Resurrecting a Skylander figure that stopped working (on PC)
As I could not find the solution to this anywhere online, I thought I'd post it here. Curiously we had already been sent a replacement figure (but the wrong one!) when one of the Activision support staff suggested this little trick.
So, if the game fails to recognize a figure that was placed on the "Portal of power", what you do is this:
You place the faulty figure on the portal and wait that the error message comes up on the screen. Then you minimise the game by pressing Ctrl + Esc. After that, you pull the portal's USB cable from the PC, leave it for 20 seconds, then plug it back in. (All the while you leave the Skylander on the portal). Maximize the game to full screen again, and the Skylander will appear.
So now my son has a working Trigger Happy and in addition a Terrafin. I think Skylanders (birthday wish, and apparently the "best present ever") is a great game by the way. Both children love playing it, and it's nice that you can have two players, either in battle mode or co-operative mode.