The 65th Anniversary of Tonka! @Funrise_Toys Classic Tonka Steel Review

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Tonka Classics

Can you believe that Tonka is celebrating it’s 65th Anniversary? It’s really astounding how far they have come from the simple idea of three men into a powerhouse of trucks, games, toys and even BBQ Grills! It all kind of started with their most famous trucks, the completely indestructible “Steel” line of construction vehicles that were backed by a Lifetime Replacement Guarantee. These are the Tonka Classics.

Funrise Toys Tonka Trucks
This is only 4 of the 12 Steel Trucks available on Funrise.

These trucks last forever and are generally passed down from older family members to the young. I know that my nephew has the Dumptruck that his father owned and my Mother has a truck that was my brothers that the grand-kids use. I’m sure all across the world these trucks are being pushed by little kids, trucks that were passed through the generations for decades.

I was really excited to have the opportunity to review one of these amazing indestructible trucks that have been re-released from Funrise for Tonka’s Anniversary! My son, being the obsessive collector of all things with wheels, didn’t actually have a Bulldozer. I felt that a child that is seriously into construction should have his own, so that was the one we picked. Bulldozers are pretty amazing pieces of equipment! They build our roads, help create our homes, schools, driveways and shopping centers. They’re large pushing machines that lead the way for the others to do their jobs.

My son is really proud of his Tonka Toughs Steel Bulldozer.

Walking with Bulldozer

I love how the Classic Tonka Trucks are built. They’re steel, but not extremely heavy, they can take a lot of damage pushing rocks and being tossed around and still wind up on their wheels. They were certainly built with rowdy boys in mind.

Caterpillar Treads

The Bulldozers blade actually moves. You can adjust it down to push away rocks, dirt, etc. or move it up to be able to push it smoothly. The drivers cage actually works as a handle to carry the Bulldozer and/or to push it.

Funrise Toys Tonka Toughs Steel Bulldozer

The caterpillar treads rotate the wheels, so it actually moves as a Bulldozer would. They stay on pretty well, on many surfaces, and can adjust or come off if you need to clean them.

Funrise actually has 12 of the Steel Tonka Trucks available:

  • Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Dump Truck
  • Tonka Classics Steel Mighty Bulldozer
  • Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Front End Loader
  • Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck
  • Tonka Steel Classics 4×4
  • Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck
  • Tonka Classics Steel Quarry Dump Truck
  • Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader
  • Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher
  • Tonka Toughs Steel Bulldozer
  • Tonka Classic Mighty Dump
  • Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader
What’s wonderful about the Steel trucks coming out again is that they have a realism to them that plastic just can’t meet. They’re a wonderful lesson on construction, how things are built and our residential heroes who construct our schools and homes.
Now every Anniversary has to have something grand about it and Tonka didn’t disappoint. There is currently a Show Us Your Steel Tonka Photo Contest going on where the Grand Prize is a Limited Edition Chrome TS 4000 Truck and there is a winner EVERY MONTH. All you have to do is upload a photo of Tonka Steel (new or vintage) for a chance to win! You can submit your photo each month until January 3rd, 2013! Make sure to read the rules for more details!
Happy Anniversary Tonka! I’m sure you will be around for many, many more years to come and so will this Bulldozer! It’s fascinating to think that my future grandchildren will probably be playing with it one day!
Connect: You can connect with Tonka on their Facebook Page as well as Funrise Toys on Facebook and/or @Tonka_Trucks @Funrise_Toys on Twitter.
Purchase: You can purchase the Tonka Steel Trucks at Toys “R” Us! Online or in Store!
Giveaway: How would you like to win a Tonka Toughs Steel Bulldozer! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received a sample for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation. 

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Amanda is a stay-at-home Mom of two boys, a teen and a tot. She loves to share stories, talk about education, movies, books and coffee. A big supporter of community building and outreach, Amanda shares many activities, entertainment and events in her local area of St. Louis.

