They took "2,000 pounds of steel, 900 feet of wire, 1.5 wheelchairs, and 4 cameras," and turned them into a claw machine fit for Gulliver's travels. Then they loaded it up with amazing prizes ... along with stuff like leather chaps, Dokken albums, and "disgusting" cologne, because it just isn't a claw game without some duds. And because they also knew the children of yesterday are the office procrastinators of today, they made the whole shebang controllable over the Internet and mailed prizes directly to the winners' homes.
Losers got a certificate with the percentage of their lives they'd wasted here.
Not content to let a bunch of Internet-savvy whippersnappers hold the record for the world's largest claw game, Chevrolet later went the virtual route when they projected a five-story claw game onto the side of the Roosevelt Hotel in L.A., letting passersby play by manipulating a gargantuan gearshift (which surely provided the inconvenienced drivers with plenty of ammunition to scream out of their car windows). And the grand prize? An actual car.
OK, so it was a Chevy Sonic, but still ...
Model Cars That Cost 10 Times More Than Real Ones
The whole point of collecting model cars as kids was having them as placeholders until the day we hit it big and could afford the real thing. Robert Gulpen from Germany apparently has it all backward: His 1:8 scale models routinely break the $5,000,000 price barrier because, as their description states, "It is not a model car. It is a piece of art."
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"And I do not watch cartoons. I watch anime. Now get out of my room, mom, GOD."
Oh, and also: These things are made out of gold and platinum, so we guess that drives up the prices some too. Gulpen has re-created various luxury cars, including English favorites such as Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, and the iconic Jaguar MK2, and in all cases the tiny version you can put your RoboCop action figure in costs considerably more than the big one you can drive to the hospital in an emergency.
The literal jewel in Gulpen's collection is his Lamborghini Aventador replica, which is studded with 2,000 precious gems, comes with a bulletproof display case, and went for $4.8 million. Because at some point Gulpen decided gold rims weren't enough, and just fucking dipped the entire thing in gold.
Be warned, though, that while a real Lamborghini's top speed is limited only by physics and a massive 600-plus horsepower engine, the maximum for the 15 times more expensive version is dependent on how fast you can swipe it across a surface and say "vroom."
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