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I'm looking into different trucks for the kids for Christmas. I would LOVE a community playthings truck, however, I simply can't afford it. I've looked into other wooden trucks, and I think I may get a few small ones for ds. (he's only 5 months old). DH would like to get a metal Tonka truck for the kids. I was just wondering if anyone had any info as to where they are made, if they are safe, etc. I couldn't find any information online. I did write to the company, but in the meantime I was hoping someone here might have some input. Or, if you like another kind of truck, spam me!<br><br>
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They're made by Hasbro. No idea where. But I have a BIG beef with Hasbro and Tonka. Their ad campaign says they're "Made for Boys." Their web site says "Made for Boyhood." Guess what. My beautiful daughter loves them.<br><br>
I wrote the company to suggest they change their 1950's sexist ad campaign and they wrote back saying that-- basically-- boys play with trucks and girls play with kitchens. My boys and my daughter all happen to love playing with kitchens and trucks. Although I was going to get more Tonka trucks so my daughter could have her own, I'll definitely buy a different brand.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They're made by Hasbro. No idea where. But I have a BIG beef with Hasbro and Tonka. Their ad campaign says they're "Made for Boys." Their web site says "Made for Boyhood." Guess what. My beautiful daughter loves them.<br><br>
I wrote the company to suggest they change their 1950's sexist ad campaign and they wrote back saying that-- basically-- boys play with trucks and girls play with kitchens. My boys and my daughter all happen to love playing with kitchens and trucks. Although I was going to get more Tonka trucks so my daughter could have her own, I'll definitely buy a different brand.</div>
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I've had the same issue! I don't know why in the 21st century they've got such a sexist slogan for the trucks.
 

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Based on my childhood I'm a sucker for Tonka trucks. We don't have any yet but I think my IL's may have gotten one for DS for Christmas. Since they're only $20 this year at WalMart I'm gonna guess they're made in China. I've been so picky about what I buy but I would make an exception for a Tonka truck (hopefully no lead paint <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. When I was a kid my younger brother had one or two and when he wasn't looking I would let my Barbies ride on them and it would send my brother into a raging fit because he thought my dolls had no business riding his truck. I don't know how he got to be so sexist as such a young age but he did. I think they're cool because a kid can push them around and also carry smaller toys on it. I'm still debating if it will be an indoor or outdoor toy. He already has too many things that can damage our furniture <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I really wanted to get this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPlan-Toys-Tractor-Trailer-Version%2Fdp%2FB000I0YAJE" target="_blank">wooden tractor and trailer</a> by Plan Toys because I love all our our Plan Toys but I just can't bring myself to justify spending that much on it considering we're already getting him a kitchen and a couple of small wooden toy cars. Maybe for his birthday. I think he would love it because of the hitch that he could hook the trailer to the tractor.
 

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OK, I hate their marketing campaign but my child loves their cars so I suck it up. (Trust me, I wish I were firmer abt this) They have a line called Todd's cars or something like that, with slightly larger than matchbox size cars with faces and little hats that match their function--fire truck, constructions vehicle, etc--and my kid adores them.<br><br>
(I realized after I posted this that this had nothing to do with your question--sorry abt that!)
 

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Yeah their ad campaign (and their email response to me when I complained about it) have put me firmly in the No Tonka camp.<br><br>
We have a Little Tykes dump truck that ds really likes.
 

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Well, my son had a whole fleet and we love them. Mind you, ours are primarily the older kind, the paint is peeling off and they're rusting, so I have no idea if they're safe. We live in the country and he plays with them constantly, in the sandpile, in the yard, in the house. They're well made (that's why they last) and well designed.<br>
I'm sorry that they have such a sexist ad campaign. My daughter will certainly be playing with them too. However, i don't mind the insinuation that boyhood (preferrably childhood) should be about physical activity, outdoors, dirt and imagination- which is perhaps what they're trying to say in a warped way. I wouldn't mind is my girl had healthy 'boyhood', you know? I'm not trying to spark a debate on gender stereotypes, but I almost prefer a sexist slogan that is not threat to my girl in a liberated society than a 'make your kid smarter and better than all the other kids-must be the best' slogan. Perhaps they're old fashioned idiots there, but at least they believe in childhood.<br>
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We have an old metal dump truck style, which is used in the sandbox. It's pretty sturdy and we haven't had any problem with rust or peeling paint or dents or anything. But those qualities also make it kind of...rough? I'm fine with it for outside but I wouldn't want it in the house.<br><br>
Nove Natural has a couple of beautiful wooden construction type vehicles, not sure if these are too far out of your budget -<br><br><a href="http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.4869/.f" target="_blank">http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/sc.2/category.4869/.f</a><br><br>
A friend has the little tipper and her toddler really likes it. She says it is by far his favorite toy.
 

