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Wednesday, October 05 2016 22:41

Rides: TONKA Tinys - Big Fun in the Palm of Your Hand...

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Back in the 1980s, Galoob Toys' Micro Machines first hit the scene and became a massive success for a number of years, eventually fading a bit before the small, West Coast toymaker was absorbed by the large, East Coast-based Hasbro. Along the way, Hasbro also acquired TONKA, since licensed out to Funrise Toys, current manufacturers of the iconic yellow vehicles and their many spinoffs. The reason why these acquisitions and licensing deals are important to this story is that the newly-released TONKA Tinys seem to carry a lot of DNA from all of these companies' past endeavors. While there have been plenty of Micro Machines copycats over the past three decades, none have felt as close to the real deal as these new Tinys from TONKA, and that's a pretty cool thing as nostalgia plays so heavily into what parents of today are introducing to their own kids. One decidedly modern spin, however, is that TONKA Tinys are essentially "Blind Boxed," and they tap into the very now trend of micro collectibles.

TONKA Tinys Shelf Display

The first two series' of TONKA Tinys borrow heavily from some of the same models that TONKA already makes in much larger scales, shrinking them down to about an inch and a half, but keeping real working wheels and other play features and moving pieces. Each vehicle comes packed in a "garage" that is both connectable and stackable, allowing kids to make their own layouts. They look a lot like storage units as well, so maybe the kids will be playing "Storage Wars" if they'd like. 

TONKA Tinys Review 

My youngest daughter and I cracked into the partial shelf-display that the folks at Funrise sent us for review here at Rock Father HQ, and I don't know which one of us was more impressed by the little vehicles, which range from classic yellow-and-black construction machines to police, fire and rescue cars, trucks and even helicopters. There's also garbage and recycling vehicles in the fleet, adding to the great cross section of municipal vehicles that reflect real-life "helpers."

TONKA Tinys Review

As we move toward the holiday season, I'm recommending TONKA Tinys as a cool potential stocking stuffer. With their small size, big play value, and low price (around $2.50 each), kids can build a pretty impressive fleet.

TONKA Tinys Review

Want to see more of what TONKA has to offer? Check out the official site.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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