7 Types of Tonka Garbage Truck Toys To Compare & Select 2017

tonka recycle truckKids enjoy watching the garbage truck on the street load the trash cans into their loading arms, lift them up and dump them in their dumpster and then crush the trash into pieces. Amazing it is indeed. So now its time kids are given the chance to try it themselves. So we share here details about the different Tonka garbage truck toys and models in the market. This comparison and reviews will help you get the best garbage truck from Tonka.

7 Tonka Garbage Trucks Comparison Chart 2016/17

Below you can view a comparison of all the currently available Tonka garbage truck toys in the market. There are Tonka branded toy Garbage trucks in several shapes and sizes. The comparison table will help you narrow down the field and find the best Tonka recycle truck for you.

Update: This comparison table is updated for 2016/17. New Tonka garbage truck models have been added and old models no longer available have been removed.

PhotoNameAge GroupDimensionsPrice
tonka garbage trucksTonka Mighty Motorized Garbage Truck top pick36 months - 15 years16.5 x 6.5 x 8.5 inches approx.
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tonka recycle truckTonka Rescue Force, Lights and Sounds. Garbage Truck (Metro Department of Sanitation) editors choice3 years and up13.1 x 6.9 x 6.1 inches
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small garbage toy truckTonka Toughest Minis Recycling Garbage Truck (Best Budget Pick)3 years and up5.5 x 2 x 2.5 inches
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toy truck toddlerTonka Light and Sound Wobble Wheels Garbage Truck, Green (Best for Toddlers)12 months - 15 years7.5 x 5 x 6 inches
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small toy truckTonka Toughest Minis Green Garbage Truck - Lights & Sounds3 years and up6.75 x 2.5 x 3 inches
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garbage truck tonkaTonka Lights & Sound Rescue Force - Metro Sanitation Department Garbage Truck3 years and up11.5 x 6 x 6 approx.
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tonka small trucksMotorized Tonka Climbovers Vehicle Garbage Truck and Pick Up Truck (2 Pack)36 months - 15 years4 x 4 inches each
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Couldn’t find a suitable toy garbage truck from Tonka? Then see my Best Toy Garbage Trucks Comparison & Guide 2016 for all the best garbage toy truck brands and models in the market today.


Tonka Garbage Truck Reviews

Having many different Tonka garbage truck toys in the market might have you wondering which would be the best for you. So I gathered all the different Tonka garbage truck models for sale currently in the market and put them here together in one big page. Checkout them and choose the best for you.


Tonka Mighty Motorized Garbage Truck Front Loader

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The Tonka Mighty Motorized Front Loading Garbage Truck is a big toy truck that measures 19.8 x 16.4 x 21.2 inches. Available in green or blue colors, this is one of Tonka’s most realistic looking toy trash trucks.

It has many cool features that can be found in a real trash truck, including a motorized front power arm for up/down motion and Hyper-Lighting!  You can then smash the trash and open the back door to take out the trashed debris.  Two levers on the right side control the front power arm and sounds the horn. With one lever you can lift and lower the power arm for real dumping action just like a real thing!

With these features and its realistic looks, this is one truck I believe is sure to grab the attention of kids and keep them entertained with hours of fun. I’m not surprised to see this as the most famous of all the Tonka trash truck models. Recommended for 3 to 15 year old’s.

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Tonka Rescue Force, Lights and Sounds. Garbage Truck (Metro Department of Sanitation)

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Tonka Toughest Minis Garbage Truck

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This is a smaller Tonka toy recycle truck called the Tonka Toughest Minis Garbage Truck.  Available in two colors (orange and green) its about half a foot long. Approximate dimensions are, 6.75″ long x 2.5″ wide x 3″ high in inches. Free-wheeling toy truck ready to roll, you can pull back and watch him Go!

Push buttons activate realistic sounds and flashing lights like those made by a real trash truck. Includes mini trash bins in the back! Suitable for ages 3+.

Tough cheap in price and smaller in size its very durable.  You can buy the Orange truck here and Green truck here.

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Tonka Titans Go Green Garbage Truck

Kids go green in a big way with Tonka Titan Garbage Truck! As the word Titan in the truck’s name implies, this is one big toy truck. Measuring 8.2 x 11.2 x 36 inches or 3 feet in length alone it is the biggest Tonka garbage truck you can get!

