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Posted: 1/12/2005 8:12:53 AM EDT
A recent thread got me waxing nostalgiac. I used to have hours of fun in the garden with one of these.

Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:14:13 AM EDT
yea i had one of them.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:15:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 8:15:34 AM EDT by ArmedAggie]
My nephew got a new one for Christmas.  They definitely don't build 'em like they used to.  It's all plastic now.  No metal to cut yourself on.  I used to put one knee in the back of mine and scoot around in it.  I didn't even pass that on to the nephew, I didn't want to see the truck fall apart.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:15:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 8:15:49 AM EDT by TheRedHorseman]
unfortunately banned in AZ hometown forum

I used to have the scrape grader and the front loader, those things were great
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:15:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:16:34 AM EDT
Do they still make them out of metal? I remember landing right on my left knee on one. That's the first time i saw what a bone looks like.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:18:13 AM EDT
those things would survive sitting on them
in fact I think they had a backhoe that was purposely designed to be sat on while using it
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:18:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 8:19:03 AM EDT by DrFrige]
As I said it the last thread about these toys, my brother cut his head on the ladder of one of these so, I was kinda screwed in that I didnt get one. Although I did get Hot Wheels (When I turned 30 that is) Collecting them since.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:19:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By EricTheHun:
Ah, for the days of toys with sharp metal edges and not a thought given for safety!



I mean that sincerely!

I learn NOT to get myself pinched, jabbed, poked, cut, and stabbed with those toys!

From experience!

They prepared me for the real world.

Eric The(Nostalgic)Hun




...and pocket knives, home made bows and arrows, BB guns, treeforts, rock fights, pea shooters, go karts.....
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:20:00 AM EDT
My two daughters still play with the ones I had when I was a kid.

Hey, if anyone here knows where to get replacement rubber tracks for the bulldozers and other crawlers, drop me a line. I've eBayed and Googled the hell out of them for years to no avail, and called probably 100 toy collectors across the country looking for them.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:22:23 AM EDT
I bet they are worth money now....


Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:24:02 AM EDT
Yup I was right....


This one is worth $327.00 apparently...


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=47224&item=6942443402&rd=1


Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:31:06 AM EDT
Cuts!  Thats nothin'  I broke my arm with one of those!

I had broken one arm 3 days earlier by falling out of our tree fort...  (Learned a real life lesson about making sure the base of the ladder is very secure before climbing up with that one.)

So while feelling sorry for myself while my buddies where off swimming I got board playing by myself in my sandbox so I decided to stand in the box of my Tonka dumptruck.  Well...  Of course the thing scoots out from under me and I crash down with my good arm on the side of the sandbox.  Another broken arm...  Another life lesson...

The doctors in the emergency room were questioning me about how I keep breaking these arms...  These days CPS would probably have gotten involved.  

Ah, the memories...

Kent

Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:31:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 8:32:50 AM EDT by Stoney-Point]
They still make them out of metal...just not 100%

My son has 2 bulldozers, 2 dump trucks, the grader, and the tracked back hoe/ front loader. and the front scoop







I don't see the grader on the Tonka website....maybe they discontinued it?
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:32:04 AM EDT
I have my truck and front end loader ina box downstairs.
I got my son his own, I was expecting more cheapening than what was there.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:36:39 AM EDT
If that was sold in Houston, it would have to say "[Insert Spanish Surname Here] Trucking" and come with bald tires and free window cracks to any following vehicle.  

Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:50:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 8:54:24 AM EDT by USMC2111]
My favorite one was the fire truck.  You could attach a garden hose to the truck, and spray water out of the boom.  Good fun.

Semper Fi

ETA: The new mostly plastic Tonka's don't look like they can take the abuse that the old 1970's models could.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 8:52:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 8:53:43 AM EDT by Combatvet]
When I was a little boy growing up in Mexico (my dad worked for VW), I used to tease all the locals by chasing them with my Tonka trunk.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 9:01:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 9:02:45 AM EDT by ilikelegs]
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 9:06:24 AM EDT
Does anyone remember the commercial they did YEARS ago,  Where they pushed one Tonka and one Real Dumptruck off a cliff?  The real one was smashed to bits and the toy survived....great toys.  Got my GF's kid one of the new ones...still has steel, but they've replaced ALOT of it with plastic.


