Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

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Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

Post by Marc » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:00 pm

Image Now serving as a home for claw machines

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Post by sideshow » Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:25 am

I have been told that there is one near me, but it is entirely fiberglass. Have you tried a magnet?
Yeah some may call it overkill, but you can't have too much overkill.

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Re: Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

Post by babysnakes » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:04 am

The only parts of that that may be bus are the head/tail lights and the windshield.

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Post by Marc » Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:29 pm

I didn't have a magnet with me and we were on our way to my grandnephew's birthday party so I didn't take time to look closely, but my impression was that it's had the front door window openings welded up (to fit fixed glass) and a generous slathering overall of Bondo to cover the vents and body seams and smooth the driprails. If I go down there again I'll have a closer look, but that may be a year or so.

If it's a fiberglass fake, it's very convincing - and I want one (less the claw machines). Image ...I'd drop that sucker over a buggy chassis in a heartbeat.

It's outside the Super Jump Party Zone at the Commons Mall (1928 S Commons in Federal Way WA)


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Re: Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

Post by Steve Arndt » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:50 pm

They have one in the Boise mall. It is a germ magnet, I don't get near it :)

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Post by Marc » Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:00 pm

There were no urchins at the one in Tacoma, but you make a good point. I'll take a magnet AND some Purel if I go down to have another look Image

I guess it's not as unique as I had thought, I found others, including one at Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham WA by Googling "Volkswagen Bus Claw Machine". Still haven't found out who's making them (and I still want one if it's 'glas!)

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Post by Steve Arndt » Wed May 01, 2013 10:46 am

The one in our mall has a peace sign on the front and no actual vw parts. It is made to only resemble a bus but not enough to bring out the lawyers I think.

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Re: Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

Post by Lotrat » Sat May 11, 2013 9:27 am

I saw one at a mall here in Oceanside CA too. Not sure if it's still there. Haven't been to a mall in years.

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Re: Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

Post by heli-easy » Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:15 pm

That would be cool at an arcade with video games in it. Wait, are there any arcades anymore?

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Re: Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

Post by Marc » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:11 pm

babysnakes wrote:The only parts of that that may be bus are the head/tail lights and the windshield.
sideshow wrote:I have been told that there is one near me, but it is entirely fiberglass. Have you tried a magnet?
Grandnephew's birthday is coming up and the party's planned for the same venue. This time I'll take a magnet - and some antiseptic wipes ;) - and spend more time examining it.

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Re: Spotted in Tacoma WA shopping mall

Post by Lotrat » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:57 am

A quick google shows that there are a bunch of these out there. I wonder who makes it? Google let me down there...

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Posted February 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I was one of the guys that built the vw crane machines. I happened to be the last person that drove the original vw bus that was used to make the fiberglass mold out of. We had to change some of the features of it to not infringe upon vw copyright. The windshield on some of the earlier units had actual 1968 vw windshields and wheels… The later ones were flat panel windshields. The company that i worked for was called W.C. Designs.



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While I couldn't fine the maker of the crane game, I did find this for you bus guys: http://www.gamesforboys.net/games/cool/ ... uning.html

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