When I was a kid, I was fortunate enough to have some older metal Tonka trucks. They were suddenly scarce, because the company was slowly transitioning their trademark toys from metal to plastic in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Mighty size Tonka trucks go for about , whereas the Tonka Junior products can be as cheap as $4 in the right places. The classic metal trucks are great items for collectors, and the original 1964 Mighty Dump Truck can be found for sale at $169.00 (restored). Not bad for a toy icon.
The original Mighty Tonka truck was, of course, the Mighty Dump Truck in1964. Back in the sixties, the line of yellow construction monsters also featured real rubber tires. At a whopping eleven pounds and big enough to haul a household cat (yes, I tried it), the truck is now a symbol of Tonka strength and durability.
My little man, 2 years old, is a typical little boy when it comes to his “loves”. Pretty much I can sum it up in three words – trucks, trains and dinosaurs. Needless to say, we are a Tonka house. We have a ride-on Tonka truck, two and countless mini Tonkas. Right now, though, there is a hot new Tonka toy that has a lot to say this Christmas – .