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Electronic Arcade Claw Machine from ETNA Products

Company: ETNA Products
Available: Now
Price: $49.99 USD

Claw-style vending machines date back to 1950s carnivals, but remain omnipresent today in shopping malls, bowling alleys, movie theaters, random truck stops, and arcades. Fans of maneuvering a third-party “limb” to grab goodies can now set up personalized prize pits at home, thanks to the Electronic Arcade Claw Machine from ETNA Products.

The tabletop game measures 10-inches long x 7.5-inches wide x 13.5-inches high and runs on 3 D-batteries. It can be filled with a variety of prizes, including small toys, candy, and gum.

When one of the plastic coins is inserted into the slot, the Claw Machine comes alive with a nostalgic light show and carnivalesque musical accompaniment. Three joysticks are used to control the metal claw, while an internal timer keep the adrenaline rushing as players try to grab a goodie before time runs out. Successful players are rewarded when the claw grips an object and releases it into the chute.

The Electronic Arcade Claw Machine checks in at $49.99 USD and is available from a variety of online retailers.

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