Name for the hybrid
of vending machine
and arcade game
in which you maneuver a mechanical claw with two buttons (usually right-left and back-forth, press to start movement, release to stop) in an attempt to make it grab a prize and drop it in a chute that delivers it to the outside. You pay a certain amount for each try.
These machines seem to be known all over the world, but are most popular in Japan, where you have arcades that consist of nothing but such machines. Prizes are usually plush dolls, often of anime characters or pop idols, but other items like wristwatches are also sometimes offered.