Techno Dabbler

Trying out new technology.




April 2015

Collectible Inflation

by Alexandre Denault, on Skylanders, Toys, Transformers

In the last ten years, a disturbing phenomena has emerged regarding the price of toy collectible. Although not the first time mentioned, recent price inflations on Transformers and Skylander toys make it worth revisiting the issue. Nostalgia Sells In 1984, Hasbro introduces a Japanese toyline featuring transformable robots in America. Using a three-prong promotional strategy (TV, Comics and Toys), the series became an instant success. Over 30 years latter, Hasbro…



November 2014

BrickPi - Raspberry Lego

by Alexandre Denault, on Toys, Linux, Lego, Robots

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to receive a Lego NXT Mindstorm kit as a gift from my wife. With it, one can build a robot using technical legos, motors and sensors. A special programmable brick is used to control the behavior of the robot. As a programmer, I was scepticale about Lego's icon-based programming language. Something like Linux and Python would be much more flexible, but flashing…



November 2012

The Skylanders have returned!

by Alexandre Denault, on Console, Skylanders, Toys

One controversial game that hit store in fall 2011 was Skylanders. The best description I saw at that time was “Pokémon where you need to buy them all“. This fall, with the release of Skylander Giants, this still holds true. However, it turns out that is not a bad thing. The first Skylanders game, Spyro’s Adventure is a 3D platform game, not unlike previous Spyro games. It is available…



August 2008



September 2007

Use Red, Win Heavenly Sword

by Alexandre Denault, on Toys, Contest

Kotaku is having a contest, Use Red and Win Heavenly Sword. I just couldn’t resist, having a large collection of bright red objects :-) And check it out, I’m a finalist! Number 5! Here was my submission. If you read Kotaku, then head on over and vote for me. Voting ends today at midnight :-)…