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"The Claw! The Claw!"
Toys R Us Robot Arm
Member Name: Burning_Darkness
Toys R Us Robot Arm
Date: 14/07/10, updated on 14/07/10 (128 review reads)
Advantages: well made, looks good, great concept, easy to use, fun and useful
Disadvantages: a little expensive
This little robotic arm is a very simple yet entertaining device that is about two thirds of a metre long, with an appealing yellow/black/grey/red colour scheme that makes it look like it should belong on a Transformer or in an automated car factory.
It has a handle like that of a spade, within which is an ergonomic second handle that when gripped, pulls on a label attached to the two pincers at the other end, closing them and thus allowing objects to be picked up and carried around and then dropped when the 'dead mans handle' is released. It's very straightforward design means that it is unlikely to break in a hurry, as does the fact that it is made of sturdy plastic pieces that are firmly fixed together.
It's a well-made, sleek looking and ingenious novelty toy with myriad uses- for example it is great for kids' sci-fi roleplaying, for making tidying up the bedroom fun for kids, or even as a labour-saving device for adults who just cant quite reach the can of beer/remote/bag of nachos from where you are sitting.
It does require a firm grip to successfully hold objects in the claw's grasp, but the easy manner in which the grip must be brought towards the user by firmly grasping it means that this is not difficult, and it is certainly fun to flex your fingers and see a big shiny red claw moving in unision the best part of a metre away from you, giving the illusion of bionic technology. The claw is a little expensive at £10-12, but it is well made and designed enough to make this expenditure ultimately worthwile.
Summary: a great little novelty reach-extender
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