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$19.11 when purchased online

About this item

Highlights

  • Build your own arcade-style claw machine!
  • Experiment with three different types of claws (pincher, scoop, and three-pronged) to pick up lollipops and decoy candy boxes (both included!).
  • A fun, gamified approach to engineering lessons, you’ll learn about hydraulics, levers, gears, belts, linkages, end effectors, and more.
  • No batteries or electricity required; it uses only the power of your hand and the mechanical advantage of the machines built into the device.
  • Refill your machine with your own treats and prizes for long-lasting fun.
  • For ages 8+ with help; 12+ “I got this!”

Description

Step right up and try your luck! Do you have what it takes to grab a claw-full of candy with the Candy Claw Machine? Experiment to develop your motor skills and engineering chops to conquer this awesome STEM challenge.

Build a working model of the classic claw machine — that enticing, sometimes frustrating, and always fun arcade game in which you try to grab prizes from inside the machine with a remote-controlled claw in a limited amount of time. Cranks, gears, and belts move the claw arm left and right, and forward and back. Hydraulic levers move the arm up and down, and open and close the claw. A spring-loaded trap door shoots the collected candy out at you if you manage to succeed.

Time yourself or your friends and see if you can retrieve a specific object in a given amount of time. No batteries or electricity are required — it uses only the power of your hand and the mechanical advantage of the machines built into the device. Choose from three different claw shapes (cool nerdy roboticists call these “end effectors”) and find the one that works best to pick up a particular candy or prize. Learn how the gears, levers, belt, screws, hydraulics, linkages, cranks, and claws all work together to pick up, move, and drop prizes. Experiment with different gear ratios to speed up or power up your claw.

Packed with 10 lollipops (Saf-T-Pops) and decoys (fake candy boxes), you can also fill it with whatever small candies, toys, or other small objects you like. The game itself is great for honing dexterity skills and hand-eye coordination. An innovative take on a robotic arm with something really worth grabbing!
Contains: Does Not Contain Any of the 9 Major Allergens
Suggested Age: 8-14 Years
Educational Focus: Science
Includes: Stickers, Model Pieces
Battery: No Battery Used
TCIN: 81957798
UPC: 814743015838
Item Number (DPCI): 086-00-3507
Origin: Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 11.5 inches length x 13.25 inches width x 4 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 2.64 pounds

Return details

This item can be returned to any Target store or Target.com.
This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
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Q: Is this one for an eight year old

submitted by Fran - 3 months ago
  • A: The Candy Claw Machine is recommended for 8+ (with adult help) and 12+.

    submitted byLinzy C - 3 months ago
    Brand expert

Q: Does it come with coins?

submitted by Moo - 2 years ago
  • A: Coins are not required for the Candy Claw Machine, and are therefore not included with the kit. You can learn more about the Candy Claw Machine by clicking on the following link: https://www.thamesandkosmos.com/manuals/full/550103_CandyClaw_Manual.pdf

    submitted byLinzy C - 2 years ago
    Brand expert

Q: Hello, How big is this claw machine when it's assembled?

submitted by Hapadad - 2 years ago
  • A: Thank you for your question! The front panel of the built Candy Claw Machine is 12.25 inches wide, the depth (front to back) is 7.75 inches, and the height is 11 inches.

    submitted byLinzy C - 2 years ago
    Brand expert
1.9 out of 5 stars with 200 reviews
14% would recommend
146 recommendations
quality: 1.74 out of 5
broad age appeal: 2.28 out of 5
ease of use: 1.63 out of 5
value: 1.66 out of 5
length of play: 1.75 out of 5

Cheap & expensice

1 out of 5 stars
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drew4one - 9 days ago, Verified purchaser
The idea seemed cool and the building was a little fun. But like everyone else mentioned, the hydraulics are poor, leaks and doesn’t work. Not even worth it for the price. Expect to see this in Ross or TJ Maxx soon, but even then & at a discount I’d recommend passing on this.
value: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Dont recommend

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
AO2011 - 21 days ago, Verified purchaser
Would return if I could. It’s a million small, cheap plastic pieces. We gave up even trying to put it together. Was a waste of a Christmas gift.
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Zero stars

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
MK85 - 28 days ago, Verified purchaser
I would prefer to give this zero stars..."Santa" brought this item and after 3 hours of assembly with a 9 year old and a parent we still can't get it to work. The piston doesn't seal properly allowing water to leak out and no control of the claw. After trying to troubleshoot and reaching out to the company for a replacement part this toy went in the trash. What a complete waste of money and time, aside from a very let down kiddo.
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Horrible company

1 out of 5 stars
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Upset customer - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
I brought the claw machine for my little brother on Christmas, he was super excited about building this until we realized there were parts missing that would prevent it from working. I have been emailing customer service for weeks now about it and they keep saying they mailed the parts and still haven't done so. They never sent a tracking number and eventually stopped replying to my emails. I will be bringing this back to target for a full refund. Target needs to take their toys off the shelves. Horrible company!
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Do not buy!! Does not work!!

