Metal Toys for Boys

Toys used through the generations

The Steel Toy Truck – The Must Have Toy

Did you have a steel toy truck when you were a little boy? I think every little boy today has at least one in the toy box, sand pit or out in the yard. A Steel Toy Truck is a must have toy for every boy, no matter what age they are, and as they grow the trucks can grow with them. We will explore two companies today that are the worlds best steel toy truck manufacturers.

Bruder Toys – Germany’s Best

Bruder Spielwaren, is a German toy manufacturer based in Fürth. Founded by Paul Bruder in 1926 as a manufacturer of toy components, the family-owned company is considered one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of 1:16 scale model toys.

The company was founded in 1926 by Paul Bruder, and initially made brass reeds for toy trumpets. Paul’s son Heinz Bruder joined the company in 1950, Paul Heinz Bruder (son of Heinz Bruder) then joined in 1987, assuming responsibility for product development and production, after which the company underwent a period of extensive expansion. The company exports 70% of its production to over 60 countries, with sales reaching €75 million in 2014, and is one of the few that still manufactures its toys in Germany.

Bruder has two main product lines – the Professional series, which is their primary line, and a Roadmax series of toys, with a simpler design for younger children. Their toys have been recommended by Spiel gut (de), a German government funded consumer advice committee.

The Professional series is centered around emergency services vehicles, forestry, construction, and agricultural machinery. All toys in this series are made to a 1:16 scale and feature vehicles and machinery from Caterpillar, Claas, Jeep, JCB, JLG, John Deere, Land Rover, Liebherr, Mack, MAN, Manitou, Mercedes-Benz and Scania.

My Little Tonka Truck

The first Tonka truck was a small dump truck. The cab was painted dark blue and the bucket was pure white. I was aroundLittle Tonka Trucks 3 yrs old when I got this toy. You had to manually push it around the dirt, but I did not care, it was fun. I filled up the bucket with what ever I was playing with at the time, grass, mud, sand, or rocks and then “drive” it over to the place I wanted it dumped. I would have to dump the cargo by hand by lifting the bucket up from the front, but it was exciting having a truck that could dump its cargo. Would you believe I have that dump truck to this day and have fond memories of playing with friends or just by myself day in and day out for years. I have even seen all three of my boys play with it time and time again. It now has a little rust on it but you can still read the Tonka brand name on the bottom. Steel toys that truly last.

Tonka Toys – Steel Classics

Tonka is an American producer of toy trucks. Maisto International, which makes die-cast vehicles, acquired the rights to use the Tonka name in a line of 1:64 scale die-cast vehicles, featuring mostly trucks.

Mound Metalcraft was created in 1946 in Mound, Minnesota by Lynn Everett Baker (1898–1964), Avery F. Crounse, and Alvin F. Tesch. Their original intent was to manufacture garden implements. Their building’s former occupant, the Streater Company, had made and patented several toys. E.C. Streater was not interested in the toy business so they approached Mound Metalcraft. The three men at Mound Metalcraft thought they might make a good side line to their other products.

After some modifications to the design by Alvin Tesch, and the addition of a new logo created by Erling Eklof; it was based on a University of Minnesota drafting student’s sketch by Donald B. Olson, who later became the company Chief Industrial Engineer; with the Dakota Sioux word “Tanka” or Tonka, which means “great” or “big”. The company began selling metal toys which soon became the primary business. In November 1955, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated. The logo at this time was an oval, showing the Tonka Toys name in red above waves, presumably honoring nearby Lake Minnetonka. In 1964, Tonka acquired the Mell Manufacturing Company in Chicago, allowing it to produce barbecue grills, eventually under the Tonka Firebowl label.

My Big Tanka Truck

The second toy I had was also a dump truck, but it was much larger than the blue and white one, and I must have been 4 yrs old when I received it. This was a large Tonka truck this dump truck was an orange yellow color with rubber tires as well. The great and unique thing about this Tanka  truck was that its bucket dumped automatically with a press of a small lever at the front of the bucket just outside the driver’s side. You could fill the bucket up, “drive” the truck around, and when you arrived at your desired spot you just had to push the lever down and “pop” the bucket came up at a 15 degree angle and all the cargo was dropped into place. I could haul a lot of stuff in that dump truck compared to the small one, so it was used for the bigger jobs that needed to get done.

Tonka – Built to Last

Large Tonka TruckFounded in 1987, Funrise is an adventurous innovator and an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of the most popular children’s toys. Simply put…we create fun! Funrise is the manufacturer of leading power brands such as TONKA®, Gazillion Bubbles®, Luna Petunia™, Positively Perfect™, Sing-a-ma-Lings and Shelcore’s line of preschool toys, making their product offerings diverse and full of fun for kids of all ages!

Funrise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Matrix Holdings Limited. Funrise U.S. headquarters are located in Van Nuys, CA, with an office in Hong Kong, and additional showrooms in Minneapolis, Bentonville, United Kingdom and Australia.

Matrix was first established in 1979 manufacturing ornamental and musical items. Now Matrix is a well-established OEM manufacturer of die-cast and other toys with vertically integrated production processes including mold making, manufacturing, and design. Matrix has over 16 years of a successful business relationship with McDonald’s. In 2002, the Matrix Group incorporated Keyhinge Group, an OEM specialist manufacturer of die-cast and other toys. Currently, they are operating at four plants in Vietnam with a total production capacity of 600,000 units per day. Their team of over 16,000 staff and workers are dedicated to producing the highest quality products at the lowest price.

