Reviews - Tonka Toys
We were thrilled to have been chosen as one of Tonka's Tough Mothers in 2016.
"TONKA originated in 1947 in Mound, Minnesota, originally created and manufactured by Mound Metalcraft (manufacturer of garden implements). The company began selling metal toys, which soon became the primary business. In November 1955, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to TONKA Toys Incorporated. The name TONKA comes from the Dakota Sioux word "Tanka" or Tonka, which means "great" or "big". In 2001, TONKA trucks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York. For almost 70 years, TONKA trucks have been the undisputed kings of the sandbox. Built on the notion that “a toy shouldn’t break just because a child plays with it,” they’re strong, sturdy and long lasting. Back in the '70s, TONKA even had an elephant stand on one, just to prove their point. Tonka ranges include My First, Tonka Steel and Climbovers." The 70 years history is key to Tonka's success - I didn't have the pleasure of having any myself, but I have read lots of reviews which attest to the durability of the toys, and the fact that they have been passed from generation to generation; indeed, they are guaranteed for life, brilliant in today's throw-away society.
Tonka T.S. 4000 Front Loader
This massive (as toys go) vehicle is a superbly built product which is designed to dig, dump, and haul. The first thing you will spot is its large working bucket, which you can try out in the box to see how well it works; it's really solidly made and works with a satisfying 'clunk'; The handle can be used to lift the scoop up/down and in/out. The vehicle runs on big deep cleated tyres which run smoothly over all sorts of surfaces. The body of the vehicle is made from heavy-duty steel and it will definitely withstand the most enthusiastic of games. It offers hours of fun in the sandpit (as long as you have a big sandpit!), in the garden or on the beach. Our local park has a large sandy play area which is absolutely ideal for this superb vehicle - and it garnered plenty of admiring looks! This is a really well-built classic toy that will survive almost anything - and still last to be passed on to another generation. The loader is great for imaginative and role play, especially if your child is lucky enough to have a whole collection - or friends with some. You can see the whole range of Tonka Steel here. "Tonka’s Steel range is a long standing classic. Tonka Steel is the perfect way for kids to enter a whole world of construction play. These rough and ready vehicles are made from real steel and include a variety of cranes and trucks to choose from, plus chunky tyres mean going off road won’t be a problem!"