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Tiny Tonka Collecting


One of the side line hobbies I do is collect Tiny Tonka's in the original packaging. Finding them locally are next to impossible, so watching auctions houses is the best bet. Should you find any in your travels, chances are I would buy them. Even if they are doubles. Singles or sets.

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I had QUITE a few of those as a kid. I remember getting the fire truck set for my birthday. There was a semi with a ladder trailer, two vans (one fire, one a white ambulance I believe) and I think a standard firetruck. I also had the Winnebego. They were great tough toys. If you are on Facebook I would assume there's a group for collectors. I joined a Matchbox group with 25000 members. There's often live auctions as well.


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There they are! Cool Darcy! Must be hard to find these still in the box.

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WOW... The little blue wrecker took me back.

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WOW... The little blue wrecker took me back.





And let me guess, you modified it the second you opened the box.

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Ha Ha... maybe a little model paint and decals

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Love the little Tonka's .      you were blessed to have them .   

 

When I was growing up, we had sticks, we found under trees and some nice smooth stones to play with... 



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Love the little Tonka's .      you were blessed to have them .   

 

When I was growing up, we had sticks, we found under trees and some nice smooth stones to play with... 


 And some near by broken windows?? lol



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It's Friday night in June of 2019 and I just found this post.
Ok.
I HAD EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN PICTURED.
AND THEN SOME MORE AND DOUBLES AND TRIPLES.
Cause my MOM worked at Tonka in the 70s n 80s

Great stuff

Now I collect diecast Nova s and paint them Acadian style

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427carl wrote:

Love the little Tonka's .      you were blessed to have them .   

 

When I was growing up, we had sticks, we found under trees and some nice smooth stones to play with... 


 Damn, you were lucky....My mom hung a pork chop around my neck so stray dogs would play with me. 

We had Dinky, Corgi cars when I was little. I don't remember about packaging. 

 



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It is hard to imagine finding such vintage Tonkas new in the box. I had been watching e-Bay auctions in the last few years and have been surprised what shows up.

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That really brings back memories. I had several of those Tiny Tonkas, wait for it, over 50 years ago. It started with the little red pickup then expanded into the construction set with the low-deck trailer, bulldozer, dump truck etc. The thing I loved about these steel trucks  was the patina you would get after using them hard, sort of like realistic scratches & dents.

 

Does anyone remember the Tonka Crazy A's? Back around 69/70 they did a series of Model As in different body styles, painted in crazy colours that would look good on a '70 Mopar, and rolling on big & little wheels (as was the style back then). I had one of those Lime Lite Model A Pheatons & a Hemi Orange Tudor. They looked good with the black fenders.



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I vaguely remember the "Crazy A's". I had some sort of Tonka dragster had a third wheel hidden underneath. You'd pull it back and it'd race ahead. That third wheel would pop out and give the impression that the car is doing a wheelie. Good times! My friend two doors down with rich parents had all the large scale Tonka's. My favorite was the road grader and the pickup truck with the fifth wheel camper. That thing was huge!

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3 Winnebago s. Countless graders dump trucks. All large size.
Yup. I was very fortunate in that regard.
Still feel it was the greatest point in life as a kid in the 70s

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hi heres my big truck



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I had some sort of Tonka dragster had a third wheel hidden underneath. You'd pull it back and it'd race ahead. That third wheel would pop out and give the impression that the car is doing a wheelie.


I have one of those sitting in the rafters of my car shed.

I'll get a picture of it.



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Canadian Poncho wrote:

I had some sort of Tonka dragster had a third wheel hidden underneath. You'd pull it back and it'd race ahead. That third wheel would pop out and give the impression that the car is doing a wheelie.


I have one of those sitting in the rafters of my car shed.

I'll get a picture of it.


I was wrong ... wrong manufacturer, right era ... made by Mattel. It has a pull cord and a switch for POWER N SPEED.biggrin

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Picked this up today for my brother today, at an antique store.

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I think I'll paint the hoses orange biggrin

Of course this is the pic I am going to send him first,smile

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Found a photo online of the Tonka Dragster I had as a kid:

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A couple of trucks from the Goodyear Racing Set, unfortunately the race cars and spare tires are missing. These have been following me around for a long time.



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Nice collection. I owned three tonka trucks when I was a kid.

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these little Tonkas are great!
I buy them for my son to play with - but on occasion I take them away if he is being too rough;
I am pretty sure we have that Winnibego, in better shape than yours.
The coolest one we have is an orange truck of sorts with big (fat/lower profile) tires on it - I think it originally was sold with a trailer and a boat or something.

 

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