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^ Talking to the guys yesterday actually AT the Santa Claw, I was told that this year there are only prizes given out to people who get the boxes, not the balls.

 

Last year Real Art ran the whole thing and gave out the prizes, this year the Santa Claw is just out on "loan" and the Gizmodo Gallery are the people giving out the prizes.

 

I could be wrong, but that is the info I got

 

 

Peace, Big Mike

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Well, I'm kind of frustrated. Actually, no, REALLY frustrated. I was logged in with facebook, and the video feed was not working. I had 15 minutes left, and I refreshed the page to fix the problem, knowing it would save my place in line. Well it didn't. I have 13 hours and 5 minutes left. At least I have the video feed back. I don't know if I'll be able to play even once since it has been here this week. Ah, well, time for more sitting. And waiting. And waiting. And more waiting.

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Leave it to gizmodo the screw things up. I knew as soon as I saw sponsorship, it was all over. So sad they allow this. The Santa Claw is dead.

Sorry, but I totally disagree. I think if you're playing the "claw" to seriously win a ball or something else, seriously, you're taking the whole thing way too, well, seriously.

 

It's built to be fun.... "FUN!" It's also free. And I think it's GREAT that Gizmodo has brought new life to something that I figured was totally dead. They bought it for a week, put it on display, and are giving it loads of publicity. If they want to have a party in the claw, I personally think that's GREAT! I mean, there have been people in the claw for what, maybe 10% of the time the claw has been in operation this week? And you're bitching? Really??!?!?!?

 

I can tell you that if TPR was ever big enough to rent out The Santa Claw we'd be partying in it too!

 

Stop being a Scrooge, get back in line, and have FUN with it!

 

--Robb "I honestly cannot believe anyone would complain about The Santa Claw...seriously!" Alvey

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Honestly, I would get frustrated with how the pause is happening at night, and harder to plan my time but each time I begin getting frustrated, I stop and think...they're doing this for us, free for us to enjoy. I missed my turn earlier, I was bummed. I shouldn't have stopped to talk. But I just told myself 'eff it, I'm getting back in line again!'

 

As much as its an experience for us internet users, it's also an experience for the gallery it's sitting at and the visitors who are checking it out in person.

 

-Angry "I still have not won a prize yet, only really played twice!" Gumball

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To Play The Santa Claw Click: http://www.thesantaclaw.com

(It's open through Sunday, December 11th at 6pm EST! GET IN LINE NOW!!!!)

 

Hey everyone!

 

Big Mike went on an excursion yesterday to go visit The Santa Claw and our friends at Real Art Design Group! The Big Man was actually at The Santa Claw while I was playing, and I even won him a ball! Check out the pics below from his visit, which includes both my side of the screen and him at the Claw, and the video even includes shots from INSIDE The Santa Claw and an interview with Real Art Design Groups awesome dudes Pat Murray and Justin Dunham.

 

Check it out....

 

Here's the video from my screen when I won Big Mike the ball:

 

And here is Big Mike's perspective actually AT the Claw while I was playing! Not only does Big Mike go INSIDE the Claw, but he also interviews the Real Art Design Guys:

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Hey everybody! It's Big Mike! And look where he is!

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Big Mike is at the Gizmodo Gallery in New York City...and you see what is in the background?

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That's right! He's at The Santa Claw! Real Art Design Groups "World's Largest Claw Machine!" TPR members have been HUGE fans of this since it opened up earlier this year at their home offices in Ohio.

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On my side of the screen I saw Big Mike walk into the gallery!

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So I gave him a shoutout on my side of the screen!

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And what we type on our computers at home, actually shows up on a big screen at the Gizmodo Gallery for Big Mike to read!

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WE LOVE YOU BIG MIKE!!!!

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This gives you a better idea on how The Santa Claw is set up.

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Some of the presents that have been in the claw...they look like they've been picked up and dropped a few times! =)

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Now it's time for Robb to play! Let's win Big Mike a ball! Here's what it looks like on my side of the screen....

(You can see Big Mike in the chute!)

