Tonka Toys History Tonka Yellow Trucks and Vehicles

Tonka Toys have been around since the 1950’s here we will detail some of the history of this American Toy Producer brands beginnings.

The company was primarily known for making steel toy models of construction trucks and plant machinery. Maisto International who made diecast vehicles brought the tights to use the Tonka name in a truck line of scale toy models 1:64 scale.

How Tonka was formed

In 1946 a company called Mound Metalcraft from Mound in Minnesota there target was to make garden tools and equipment. The former occupant had patented several toy ideas and toys were not exciting enough for them so they approached Mound Metalcraft to see if they could form a side business. continue reading>>

Collection of many Pokemon pogs

Pogs, Milkcaps, Tazos, Flippos

Depending on where you are these toys/collectables had a number of different names, Milkcaps, Pogs, Tazos, Slammer Whammers amongst others. For this item I will keep to the Pog name as its shorter and its what I remembered first, then it was Tazo’s from Walkers/Lays packs.

Pogs peaked most recently in the early 1990’s, some say they are very similar to a Japanese card game from the 17th century.

Others believe that following the Great Depression in the 1930’s, children had to make there own games and by reusing the caps from the tops of drinks to flip bottle caps.

Collection of many Pokemon pogs

Why the POG name?

Well these become known as POGs because of the drink bottle ingredients being Passion fruit, Orange and Guava so POG.

So kids would draw and customise the caps and then to make a slammer 3 or 4 caps were glued together and were called “kinis” which is Hawaiian word for ‘King’.

For this reason it is believed that the origin of the game Pogs started in Hawaii around the 20’s to 30’s.

There was a breif craze it is beleive but we are told that the primary cause of the 90’s comeback was down to a school teacher who grew up in the 30’s, when in 1991 she decided to teach her class the game and it spread and once again Hawaii was POG mad.

The craze spread to the USA mainland and spread slowly across from the West and the craze and other makes of caps were produced to keep up with the spike in demand, many tournaments and large events were setup for this small toy.

The POG, Tazo, Milktop musthave reached the UK in 1995 and it was reported over 30 million caps were sold within by the end of 1996.

I am sure they will make a comeback again although it may be brief as many will prefer to play online games rather than slam the POGs.

Pogs relied on two different types of disc 1) the pog, 2) slammers. Pogs were flat thin circular discs made from cardboard which usually were printed with images on both sides.

Rules varied but usually each player had their own pogs and slammers and you first had to decide if to play for keeps or not.
Each player then enters an equal number of pogs and place them into a stack face down. The players then take turns in using a slammer thrown onto the top of the stack. Any pogs which landed face up after their throw were ‘won’.
After every throw the pogs which are still facedown were placed again into a pile for the next player.
When no pogs remained in the stack the player who had the most posgs was the winner.

Many Naruto Pogs from Japan

The slammer is a heavier game piece made from plastic, rubber or metal which were close to the same size as the pog, metal slammers due to their weight could give an unfair advantage and were not used in many games.

By 1993 the Pog was gaining popularity across the world, this lead many schools to ban them as it was deemed a form of gambling and caused arguments and distractions.

The collectable aspect was quickly realised by corporate America and other organisations. Soon McDonald’s would have “caps” (POG was an actual brand, so “milk caps” or just “caps” was used by manufacturers) included in their happy meals, movies would have giveaways of pogs with their characters emblazoned on them, and corporations would give away pogs with their corporate logos.

Playmobil Wedding Limo

Playmobil Wedding Limo offers plenty of posh space for a driver and front seat passenger, as well as three back seat passengers. The roof and flower arrangements can be detached for added customisation.
Dimensions: 35 x 12 x 9 cm (LxDxH).

Perfect way to arrive to a wedding in style. Use your imagination to plan how you might arrive in style at your own wedding when you are a little bigger.

Detachable roof reveals luxury interior with flowers and drinks.
Decorative flowers for front of vehicle and tin can trail for the rear.

Includes 3 playmobil characters and accessories.

Encourages learning through interactive play.

Size H24.8, W38.5, D9.4cm.
For ages 3 years and over.
EAN: 4008789092274.
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Fortnite Edition Monopoly

So do you have a super keen Fortnite fan in your household? Why not try and ween them away at game time or over a weekend or Christmas with a special edition of the Monopoly game. It is inspired by the popular Fortnite video game! It’s not about what players own; it’s about how long they can survive.

In the Monopoly: Fortnite Edition board game, 2 to 7 players claim locations, battle their opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive; the last player standing wins. The Monopoly: Fortnite Edition board game features well-known locations as properties, and players aim to earn Health Point chips instead of Monopoly money to stay in the game. continue reading>>

Tamagotchi Interactive Toy on a Chain 20th Anniversary

The Tamagotchi Keyring Pet Toy is one of the most popular interactive toys from the 1990’s and makes an appearance as its almost time for their 20th anniversary. If you remember the original maybe you have kids of your own now who hopefully will appreciate the lack of interactivity and non-online gaming, and instead keep the pet fed, clean and healthy. 

Your kids will feed, clean up, and take care of their little portable digital friend just like the original Tamagotchi game you did back in the day, let them earn and appreciate responsibility. continue reading>>

Hatchimals HatchiBabies

HatchiBabies are the latest arrival from Hatchimals so take care of the new moving eggs! Forever babies! Secret accessories! HatchiBabies have arrived – and they have so many surprises for you!

For the first time ever, you could hatch a boy or a girl! To find out who’s inside, hug, tap, snuggle and pat your HatchiBaby’s egg. When they hear you, they’ll respond with cute sounds! The more you play with these forever babies, the more EGGcited they get!

HatchiBaby

Place the egg on a table and it will really move on its own! When you see rainbow eyes shine through the shell, you’ll know your HatchiBaby is ready to hatch – but they can’t do it without you! Rub the egg to encourage them, and peel back the shell – the secret message inside will reveal if you’ve hatched a hatchiboy or hatchigirl Cheetree! continue reading>>

Fortnite

What exactly is Fortnite? Fortnite is an online video game which was first released in 2017 it was created by Epic Games. It is available in different packages and they have different game modes, but the underlying game engine, and gameplay is shared amongst them all.

The game modes include:
Fortnite: Save the World, a cooperative shooter-survival game for up to four players where you fight off zombie-like creatures and defend objects with fortifications they can build,
Fortnite Battle Royale, a free-to-play battle royale game where up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing. continue reading>>

Moj Moj The Original Squishy Toys Claw Machine

The original Moj Moj keeps you on the cutting-edge of all things hot. Each series promises to surprise and delight. So soft, so cute…so moj!

Every kid loves the machines at the mall, beach or where ever you can find them the original Moj Moj claw machine really works! use the Joysticks to pick up your prize! make sure you beat the music, or you’ll have to wait ’til your next turn! the original Moj Moj claw machine can also be used for storage or to display your favourite characters! reload your claw machine with more original Moj Moj for endless fun! continue reading>>

Pie Face Cannon Game

If you liked Pie Face with your little Pie Faces, maybe you need to give the Pie Face Cannon Game a try. It is a fun and silly game that both adults and kids can enjoy, or get messy at least but hey why not. The Pie Face Cannon game can let you get some serious laughs and laugh out loud moments.

Pie Face Cannon Game

Like the original game, one player puts their chin on the chin rest behind the facemask. The other player spins the spinner, which will determine the angle of the cannon and how it will move. That player takes aim and launches the whipped cream (Whipped cream not included. Additional purchase required). The player behind the mask tries to avoid getting “pie- faced” by using the blocking hand. You earn points by blocking or “pie- ing” opponents. continue reading>>