Tonka: Steel Monsters Prototypes

Tonka: Steel Monsters Prototypes
Steel Face hardcopy prototype from the Steel Monsters Tonka action figure line.

We recently received a collection of vintage Tonka Steel Monsters prototypes, pre-production toys, and memorabilia from a former Tonka Executive! The collection included some Steel Monsters – 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, and so many more!

Steel Monsters Prototypes and Pre-Production Toys for Sale

Steel Monsters Sample

If you would like to sign up to be notified when our Steel Monsters goes up for sale, click here.  This includes 4 hard copy prototypes that are shown as well as others.  Those hard copies pictured include Steel Face, Talon, Half Track, and Wheel Boss.

Steel Monsters Prototype Process

hardcopy prototype Steel Monsters Tonka
Half-Track hardcopy prototype from the Steel Monsters 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 Steel Monsters prototype process at Tonka, click here.

About Tonka Steel Monsters Action Figure Toys

hardcopy prototype Steel Monsters
Talon hardcopy prototype from the Steel Monsters Tonka action figure line.

Steel Monsters are a Mad Max style toy line made by Tonka in 1986.  It lasted only two years. They were very high-quality steel vehicles and 3-3/4” figures advertised as the “The Only Survivors”.  Each vehicle came with one figure, but figures were also sold carded along with a mini-comic to tell the story. As usual we had good and bad factions.

Vintage Steel Monsters Prototype Toy Buyers

hardcopy prototype Steel Monsters Tonka action figure line.
Wheel boss hardcopy prototype from the Steel Monsters Tonka 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! We provide same-day quotes on toy collections. So, we will be certain to give your old toys new homes with people who greatly appreciate them as you did. Sell vintage toys.

Author: Chris Ingledue 


Bio: I am the founder and owner of Wheeljack’s Lab pop Culture and Toy Shop. My vision has always been to reunite customers with their favorite childhood toys and pop culture, triggering fond memories, and reigniting their imaginations. Every day, I work in the “lab” where it’s Christmas 365 days a year. I scour the internet, like when we had the Sears Catalog of yesteryear, for the next great treasure. Then, I await the arrival of the postman as if he were 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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