Well, it's widely known that I am a kid at heart. A love for
Disney, the sport car of my youth in my driveway and now... our own
arcade of sorts.
It started in early 2005 when we acquired our own
crane machine. The kids and I developed a nasty habit of
stopping at almost any crane game we saw and plunking dollar after
dollar into them. Along the way, we became pretty darn
good.... to the point where after a play or two, we could tell if
you had a chance of ever winning anything. So, of course, we
found a few cranes near us (at the Pizza Hut, 2 local Wal-Mart's and
Pugsley's - a local pub) and hammered away at them... until before
long, we had a sizeable collection of stuffed animals or plush as
they call them in the crane biz.
Smart Industries Clean Sweep
when you own this much plush, what is the next logical thing to do?
Buy a crane game off eBay to store it in of course!
So, we did. Below are pictures as it appeared
on eBay. I have cleaned it up a little bit since bringing her
back into better form.
Bally Midway Tron Upright -
Once you have your own crane game in your
basement... what can you do except buy something to compliment it.
For me, the choice was obvious. There was one game I played as
a kid more than any other arcade game... and that was Tron.
Baby Pac Man -
Completing the trio, is a Baby Pac Man
machine we acquired on March 19, 2006 again via eBay.
Purchase cost was $258.67. The cabinet has video board
issues... quoting the seller " The game is complete but does
not work completely. It gets the required 5 flashes from the
cpu but the game does not start." So, we'll likely be
sending the boards out for repair. Also, the coin door
is bent and the cabinet has a minor crack. All in all
for about $250, not a bad fixer upper deal.