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Mini Claw Machine – Top 5 at Home Options

Part of American history and amusement, the full-size claw machine still offers entertainment at restaurants, supermarkets, laundromats, drug stores, movie theaters, bowling alleys, amusement parks, discount stores and almost any place where people gather. Its see-through glass cabinet shows the colorful items that the claw can grab and delight a player by delivering a plush toy, hat, doll, candy or an attractive alternative. With a mini claw machine, you are able to bring that entertainment to your own home!

These classic arcade machines might be easily found, but little tops the convenience of playing at home. Miniature claw machines designed for home use have cropped up in recent years, ready and waiting for custom prizes to be added. Mini claw machines are the perfect distraction for small children, usually four years of age and up, and provide hours of entertainment and challenge. (Don’t worry — they’re great for the young at heart, too!)

These classic arcade machines might be easily found, but little tops the convenience of playing at home. Miniature claw machines designed for home use have cropped up in recent years, ready and waiting for custom prizes to be added. Mini claw machines are the perfect distraction for small children, usually four years of age and up, and provide hours of entertainment and challenge. (Don’t worry — they’re great for the young at heart, too!)

Best Mini Claw Machines

Below are the top 5 best mini claw machines. We have considered reviews, durability, and overall level of fun to give you our top 5 list. Let us know what you think of these mini claw machines in the comments below!

1. JSNY Electric Arcade Claw Machine

JSNY mini claw machine

Our first claw machine is the JSYN Electric Arcade claw machine. While it can be filled with any small prize, this machine works best with only a few items in the bucket. A bold red, JSNY’s mini claw machine comes with classic arcade features. Twelve included plastic coins can be used to activate the toy. The claw is manipulated with three joysticks: up/down, front/back, and side to side. The gameplay is a blast with flashing lights, carnival music, and cheering once a toy has been dispensed.

On the purchasing side, JSNY’s claw machine doesn’t require any assembly. It’s powered by three D-cell batteries (not included in the packaging). Similarly, the toys and candies used as prizes need to be purchased separately. The machine itself is 10” long, 7.5” wide, 13.5” tall, and weighs 3 pounds — perfect for a tabletop activity. You’ll find that most of the other mini claw machines you see will be exactly the same as this one. They are just clones of this product, so be sure to get the best and original mini claw machine!

Our verdict: the JSNY’s Electric Arcade Claw Machine is an excellent option for casual players. It doesn’t require much setup, but prizes and batteries will have to be acquired separately.

2. CISAY Claw Machine

cisay claw machine

Less of a classic look than the JSNY, the CISAY claw machine comes in two pastel options: blue or pink. While some assembly is required, CISAY’s claw machine doesn’t need the purchaser to supply toys. The toy comes with twelve activation coins and twelve randomly selected plush toys to be used as prizes. It also comes with a wall adapter (although batteries are an option for a portable unit). Like with the JSNY, players can enjoy a variety of lights and sounds during gameplay. CISAY’s Claw Machine stands at 13.5” x 10.8” x 9.2”.

The CISAY’s standout feature, however, is its removable remote control. With two joysticks and three buttons, the remote control can be used to operate the claw machine from across the room! (Note: if you want to use the remote control separate from the unit, you need two AAA batteries to the controller!) For versatile gameplay, the remote control also fits seamlessly into the machine’s body.

Our verdict: The CISAY is a fun and versatile claw machine that doesn’t require a lot of extra effort on the purchaser’s part. While some assembly is required, CISAY’s claw machine is still a great low-maintenance option.

3. JOYIN Mini Claw Machine

JOYIN’s Mini Claw Machine is another excellent choice for those looking to have something fun to play with right out of the box. Like the CISAY, JOYIN’s mini claw machine is monster-themed. Its ten included plush toys are cute monsters that match the machine’s sticker decorations. An additional eight fillable capsules and twelve activation coins are included in the packaging. For those that wish to stock the machine themselves, any 2” toy fits well within the machine and can be picked up by the claw. Fans of batteries can purchase three 1.5 volt D-cell batteries; otherwise, the included USB power cable will suffice.

The JOYIN’s claw is unique across other claw machines. It’s formed more like a scooper than a traditional crane claw, making it able to pick up a wider range of toys and prizes. The claw is operated with the standard three joysticks attached to the unit. Like other machines, JOYIN’s mini claw machine features lights and music during gameplay. It stands at 15.87” x 10.7” x 8.27” and is just shy of 5 pounds.

Our verdict: the JOYIN mini claw machine is a good choice for players who want to fill the machine up with different (and possibly odd-shaped) prizes. It has a very different aesthetic from other claw machines, so the JOYIN is also a great choice for those looking for something a little more distinct.

4. The Original Moj Moj Squishy Toys Claw Machine Playset

The Original Moj Moj Squishy Toys Claw Machine Playset

Moj Moj has a claw machine! Six of these adorable little cartoon animals are included with the claw machine, held in refillable containers. Other Moj Moj’s are available for purchase if players want more, matching prizes. The unit itself is a blend of pastel colors and cute Moj Moh stickers.
Similar to other machines, Moj Moj’s unit is operated by the standard three joysticks and plastic activation coins (twelve included). The gameplay is made more enjoyable by lights and music. Standing at 8” x 13” x 14.5”, Moj Moj’s claw machine fits well on play tables.

Our verdict: While this claw machine is easily the cutest one on our list, Moj Moj’s features are otherwise very average. If you are purchasing based on looks alone, Moj Moj will give you solid gameplay with an adorable veneer.

5. Takara Tomy Pokemon Pikachu Crane

Takara Tomy Pokemon Pikachu Crane

An obvious choice for Pokemon fans, the Takara Tomy Pokemon Pikachu Crane is another solid choice for mini claw aficionados. With only minimal assembly required, Takara Tomy’s Pokemon crane is decorated with countless Pikachu stickers and comes with two Pikachu prizes for scooping up and ten activation coins. The unit requires 3 AA batteries (not included), measures 12” x 7” x 12”, and weighs 4.28 pounds.

While popularly themes, the Takara Tomy Pokemon Pikachu Crane has a significant detractor. Both the package and manual for the mini crane are exclusively in Japanese, making it hard for English-speaking players to reference.

Our verdict: the Takara Tomy Pokemon Pikachu Crane is a good option if your youngster is a Pokemon fanatic. Otherwise, other options boast better features and have English instructions.

Conclusion

Buying a mini claw machine is a no brainer for those who want to experience the fun of arcades in their own home without breaking the bank. The five toys that we’ve reviewed above are all great choices, depending on where your purchase priorities lie. That said, we’ve got our recommendations here:

Best overall claw machine: The JSNY Electric Arcade Claw Machine
Cutest claw machine: The Original Moj Moj Squishy Toys Claw Machine
Most versatile claw machine: The JOYIN Mini Claw Machine

About the author

Mike Jones

As a child of the 80's, my fondest gaming memories are playing Pitfall, Frogger, Kaboom! and Chopper Command on our old Atari 8600. These days I've been rocking the Nintendo Classic and learning some new card and board games with the family.

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