Imaginative play with Tonka Diecast Vehicles // Review

Imaginative play with Tonka Diecast Vehicles // Review

If there’s one toy that Olly, my five year old son, has loved since he was little, it’s a diecast car. He absolutely loves them and his collection of cars is overwhelming. Ones with real tyres, ones with doors that open, ones with headlights that flash, ones with sirens, he’s collecting them all and has a fantastic memory of each and every one of them. Tonka recently sent him a selection of their diecast vehicles and to both of our surprise, he didn’t have them in his collection so you can imagine how delighted he was.

Tonka Diecasts

Tonka are world famous for their incredible collection of realistic diecast cars. Olly was sent their Tonka Diecast Big Rigs, a couple of their Monster Trucks and their three pack of Emergency Vehicles. Having recently reviewed their Tonka Trucks, we already knew what brilliant quality the vehicles were. Each well made to the highest standards with no flimsy parts or pieces.

Tonka Diecasts

Olly has loved playing with each of the vehicles. Although to me and you, they’re just vehicles, they each do something different (according to Olly!) The Big Rigs have an important job to do; the Long Haul Semi-Truck delivers products to shops and supermarkets and the Flat Bed Crate Truck delivers international goods going overseas. Both of which have brilliant detailing and look just like American Big Rigs that we’ve only ever seen on the television. The crate detaches for brilliant interactive play.

Tonka Diecasts

The Monster Trucks have enormous wheels and can plough over anything and everything in their way. The Tonka Monster Garbage Crusher and the Tonka Monster Flame Destroyer both have a rugged design but are built to last. They’re built to a 1:55th scale so they’re identical to their larger counterparts in smaller form.

Tonka Diecasts

The most popular cars in the selection we were sent was the Emergency Vehicles set of three; a Fire Engine, Police Car and an Ambulance. All of the vehicles are UK designs so little ones will be familiar with them after recognising them on the road when they’ve been out and about. Olly’s really enjoyed playing with these and has created many a scenario when the Fire Brigade, the Police and Ambulance staff are needed all at once. The detailing on the cars is realistic and again built to a 1:55th scale.

Tonka Diecasts

Olly has loved playing with his Tonka vehicles. We’ve had the playmat out on many afternoons after school and he even took them away on holiday with us stashed away in his backpack. To us they’re just vehicles, but to children they help unlock a world of creativity and imagination. It’s wonderful to see this come to life in front of us.

Prices are from £6.99 each and the set of three emergency vehicles is priced from £11.99.

Tonka Emergency vehicles

All the Tonka vehicles are suitable for children aged 3 plus and can be purchased instore at ASDA or online with Amazon* (ASDA have 25% off all the TONKA range instore between 11thJune and 11thJuly as part of their Roll-back campaign).

Tonka Diecasts

The giveaway has now ended and the winner is..


Disclosure: We were sent the products above for the purpose of this review and were compensated for hosting the giveaway. All words and images are my own. This post contains an affiliate link which means if you purchase a toy using my link, I get a tiny monetary thank you in return! Thanks. 

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. 15/06/2018 / 5:47 am

    I love this brand as their vehicles are so durable! I would love to gift the Tonka diecast vehicles to my 2 boys thank you x

  2. Beth George
    15/06/2018 / 9:00 am

    My son, Nathaniel, is 2 on 5th July. He loves nee naws. He gets go excited when he sees one, or reads a nee naw book or plays with a nee naw toy. Have a tonka quality emergency service set for his birthday would be the perfect present!

  3. Kim Styles
    15/06/2018 / 9:54 am

    My nephew loves emergency vehicles ! and has cars everywhere he goes- even in his pockets I should win this because that would make me the most popular aunty in the whole of the UK and beyond!!!

  4. Robert Price
    15/06/2018 / 3:09 pm

    My Grandson Jacob who is car mad

  5. 15/06/2018 / 3:18 pm

    I would love to win as I always enjoyed playing with my brother’s Tonka toys and I would gift them to my nephew

  6. 15/06/2018 / 3:38 pm

    I would love to win as my stepson really really loves police cars and ambulances he would be over the moon if I won this for him x

  7. Sue McCarthy
    15/06/2018 / 3:53 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  8. 15/06/2018 / 4:07 pm

    I’d gift them to my 3 year old son Arthur, he loves driving his toy cars about and is very interested in emergency vehicles

  9. Delia Sale
    15/06/2018 / 4:36 pm

    My little boy loves die-cast cars too but he loves emergency vehicles more and would love this super set to add to his collection xx

  10. Pam Hubbard
    15/06/2018 / 6:50 pm

    fab prize xx

  11. Catherine Jane
    15/06/2018 / 7:32 pm

    I’d give to my colleague as her little boy loves vehicles and trucks

  12. Solange
    15/06/2018 / 7:35 pm

    I’d like to win for my son who would absolute love the Tonka diecast vehicles.

