14 Types of Tonka Fire Truck Toys Comparison 2016

Tonka fire truck toys are probably the most famous toy fire trucks ever. Even after many decades Tonka still makes the Classic Tonka Fire Engine Vehicle. Sady, it is no longer constructed fully out of steel or metal like it used to be. Like the famous Tonka dump trucks today this classic fire truck is made out of a tough, durable kind of plastic that can take on rough play expected from smaller children. So it is still very durable and one of the best toy fire trucks for sale in the market.

Adapting to modern times, you also find the Tonka Mighty Motorized fire truck which features lighting, motorized ladder, realistic sounds and hyper lighting. Apart from these two models there a quite a few varieties of Tonka fire truck models made under license from Tonka by other manufacturers.

All Tonka Fire Trucks Feature Comparison Table 2016-2017

Here is the up-to-date comparison chart with pictures and important details about those different types of Tonka fire truck for sale this 2016-2017 holiday season. This comparison table is kept up-to-date as possible even with latest Tonka Fire truck models as they appear in the market.

PhotoNameAge GroupDimensionsPrice
tonka fire trucksTonka Mighty Motorized Fire Engine top pick36 months - 6 years16.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
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tonka fire engineTonka Classic Fire Engine Vehicle editors choice36 months - 15 years19.2 x 8 x 11 inches
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tonka trucks 2017Tonka Spartans Fire Engine3 years and up24 x 7 x 10 inches
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Tonka Rescue Force Fire Truck by Funrise3 years and up14.8 x 7.8 x 5.3 inches
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fire truck tonkaTonka Rescue Force Lights and Sounds 12-inch Ladder Truck - Fire Dept 823 years and up12 x 4 x 5.5 inches
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Couldn’t find a suitable toy fire truck from Tonka? Then see our, Best Toy Fire Trucks Comparison and Reviews to compare and find the perfect fire truck toy for your needs and wants. You might also like to checkout the more realistic Bruder fire truck toys which includes two toy Mack and Scania fire trucks with 4 feet tall fire ladders.

More Tonka Fire Truck Models From Tonka, Hasbro, Funrise and Others

PhotoNameAge GroupDimensionsPrice
tonka truck toddlerTonka Light and Sound Wobble Wheels Fire Truck, Red12 months - 15 years7.5 x 5 x 6 inches
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My First Tonka Mini Wobble Wheels - Fire Engine12 months and up4.3 x 4.3 x 2 inches
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diecast fire truck
Tonka Rescue Rig Fire Rescue (Red Truck with White Ladder)3 years and up9.5 x 3 x 6.5 inches (Package size)
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tonka diecast truck
Tonka Metal Diecast Bodies - Fire Pumper (1:55 Scale) top pick
36 months - 14 years5.25 x 2 x 6.25 inches (Package size)
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tonka minis truck
2014 Tonka Toughest Minis Fire Rescue (Lights and Sounds)Ages 3 +6 x 3 x 3 inches
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tonka fire rescueTonka Mighty Wheels Fire Rescue, Red18 months - 15 years26 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
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tonka strong arm truckTonka Strong Arm Fire Truck18 months - 15 years
13 x 8 x 9 inches
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tonka toy trucksTonka Strong Arm Fire Engine36 months - 15 years14 x 9 x 9 inches
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Tonka Lights & Sounds Toughest Minis Fire Engine3 years and up13 x 4.2 x 5 inches
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Best Tonka Fire Truck Toy Reviews

Each of these models are well known and varied in features and have been bestselling toy trucks in their categories for some years. I’m sure any kid will be very pleased to be given one of these toy fire trucks. They are sure to play and create countless happy memories with it while imagining situations in which it is needed. So go through them all and then decide what you want to buy.

Note, that Tonka fire trucks are not scale models of any real fire truck. As a result they don’t look exactly like any real fire truck. Tonka makes toy trucks for children to play with, and play rough and hard without breaking into pieces like so many other toy trucks for sale today.

  1. Tonka Classic Fire Truck
  2. Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Engine
  3. Tonka Strong Arm Fire Engine
  4. Tonka Spartans Fire Engine

Tonka Classic Fire Truck

tonka fire truck This is the Tonka Classic fire truck. It is the current version of the original classic Tonka steel fire trucks which Tonka is famous for. However it seems Tonka no longer makes toy trucks purely out of steel. Like the rest of the current Tonka trucks this one is made out of steel and plastic. Despite it people say this Tonka definitely stands up to the regular abuse any kid can dish out.

Measuring approximately 19.5 inches long and 13.5 inches high, this Tonka truck’s got an authentic look of a fire engine. It comes with an extendable, swiveling ladder at the top with a small pivoting bucket–ideal for kids to position imaginary firefighters who battle with the fires. It has also got two removable ladders that can slide into slots on either side of the truck. It’s deep-cleated plastic tires make this a toy truck playable equally at home on the backyard dirt pile or the carpeted family room floor. Last I checked you can get this tonka classic fire truck at below link at Amazon for a discounted price.