Built tough to withstand tons of rough and tough toddler play, this is a garbage truck with a battery-operated dumping action. It recognizes if recycled material is placed in the proper bin and included features like a bin collector, a waste sorting lever and two waste bins. Buttons are there to press and activate flash lights and make realistic sounds. The rear dumpster opens manually for easy dumping.

Its was available until recently though at a bit higher price point than the other Tonka garbage trucks. Maybe the price reflects its size!

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Tonka Strong Arm Garbage Truck

tonka strong armsThe burly Strong Arms Garbage Truck from Tonka is a all kid-powered, action-packed toy garbage truck that is built to last. Designed to suit age 3 and upwards I certainly think this is one sturdy vehicle kids are going to love and play with for a long time.

Measuring 9 x 14 x 9 inches, this Strong Arm truck has an over-sized, multi-action, cranking arm with a trigger-lever on its right side. Kids can load trash into its front bin, open the lid at the top of the truck’s back dumpster compartment, then take hold and press the  cranking arm and its trigger lever together and pull them both downwards. This action will raise the front bin and dump its content right into the open hole at the top of the truck. Not stopping there, kids can then take hold of the truck’s body, pull the the over-sized cranking arm and rev-up the vehicle to watch the sparks fly inside the arm’s round glass window as the truck rumbles like a hungry garbage gobbler. A  hinged door at the back opens up to allow clearing of whatever is dumped into the dumpster.

Note: This truck is not very realistic looking with its strong arm nor large as the previous two Tonka trash trucks I mentioned above. However it does the job of a garbage truck plus something extra and very sturdily built, so I think its a really good garbage truck toy to buy.

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Tonka Lights & Sound Sanitation Truck

garbage truck tonkaThe Tonka Lights and Sound Garbage Truck is another interesting toy recycling truck from Tonka. Designed for free wheeling play action, it is a real Tonka Tough truck made out of sturdy, high quality plastic that can withstand lot of rough play expected from small kids.

Measuring over a foot in length, it has also got button operated realistic lights & sound and comes with two trash cans to load and dump. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. For more customer reviews and to buy checkout its Amazon page.

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Tonka Mighty Motorized Side Loader Sanitation Truck

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This is another type of the Tonka Mighty Motorized Garbage Truck. This one is a side loading garbage truck while the other I mentioned previously is a front loader.

More and more side loading garbage trucks can be seen on local streets, so this Tonka Motorized side loading garbage truck is modeled after one of those. It has real motorized side loading action, so kids can emulate what he sees every week. Just place the toy garbage bin in its side lift, press the lever and the truck will raise it and dump it into its truck bed from a hole at the top. To remove whatever is dumped inside there is a open-able dispenser door at the back. The truck allows to raise the whole truck bed and dump out all the garbage collected within the bed.

Its also a large truck as the others, measuring 19.4 x 9.9 x 5.1 inches in size and 1 pound in weight. You can open its doors or press a button to turn on realistic lights and sounds. It is a truck manufactured by Funrise Toys with licensed from Tonka brand owner Hasbro Toys Inc. But true to the Tonka name it is very durably made out of sturdy, high quality plastic, so I will say it is a perfect recycling truck for indoor play by kids aged 3 years and upwards. This Tonka Side loader comes in two attractive colors as green or orange colored trucks.

Update:Unfortunately this Tonka model is out of sale now.

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As you saw, the currently available Tonka garbage trucks are not realistic looking as toy garbage trucks from Bruder toys. However they are made tougher and more durable than their counterparts, Bruder garbage trucks. So I think by buying a Tonka truck you are making a good trade off of durability against looks because these Tonka trucks can withstand the abuse kids are definitely going to subject it to.

4 Comments

  • Georgia Said says:

    hello, I’m after the Tonka mighty motorized front loading garbage truck. I want the one with the 2 levers and 3 buttons and a big knob and doors that open can you please tell me if you have that one in blue or green it doesn’t matter, as long as it has all the operation buttons,levers and knob. I live in Melbourne do you deliver? thanks Georgia

    • Hi Georgia,
      Its green color tonka mighty motorized garbage truck is available. The number of levers and options vary slightly from product batch to batch. Try going to its amazon sale page and place your order. here’s the link – http://amzn.to/2frqSVB

      International shipping is available for 75 countries including Australia for Tonka truck. So you will be able to order it through Amazon.com.

  • Trishie says:

    Can you order more blue recycling bins

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