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'Caine's Arcade' Kid

The 4-Figure Pinball Surprise

4/12/2012 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Caine Monroy and his cardboard arcade
The cardboard-cutting days are over for that kid from the viral 'Caine's Arcade' video -- because TMZ has learned, he's finally getting a real-life arcade game ... worth upwards of $4,000.

In case you haven't seen the video (below) -- a 9-year-old kid named Caine Monroy built an entire arcade at his dad's L.A. auto shop last summer ... using nothing but cardboard left over from his dad's stockroom.

Nearly a million people have seen the video in the last two days -- including the owner of an L.A. pinball shop ... who then invited Caine to come check out her store ... and even meet a bunch of pro pinballers, including world champ Keith Elwin.

Sources tell TMZ, Caine showed up to the store last night -- a place called Pins and Needles, where he played on a real-life pinball machine for the first time in his life.

But the fun didn't end there -- we're told Caine made such a strong impression on the store's owner (above) ... she offered him one of several pinball machines ... ON THE HOUSE.

The vintage machines range in value -- starting around a couple hundred bucks -- but the mack daddy is the rare "Big Brave" machine (above left) ... worth an estimated $3,000.

Caine has yet to decide which non-cardboard machine to take home.


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just because    

hey the 10 year old kid has a staff shirt on.. I'm calling Child Protective Services as I type this.

926 days ago

just because    

they asked me what state is he in? i don't know

926 days ago

Seriously wtf    

That's awesome! Love to Caine from Egypt!

926 days ago


Next time I'm in that area, I'm going to check out Caine's Arcade. I loved this story.

926 days ago


What a brilliant young man!! I wonder if he has any idea how many skills he has learnt by building this arcade!! What a wonderful story.

926 days ago


Now this is news worthy, TMZ!

Fantastic, Caine, you're awesome and I wish you many success with your arcade. I have a feeling when you grow up you are going to own a real arcade filled with fun games for the whole family and it's gonna be better then Chuck'e Cheese.

926 days ago

two cents    

Nice story!! Cardboard boxes made the best toys when I was growing up, too. Back when kids used their imagination to entertain themselves. We lost something as a society with all this new technology. Nice kid, and a memory he'll never forget. =)

926 days ago


I loved this story. I cried the whole time reading it. Much blessings to the young man that stopped and played, then went out of his way to make a young mans dream come true!

926 days ago


Very cool

926 days ago


Dang it, I'm at work here. Sniff. (darn allergies)

926 days ago


Great story TMZ thanks.

926 days ago


Can someone spare a kleenex?

926 days ago

Bobo Frog    

Really cool story. So awesome.

926 days ago


Yeah, nothing says 'cute' like swindling people out of their money using a child's innocence.

926 days ago


Cool dad, to allow his son to play - so important for child development. Not so sure having a real pinball machine at home is such a great idea, though. He seems pretty content and happy just the way he is.

926 days ago
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