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Tonka Toys

Inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in March of 2001, The Tonka Corporation is a significant historical toy in America. It stands alongside Silly Putty, Lincoln Logs, the Hula Hoop, Mr. Potato Head, and many other iconic toys of the time.

Created in 1946, the Mound Metalcraft Co. of Mound, Minnesota began producing garden implements. The building they choose to manufacture their wares in was previously rented to the Streater Company who had patented several toys. The company showed little interest in the toy business, so they approached Mound Metalcraft, suggesting the toys might make a good sideline for their company during slow winter months.

After modifications to the design and a new logo, the company began selling pressed steel metal toys. Their popularity became so massive that in 1955, the company shifted to primarily selling toys and changed their name to Tonka Toys Incorporated. Today, Tonka still produces a large line of children's toys in various markets throughout the world.


Quick Facts

  • A 1955 Tonka cross-country truck with original box sold at Girard Auctions in April 2010 for $2,200
  • Tonka has produced much more than pressed steel toy trucks. They also are famous for toys such as Pound Puppies, Gobots, Rock Lords, Steel Monsters, and Spiral Zone
  • The largest collection of Tonka toys is on permanent display at the Winifred Museum in Winifred, Montana where more than 3,000 pieces make up the unique collection

Recommended Items at Auction

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Tonka No. 675-3 "Tonka" Trailer Fleet Set In Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka No. 675-3 "Tonka" Trailer Fleet Set In Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$602 Bids
Tonka No. 975-6 State Hi-Way Dept Set In Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka No. 975-6 State Hi-Way Dept Set In Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$1102 Bids
Mini-Tonka Wagoneer & Trailer + Corvette In Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Mini-Tonka Wagoneer & Trailer + Corvette In Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Tonka Black Volkswagen No. 1150 In Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka Black Volkswagen No. 1150 In Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Tonka No. 420 Luggage Service Set w/ The Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka No. 420 Luggage Service Set w/ The Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Tonka No. 2445 Dune Buggy With The Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka No. 2445 Dune Buggy With The Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Mini-Tonka Jeep Rescue Wagoneer No. 1995 In Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Mini-Tonka Jeep Rescue Wagoneer No. 1995 In Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Tonka No. 40 Car Carrier With Cars & Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka No. 40 Car Carrier With Cars & Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Restored Tonka State Hi-Way Dept Lowboy w Dozer
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Restored Tonka State Hi-Way Dept Lowboy w Dozer
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Mini-Tonka Cement Mixer, Jeep, & Dump Truck
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Mini-Tonka Cement Mixer, Jeep, & Dump Truck
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Tonka Airlines Luggage Hauler Tug with 2 Carts
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka Airlines Luggage Hauler Tug with 2 Carts
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
Tiny-Tonka Fun Buggy & Mini-Tonka Fun Buggy
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tiny-Tonka Fun Buggy & Mini-Tonka Fun Buggy
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Original Tonka Gas Turbine Car Carrier
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Original Tonka Gas Turbine Car Carrier
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Custom Tonka Cement Mixer
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Custom Tonka Cement Mixer
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Custom Tonka Round Fender Cement Mixer
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Custom Tonka Round Fender Cement Mixer
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Tonka Jeep Wrecker And Snow Plow
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka Jeep Wrecker And Snow Plow
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Original Tonka No. 534 Trencher With The Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Original Tonka No. 534 Trencher With The Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Original 1953 Tonka w/ Flatbed Log Hauler Trailer
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Original 1953 Tonka w/ Flatbed Log Hauler Trailer
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Custom Tonka State Hi-Way Dept Lowboy w Dragline
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Custom Tonka State Hi-Way Dept Lowboy w Dragline
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Custom Tonka State Hi-Way Dept Lowboy w Dozer
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Custom Tonka State Hi-Way Dept Lowboy w Dozer
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Original Tonka Dragline Excavator
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Original Tonka Dragline Excavator
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Tonka Gas Turbine Cement Mixer No. 2620 w/ Box
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka Gas Turbine Cement Mixer No. 2620 w/ Box
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Tonka Round Fender Cab With Steel Carrier Trailer
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka Round Fender Cab With Steel Carrier Trailer
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Tonka Cabover Truck With Livestock Hauler Trailer
Jan 28, 10:00 AM CST
Tonka Cabover Truck With Livestock Hauler Trailer
by Kraft Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Tonka Toys


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