• Jan 15th 2008 at 4:56PM
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Click image to see the Five Axis Scion xD Toy Crane in action

Those of you who attend your local auto show every year know that the Scion booth is always loaded with free swag for showgoers. This year, in addition to the free goodies at the desk (knit beanies, a DJ mix CD), we noticed a line of hacks behind what looks like an xD tuned by Five Axis. A closer look reveals why people are lining up: that's no regular xD, it's a toy crane! The car is literally filled with plush tC, xD, and xB replicas. Best of all, it's free and the claw is modified so that you have to be profoundly untalented to not come out a winner every time. Check out the gallery below to see how free toys happen over at the Scion booth. The photos run in order, so start with number 1 and click through.

  • We were wondering what the fuss was when we saw the line behind the Scion.
  • Up front, the're a normal cockpit.
  • The back seat, however, is filled with cute little plush Scions!
  • Concentration is required.
  • Dual screens let the folks behind you watch the faces you make and see your claw placement.
  • Five Axis mounted LCDs in side windows, too.
  • You've done this a million times before...
  • Everyone is watching...
  • And, SUCCESS!
  • Your prize lands in a well in the tailgate.
  • Winding Road's Chris Paukert shows off his yellow xB.
  • After snagging all three varieties, I arrange them in the victory formation.
  • Not only are they cool, they're free!
  • Your kids will thank you.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Over the years of working the media previews I've gotten to know the guy in charge of the Scion booth. Unlike some of the folks who manage the booths (like the rectal orifice who runs the Mini booth) he's cool about swag and press items and a pretty nice guy. I hadn't seen him this year but yesterday at the end of the day I stopped by to get another plush toy and he was closing down the crane so we chatted for a while. I told him that the trick was that it was almost impossible to lose, but he told me every now and then someone does fail to get one, and today I did see a couple folks fail. He did agree that since they are promotional items they kind of want them in people's hands.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They had it LA show too. The line was way to long to find out what they had.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was disappointed when I realized the post didn't say "Scoin gets the crane"...oh well
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's kinda retarded.. I love it
      • 7 Years Ago
      This was at SEMA too, though you may have missed it the first time out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Scion" damn trigger finger...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it . . .the color and how it looks, I wish I can visit their.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So a gimmick is the only reason people stand next to this hideous creation. Makes sense.
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