Tonka Spiral Zone Prototypes

prototype pantograph
A wax mock-up, along with some various hardcopies, a paintmaster and a pantograph all from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.

Tonka Spiral Zone Prototype & Preproduction Toys

We recently received a collection of vintage prototypes and memorabilia from a former Tonka Executive! The collection included some Spiral Zone – this is just a sample, not all are shown.  The collection included pre-production mock-ups, hardcopies, first shots, test shots, engineering pilots, unproduced & unreleased prototype toys & MORE!

 

Spiral Zone Prototype Toys for Sale

paintmaster hardcopy prototype Spiral Zone
Duchess Dire paintmaster hardcopy prototype from the Spiral Zone Tonka action figure line.

If you would like to sign up to be notified when our Spiral Zone goes up for sale click here.  This includes hardcopy prototypes of Bandit, Dirk, Duchess Dire, Hiro Taka, Max Jones, Overlord, Razorback, Reaper, and Tank.  Not only hardcopy prototypes that, but mock-up wax sculpts of each. Even better are the hardcopies, which show the changes they made to at least 4 of the characters.  Then there are paintmasters hardcopies and even Pantographs.  Do I have Zone Riders Anastacia, Tucker, or Franklin, Black Widows Crook, and Raw Meat? Maybe the Zone Generator playset?  Sadly no.

 

Spiral Zone Prototype Process

Prototype hardcopy Spiral Zone
Dirk hardcopy prototype with added wax to change modify design. From the Spiral Zone Tonka action figure line.

Check out the article I wrote with the former Director of R&D and Engineering at Tonka If you would like to read about the Spiral Zone prototype process at Tonka click here.

 

About Tonka Spiral Zone Action Figure Toys

Wax Mock-Up Prototype
Reaper wax mock-up head from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.

Tonka acquired the rights to Spiral Zone from Bandai.  Tonka released one series of toys in 1987 and the cartoon only lasted one year.  They are 7” scale action figures.  Spiral Zone, follows Overlord and his Black Widows pitted against a group of soldiers fighting to defend the world from them.

 

Vintage Spiral Zone Prototype Toy Buyers

Max Jones hardcopy prototype Spiral Zone Tonka
Max Jones hardcopy prototype from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.

If you’re looking to sell vintage prototype toys Wheeljack’s Lab is a vintage toy buyer.  We would love to buy or take a look at your old toy collection. Wheeljack’s Lab has been buying and selling used toys for three decades. We offer immediate communications, advance payment, and prepaid shipping. If the collection warrants, we will even pick up your collection! Toy quotes are given the same day. We will be certain to give your old toys new homes with people who greatly appreciate them as you did. Sell vintage toys.

Bandit hardcopy prototype from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.
Overlord hardcopy prototype Spiral Zone Tonka
Overlord hardcopy prototype from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.
Prototype wax mock-up
Razorback wax mock-up head from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.
Wax Mock-up Prototype Spiral Zone
Hiro Taka wax mock-up head from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.
Tank hardcopy prototype Spiral Zone Tonka
Tank hardcopy prototype with added wax to change modify design. From the Spiral Zone Tonka action figure line.
Bandit hardcopy prototype from the Spiral Zone Tonka toy action figure line.

Author: Chris Ingledue

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Bio: I’m the founder and owner of Wheeljack’s Lab. My vision has always been to reunite customers with their favorite childhood toys, triggering fond memories and reigniting their imaginations. Every day I work in the “lab” where it’s Christmas 365 days a year; scouring the internet – like we did the Sears Catalog of yesteryear – for the next great treasure, awaiting the arrival of the postman as if he was Santa Claus himself and helping collectors worldwide with their own versions of Christmas. Every day as a vintage toy buyer is an absolute joy!

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