Product Type: Halsall Novelty Toy
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Fairground fun for five minutes
Member Name: jazzypinkpuppet
Advantages: fun for five minutes
Disadvantages: Gets boring after a while
I bought this candy grabber for my daughters 11th birthday, Inside I put coins, sweets, and other little goodies. Here is how we got on with it.....
What is it? It is a mini version of those grab machines you get at the seaside. It comes empty so you can fill it with whatever you fancy. The aim of the game is to 'grab' a sweet before the time is up.
How does it work ? The top of the machine comes off so you can fill it with whatever you like, sweets, chocolate, small toys etc. Don't fill it up too much or the claw will not have room to move around.
To play you need to pay one coin, the machine comes with a little bag of plastic coins but they are a similar size to pennies so a 1p coin may work too.
It takes three C batteries, these are fitted in an enclosed section on the base.
When you have put your coin in the slot the music starts, you have to use the two little joysticks to move the claw and grab some sweets. One of the joysticks is left and right and one is up and down. If you haven't grabbed anything by the time the music stops then you have lost. You get about 30 seconds to do the grabbing, which isn't as long as it seems!!!
If you do manage to grab something, you need to move the claw above the chute and when the music stops the claw will release the sweeties for you.
Having a go - it is actually much harder than it looks, and can be incredibly frustrating when you nearly have something and the music stops. The music is traditional brash seaside tunes, which is fun but can add to the irritation after a while.
The joysticks are easy to use and both my 11 year old daughter and six year old son could use it very easily.
I would recommend choosing the items to fill it with wisely, some of the things I put in were just impossible to pick up and some were too big to fit down the chute. Good things I found were mini heros, candy bracelets, chocolate eclairs and hair bobbles. some of the bad things were coins, lolly pops, chocolate bars like penguins etc. and lip glosses.
Was it fun ? Well when my daughter first opened it she loved it, she wanted to stop opening her other present s and play with it straight away- always a good sign.
She really enjoyed trying to grab the goodies, she loved the music and was really excited when she 'won'. All the family wanted to have a go and it was definitely a hit - for five minutes .......
Unfortunately the novelty really wore off very quickly with this toy, once she had won a few sweets and lost quite a few times I could tell she was getting bored with it.
Over the next few days my children played with it a few times, but then the seaside sounds became a distant memory, it was relegated to the bottom cupboard with no intention of ever being played again.
Where can I buy it ? I bought mine off of ebay for £9.99 brand new, I think you can buy them on Amazon too. There are many different varieties available from shops such as Hawkins bazaar and the Gadget shop.
It started out as a good fun toy but sadly lost its appeal all too soon.
Summary: a cute game but the novelty wears off too quickly