This item can be restored. Please see Claw Machine/Restoration

These things are in arcades and stores all over the place now, but when this one was built it was a casino gambling machine.



  • Fact 1: The first claw-game machine was built around 1893, but the first patented, mass-produced claw machine, the Erie Digger, didn't appear until 1926.
  • Fact 2: Early claw games were mostly luxurious machines installed in casinos and hotels until heavy restrictions on gambling devices in the 1940s all but outlawed them.
  • Fact 3: Claw games saw a resurgence in the 1980s as arcades gained in popularity and electronic controls became cheaply available.
  • Fact 4: Modern claw machines include electronics that allow owners to adjust grip strength, claw speed, and timing to more tightly control win/loss rates.
  • Fact 5: The claw machine has become a popular arcade game worldwide; some arcades in Japan and South Korea are dedicated solely to claw games.

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