1 out of 5 stars
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Jen - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
Frustrating to put together bc part are poorly engineered. Worked for a solid 1.5 hours until step 42 and dead stop at the hydraulic pump part. Was not able to get that to function. Will be returning. Shouldn’t be on shelf!
length of play: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Believe the actual "HONEST" reviews!

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Loulabell_22 - 1 month ago
It’s funny how all the actual buyers of this product are the ones being honest about how crappy this toy truly is, BUT the “hey bullseye” reviewers are all like “it’s a great toy!” 😒 bc they received it free. How ironic. FYI…they ask you to review honestly. Not lie just so you keep getting free stuff, don’t think that’s how the program works. *insert eye roll here* It’s not a functional toy once built, so don’t waste your money.
ease of use: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Hydraulics don't work

1 out of 5 stars
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Jaret - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
Hydraulic system does not work at all. The seals are horrible and don't work properly. Wasted time and money.
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Junk

1 out of 5 stars
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Christine D - 1 month ago, Verified purchaser
This thing sucks. Doesn't work at all. Shouldn't even be on the shelf. We should have checked the reviews before purchasing. Just like everyone else has said we spent hours/days assembling the toy only to find out the hydraulic leaking horribly and never worked at all. Although I enjoyed spending time with my child putting this together it was a bummer to see her so disappointed when we couldn't complete the machine. Please fix the problem or remove from shelf. Don't waste your time or money!!!
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WORST Product, DO NOT BUY!

1 out of 5 stars
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BadProduct - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
First of all, how did this product even being allowed to sell? It is a piece of junk that does not work and we only to find out AFTER spending so much time putting it together. It is a waste of time and money. DO NOT BUY!!
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
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Bummer

1 out of 5 stars
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ChristinaMF - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Same issues as the others. Spent hours on this because there was no way my 7-year-old could follow the convoluted directions. Complicated to put together, and everything stopped at the hydraulics step when the rubber stoppers just weren’t watertight. Cute concept but doesn’t work at all.
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Save your money

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Wihakewin - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Great idea, but didn’t work. Ended up wasting 3 days and it went into the garbage.
length of play: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
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Cute idea but didnt work

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
jessicak - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
It’s such a cute idea and my kids love claw machines but my husband who builds things for a living put it together and it just didn’t work. Waste of money and time.
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Dont waste your money or time!!

1 out of 5 stars
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AngZook - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
There are no water tight seals so water leaks all over the place. The hydraulic system is the worst. Definitely returning this garbage to the store! Not to mention it's taken way longer than the 2 hours on the box.
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Crumbling Parts, Hydraulic Claw Not Lifting

1 out of 5 stars
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Catzen Fox - 2 months ago
With an overly complicated assembly, I enlisted an engineer, who also couldn't get the hydraulic claw to work. The little plastic tab pieces are crumbling, which makes the levers click out of it's place. My son cried to pieces on Christmas. He didn't have the chance to open the candy or use the little toys we bought for it. This STEM is a bust!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Great concept, poor execution!

1 out of 5 stars
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Nick - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Our daughter really wanted a claw machine for Christmas and is into science. We thought this was best of both worlds and she was so excited when she opened it Christmas morning. Everything was going well until it came time to get the hydraulics for the raise/lower and claw open/close functioning. The cylinders leak no matter how much oil you put on the seals and therefore the open/close raise/lower functions do not work. I design pneumatics and hydraulics for a living, so I figured I could solve this problem and make something work, so I spent several hours bleeding lines, reassembling cylinders, more viscous oil on the seals, hoping something would work to keep from disappointing my daughter after wasting an entire afternoon it still doesn’t work as it should. It’s just junk. Do not buy, save yourself the time and your child the disappointment.
broad age appeal: 3 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 2 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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Flawed

1 out of 5 stars
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Target shopper - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Do not waste your money. The hydraulic systems used to raise/ lower the claw as well as open/ shut the claw leak. It is not a matter of user error it is a quality control issue. The cylinders used just do not create a water tight seal.
value: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
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Claw machine

1 out of 5 stars
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Melissa - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Trash , cheap parts that break easily, don’t waste your time or money .
quality: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
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Avoid

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Jimbo - 2 months ago
This toy made my daughter cry on Christmas. I am a mechanical engineer, and I could not get this product to work. After an hour long assembly with my 10 year old daughter and many attempts at troubleshooting, I realized that the hydraulic system is poorly designed and doesn’t work properly. D87 - time to remove this sku from shelves.
broad age appeal: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
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Nope

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
bam - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
Great idea terrible product. Don’t buy this.
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DO NOT BUY

1 out of 5 stars
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Jennifer - 2 months ago, Verified purchaser
This product is a great concept however it is poorly designed. My son is 10 and is great at building things but even with my help it was very challenging. Once assembled the hydraulics do not work correctly and water leaks everywhere. DO NOT BUY this product. It’s a waste of money!
broad age appeal: 5 out of 5
ease of use: 1 out of 5
length of play: 1 out of 5
quality: 1 out of 5
value: 1 out of 5
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