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Empire Stores Semi Truck Manufactured in 1981. Manufactured by Tonka Canada, appears to have been sold in the U.K. only.
Release Year: 1974-76
Sold individually and in 76 came with a yellow trailer.822
No. 899 Pizza Hut Van
2nd generation of this private label van.
Release Year: 1972-73
Only available in this color combination these years
TINY TONKA'S TOYS
Tiny Tonka Toys is the number one website dedicated to collection of Tiny Tonka Toys and features other related information on collecting these toys. Here you will find an expansive Tiny Tonka collection featuring over 140 collectible Tiny Tonka toys that is still expanding due to other collector's input and photos. The site features collections of Tiny Tonka Vans, Tiny Tonka Trucks, Tiny Tonka fun buggies, Tiny Tonka stakebed trucks, Tiny Tonka semi-trucks, dozers, cars, to pickups, all listed with full color imagery. Additionally, with the help of other collectors you will find foreign Tiny Tonka's such as Tonka Rico's/Sanson and most recently San Mauricio. Because of the unique nature of these toys I am in no way an expert and value the input from anyone to make the information more accurate. These toys are no longer manufactured and to find information on them is near impossible so I rely on information provided to me by other collectors.
Tiny Tonka's were not limited to just production in the United States. They were produced in many foreign countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Spain. This is what makes collecting them fun, discovering these foreign versions. However, I must warn the new collector that they are versions of the toys that were not produced by Tonka. These are generally out of the Eastern block European countries. I have been tracking some Bulgarian Tiny Tonka's that are considered fake and may put a page up on these at sometime. Please be sure to visit the blog as this will be updated with new information and photos. Plus, it's a great way to interact with other collectors and share info.
This site reflects my personal collection of Tiny Tonkas such as the draggin wagon and scorcher cars sold under the Tiny Tonka label. You will find this site a valuable visual reference for the collector of these toys or the new collector. If you're new to collecting these toys welcome to the world of Tonka collecting and to the fold. I hope you use this site as a valuable reference to assist in your collection building. Check back often as toys are added to the collection and the site is updated with new information. You are welcome to send an email if you are in need of any information on a Tiny Tonka vehicle or just willing to share some information. Featured above are some of these desirable toys, many private label vehicles. Please support the continuing efforts to update this site by visiting some of the sponsors at the bottom. What's not here is info on another brand of Tonka's called Tonka mites. Many folks confuse Tiny Tonkas and Tonka Mites but they are not the same. Tonka Mites are must smaller and are also no longer manufactured. I had a website dedicated to Tonka Mites but have taken it down and will roll that info into this site someday.
THE HISTORY OF TINY TONKA'S
In 1968 Tonka began producing a line of toys under the label of Tiny Tonkas, ranging in size from 5 inches to 11 inches. These little toys were made out of press steel just like their larger siblings. Over the next two decades Tonka would produced many of these toys made out of press steel and plastic in various colors, styles and multiple variations on the same design. In 1984 Tonka would sell off the Tiny Tonka brand to Hasbro ending the production of these little steel toys. In 1982 Tonka had begun the phase out of the snub nose toys replacing them with a more modern looking square plastic cab. Today these Tiny Tonka Toys have become collectible toys just like their larger Tonka siblings. View a PDF version of the original ad.
The most important feature of the Tiny Tonka line is the snub nose angled front of the toys. The first Tiny Tonka's released in 1968 (No. 515 Tiny Tonka PICK-UP) did not reflect the round metal part at the bottom of the cab. Subsequent toys however added this prominent feature and stayed with the toys until production ended in 1982. During the 1970s Tonka branched out into other types of vehicles, mainly automobiles, but they were still produced under the Tiny Tonka label and some trucks were produced for private labels. Please see the FAQ on what private label toys were.
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