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Tonka Mighty Motorised Fire Engine

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The Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Truck is an action-packed, battery operated Tonka toy fire truck. Inline with modern times, it features a motorized ladder, realistic sound effects and hyper lighting.

This Tonka truck is also quite large. It is more than one and half feet lengthwise. Exact dimensions are  6.5 x 16.2 x 9.5 inches.

This Tonka fire truck is more modern in look and build. Its made out of plastic, but still very sturdy and well built. Its unfortunate Tonka no longer builds fully steel fire trucks like they used to. Still this plastic Tonka fire truck can withstand some rough play and handling from kids.

This fire truck is also equipped with control lever and buttons to make the ladder rotate on its on. Push a button and it makes sounds like a fire engine. At times kids can drive you crazy with its sound 🙂

The Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Engine is popular not only for its looks and Tonka branding but also for its size and reasonable price. With its size and features this is a good and sturdy Tonka fire truck worth its value.

Like the Tonka classic trucks this is also for sale on Amazon. However its sold a lot more than the Classic Tonka fire truck we discussed above.

The sounds and lights are powered by 3 AA batteries which are included.

Recommended for kids aged 3 years and up.

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Tonka Strong Arm Fire Engine

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Third in our list of Tonka toy fire trucks is the Tonka Strong Arm fire engine. It has an over-sized strong arm lever for cranking which inspired its name. Kids can pull it and rev-up the lever and watch the sparks fly in the arm’s window as a siren wails. It is part of Tonka’s strong arms series of toy trucks, its a free-wheeling, manual operated toy fire engine that requires no battery. On top of those features is the ladder which can be moved and extended and has got big tires that allows kids to play with it to their hearts content, both indoors as well as outdoors. All in all, I think its a very durable product and is for sale at a reasonable price.

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Tonka Spartans Fire Engine

fire trucks tonka This is similar in appearance to the Tonka Mighty Motorised Fire Engine we looked at above. However major difference is the Tonka Spartans Fire Engine is bigger in size. This is 24 inches long where as the Mighty motorized fire truck is only 19 inches. The full dimensions are of this Tonka toy fire truck is 24 x 10 x 7 inches. It has also got 6 wheels.

You can buy this at the below link. However like most Tonka trucks its a very hot selling item. As I write this there are only a few more of these Spartan fire engines left.

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Alternative to Tonka Fire Trucks – Realistic Bruder Fire Truck Toys

If you want realistic looking toy fire trucks that are very detailed scale models of real life fire trucks try the Bruder fire trucks. Bruder fire truck toys are very detailed and exact replicas of real life fire trucks.

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These Bruder fire truck toys are more delicate. The small parts in very realistic looking fire trucks with opening doors and gadgets, don’t stand rough and rigorous playing at the hands of small kids. So they break at the hands of rough play from smaller kids. They are more suitable for kids who would value them and play gently. Bruder toy fire trucks are a little more expensive than Tonka fire trucks.


Currently Unavailable, Old Tonka Fire Truck Reviews

There used to be 8 types of Tonka Fire Trucks for sale. Unfortunately 4 out of 8 models of Tonka fire trucks are currently unavailable. You will find the old reviews for them below. We keep this Tonka fire truck reviews page updated. So if Tonka makes these below Tonka fire trucks for sale again, we will update this page with links to their sales page.

* Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Rescue Truck from Funrise (Currently Unavailable)
* Tonka Mighty Strong Arms Fire Truck (Currently Unavailable)
* Funrise Tonka Lights And Sound Fire Truck (Currently Unavailable)
* Tonka Titans Fire Rescue Truck (Currently Unavailable)
* Tonka Radio Rescue Fire Engine (Currently Unavailable)


Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Rescue Truck – Red and White from FunRise

fire truck tonkaThe Tonka Mighty Motorized Fire Engine is an action-packed, battery operated toy fire truck with an exciting motorized ladder, working doors, and realistic lights and sounds. Some people call this truck or the Tonka Titans Fire Rescue truck as the Tonka Fire Rescue Truck, because of the prominently visible Tonka Fire Rescue label on the truck ladder or body.

This toy fire truck is fully equipped with several control levers and switches. Pull a lever and you make the ladder rotate on its own as well as move up and down. Its also got working doors to open and close and a removable side ladder. The 2011 version in the picture here requires 3 “AA” alkaline batteries (included). This and the Tonka Titans Fire Rescue truck are sometimes called

With all this features it’s still very strong and sturdy, able to withstand the rough play and handling by kids.
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Tonka Mighty Strong Arms Fire Truck

tonka fire engine

The Mighty Tonka Strong Arms truck is a slightly different version of the Tonka Strong Arm truck we discussed above. Just like the other Tonka Strong Arm trucks, you can pull the lever to watch sparks fly and activate the engine’s siren. You can also squeeze and pull the “Strong Arm” lever to raise the ladder. With a diamond-plate design, six over-sized wheels and pivoting rescue bucket this is one ultimate toy fire truck. Product Dimensions are 9 x 28 x 9.2 inches.