  13. 15/06/2018 / 8:05 pm

    I’d love to win for my son, who is car/truck and specifically ‘pleece car’ mad! He would love these :)

  14. Rachel Craig
    15/06/2018 / 9:07 pm

    Wonderful sturdy toys, great theme for youngsters. Adults can explain the purpose of each vehicle and who would make use of such a vehicle, etc. I wonder love to win these for my young nephew, as he would so enjoy sending vehicle and staff on their way to help sort out an emergency situation. Imaginative play.

  15. Pam Gregory
    15/06/2018 / 9:24 pm

    Had these typreof card when I was a kid and would love to give to to my nephew as I’m sure he’s love them!

  16. Corinne Peat
    15/06/2018 / 9:49 pm

    I would love to win these for my youngest son Jacob. He loves imaginative play and all vehicles. They would go great with his play mat too!

  17. anthony harrington
    15/06/2018 / 10:40 pm

    I love Tonka toys, so well made and detailed, I would like to win these for my little Grandson.

  18. Iain Maciver
    15/06/2018 / 11:00 pm

    perfect for my nephews they would be over the moon

  19. elizabeth bazley
    16/06/2018 / 9:07 am

    I would like to win these Tonka toys for my Granddaughter

  20. Jade Hewlett
    16/06/2018 / 10:23 am

    I would give them to my cousins as they love cars

  21. Susan Smith
    16/06/2018 / 3:24 pm

    I would give these to my Grandson, he would have so much fun with them

  22. Andrea Fletcher
    16/06/2018 / 4:51 pm

    This would be perfect for my grandson who loves fire engines.

  23. greig23
    16/06/2018 / 5:48 pm

    love to win for my little nephew who is mad on toy cars and would so enjoy playing with them

  24. 16/06/2018 / 6:13 pm

    My daughters would love these and my hubby too! Fun for all the family… And no screens hurrah!

  25. Tracy Hanley
    16/06/2018 / 8:03 pm

    My grandson would just love these , hes car made , plays with them for hours

  26. Jo Hutchings
    16/06/2018 / 8:25 pm

    My little boy also loves all vehicles but especially fire engines as his daddy’s a firefighter so I’d love to win for him.

  27. Margaret Gallagher
    16/06/2018 / 10:36 pm

    Love for my nephews
    Robust and withstanding the rigours of life

  28. sarah Mackay
    16/06/2018 / 11:10 pm

    I would love to win this as I know my daughter Morgan would love it.

  29. Ashley whitbread
    17/06/2018 / 8:43 am

    My son just loves Tonkas! He adores the tinys so w9uld be amazing to add to his collection xx

  30. Dale Dow
    17/06/2018 / 12:03 pm

    I would love to win as this is the sort of thing my nephew likes

  31. Hannah Wallington
    17/06/2018 / 9:26 pm

    My son would love it, he’s obsessed with trucks.

  32. Lydia Joy
    18/06/2018 / 10:29 am

    I think toys like this are staple, classic toys that all boys and girls should have the joy of playing with. I’d like them because I know they’re quality, well made toys that would last – my boys would be able to enjoy them time and time again without me worrying about them breaking.

  33. Karen Barrett
    18/06/2018 / 3:31 pm

    Thank you, I would love to win for my grandson, Matthew, he loves his cars, as you can tell from my window sills!

  34. Laura F
    18/06/2018 / 8:49 pm

    I would love to win these for my vehicle mad youngest son.

  35. 19/06/2018 / 2:42 pm

    I would love them for my children who love playing with any kinds of vehicles

  36. Alison Johnson
    19/06/2018 / 6:30 pm

    They would be for my Grandson. He loves his cars & vehicles & is always running them up & down our garden path.

  37. Christine Sutherland
    19/06/2018 / 11:07 pm

    I would love to win these for my grandson

  38. 20/06/2018 / 12:42 pm

    I’d love to win to be able to give these to our friend’s little girl, Lyra! She’ll just be old enough to be interested in these on her next birthday!

