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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Tonka Reply with quote

Hi Volktales. Great looking restoration you have. I just saw your topic with the picture of your restauration. (http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=594395).

I just finish my first custom one. I paint it lotus white like my 67 beetle will look like. I did some modification to it: shorten front beam and drop at the front, VW wheels with wide tire and open side windows. I really like to play with this one.

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About your green beetle, it look like that It came from the mighty car carrier. I also fund one example like yours but I never came from a look book or picture of an original example.

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I saw the one with the 5 spoke wheels on the car carrier frequently but not alot with the VW wheels.

If you want to know if it came fron the car carrier or not, look at the top of the car. They are generally full of scratch because of the back loader.

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So, continue your great work and post some picture of your complete tonka collection. Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Tonka Reply with quote

Hi Volktales. Great looking restoration you have. I just saw your topic with the picture of your restauration. (http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=594395).

I just finish my first custom one. I paint it lotus white like my 67 beetle will look like. I did some modification to it: shorten front beam and drop at the front, VW wheels with wide tire and open side windows. I really like to play with this one.

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About your green beetle, it look like that It came from the mighty car carrier. I also fund one example like yours but I never came from a look book or picture of an original example.

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I saw the one with the 5 spoke wheels on the car carrier frequently but not alot with the VW wheels.

If you want to know if it came fron the car carrier or not, look at the top of the car. They are generally full of scratch because of the back loader.

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So, continue your great work and post some picture of your complete tonka collection. Wink

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information. Like your modified example. I am going to do one myself when the custom colour I want to use becomes available...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:24 pm    Post subject: Tonka Reply with quote

Hi all,

Here some update again:

I just saw some difference about the canadian version of the tonka beetle.

They use to make some with the decklid without the license plate light and without the hole behind the license plate sticker:

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Also, for those who want to restore there tonka, I fund a guy on ebay who reproduce the silver license plate sticker.
They are really close look reproduction. The only downside are that these are not paper sticker like originally but water transfer one. But, they look to be really good quality. Her are some picture of them:

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He use to reproduce only the tonka Minn. exemple but I send him some picture and he make me also the tonka USA and Tonka toronto exemple:

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And all those for a really good price.

Here is his ebay store (ebay use 041899kj) : http://www.ebay.com/usr/041899kj?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

And here his the item I bought :
http://www.ebay.com/itm/161743654914?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

So, if you have any comment, don't be shy and place it here!!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good info there. A friend who knows I like Tonkas found this version for me...


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Thought I never would get a reasonably priced yellow version. Are they that much rarer, or people just think they are and want more $???
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the blue and red are probably the most common. The yellow doesn't turn up that often.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:02 pm    Post subject: Tonka Reply with quote

Volktales wrote:
Good info there. A friend who knows I like Tonkas found this version for me...


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Thought I never would get a reasonably priced yellow version. Are they that much rarer, or people just think they are and want more $???


Hi Volkstale,

That's a great find. They doesn't show up really often in that kind of shape.

We have to think that the blue and red one use to come alone, or with the car carrier set. So yes, they come more often.

Thanks to share it with us.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

Since this thread is about the different Tonka variations, has anyone seen this one before? This example just sold on December 9 2016 on EBay for $540.00. I asked the seller if the Bug was plated or painted and he thought it was gold paint.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

That is certainly cool! Wonder how many special models like that were made...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

Man I've never seen one like that before. That's wild!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

That's a great looking gold bug. I don't know if tonka made it, but they may have but there tonka license plate sticker if they do. But, the one who made it take is time to make it perfectly. They even split the body before paint it and rivet it back after (the four rivet are not painted). So its a great peice.

If any of you any of you have some tonka beetle, buggy or mighty car carrier for sale, let me know. I'll like to add some more to my collectlion. I could trade some other VW toy that I have for them. Let me know what you have and what you need.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:46 am    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

banana split wrote:
Since this thread is about the different Tonka variations, has anyone seen this one before? This example just sold on December 9 2016 on EBay for $540.00. I asked the seller if the Bug was plated or painted and he thought it was gold paint.

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HI,

I just read about those gold plated tonka on an other tonka web site. Those where best seller awards. Here are the text about it:

The Volkswagen Beetle would be a great find. An article in the September 1988 issue of American Toy Trucker magazine written by Tonka historian Lloyd Laumann says, "...We manufactured and distributed 86 of these gold plated toys. Eighty gold plated VW's were presented to our top 80 customers. Six gold plated VW's were presented to six of our executives. Each authentic gold plated Tonka is mounted on a walnut base with an engraved plaque with the name of either a company or individual engraved on a gold plated name plate."

Those are hard to find!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

Hi guys,

today a packet arrived with a curious Tonka. The beetle has chrome-plated hubcaps and trim rings around the headlights. According to the auction text it should be a Tonka the first version.

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I searched the www for such a tonka, but I did not find it. Does anyone know this version and can confirm the auction text?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

Hi Nicki,
Its an early Tonka with narrow tires, but its been customized somewhat. The chrome hub caps, headlights and bezel are not original, the headlight bezel looks like a cabinet washer from the hardware store. Otherwise it's in nice shape with both bumpers intact, nice (plastic) glass, and good paint. Usually these show quite a few scratches and wear from years of playtime.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:50 am    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

I agree Exclamation

Especially the TONKA VW being that old, there must be at least one ding in the paint somewhere . . .

Looks like being "customized somewhat" . . . . . and I think it also has been repainted as well . . . .
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

@Jack & Bob

Thank you very much for your quick response and information. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

An easy way to tell if the paint is original is to check the baseplate. The chassis paint should be in the same condition as the body; if the body paint is perfect, the chassis paint should be just as nice, and this chassis appears to have some chips and rust spots, while the body looks perfect. This is a good indication of a repaint.

Plus, the chassis appears to have extra holes in the rear. This would indicate a later baseplate, such as one for a Plum Wild, which used a different rear axle mounting.

I also agree with Don that the extra parts appear to be common items from a hardware store.

Finally, a shout-out to Hacksaw BoB, just because ...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

Thanks for your explanations, Blue Baron. Smile Obviously someone has done a lot of work. Normally, I do not buy models that are not in their original condition (whether new or used). But I only paid 25.51 euros for the Tonka. That does not hurt me that much.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

It's a very nice model, and the labor alone makes it worth it.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Re: Tonka bug detail that I found Reply with quote

I am quite familiar with re-painted TONKA VWs.

Here is a TONKA Herbie VW I created some years ago.


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