....You CAN however still put a a G.I.-Joe in the driver's seat!
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 9:08:44 AM EDT
When our third baby was born (after 2 girls) and I saw the stem on the apple, I went to the toy store and bought a T***a Dump Truck, a Thomas the Train set and a little football.  

Two years (3 Christmases worth of presents) later, I can't even begin to inventory how many T***a Toys he has.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 9:09:06 AM EDT
had one- the dump broke off so i figured i would tie rags to the remaining frame and soak in gas- good fun draging bejhind your dirtbike at night
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 9:10:03 AM EDT
I had a few of those and abused the hell out of them.  I doubt you'd get half the life out of them being plastic now.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 9:10:45 AM EDT
My Mom said she broke her toe on that thing.   I miss the blue Tonka pickup truck called the Rhyno, I think...  very cool.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 9:10:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cleatus:
had one- the dump broke off so i figured i would tie rags to the remaining frame and soak in gas- good fun draging bejhind your dirtbike at night




Cleatus ----------->
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:26:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By USMC2111:
My favorite one was the fire truck.  You could attach a garden hose to the truck, and spray water out of the boom.  Good fun.

Semper Fi

ETA: The new mostly plastic Tonka's don't look like they can take the abuse that the old 1970's models could.



I loved that thing too!  My kids are now enjoying my firetruck.

Kent
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:29:53 PM EDT
My son had one.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:32:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ilikelegs:
Here are a few sets that I had when I was a kid.

www.100megsfree3.com/lonestar/tonkaad2.htm

www.100megsfree3.com/lonestar/tonkaad3.htm



I'll be damned.  I was probably the same age as that kid when that ad came out.  Nothing like the old steel "finger slicers"...
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:34:05 PM EDT
I had 'em....they made pretty good weapons

my brother has the scars to prove it
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:37:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stoney-Point:
They still make them out of metal...just not 100%

My son has 2 bulldozers, 2 dump trucks, the grader, and the tracked back hoe/ front loader. and the front scoop
images.hasbro.com/common/images/products/93901_imageMain200.jpg
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www.danswaytrucks.com/photos/tonka-trucks5.jpg


I don't see the grader on the Tonka website....maybe they discontinued it?



I got #1 #3 & #4 for the son.

He loved them.

Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:22:24 PM EDT
yep, had a bunch of em. I see ford made a prototype/ demo truck( real ) bright yellow with Tonka on the tailgate too.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:38:07 PM EDT
I wish I still had the ones I had when I was kid. I remember abusing the hell out of them when I was little and they dindt break.

Tought little SOB's.

Sad to hear there plastic now.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:40:07 PM EDT
yeah I had the whole set and remember riding down hills in the with my knees in the back of the dump truck
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:44:10 PM EDT
Ha ha. I used to use one of those as transportation too. Then I grew up and realized lighting paper planes on fire and throwing them while yelling things like, "Jones! First and third engine hit by flak!" was so much more fun.



Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:53:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combatvet:
When I was a little boy growing up in Mexico (my dad worked for VW), I used to tease all the locals by chasing them with my Tonka trunk.



Is this for real or just a way to say the "word".  


I had a backhoe you could sit in, then spin with your feet and use some levers to crank it up and down. I loved that thing, too bad I was greedy when I turned 10 and sold it at a garage sale.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:56:59 PM EDT
Maybe your not as young as I thought.    I had one also.  
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:58:03 PM EDT
i bought my nephew one for xmas!!!  every 3 year olld needs one  


Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:58:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 3:03:19 PM EDT by Synister1]
What year did they switch to plastic?  I'm 28 and I had the metal tonka's as a kid.  

I think those tonka's are still in a box at my parents.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 3:08:24 PM EDT
My Tonka truck is far older than any of the ones here. Where the dark yellow paint has chipped, it's rusted. Ah, the good old days when we let our children play with rusty metal, sharp edges, hard objects, and spring-loaded devices that launched pointy objects further than two inches.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 3:12:31 PM EDT
I too had the dumptruck and firengine...but the thing is you see the thing is about 3 christmas's later i got my little Bolt action Marlin .22 LR they didnt last long in my backyard.

Link Posted: 1/12/2005 6:22:09 PM EDT
“Attention boys,
Tonka Toys®
Are made just for you…”

That brings back memories.

Very good memories.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 6:23:16 PM EDT
Still got it...it has plenty of rust though.
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