  39. Lesley Deller
    20/06/2018 / 4:14 pm

    I still have some Tonka Toys that my son (now 31) played with and my grandson loves them so these would be for him if I won.

    21/06/2018 / 6:39 pm

    I played with Tonka as a child and all my children have too. Great brand and fun toys.

  41. lynn neal
    22/06/2018 / 12:43 pm

    I would love to win for my grandsons to play with on their car mat!

  42. sarah fielding
    22/06/2018 / 3:35 pm

    I would love to win this for my nephew! Looks fabulous!

  43. Linda Ford
    23/06/2018 / 8:49 am

    I would love to win these for my nephews, they love to play with my boyhood Tonka vehicles which are still going strong 10 years after they were bought! These Tonka vehicles would be a great addition to their collection xx

  44. Stefany Acaster
    23/06/2018 / 1:38 pm

    I would love to win to give to my nieces who are very proud their dad is a fireman.

  45. Kerry Smith
    23/06/2018 / 4:42 pm

    My son loves toy cars and Tonka is really nostalgic for me as I used to play with them with my brother when I was little.

    23/06/2018 / 6:59 pm

    Would like to win for grandsons birthday, my sons had Tonka toys when they were little, great value for the money

  47. Sharon Hirst
    24/06/2018 / 8:24 am

    My nephew who is car mad world love this, great brand and very durable

  48. Clare Hubbard
    24/06/2018 / 8:47 am

    I love the Tonka brand, always well made. My two sons would love these.

  49. Kerry H
    24/06/2018 / 6:46 pm

    These are so bright and durable. My son is obsessed with emergency vehicles since being at our town’s parade! He would love these.

  50. Abigail
    24/06/2018 / 7:28 pm

    I’d love to win these for my little brothers, they love to whizz their cars about super fast so the durability of Tonka doesn’t go amiss.

  51. christine westlake
    24/06/2018 / 8:48 pm

    my grandson loves emergency vehicles- we are busy potty training so this would be a fab reward for him.

  52. Anonymous
    24/06/2018 / 10:38 pm

    Well I am a nana and love Diecast cars etc, of course I may let my grandchildren play with them

  53. Tee Simpson
    24/06/2018 / 10:48 pm

    I really love how robust Tonka are. I have a vehicle obsessed nephew who I would gift it to. He would be ao chuffed.

  54. 24/06/2018 / 11:04 pm

    I’d like to win for my 4 year old son he loves cars and Tonka are very good quality.

  55. AMANDA W
    25/06/2018 / 1:22 pm

    my little man would love these! hes a total emergency fanatic!

  56. sandy ralph
    25/06/2018 / 6:44 pm

    tonka toys are so strong and great quality, so i would love to win these for my grandson

  57. paula cheadle
    26/06/2018 / 12:56 am

    I love the quality, my grandson would love these

  58. 26/06/2018 / 1:10 pm

    I’d like to win as I have 2 road rugs in my extension and these would be great for when the nieces and nephews visit.

    26/06/2018 / 1:20 pm

    grandson staying in the school hols so this would be a nice treat for him

  60. Clive Gerrard
    26/06/2018 / 1:23 pm

    Always good quality toys with Tonka

  61. cazzie rawden
    26/06/2018 / 1:26 pm

    I would like to win them for my grandson who is just mad about vehicles and wan’ts to be a menchic when he grows up

  62. Catherine Bullas
    26/06/2018 / 1:32 pm

    My son Oliver. Hes car mad and seeing as he’s my 5th child the majority of his cars are hand me downs. He would love to get some which are just his.

  63. Steven S
    26/06/2018 / 1:38 pm

    Love to win for my 2 kids, eldest is 9 youngest is 3 but both love playing together with their cars and characters.

  64. Karen Barrett
    26/06/2018 / 1:49 pm

    Such durable toys, I’d love to win for my grandson, Matthew, he loves his cars… my windowsills are a testament to this!

  65. julie laing
    26/06/2018 / 1:51 pm

    My son, he loves vehicles.

  66. Debbie Bird
    26/06/2018 / 2:27 pm

    Fabulous brand really top quality toys built to last would love for my grandson

  67. 26/06/2018 / 3:00 pm

    I would love to win these and put them away for when my nephew is a bit older.

