Primarily, I was asked to review some Tonka toys and the box arrived.   With me was one extremely eager 6 year old, who could not wait to unwrap the goodies contained inside. Being a Nan of two grandsons, Tonka is a name that has been around since I was small.   From early beginnings in 1947, Tonka have grown and it is lovely to see that they have moved into the modern age with its selection of toys, which I hasten to add, are now available in Asda.

Tonka originated in Mound, Minnesota and were originally created and manufactured by Mound Metal craft, who also made garden implements.

The company began selling metal toys, which soon became the primary business.  In November 1855, Mound Metal craft 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 should not break just because a child plays with it.   They really are strong and sturdy and last for ages.  In the 70’s an elephant stood on one to prove their point.

Back to my arrival in the post.

He excitedly unwrapped the box.

Inside were:

Tonka Die Cast Monster Truck (Retailing at £6.99)

The Tonka Monster metal die cast collection was built for the extreme!  Your favourite urban, construction and emergency vehicles not sit atop massive Monster wheels.  Perfect for crushing anything in its path!

Tonka Diecast Big Rig (Retailing at £6.99)

The Tonka die cast big rigs can really haul!  This rig is built to last with realistic detailing that looks just like an actual big rig.

Tonka tiny blind garage and tinys three packs


Now Tonka tough kids can collect their favourite Tonka vehicles in miniature!  These are in my grandsons hands so you can see how small they are.  The Tinys really are a range that can be collected in palm sized vehicles that are perfect for small scale adventures.

You can collect Tonka Tinys one by one with the surprise blind box garages or in trios.

Tonka Tinys blind garages retails at £1.99 and the Tonka Tinys Three Pack at £4.99

Tonka Tinys Mini Playset

£9.99  Either Blast and Dash Quarry or Car Crush Escape.

The above is the Car Crush Escape.  My grandson loves playing with this.  He uses the grabber crane to pick up the cars or vans, and places them in the crusher.  Using his imagination he makes the relevant noises and then takes the crush vehicle (There is one provided) out of the crusher.  It was lovely seeing him playing and using his imagination to create scenes.  Back to old fashioned playing with toys instead of modern technology.


In conclusion, since receiving these items to review, my grandson has had hours of fun.  We have placed them back into the box, and it is his go to place when he comes in from school.   I would 100% recommend them.  The Tinys will be ideal as pocket money gifts for him to collect.  Im hoping that Tonka will create a holder to collect them in.

Price of retail are correct at publishing February 2018.

All opinions in this post are 100% my own.


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