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And here's what it looks like from INSIDE the Claw! Did Robb grab Big Mike a ball???

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Hooray!!!

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The claw brings over Big Mike's prize!

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And this is what it looks like from the the bottom of the chute, looking straight up!

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Big Mike got the ball!!!!

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Yes, that's a BIG claw!

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There appears to be a body inside the claw???!?

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Lots of love for Big Mike!

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As the balls roll out of the machine...

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If you're at the gallery you can pick them up!

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Some really lucky player will win this "life size Yoda...make of Legos!"

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Big Mike hung out with the cool guys from Real Art Design Group, Pat Murray & Justin Dunham (watch the video for the interview, and a sneak peek at what might be coming soon from Real Art!)

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Big Mike even got a behind the scenes look to see the machine that's at the heart of The Santa Claw.

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There are four cameras that control what the claw and the players see...and one of them is right on the claw!

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Big Mike really wants that Lego Yoda!

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The big man inside the big claw!

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LOL! Big Mike is about to get one REALLY BIG BALL ON HIS FACE!!!!

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It is totally true!

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Huge thanks to Gizmodo for bringing back The Santa Claw for all us fans to play one more time! (or even more for some of us!)

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And of course, thanks to Real Art for making The Santa Claw in the first place! Your guys' moment of insanity has been months of awesome fun for all of us!

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You know The Santa Claw is HUGE when it makes the big man look tiny! =)

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THEME PARK REVIEW LOVES THE SANTA CLAW!!!

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Leave it to gizmodo the screw things up. I knew as soon as I saw sponsorship, it was all over. So sad they allow this. The Santa Claw is dead.

Sorry, but I totally disagree. I think if you're playing the "claw" to seriously win a ball or something else, seriously, you're taking the whole thing way too, well, seriously.

 

I see what you're saying Robb, but when you repeatedly see the claw successfully pick up a wrapped box only to have a guy holding a beer reach in and swat it out before it can be dropped in the chute, and then give the middle finger to the camera, you can't help but feel frustrated. If they're staging this as a contest for publicity, and sending out actual prizes, they shouldn't allow people to interfere like that.

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This is the second person I saw swat the package away before it could be dropped. I didn't manage to get a screen capture of him giving the camera the middle finger immediately afterwards.

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^That's really obnoxious. Hopefully he is shown the door quickly.

 

What's going to happen is the few bad apples are just going to ruin it for the people that were climbing in the machine for fun and even helping. This is pretty much what happens to EVERYTHING IN LIFE.

 

People are disgusting. The Santa Claw is good.

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Leave it to gizmodo the screw things up. I knew as soon as I saw sponsorship, it was all over. So sad they allow this. The Santa Claw is dead.

Sorry, but I totally disagree. I think if you're playing the "claw" to seriously win a ball or something else, seriously, you're taking the whole thing way too, well, seriously.

 

I see what you're saying Robb, but when you repeatedly see the claw successfully pick up a wrapped box only to have a guy holding a beer reach in and swat it out before it can be dropped in the chute, and then give the middle finger to the camera, you can't help but feel frustrated. If they're staging this as a contest for publicity, and sending out actual prizes, they shouldn't allow people to interfere like that.

I agree with you that the person doing that IS obnoxious, and it shouldn't be allowed, but if it bothers you that much, stop playing the game. It's as simple as that.

 

I've played like 8 times this week and I had one game where my video didn't work and one game where that guy got in the way of my winnings...but you know what? I managed to have FUN with it every time.

 

Yes, I was bummed when that guy the other night knocked the ball I was about to win out of the way, but did it REALLY bother me? No, instead I went for the guy and tried to grab him!

 

You are in control of the world's largest claw....you have the upper hand! ATTACK THE DUDES!!!!!!

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Wow, that's pretty rude. I think swatting the balls away is ok, because the player wouldn't get it anyways, and a lot seem to get thrown back in by people in the gallery, but dropping a wrapped prize actually gets you something, so having some idiot take that away from you would be a huge bummer. And it's something that could have been so easily prevented too.

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