Tonka Steel: Bulldozer & Mighty Dump Truck Review
I’ve always been a fan of Tonka toys so the fabulous Tonka Steel Mighty Dump Truck & Bulldozer have made very welcome additions to our toy collection!
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 for decades. 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.
Designed for continuous play for a range of ages, the Tonka Steel Classics fleet is built super tough with real steel. Ready for the biggest loading jobs, we have been trying out both the mighty dump truck & bulldozer. See how we got on below!
Tonka Steel Mighty Dump Truck
We love this new deluxe version of the Classic Mighty Dump Truck. It’s huge & being made from real steel ensures it has ‘Tonka tough’ endurance! The size & material it is made out of means the toy is perfect for children aged 3 & up. Built to take on the toughest construction jobs, my kids loved piling the bed up with dirt, sand, wooden logs & a variety of other items.
The Tonka Dump Truck bed actually movable, meaning lifting the truck bed up and down triggers the unloading action. This enables children to easily haul dirt, sand and gravel around the construction site.
I am all about encouraging imaginative play & this Tonka truck toy is perfect for providing this. Both children spend ages loading, unloading & driving the truck around the dirt & loading it with logs. The truck also supported their gross & fine motor development whilst having loads of fun!
Tonka Steel Bulldozer
Another Tonka Steel Classic, the Tonka Bulldozer is designed to demolish & clear anything in its path. It has a workable blade for moving sand, gravel & dirt & is a brilliant addition to a role play construction site.
Again, the Tonka Bulldozer is designed to last! Made from steel it is super tough & perfect for younger children (around ages 3-6). We played with both the Tonka Steel toys outside for a long time, rolling them across the pavement, through dirt & even down our steps – not a mark on them!
We absolutely love these toys! They are tough & so versatile. You don’t need to have a garden to enjoy them, they can also be used indoors. My 5-year-old spent ages loading & unloading her cuddly toy collection into the dump truck bed. The Bulldozer also got used to knock over wooden towers & skittle sets.
The Tonka Steel Mighty Dump Truck retails around £49.99 & the Bulldozer around £24.99. TONKA Steel Classics are available from a variety of good independent toy shops, JLP, Shop Direct & Amazon. I would say they are well worth the price as they will last for years & give so much play value. It is also worth noting that, when you start collecting the range, you also receive a bonus collector card for each vehicle!
I will certainly be looking to buy more from the Steel range for future birthday & Christmas presents!
For your chance to win some TONKA goodies, more product info, activities & more, head over to the TONKA Tough Event page! This week there is a TONKA Mighty Steel Bulldozer up for grabs!
** We received these items in return for our Tonka Bulldozer & Mighty Dump Truck review. All thoughts & opinions are our own.