Comments

  1. Sue Ellison says:

    I think my son would love the 4×4

    suebee05@gmail.com

  2. I like the Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck.

    • olvan wilson says:

      Manda,
      i just found your site and i must say thank you.
      A very fine job let’s say a job well done
      at 60 years old i still love Tonka trucks let’s
      say I’m 60th going on 6 you can find me
      in many area’s of my yard making engine sounds
      for the unit I’ working with (Ha Ha ) again thank you.

      from: Olvan Wilson and Family

      olvanwilson@msn.com

  3. Jessica B. says:

    Tonka Steel Classics 4X4

    jj250@aol.com

  4. karenmed409 says:

    My guys would love to have the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  5. Anonymous says:

    My boys always had fun with the dump truck. I think their sons would love one too. dollmf@arvig.net

  6. coliebear says:

    I like the front loader.
    lenz.nicole(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. i would also like the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader
    melisa0072 at gmail dot com

  8. Tami Vollenweider says:

    My Nephew would like the Tonka Steel 4 x 4

    tamilynn59@yahoo.com

  9. Kimberly Bauer says:

    I also like the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump.

  10. aaltw_515 says:

    my son would love this one Tonka Steel Classics 4X4

    sethandtjay at yahoo dot com

  11. Laura Miller says:

    I like the Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck.

    krazed79@yahoo.com

  12. Cassandra Eastman says:

    My 3 year old LOVES anything construction, what a fun giveaway! He’d also like the Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck!

  13. Tonka Classic Mighty Dump.

  14. I would also like to have their Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher.

    colljerr at comcast dot net

  15. My son would love the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump

  16. I would choose the front end loader.

  17. I think my grandson would love the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher.
    crochet4hats[at]gmail[dot]com

  18. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I also like the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader

  19. I would like the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump for my grandson!

  20. debijackson says:

    tonnka toughs steel trencher
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  21. My grandson would love the Tonka Steel Classics 4X4.

    jandplee at att dot net

  22. I would like to have the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  23. My boys would love the Trencher!

    ssgsweeps @ hotmail. com

  24. My nephew would love the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader

  25. I like the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher.

  26. Wild N Mild $$$ says:

    my son would love the Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck.

    Jennifer Rote
    wildnmild4u at yahoo dot com

  27. Lori Thomas says:

    My son would like Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Front End Loader

  28. EMMAHORTON says:

    HORTON111@AOL.COM

    WE LIKE THE Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader

  29. Anonymous says:

    I like the Tonka Classics Steel Quarry Dump Truck. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

  30. Raising My Padawans says:

    My boys would love the Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Front End Loader.
    -Heather S

  31. Another great item is Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

  32. Carrie Phelps says:

    My grandson would enjoy the Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck.

  33. theconfidentmom says:

    OH MY GOSH! My 2 1/2 year old newly adopted son would LOVE me forever – he is infatuated with any type of tractor, digger, truck or crane!

  34. theconfidentmom says:

    Mighty Bulldozer

  35. I want the Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Front End Loader for my nephew for Christmas. skibmama23@gmail.com

  36. carlaboo11 says:

    Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  37. Tiffany Overton says:
  38. Shemp DeYoung says:

    Classic Mighty Dump

  39. The Tonka Classics Steel Quarry Dump Truck looks like one I had as a child – it was one of my most versatile toys!

  40. katzkids by Kathy D. says:

    I would like the Tow Truck.Thanks for the giveaway:)
    kats7960@gmail.com

  41. I would love to have Tonka Die Cast Police Cruiser for my Grandson!
    Connie Gruning
    CGruning at aol(dot)com

  42. Tonka Titans Fire Engine :)

  43. Laura Jacobson says:

    Carter would also love the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader!

