Road Runner toy that is really fun to make and use

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My biggest dream is to become a toy designer. In the past I have posted the "Unicus" idea that I have had for 7-8 years now but no one really believe in the concept. Yesterday I got to think, how would it be received if I make a concept toy based on a well known character? I first was thinking about doing this using Sonic the Hedgehog but I soon realized that Sonic curl up in a ball not propelling his legs. It then struck me, the runner of all times Road Runner would fit my proof of concept toy perfect!

Here's my story...

EDIT: also made a Sonic version, here>>
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Step 1: The stuff needed

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• 2x lids (from baby food jars)
• 2x cotton swab (hollow type)
• 3x brad nails (round, not too long)
• 1x screw
• 1x or 2x nuts
• 2x o-rings (the size of the lids)
• 1x print out of the Road Runner

Step 2: The tools needed

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  • glue (I used spray glue)
  • wire cutter
  • small hammer
  • scissor

Step 3: The legs/wheels

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  • First punch one of the brad nails through the center of one of the lids (doesn't have to be super center, the wobbly will only add to the character).

Step 4: The legs/wheels (2)

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  • Use the wire cutter to shorten the brad nail. (If you have shorter nails skip this part).
  • Complete the second leg/wheel.

Step 5: The legs/wheels (3)

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  • Cut one of the cotton swabs according to the picture.

Step 6: The legs/wheels (4)

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  • Push the hollow cotton swab bit onto one of the nails according to picture.

Step 7: The legs/wheels (5)

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  • Put the o-rings on the lids and then push the other nail into the hollow cotton swab.

Step 8: The body

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  • Remove the cotton from the other cotton swab.
  • Stick the last nail into the hollow cotton swab according to picture.
  • Screw the screw (with nut(s)) into the short end according to picture.

Step 9: Skeleton done!

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  • You have now made the skeleton (you can try it now if you want!)

Step 10: The skin

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  • Cut out the figure using the scissor. Try to be as close to the flaps as possible (but it's easy to do the trimming once completely done).
To be honest, as a Sonic fan I was kinda bummed to see you abandon the hedgehog (TIP: You could still use Sonic cause he still runs pretty fast even when he's not in a ball, jus' sayin'!). But the roadrunner idea is still cool!
Grovkillen (author)  SonicLoverSeth1 year ago

Thanks for the idea, might try a Sonic version next! :)

Grovkillen (author)  Grovkillen1 year ago

Okay, I couldn't hold myself so I made the Sonic version of it as well (please search for the instructable and you'll see) :)

Grovkillen (author) 7 months ago
It's now live one Kickstarter:


I want to like this but something about it ... I just can't. But good job though.

Grovkillen (author)  WileECoyote1 year ago

Thanks for the kind words Wile! :)

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Grovkillen (author)  constructiveCHRIS1 year ago


pdrg1 year ago
Don't motorise and carry a battery around, can you use elastic band as power store instead?
Grovkillen (author)  pdrg1 year ago

Hi, I might just try that. Thanks! :)

dbillings1 year ago
That is so awesome. I love it. My grandchildren would love it too. Must try. You are very creative & talented. Thank you for sharing :-D
Grovkillen (author)  dbillings1 year ago

I'd love to hear what your grandkids (or any other kids for that matter) think of the toy! :)

Also, thank you soooo very much for the kind words!

Artisteroi1 year ago

must motorize....

Grovkillen (author)  Artisteroi1 year ago

That's the next project ;)

fzumrk1 year ago

I like it. I will have to make a couple of these for my nephews.

Grovkillen (author)  fzumrk1 year ago

Sounds awesome, please let me know what they thought! :)

bobbywu1 year ago

wow nice idea :D

Grovkillen (author)  bobbywu1 year ago

Thanks! :D

That is cool!
Grovkillen (author)  Todd Gehris1 year ago

Thank you for you words. :)

MicioGatta1 year ago

great! 8D

Grovkillen (author)  MicioGatta1 year ago

Glad to hear that. :)

Very cool. Simple and well written.
Grovkillen (author)  The Papier Boy1 year ago

Thank you for the feedback. :)

Cute and clever!

Grovkillen (author)  AngryRedhead1 year ago

Thanks! :)