As I write this only a few of these longer Strong Arms were available on sale.

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Tonka Lights and Sound Fire Engine By Funrise

funrise toy fire truckThe Funrise Tonka fire engine is a free-wheeling lights and sound making toy fire truck that comes complete with opening doors and a realistic extending ladder. It is a quite captivating toy truck that fuels kids’ imagination and keeps them playing for  hours. However I think you should note that this not actually built by Tonka. It is a Tonka licensed toy fire truck made by a company called Funrise.  Some people have said that the extendable latter should be rotated using the electronic switch only and when their kids tried to rotate it manually it breaks. However kids still seem to love it even when parts of it like the ladder or hose come off. So you might want to read all the customer review about this truck and check it out thoroughly before buying it. After all it is only a little bit cheaper than the other fire truck toys I discussed above.

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Tonka Titans Fire Rescue Truck

Also known as the Tonka Fire Rescue Truck this one is a very long and impressive looking big fire engine. So it is very popular and sells a lot.

Its got realistic lights & sounds using two “AA” batteries and comes with a equally long, extendable ladder that swivels from left to right and moves up and down. Like the Tonka Lights and Sound fire truck we saw above, this truck is also made by Funrise.

However, customers who bought it because of its size are complaining in Amazon and other places that this Tonka Titans fire truck is disappointing, not very durable, is overpriced, no opening & closing doors and that its only motorized parts are 3 buttons that make different sounds! So check it well and make sure you are satisfied with what it has on offer if you want to buy this Tonka Titans fire engine. Personally I like its size and think it might be alright if its for a bigger kid or teenager who looks after his toys well and would like to have a long, long fire truck like this to display on his toy rack.

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Tonka Radio Rescue Fire Engine

tonka radio rescue fire truck

The final fire engine in our list of comes with a different kind of feature.

Called the Tonka Radio Rescue Fire Engine it comes complete with a walk i-talki like hand-held radio you see police and rescue personal using in their missions. Kids can use this hand-held radio to record their commands and instructions and play-back when they are engaged in rescue missions. The hand-held can even be plugged into the fire engine’s cab compartment for storage.

The truck itself is a free-wheeling toy vehicle for kids to push, pull and play. It has also got Hyper-Lighting lights, realistic emergency sounds and a movable ladder which allows for more exciting imaginative play. Available in most stores including Amazon to buy now.

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When I decided to checkout Tonka fire trucks, I couldn’t find a single page on the Internet that gives a detailed comparison of them. Even the Hasbro website which is the brand owner and manufacturer of the Tonka brand toy trucks did not give much detail. That is what inspired me to write this comparison and share details about all the currently available models of Tonka fire trucks for anyone interested in buying or researching about them.

Your comments encourage me to write more about Tonka toy trucks.  So if you buy any Tonka fire truck, please share your thoughts, experiences and questions in the below comments. Thank you.

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4 Comments

  • Lula says:

    Thank you for having taken the time to review these toys.

    • Welcome Lula, glad you found it helpful. We hope to produce many more reviews and best toy lists like this. Let us know if you have any ideas for toy types you would like to see us review in future.

  • Sonny Sacharow says:

    Very interesting that you would write on these Tonka trucks. So, here’s the story from me. My wife and I were enlisted to provide toys for a very under priviledged small church. They have no money! We are not wealthy but decided to do what we could. The pastor told us they have about 50 children ranging in age from babies to 12 and 13 year old’s. My wife and I are “garage sale-aholics”. Starting in late Sept, we spent about $150 out of pocket, and acquired over $1000 in toys, most with tags still on them, or 99% new along with 6 bicycles that I restored to new condition. Well, one lady donated her teen age sons Tonka Metal Dump truck in used but great condition. Along the way were several ‘up scale’ Goodwill stores and at the Goodwill stores found several Tonka large Fire trucks, a helicopter in perfect condition. Having had many Tonka trucks as a boy, I can relate to them, plastic or not. Most that I purchased were priced under $6. None are in the original boxes. So, here’s the question. I know these toy trucks are durable and should last but are they collectables for the future? My step son, who is now in his 40’s, never had a Tonka truck. Should they be kept for posterity and collector value? The children will have more Xmas presents then they could imagine, including over 100 large brand new stuffed animals and characters, rocking horses, dolls, baseball mitts and balls, and a huge selection of toys. Eager to hear your response. Thanks

    • Hi Sonny,
      Thanks for your comment. It was very interesting. You both have been very generous. I think everyone should commend you. If everyone was kind and generous like you guys have been our world will become a much better place. Keep up the great work.

      Regarding your question, what you have asked is a moral question. Yes certainly if you have got old mint or good condition Tonka trucks. it will have some posterity and collector value now or in sometime in future. However what did you tell them when you bought them from the store or when collected them from people? If you had mentioned that you are buying or collecting them to give to kids then I think you should give them to the kids. You are morally obliged to honour what you said. If you didn’t mention anything and just went and bought them without saying its for the church or kids presents then its up to you to decide whether you keep them or not. This is my humble personal opinion 🙂

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