  44. Sarah PSMomReviews says:

    I like the Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck too.

    psmomreviews@gmail.com

  45. Lindsey M says:

    My son would love the Trencher

    sweepymummy at yahoo dot com

  46. Austin Baroudi says:

    I love to have the Tonka Steel Classics 4X4!
    mcfallsk8er(at)aim(dot)com

  47. Carolyn Colley says:

    Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck, my grandson would any of the Tonka’s

  48. I would like the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  49. lisa ellis says:

    i like the Tonka Toughs steel trencher
    lisae819 at yahoo dot com

  50. I like the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump.

  51. Renee Walters says:

    Tonka Steel Classics 4X4! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Reneewalters3@yahoo.com

  52. The Mighty Classic Dump Trunk.

  53. I like the steel tow truck.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

  54. Anonymous says:

    I would get the Tonka Bulldozer.

    cgentry1952@yahoo.com

  55. Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck

  56. Anonymous says:

    The Steel Trencher looks fun

    edq143 at yahoo dot com

  57. Birdie Skolfield says:

    We like the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader birdson@roadrunner.com

  58. Jeccica Simpson says:

    I like the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  59. My 4 boys would love these tonka trucks and would fit right in with there other steel tonkas they already have

  60. Stephanie says:

    Tonka T.S. 4000 Front Loader

  61. THE DUMP TRUCK THAT REMINDS MY HUSBAND AND I OF WHEN WE WERE KIDS!

  62. Kylie Carlson says:

    My munchkin would also love the Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck!

  63. Tonka Steel Classics 4X4

  64. Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck.

  65. I like the Tonka Steel Classics 4X4 truck.

  66. my 4 year old grandson would love the yellow mighty dump truck!

  67. Jen Boehme
    We would get the Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader.

  68. I like the tow truck

  69. the mighty dump truck

  70. Betty Wojnar says:

    the trencher!

  71. I would love to have the Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck. Debbie Welchert dwelchert@yahoo.com

  72. I like the Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

  73. Bradley B. Howard says:

    Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Dump Truck its a classic!

  74. I like the Mighty Dump.

  75. My boys would love the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  76. Tonka Classic Mighty Dump
    Tamar Swe RC/FB

  77. Nicole C. says:

    I like the Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck.

  78. Anonymous says:

    My boys would like the 4X4
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  79. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My kids would also love the Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck!

  80. one frugal lady says:

    The steel tow truck is awesome!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

  81. Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader
    Thanks
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  82. I’d like the Bulldozer.

  83. Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  84. The trencher
    Kohines at gmail

  85. Jose Gueits says:

    Tonka Toughs Steel Bulldozer it will be great thank you for the opportunity

  86. ruthie1019 says:

    i like the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump, thanks (ruth ramos)

  87. I like the Tonka Roadway Rigs® with Stop Light

  88. cloud10277 says:

    My son would like the Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader.
    cloud10277@hotmail.com

  89. dario moniz says:

    I like the Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader

    yanktheese@yahoo.com

  90. paula michele says:

    My son would love the Tonka Steel Classics 4X4.

    Paula Michele Hafner

  91. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  92. My kids would also love the Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck!

    (Chel Pay – Rafflecopter/Facebook)

    http://www.funrise.com/detail.aspx?id=92202

  93. my 4 year old would love the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  94. Anna SD and Dan D says:

    My son would love a Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader. So would I!

  95. Betsy VandeBeld says:

    My boys would love to have the Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader!

  96. Betsy VandeBeld says:

    My boys would love to have the Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader!

  97. My son would love the Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck

  98. Jodi Kershuk says:

    Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck,my son would love it!

  99. My Nephew would like the Tonka Steel 4 x 4 and I would love to have any tonka truck for him!!

    em darr

  100. The Tonka Steel Classics 4X4

    ahedden12atgmail.com

  101. Karine Traverse says:

    Love the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  102. LOVE the Tonka Toughest Steel Mighty Dump Truck.

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

  103. Michele P. says:

    the steel classics 4×4 is awesome!

