Blade Runner LEGO Spinner Car: Syd Mead with Joel Johnson

Continuing in the Blade Runner theme of our most recent Boing Boing tv episode, today BB Gadgets editor Joel Johnson speaks with artist and futurist Syd Mead about this rare treasure -- the only one in the world! -- spotted during a BBtv shoot in Mead's home and studio.

So what is that, Joel?

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.

LEGO and Blade Runner, two great tastes that taste great together. More on the story in this episode, and more iPhone snapshots from the shoot here.

If you like this BBtv episode, you might want to pick up:

  • VISUAL FUTURIST: The Art & Life of Syd Mead DVD []
  • And more Syd Mead books on Amazon.
  • Previous episodes in BBtv's Syd Mead series:

  • Syd Mead with Joel Johnson, part 3: BLADE RUNNER
  • Joel Johnson interviews Syd Mead: part 1.
  • Joel Johnson interviews Syd Mead: part 2.
  • (Footage from the movie Blade Runner courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment / Warner Home Video; Artwork courtesy of Syd Mead Inc.)

    About Xeni Jardin

    Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email:
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    2 Responses to Blade Runner LEGO Spinner Car: Syd Mead with Joel Johnson

    1. Anonymous says:

      Awesome! where can I get the plans to build my own 🙂


    2. ClassicGamesStoreDOTcom says:

      I want one of those too!
      Looks like the pixelated version of the Bladerunner 80’s game! Cool!

      Alex from

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