Road Runner Toy That Is Really Fun to Make and Use




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>>

Step 1: The Stuff Needed

• 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

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

Step 3: The Legs/wheels

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

Step 6: The Legs/wheels (4)

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

Step 7: The Legs/wheels (5)

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

Step 8: The Body

  • 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!

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

Step 10: The Skin

  • 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).

Step 11: The Skin (legs/wheels)

  • Once the legs/wheels are cut out just press fit them into the lids.

Step 12: The Skin (body)

  • Spray the glue onto the back of the body.
  • Place the body skeleton according to picture (the long end should be in the middle of the Road Runners neck).
  • Place the opposite body onto the body skeleton.
  • Wait for the glue to dry.
  • Trim the edges...

Step 13: The Finish

  • Once everything is dry and trimmed it's possible that the body will weigh more. This is easily fixed with a extra nut (see picture).
  • Place the body onto the legs/wheels (according to picture).
  • DONE!
  • Lets test it out, YouTube video below... (this is what I made using house hold items, imagine if I could use a toy concept workshop)



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    5 years ago

    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!

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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) :)


    4 years ago

    It's now live one Kickstarter:


    5 years ago

    Don't motorise and carry a battery around, can you use elastic band as power store instead?

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    5 years 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

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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!