Meccano Man

  This is probably what got me started. And for some reason it has survived to this day. Well, more or less. I built this when I was about 12 years old. Since then I have become a great deal more critical of Meccano. Not only do the bolts and nuts loosen and fall out, but the quality of the parts is often quite poor.

Cybug Scarab

  Cybug Scarab - This is an example of what's called BEAM. I bought this in kit form from Active Components on Victoria Park in Toronto. More information on the company web site.


  These were made by WowWee Toy but are no longer available in stores. You can still find them on ebay and in second hand stores, but the used ones are often broken and missing the remote.

Sumo Bot

  I rather like this one. Mostly because it's got a Basic Stamp II on board. So if you get bored with the basic functions that come pre-programmed, then you can just turn it into a microcontroller and do something entirely different with it.


  Probably one of the first toy bipedals. This is the version 1 done by Mark Tilden. A new version is out that's a little bigger and more flexible. But I think I'll stick with this until the robo-ones (new bipedals mostly from Japan) come down in price. There are at least four of them that I know of but they are all in the $1000.00 US range.

Make My Day

  The robot "Make My Day" was created for participation in the 3rd Robot Riots competition. Running on 12 V of power, "Make My Day" operates a spinning steel blade at speeds of up to 1200 RPM. The external shell consists of an aluminum bottom, reinforced rubber siding, and a clear polycarbonate top, offering a view of the mechanics inside the bot.


  This is my first animatronic effort and turned out rather well. Still work to be done however. I would like to get the head, eyes and face to move in a realistic way. One person who saw it commented: "I knew right away that it wasn't real because the head didn't move around at all."