Syd Mead, the designer behind the iconic look of Blade Runner amongst other movies, has died aged 86. Chances are, if you’re into sci-fi and LEGO then you’ll have tried to recreate one of his famous designs — The USS Sulaco from Aliens, the light-cycles from Tron, Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, or this, the famous Police Spinner from Blade Runner.
The gritty vision of a major metropolitan city after a mass-migration off-world is just one of the stunning visual elements in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. What is left behind is a world filled with the poor and downtrodden remnants of humanity struggling to eke out a living among crumbling infrastructures, lawlessness and an everyone-for-themselves dystopia. But at least they have flying cars, as depicted in this wonderfully detailed LEGO scene built by Keiichi Kamei. Keiichi’s scene features the classic flying car more commonly referred to as the Spinner, which is how the few police that are still around get a bird’s eye view of the city. It’s also perfect for dropping in and out of potentially dangerous situations.
The builder uses custom stickers to give the police vehicle it’s signature details, and I love the brick-and-slope-built steam clouds that really give the scene a dynamic aesthetic.
The iconic Blade Runner police vehicle, better known as the “spinner,” is one of those vehicles that went down in history books as being so popular and such a part of pop culture that you can find it in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. Now you can build your very own with LEGO bricks thanks to hachiroku24.
One of the most interesting concepts to emerge in Ridley Scott’s noir-style dystopic Bladerunner would have to be the police hovercar, also known as a spinner, which we first see descending through the rain on clouds of steam. Meticulously re-created by Davdup at larger than mini-fig scale. Aside from the most excellent sculpting of this unique profile, the inclusion of several custom stickers perfectly captures the details of its onscreen inspiration. The only thing that could improve the overall effect would be some white steam clouds.
And just in case you are wondering if it also drives on the ground, the answer is yes. Both of the doors open as well.
The spinner car from the original 1982 movie Blade Runner had an upgrade for the sequel, Blade Runner 2049. While the upgrade involved more than a lick of light bluish grey paint, those curved front prongs are more than a nod to the original design. GolPlaysWithLEGO has designed a lego version of the car Ryan Gosling’s character K drives in 2049, and has kindly shared instructions to allow other fans to build the model.
“Cute” isn’t a word you’d normally associate with the dystopian cyberpunk future envisioned in Blade Runner. However, that’s what comes to mind with automaton120‘s futuristic microscale LEGO street scene. The backdrop nicely evokes the neon-soaked architecture of cyberpunk-LA, but the stars of the show here are the vehicles. That police spinner is a cracking little model, and the others really capture the feel of the cars and trucks in the movie. The presentation of the model could have been better, maybe clipping the ugly sheet backdrop out of the image, and some image processing could have added lens flare to the signage and vehicle lights etc. But not every builder likes to add post-production effects, so that’s nit-picking at an otherwise cool LEGO creation.
Regular readers will know we like us a LEGO Police Spinner here on TBB. Syd Mead’s classic design is a rite-of-passage build for any self-respecting sci-fi builder. We’ve featured a few brilliant examples in our time — including this stunning rain-soaked Blade Runner scene from Tyler — but we don’t see a lot of microscale versions, so this creation was too cute to pass up.
Blade Runner 2049 received a mixed reception, performing poorly at the box office, but getting plaudits from the critics. Regardless, it will surely pick up the same cult status as the original, particularly with its breathtaking visuals. The updated Spinner vehicle is a great new take on a classic sci-fi design. This LEGO version by Carter Baldwin is excellent — it even comes with the drone and functional gull wing doors! Whilst I can only dream that one day LEGO will create a Blade Runner theme, for now we’ll just have to make to do with excellent fan inspired models.
While I haven’t seen it yet, the new movie Blade Runner 2049 does look quite awesome. However, I will admit I was a bit disappointed when I saw the new spinner sans all blueness and police lights, to me there’s nothing cooler than a white and black (or blue in this case) speeding down the road lights flashing, sirens blaring. Nonetheless, Marius Herrmann has done an amazing job building the new spinner in LEGO form. I love the unusual use of cut fiber optic cable as lights on the front nacelles.
The builder also managed to take a scene from the trailer, and using Photoshop, remove the real spinner and person from the scene, replacing it with his own. The result looks fantastic and could easily be mistaken for a real life setup.
We’ve seen excellent LEGO versions of the Blade Runner Police Spinner in the past, but as soon as I saw the title of the new movie I’ve been waiting for an 1849 steampunk remix. Jonas Kramm is happy to oblige with this clanky update (back-date?) of the classic sci-fi vehicle. The black piping makes for a pleasant change from the grey or gold steampunk builders tend to use for greebly details, and those brown whips uncurled against the dark blue panelling look excellent. The lanterns are a nice touch too.
Now to properly combine cyber and steam, what this really needs is a massive Neo-Victorian Neo-Tokyo diorama setting. Come on Jonas, what’s stopping you?
Syd Mead, the designer of Blade Runner, is one of my heroes. Chances are, if you’re into sci-fi and LEGO then you’ll have tried to recreate one of his famous designs – The Sulaco from Aliens, the light-cycles from Tron, or this, the Police Spinner from Blade Runner.
Tyler (aka Legohaulic) has posted a fantastic image of his updated version of this iconic vehicle. The model is pure class, with just the right level of detail and sticker use, and some custom elements working nicely on the Deckard figure. Importantly, the car looks the right scale to sit two minifigs, something other LEGO versions of this often miss.
Aside from the build itself, this was worth blogging for the photography and editing. It’s such a sharp, crisp image I had to double-check it wasn’t a render, and the glow off the lights and the puddle reflection are lovely touches.
This is a welcome return from Tyler who’s been quiet on the building front recently. Good to have him back.