“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:
Have a nice day….

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


This is the first feedback we’ve seen about the Jameco kit club, anyone else use them?

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  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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