The skill crane looks like a regular crane game. If someone loses or wins in the game, the machine will announce it in a human voice. It holds stuffed animals that appear to be geared toward toddlers.
The base color of the crane is a reddish color and the joystick has a completely black handle. It has a coin slot and a bigger slot where the toys come out. If the player does not get the toy, it will say "You lose!" or "Loser!" and laugh, and if the player does get a toy, it says "Winner!" or "You are a winner!"
Role in episode
SpongeBob uses a secret to win a prize from the machine while Squidward keeps losing every time. Squidward later finds out this secret and goes berserk when he finally wins.
In the beginning of the episode, it is shown that skill cranes can be bought from the company that sells them, as well as R.A. Pennypincher.
It is revealed near the end of the episode, and it was also obvious that Mr. Krabs had benefited well from buying the skill crane. It used up tens of thousands of Squidward's quarters, although SpongeBob benefited well because he won every single time. It can give Mr. Krabs a lot of money, and Mr. Krabs received more than double of 3,499 quarters from Squidward. That will be more than $877.25 times two, which is more than $1,754.50.
Squidward had spent a lot of money, even the deed to his house, on the skill crane just to win.
SpongeBob is the only person who has won more than one toy from the machine.