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October 1, 2012 AT 12:00 am

“The great Halloween head fiasco”

The great Halloween head fiasco @ Let’s Make Robots!.

I compiled all of the heads I made this year for the Halloween 2012 season. I normally make some monsters or season related robotic creations this time of year, and thought I would share.

These heads were originally going to be a kit that I developed for Jameco Electronics kit club- They were intended to be 99 $ kits to be sold on the website, however, by the time they added in all the stuff-The price would have been much more, and they declined.

I was selling everything to them for the kit for 30$. They had to add another 24$(retail) in parts from their inventory, leaving the rest for their profit. I guess they wanted more profit, and repriced it all up to about 200$. I had produced molds for the head shells, and made several dozen kits up,Including custom circuit boards, ready to go………They will not go to waste-I will eventually use them for my own devices.Always a happy ending here for me.

Sorry for video shake-iness-I had way to much Mt Dew when I filmed it-And my new camera is VERY sensitive to that.

I used a couple on walking zombies and other stuff-Its on my youtube site if you want to gander at them. One I have entered into the current LMR Halloween contest.

Here is my youtube page:
http://www.youtube.com/user/castvee8?feature=mhee
Have a nice day….

Hey Mark (the maker!) contact us at Adafruit, maybe we can help you out!


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2 Comments

  1. Jameco kit club….Awful. If you are making a silly useless project that requires no parts, no PCB and damn little else-You may get your project kitted….And it will still cost a fortune for the poor sap who wants???? it.. They use THE most expensive board house in the world-NO REALLY….A small through hole board less than 5cm=30 + dollars………This is why America no longer functions…..
    Also-You are expected to use as many Jameco parts as possible-Not that that is stated exactly but…..Nonetheless..
    And your project is a bust for sure if you need any plastics cut or fabbed-Just will not happen. Projects are dying over there like marine life in the Gulf Of Mexico.
    Take a look at what they have done so far by "club members". It pathetic-Overpriced and just mostly silly junk.
    I put up several really nice robots, the head project above, and some nice gadgets-I just gave up-But not till after jumping through loads of hoops, sending samples, etc.
    It takes a lot of time to make instruction sheets, make bom sheets and do the work-And they don’t even give it a firm reveiw-Because the don’t have a fabber, plastic cutter, or a decent PCB house,And their component prices are just nuts…..
    Its a waste of time folks…….
    Take your hard work ANYWHERE else and make a deal. I have been doing this stuff since the seventies-And never had any mess like that to contend with. And Thats when I started buying parts from them. I was attempting to be loyal.
    I am strictly a China direct type now……Except for surplus houses etc.

    Good luck-and may the farce be with you……always…..(or in this case…never!)

    Mark Miller
    Dream and Imagine Studio

  2. I contacted Mark and bought one of the heads – they have two motors and two servos. I plan to order an Adafruit motor shield tonight to control them, this is a way cool project.

    If Mark and Adafruit could collaborate on some robotics, it would be a great addition to the Maker community.

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