The iconic Spinner from the 1982 sci-fi epic ‘Blade Runner’ has appeared here in multiple forms over the years. From large scale brick-built versions to smaller mini-figure builds, there’s a spinner for everyone. Except Technic fans, who have – until now – been unrepresented.
Syd Mead’s infamous design has finally been Technic-ed, thanks to previous bloggee Jeroen Ottens who has created this utterly wonderful (and brilliantly motorised) version of the Spinner in Technic form.
With doors that open electrically and a motorised transformation from ground to flight modes, Jeroen’s design is more than a visual treat too. You can watch that transformation in action by clicking here and you can see more of the build on Flickr, where a link to instructions is also available.
There have been countless versions of the ‘Spinner’ police cruiser from the 1982 Philip K. Dick epic Blade Runner built in Lego form, yet builders always seem able to find new ways of perfecting the iconic hover-car. This latest version is the work of Davidup of Flickr who has used LEGO’s large window pieces to great effect to create the Spinner’s canopy. A highly detailed interior lies underneath it and there’s more to see of the complete build at Davidup’s Flickr album – head to the future in 1982 via the link above.
The forthcoming sequel to 1982’s classic film Bladerunner has its trailers out now on YouTube. For car builders, there have been a few tantalising glimpses of this film’s interpretation of the “Spinner”. It’s already inspired some Lego builders, including GoIPlaysWithLego, whose clean, sleek Spinner features at the top of this post. Calin has also produced a smooth Spinner and a classic version (below), which is well worth a closer look – click this link to his PhotoStream.
What does all of this mean for the writers of TLCB? Firstly, we’re thinking of replacing our irritating Elven workforce with some obedient Replicants. Secondly, we get to indulge our growing penchant for sci-fi posts with tenuous British pop music links. Thirdly, we’re able continue our quest to try to understand sci-fi: do electric sheep dream of androids?
Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi epic Blade Runner is about to get an update. And it’s an update that looks – in the trailer at least – pretty awesome. Whilst we hesitantly but optimistically await the arrival of ‘Blade Runner 2049’, Flickr’s tfcrafter1 reminds us of one of the reasons why the original movie was so special. See more of his superb mini-figure piloted Spinner police hovercar at his photostream here.
This beautifully built and photographed Spinner police car is the work of Tyler (legohaulic) on Flickr. To be honest, you’ve probably seen it already. By the time our Elves spotted it, this model had already accumulated over 160 likes and 1,200 views, within a few hours of it being posted. Click on the link and “enhance 224 by 176” to see the details.*
*Deckard didn’t have “notes” on his version of Flickr either.
Like Ma.K, here at TLCB towers we’re a bit unsure about what exactly “chibi” is. Wikipedia defines it as a Japanese slang word for a short person or a small child. It goes on to say that the word has been conflated with the “super deformed” style of anime characters, so it sounds worrying similar to The Lego Car Blog Elves. The Brothers Brick have no such worries and have launched a competition for “chibi” builds, which is generating some excellent, small vehicles.
Rob Gillies is the creator of the first two builds featured in this post. He has created a nicely balanced pair of MOCs, with a man who is afraid of flying* in one and a flying car in the other. The Elves particularly liked the combination of flippers and a snowshoe for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s front wing.
Next up are two builds from the builder known as P. Andrei, on MOCpages and Vitreolum on Flickr. He has recreated Jim Carrey’s “Mutt Cutts” van in shiny Lego, with some NPU for the tongue and the second flying car of this blog post, the “Spinner” from Blade Runner.
You can see more “chibi” creations by clicking this link to the competition’s Flickr group.
TLCB’s favourite movie car maker is back, and with something a little special. It’s only 5 years until we reach the year when 1982’s Blade Runner is set, and we’re no nearer to hovering cars now than we were those 32 years ago, but they still look just as cool. This is the Police Spinner from the legendary sci-fi film and it’s the work of Flickr’s and Brothers Bricks‘ Ralph Savelsberg. See more of this and his other movie cars here.