  68. Marycarol
    26/06/2018 / 3:24 pm

    I know my nephew would love these x

  69. Rachel Butterworth
    26/06/2018 / 4:18 pm

    I love the classic style of these toys. I would give them to my nephew.

  70. Amanda Holloway
    26/06/2018 / 4:24 pm

    My daughter loves cars so its good to encourage her that they are not just for boys!

  71. Inga andersen
    26/06/2018 / 4:25 pm

    I’d give it to my 2 great nephews, they have a huge train set with trees and a station and the vehicles would make a fab addition for playing with it all :)

  72. hayley pemberton
    26/06/2018 / 5:48 pm

    this would be a fab present for my nephew leo as he loves cars

  73. Simon Tutthill
    26/06/2018 / 6:09 pm

    My nephew would absolutely love this stunning prize

  74. Sidrah Ahmed
    26/06/2018 / 7:18 pm

    I would love this for my nephew for his 3rd birthday as he loves car

  75. Anne Bostwick
    26/06/2018 / 7:49 pm

    My grandson Alfred would love Tonka toys – he loves toy emergency vehicles.

  76. Chloe Taylor
    26/06/2018 / 8:15 pm

    I would love to win to gift to my young cousins, they really enjoy playing with transport toys and it would be great fun for a rainy day!

  77. Anne Brookes
    26/06/2018 / 8:38 pm

    My grandsons would love these

  78. sarah knightley
    26/06/2018 / 9:06 pm

    My son would love these,he loves anything that moves

  79. niall
    26/06/2018 / 9:16 pm

    I would gift these to our grandson Frankie, loves all types of blue light vehicles….NEE NAAA, NEE NAAA……LOVE IM………. he’s two

  80. leanne weir
    26/06/2018 / 10:03 pm

    I would love to win as my as my boy loves police cars

  81. Lorraine Tinsley
    26/06/2018 / 10:04 pm

    I’d love to win for my daughter, she loves emergency vehicles. She waved at a fire engine yesterday and got really excited when they waved back

  82. Abby
    26/06/2018 / 10:08 pm

    My son is obsessed with little toy cars right now, it’s all he wants to play with. He especially likes the wee woo (ambulance) and fire truck!

  83. Abby
    26/06/2018 / 10:10 pm

    My son would absolutely love these! He loves little toy cars at the moment, especially the fire truck and ambulance! :)

  84. Tammy Tudor
    26/06/2018 / 10:11 pm

    I would gift them to my friend’s little boy who is car mad!

  85. Bob Clark
    26/06/2018 / 10:45 pm

    our darling grand daughter – needs to get more boyish toys

  86. 26/06/2018 / 10:45 pm

    I’d love to win for my nephew as he is obsessed with emergency vehicles at the moment!

  87. Denise
    26/06/2018 / 11:00 pm

    My Grandson would love playing with these, as I would. Well made, safe, good quality toys that last for years.

  88. Maggie V
    26/06/2018 / 11:57 pm

    Both my sons had Tonka toys which lasted forever. In fact my grandson has one or two which where stored away in the loft and are getting played with and loved again. So I would love these for my grandson.

    27/06/2018 / 3:10 am


  90. Tom Baines
    27/06/2018 / 6:44 am

    great for the boys, tom wants to be a copper and paul a fireman ….lol you never know

  91. michelle o'neill
    27/06/2018 / 7:53 am

    would love to win for my grandaughter

  92. 27/06/2018 / 11:05 am

    My nephew would blooming love these!

  93. Rebecca Howells (@Regrash7)
    27/06/2018 / 12:30 pm

    My nephew is car crazy! This would keep him entertained and out of mischief!

  94. amy bondoc
    27/06/2018 / 1:33 pm

    id love to win for my nephew xx

  95. dana
    27/06/2018 / 3:33 pm

    I would like to win for my son who loves playing with cars

  96. Rich Tyler
    27/06/2018 / 4:38 pm

    I’d love to #WIN for my 2 little boys, they love cars & tonka toys last for years! would be amazing just to put huge smiles on their faces :))

  97. Emma Hicks
    27/06/2018 / 5:47 pm

    I’d love to win these lovely cars for my nephew who is car crazy!! :-)

  98. Elzbieta Znyk
    27/06/2018 / 6:02 pm

    I would love to win it for my daughter she loves cars!

  99. adrian price
    27/06/2018 / 6:04 pm

    id love to win these toys as a present for my nephew Max

  100. David Reeves
    27/06/2018 / 7:21 pm

    Fab – takes me back years!

