I remember Tonka trucks for as far back as I can remember. The big metal ones that the little neighbor boys would dig in the sand with clear up to the newer tough plastic ones we have purchased as gifts for nephews and the few we have bought for Ethan.
When I was contacted by Funrise Toys to review a Tonka Strong Arm truck I immediately knew which one to choose. Emma & Ethan have a game now, every Thursday they race to the windows to watch the trash trucks come by with their new arms that pick up the containers. Ethan’s hearing has become ultra sensitive to these sounds and he can tell you a trash truck is coming from blocks away. For a while every single truck we came across was a “tash tuck”.
Here is the description from the website:
|The Strong Arm Garbage Truck is a burly free-wheeling vehicle with a multi-action trigger-lever built right in. Pull and rev-up the lever and watch the sparks fly in the arm’s window as the truck rumbles. Squeeze the lever’s trigger to raise the waste container into the truck’s hopper. There is also access to the back through a hinged door. This sturdy vehicle is kid-powered free-wheeling action!|
When the truck arrived I immediately could tell it was Tonka quality with years of play time ahead of it. It is a heavy duty sturdy plastic and even the moving parts seem sturdy. The addition of sound when you pull the handle gives the toy a little extra fun quality, but not enough that Mom or Dad will get thoroughly annoyed with it. This toy will be around for a long time, just like his Daddy’s old toy trucks.
When Ethan opened this truck on Christmas I knew immediately I had picked the right truck. His eyes lit up and he grinned ear to ear. You know it is a great gift when all unwrapping comes to a halt and play time begins…
Ethan loves to fill his truck (over and over and over again) with this Hot Wheels cars (also a Christmas present), dump and repeat… push it around and make a low grumbling sound, and just recently he has mastered squeezing the handle and pulling at the same time to make the front loader lift and dump into the back (you should have seen the look on his face!). He even has to have this truck in bed with him when he lays down for bed.
I can see this toy making it to the driveway and sand box this summer as well.
You can purchase a Tonka Strong Arm garbage truck for $24.99
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