  104. Christie Mackey says:

    The Mighty Dump Truck

  105. brich2222 says:

    our son would love the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher
    Item Number: 92534

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  106. Laura Unger says:

    My son would also like the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump Truck.

    cincyangel5 at yahoo dot com

  107. Anonymous says:

    My child would love to have Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader.

    Thanks,
    shopditzydiva@yahoo dot com

  108. Tonka Radio Rescue Fire Engine
    weta1972@yahoo.com

  109. Tonka Radio Rescue Fire Engine

  110. The Tonka Classics Steel Quarry Dump Truck

  111. Angela Cisco says:

    The Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher is neat

  112. my boys would like the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  113. Mommy 2 Monkeys says:

    I’d love the steel 4000 dump truck.

  114. shirley H says:

    Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader

    cpsnsamples@aol.com

  115. Laurie Nemeth says:

    just love it

  116. DistractedMommy says:

    My son would love the tow truck!
    shiebs24[at]gmail[dot]com

  117. the Tonka Bulldozer.

  118. thescribbler says:

    My little friend would love the front loader, his daddy just got a real one!

  119. The Classics Front End Loader is nice too.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

  120. pauline15 says:

    I also love the Tonka Classics Steel Mighty Bulldozer!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

  121. sarah79harding says:

    Tonka titans fire truck is my sons favorite

  122. Tonka steel classics front end loader

  123. rosannepm says:

    I like all of them especially Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader
    rosans4@comcast.net

  124. emchelly77 says:

    we already have the dump truck but my little one says he needs a friend and i let her pick out one from the page she like the ones with the funny wheels (the catapillar i think it was)

  125. Susie Chadwick says:

    The front end loader!

  126. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump
    californiapoppys@yahoo.com

  127. sweetmelbelle31 says:

    Would love to have the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump.

    sweetmelbelle31 at yahoo dot com

  128. corey1971 says:

    Tonka Toughs Steel Bulldozer (Corey Olomon)

  129. My son would love the Tonka might dump truck

  130. The Tonka Toughs Steel Bulldozer would be a great toy for my grandson.

  131. Emily Reviews says:

    The front end loader is also cool

    littleheathen9109 @ Yah00 d0t c0m

  132. HEATHER CASTLE says:

    To be honest this bulldozer is my favorite, I love it and I know my little boy would have so much fun with it. I also really liked the dump truck. All of the tonka trucks are awesome!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    Many Blessings,
    Heather Castle

    heavens_golden_angel89@yahoo.com

  133. Anonymous says:

    Loved the Tonka trucks as a kid — my grandson would love them.

  134. Saver Sara says:

    Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Front End Loader

  135. Angela Neynaber says:

    I like the Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader.

  136. Also like the Tonka Radio Rescue Fire Engine.

    cgclynsg0 @ gmail dot com

  137. Nicole D. says:

    My son would like the Tonka Steel Classics 4X4.

  138. susansmoaks says:

    our son would also love the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  139. kathy pease says:

    I like the Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader

  140. Andrea Liss says:

    Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher would be perfect for our sandbox

  141. Leslie S. says:

    My son said the tow truck is cool but the bulldozer is his favorite.

  142. Tanya White says:

    My son would love the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

  143. Tonka Steel T.S. 4000 Front End Loader!!!!
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  144. This is the one I like, Tonka Steel Classics Front End Loader

    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

  145. Rachel Ellis says:

    My son would love the Tonka Toughs Steel Road Grader

  146. I would like the Tonka Steel Classics 4X4. (Roxann)

  147. carol lewis says:

    I like the Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher

    carol lewis

  148. Chloe Salerno says:

    My daughter would love the 4×4

  149. The boys would love the Tonka Steel Classics 4X4.

    Thanks so much!

  150. Sarah Yurga says:

    Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher looks cool
    sarahyurga@yahoo.com

  151. I also like Tonka Toughs Steel Trencher.

    wendym at cableone dot net

  152. Tonka Classics Steel Tow Truck

  153. I would like the Tonka Classic Mighty Dump.

    ginaferrell3 at yahoo dot com

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