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Its always good to know that at least a few others think about these things the same way I do! I want to get DS the Tonka dump Trunk. The feminist in me hates the marketing to boys only, plus then I wonder why didn't I buy one earlier for my DD? But DS is SO into cars. It drives him crazy that he can't have all of DD's matchbox cars. He even likes to sleep with them.<br><br>
I'll probably end up getting it. I think he'll like it. Its a something he can push around & put stuff in. One of his other favorite things! Plus, I must admit the nostalgia of this from my childhood....<br><br>
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Ok, I totally agree with everyone's objections about the ad campaign. I actually can't even believe that they think it's ok! But, I'm in need of a truck, and I think the quality is good. I was just wondering where they are made. I'll let you all know if I find out.<br><br>
I love the little tipper from Nova Naturals. I think that I may get it for the baby this year with the money the il's gave us for a gift for him. Then, when he's a little older, maybe a Tonka then. DD will probably get a Tonka this year, as she's older.<br><br>
Anyways, thanks!
 

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My 4 yo dd and 2 yo ds have had a yellow tonka dump truck for a year. They like it and play with it only inside. It's held up pretty well, but I will say that the paint is scratching off on the inside of the truck in a few different places, the inside meaning where objects are loaded into the back of the truck.
 

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We have a CAT metal dump truck my older ds loves, almost 4. I have a wooden one my 1yo loves, got it at consignment shop for 2.99. We don't have any tonka's.
 

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I'm so excited. I just ordered the Nova Naturals Little Tipper truck. And I got $5 off (coupon code COOLMOM). I'll have to check out the CAT trucks too.
 

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We have an older tonka tractor that ds loves, and just looks like, well, a tractor. But, he got <a href="http://www.target.com/Tonka-Real-Rugged-Front-Loader/dp/B000WHU6LE/sr=1-19/qid=1196724230/ref=sr_1_19/601-3059393-3236127?ie=UTF8&index=target&rh=k%3Atonka&page=1" target="_blank">this tonka loader</a> for his birthday and it is a piece of crap. The design is just absurd - they are making the proportions so silly and "tough" that you can hardly tell what it is. We actually thought it was a dump truck at first. The loader part is bigger and about 5 times heavier than the (hollow molded plastic) body so it falls over unless the loader is on the ground. I don't know about the quality of the more expensive ones, but the trend seems to be toward out of proportion, hyper-masculine, vehicles all around - tiny windows, giant beefy wheals and buckets.<br><br>
Mainstream toys are all so unbelievably sexist now, I don't even know where to begin.
 

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Lizafava- I just looked at that toy that you linked to...it's ridiculous! Why on earth would they make a toy like that??? I do agree with you about mainstream toys. I was thinking of the old school metal Tonka trucks that I had as a kid. I wonder if they still make those? I just assumed they did.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Lizafava- I was thinking of the old school metal Tonka trucks that I had as a kid. I wonder if they still make those? I just assumed they did.</div>
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I've had a hard time finding the metal Tonka trucks. My DH just ordered what I am hoping is a mostly metal bulldozer and my mom found an older metal Tonka road grader at an antique store (in pretty good condition and didn't cost much). We've never had or played with the plastic Tonkas so I don't know how well they would hold up to my 5yo ds's and 2yo dd's abuse. Our metal Tonka dump truck that Santa brought last year has lived both outside and indoors and only has a little rust. I wish my parent's had saved our old Tonkas!
 
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