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For the character from Quack Pack, see The Claw.
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The Claw.

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The inside of The Claw.

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The construction vehicle toy.

"The Claw is our master."
"The Claw chooses who will go and who will stay."
—Two of the Aliens in the Space Crane game

The Claw, referred to by the Aliens, is part of a crane game (called "Space Crane") inside Pizza Planet that appears in Toy Story.

Appearances

Toy Story

In Toy Story, Buzz catches sight of the Claw, thinking it's a spaceship that will take him to his "destination," and enters the rocket-shaped game. Inside, he meets some Aliens who worship the Claw because they believe if one of them is chosen, they will "go on to a better place," an idea that is very much the product of being trapped inside the crane game their whole lives. One of the Aliens gets fished out by the Claw as Woody eventually catches up with Buzz. Unfortunately, Andy's violent next-door neighbor, Sid (who loves to torture toys), is seen taking control of the Claw and fishes Buzz and Woody out.

Toy Story 3

In Toy Story 3, the Aliens again show their obsession with the Claw when a construction vehicle toy with a claw on it drives by them at Sunnyside Daycare. Later, after the toys are dumped at the Tri-County Landfill, the Aliens spot a large crane in the distance, which they dub "The Claw," and run toward it. Then, when the toys are about to be destroyed by an incinerator, they are rescued by the Aliens using the same crane with a claw.

Trivia

  • The Claw also appears in the Toy Story video game in the level called the "The Claw!" in the PC, Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System versions.
  • The claw is also in the Toy Story 2 teaser trailer and in Level 8 of Toy Story 2: The Video Game.
  • The rescue of the main characters at the end of Toy Story 3 is an example of the plot device "deus ex machina." Translated into English, this Latin phrase means "god out of a machine," or an unforeseen change in events serving to save the protagonist(s). The Claw, being a machine that is a god to the Aliens, is a literal manifestation of this plot device.
  • In the online game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, a card from Druid's basic set named "Claw" has flavor text that reads: "The claw decides who will stay and who will go."
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Characters

Toys: Woody | Buzz Lightyear | Bo Peep | Bo Peep's Sheep | Dolly, Duckie, and Teddy | Etch A Sketch | Sarge | Green Army Men | Barrel of Monkeys | Hamm | Lenny | Little Green Men | Magic 8-Ball | Mr. Potato Head | Mr. Shark | Mr. Spell | R.C. | Rex | Robot | Rocky Gibraltar | Roly Poly Clown | Mr. Mike | See 'n Say | Slinky Dog | Snake | Toddle Tots | Troikas | Troll | Babyface | Mutant Toys | Mrs. Potato Head | Wheezy | Bullseye | Jessie | Stinky Pete | Barbie | Utility Belt Buzz | Emperor Zurg | Chatter Telephone | Chunk | Big Baby | Monkey | Jack-in-the-Box | Lotso | Twitch | Ken | Bookworm | Sparks | Stretch | Mr. Pricklepants | Buttercup | Peas-in-a-Pod | Totoro | Trixie | Chuckles | Dolly | Fun Meal Buzz Lightyear | Fun Meal Emperor Zurg | Discarded Fun Meal Toys | Combat Carl | Angel Kitty | The Cleric | Reptillus Maximus
Humans: Andy Davis | Molly Davis | Mrs. Davis | Sid Phillips | Hannah Phillips | Al McWhiggin | Geri | Emily | Amy | Bonnie Anderson | Mrs. Anderson | Daisy | Ronald Tompkins | Mason
Animals: Scud | Buster | Mr. Jones

Locations

Andy's House | Sid's House | Dinoco | Pizza Planet | Al's Toy Barn | Al's Penthouse | Tri-County International Airport | Sunnyside Daycare | Butterfly Room | Caterpillar Room | Ken's Dream House | The Box | Vending Machine | Bonnie's House | Tri-County Sanitation | Tri-County Landfill | Incinerator | Poultry Palace | Sleep Well

Objects

A113 | Pixar Ball | Pizza Planet truck | Eggman Movers van | The Claw

Songs

You've Got a Friend in Me | Strange Things | I Will Go Sailing No More | Woody's Roundup | When She Loved Me | We Belong Together | Dream Weaver | Le Freak

See Also

Black Friday reel | Toy Story 2 (original storyline) | Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)

Other

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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