Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: L-W Book Sales; 2nd edition (October 1996)
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The definitive guide to Tonka Trucks
What it's not, is a comprehensive pictorial of Tonka products. There's little there for the advanced toy collector. However, if you are one of those "collecting type" folks, that likes to "..know how the watch is built, instead of what the time is", ..then this book is really a pretty good read. It's abundant with factory and personnel history, including photos and profiles of the folks whose backs the Tonka brand was built on. A starting, or intermediate, Tonka collector should really put a copy in their library. Chapters are setup in year-groups, from the start of production, on to the early sixties. There are adequate photos of Tonka products to satisfy a 'shared read' with a youngster, and yet give the collector a proper specimin to compare his own pieces to. Photos and text contain the subleties of manufacturing changes, as the company advanced it's production through three decades.All, ...important information to the collector. These include numerous logo changes, important to identify the year of production of a piece. Introduction dates, colour schemes, rarities, employee profiles, and histories of product creation fill out the colourful 160 pages. A good buy for the money, for the "nubie" Tonka collector.
Enjoyed reading about the early years at the Tonka factory and wished the factory was still there in Mound so we could tour through it to see the toys being made.
I bought it for my husband, and he loved it! Very informational and was shipped very fast.
A terrific reference book which has helped me immensely in my collecting of Tonka Toys
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