perk for us, I s’pose, since it’s just about the coolest goddam thing I’ve ever seen made from Lego! And it’s official. HOT DAMN!

  9. Eustace: The inside wheel components were originally the heads of the Bohrok from earlier Bionicle sets. They are usually translucent with a fading opaque pattern on them. I have no idea where solid blue ones came from. GIS “bohrok” to see what I mean.

    Specifically it is this part:

    Bricklink Catalog page
    Peeron Reference page

    Those links are for the part in solid colors. It never appeared in any retail set it blue (dark blue, not the color shown here however), but LEGO sometimes makes test runs of molds in colors that are never meant for production. Likely this was something like that and the designer simply used the test pieces for this one of a kind set, or they did a small run of this piece in blue for internal use.

    While it’s very cool that LEGO made this set for Mr. Mead (and as Brotherclone pointed out, someone at LEGO is obviusoly a big PKD fan), I’ve never been partial to the Technic sets. I much prefer the fan made minifig scale spinners that you can find at Brickshelf and other places.

  10. With this, I think some doors have just been opened wide for possible officially licensed Lego models, to say nothing of other toy lines looking to expand their businesses. I will take a flying train from Back to the Future III, please. At least do the Delorean.

    Speaking of which, the Spinner car showed up repainted in Back to the Future II. Do I hear variant paintjob?

  11. More Sci-Fi Geek Pron! I must have, where’s that office? It would be cool if LEGO kitted that car out.

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