  101. Ren Taylor
    27/06/2018 / 7:58 pm

    I love Tonka toys as they are lovely quality and i know my nephew Eli would love these ❤

  102. 27/06/2018 / 11:46 pm

    My son loves his trucks so I would love win these for him.

  103. Jamie Millard
    28/06/2018 / 1:59 am

    my wee boy Damon loves his cars, he’d love these.

  104. 28/06/2018 / 9:22 am

    Tonka are so durable and both of my kids love playing with them, so if I was to win I would give them to my children to allow them to play

  105. amanda j greensmith
    28/06/2018 / 11:01 am

    my grandson would love these

  106. ruth lee
    28/06/2018 / 11:27 am

    my son would love these and will keep him amused

  107. 28/06/2018 / 1:35 pm

    I loved Tonka Trucks as a kid. I’d love to win and give them to our school – they do a whole topic on ‘people who help us’ so these would be great for role playing

  108. Caroline Signey
    28/06/2018 / 6:52 pm

    I would like to win for my son he would spend hours playing with them

  109. Cathryn Crawshaw
    28/06/2018 / 8:21 pm

    perfect for my daughter ava she loves playing cars

  110. Pauline Burroughs
    28/06/2018 / 8:40 pm

    I’d love to win these for my grandson. He loves his police car so I’m pretty sure that he’d love these

  111. Sharon Burroughs
    28/06/2018 / 9:18 pm

    I would love to win for my little boy who is car mad

  112. 28/06/2018 / 11:09 pm

    I’d either give them to my daughter or take them into work for my Foundation children to use.

  113. Adrian Bold
    28/06/2018 / 11:23 pm

    I would like to win these for my nephew who loves his vehicles.

  114. Jenny Rogers
    28/06/2018 / 11:31 pm

    I would love to win this for my godchildren. They love playing with cars and vehicles of all types. Tonka toys are brilliant, sturdy and robust.

  115. champaklal Lad
    29/06/2018 / 12:01 am

    my nephew – he likes vehicles

  116. Cat Williams
    29/06/2018 / 12:29 am

    My little man, Eli would absolutely them

  117. Beryl Drake
    29/06/2018 / 6:59 am

    Id love to win these for my great grandson , remember buying Tonka for my little ones

  118. Emma Hussain
    29/06/2018 / 7:09 am

    My son Jak. He loves cars

  119. Stevie Fairbairn
    29/06/2018 / 8:43 am

    My nephew loves his toy cars.

    29/06/2018 / 8:52 am

    My son (now 29!) loved playing with ‘Tonka’ toys. I love toys that encourage imaginative play – sadly lacking with a lot of toys today. Good Luck everyone. xx

  121. Jeanette Leighton
    29/06/2018 / 10:55 am

    I’d love to win for my baby Charlie who is almost 2 and obsessed with cars, trucks and motorbikes…. Well anything that drives really , car was his first word

  122. Adrian Clarke
    29/06/2018 / 11:03 am

    My twin 4 year old girls love playing with traditional boys toys.

  123. carol Boffey
    29/06/2018 / 2:05 pm

    my cousins son would love these

  124. Dawn
    29/06/2018 / 3:26 pm

    I would love to win these for my son and daughter. They both love to play with cars, and use their imagination.

  125. Becky Cornes
    29/06/2018 / 3:41 pm

    Our Nephew would absolutely love this please, as he really enjoys playing with cars etc. Thank you for the super chance to win.

  126. Becky Cornes
    29/06/2018 / 3:43 pm

    Our Nephew would absolutely love this please, as he really enjoys playing with cars etc. Thank you for the super chance to win.

  127. jackie beckett
    29/06/2018 / 6:35 pm

    I would give them to my granddaughters they love playing with their cars and garage

  128. Anna Brown
    29/06/2018 / 8:05 pm

    My little boy loves emergency vehicles he’d be over the moon

  129. Tammy Neal
    29/06/2018 / 9:53 pm

    My nephew loves cars

  130. Emma Davison
    29/06/2018 / 10:05 pm

    They look lovely. My godson would get hours of enjoyment from them.

  131. 29/06/2018 / 10:31 pm

    Both me and my hubby grew up with Die cast Tonka cars and trucks and I would love for my son to have some of his own

  132. 29/06/2018 / 10:32 pm

    My son loves playing with cars and these would be a special part of his collection if I won.

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