These trucks are built to last as they are made of sturdy steel and constructed well they have solid rubber tires that can take a beating and still come back for more. They will be enjoyed by every member of the family, even an occasional girl here at

What’s your next Steel Toy Truck

As you can see there are many ways to have your own steel toy truck and have them for years. If you take care of them you will have them for a long period of time and you can hand them down to your children and their children. What is your next Steel Toy Truck purchase? Something small for someone little, or something large for someone a little older? You can’t go wrong with these great toys. Bruder Toys and Tanka Trucks are the best in the world and will last for generations.

Steel Construction Sets – You Can Build Anything

The introduction of steel to the toy industry changed it forever. You could do a lot more with steel than you could with any other product like wood at the time. Steel was the next progression of toys in the early 20th century. Steel was in every part of our daily life, so it was a natural step for toys to move that way. Boys steel construction sets were invented to satisfy the construction needs and wants of boys. These construction set toys, would bring out the engineer in everyone who would play with them.

Toy construction sets like Meccano, Eitech, Merkur, and Erector would have the basic parts that included various metal beams, with regularly-spaced holes, for assembly using nuts and bolts. A promoted feature of these steel sets was the ability to fabricate a strong, but hollow and lightweight structural girder from four long flat pieces of stamped sheet steel, held together by bolts and nuts. These were the basic pieces but sets could include but not limited too, flat or curved pieces of sheet metal in various shapes and colors could be added to the structural skeleton. As well as hardened steel rods and screw clamps allowed the construction of hinges and the transmission of mechanical power via rotating parts such as pulleys, gears, wheels, and levers the beginnings of engineering. These toy steel constructions sets had a variety of applications when played with.

Unlike some earlier wooden construction sets, steel construction sets could be used both for static structures and for dynamic structures incorporating mechanical linkages and other moving components. Modular, standardized construction sets, provided the ability to build a model, then take it apart and build something else, over and over again.

Both AC-powered electric motors and battery-powered DC motors became available, usually equipped with gears to increase their torque and effective mechanical power. Later sets added miniature light bulbs and simple switches to control electrical power.

Erector Sets – One of the First

Erector was first envisioned by Alfred Carlton Gilbert (A.C. Gilbert) in 1911, at the “Mysto Manufacturing Company”. The first Erector set was made there in 1913, called “The Erector / Structural Steel and Electro-Mechanical Builder”, and claimed to be “Educational, Instructive and Amusing”. The toy was first introduced and sold to the public in 1913 at theBy Unknown - Popular Science Magazine November 1922, Public Domain, Toy Fair held at the Broadway Central Hotel in New York City, where it was a great success.

The Erector / Structural Steel and Electro-Mechanical Builder quickly became the most popular construction toy in the United States, most likely because it was the only construction set at the time to contain a motor. Erector was commonly referred to as an “Erector Set”, though “erector set” had become somewhat of a generic trademark denoting a variety of construction toys, no matter of brand or manufacturer.

In 1914, the name was changed to “The Mysto Erector, The Toy That Resembles Structural Steel”. At the beginning of 1915, the product was renamed “Gilbert Erector, The Toy Like Structural Steel”. By the middle of 1924 more changes occurred, as the entire Erector system was completely overhauled to include over 70 types of parts. Erector was now called “The New Erector, The Worlds Greatest Toy”. The greatest toy it was as it was still a success in the market and selling like mad to consumers in the United States. A metal Erector set was on the wish list of every boy.

Through 1932, Erector was sold in wooden boxes, but from 1933 through 1962 the sets would be sold in colorful boxes made of painted steel. Early boxes were colored red, green, or blue. By the 1950s all set boxes were painted red.

Eitech Construction Sets

  • Made in Germany All of their products are designed, engineered and manufactured in their factory in Pfaffschwende, Germany. This keeps quality control high and flaws or errors to a minimum.
  • A Valuable Teaching Tool Eitech make a variety of stainless steel construction sets for budding builders of all different ages and skill levels. Their parts are interchangeable with all Eitech sets, allowing both children and adults to By Ersatz2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, creative. Sets can have as few as 100 pieces or up to a 1,000 pieces. You have the opportunity to build cranes, bridges, cars—even the Eiffel Tower if you would like. Whether they are used at school or at home, Eitech sets will be the ultimate learning tool for aspiring engineers, teaching children valuable hands on motor skills, learning how to follow directions, and basic STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills. Eitech makes (Educational Construction Toys) for everyone to enjoy.
  • 40 Years of Mold Making Eitech Tooling GmbH, has celebrates over 40 years of mold making. One of their strengths is mold and part design. Their commitment to continuous optimization and openness for innovation has led to partnerships with suppliers in many industries like the automotive sector.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed They make their construction sets with the highest quality steel, made for longevity and endless play. The ultimate in toy steel construction sets. These metal construction sets will last through the generations for many to enjoy.

Meccano Construction Sets

In 1901 Frank Hornby, a clerk from Liverpool, England, invented a new construction toy called “Mechanics Made Easy”, which soon became known as Meccano. Meccano Ltd, was a British toy company established in 1908 by Frank Hornby in England to manufacture and distribute Meccano and other model toys and kits created by the company. During the 1920s and 1930s it became the By Les Chatfield -, CC BY 2.0, toy manufacturer in the United Kingdom. Meccano was very popular with men and boys as they were in charge of what they made. A truck, a car, a motorcycle, or anything they could imagine. This would inspire the engineers of the future.

Over the years the company was sold and renamed several times by the companies who bought it from all over the world. It is now solely owned by Spine Master and metal Meccano sets are still in production today to keep our imaginations alive.

Merkur – Eastern Europe Style

Merkur refers to a metal construction set built in Czechoslovakia (later the Czech Republic). It was also referred toBy Palickap - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, as Constructo or Build-O in English-speaking countries and Teccin in the Netherlands.

Unlike Erector/Meccano, which was based on Imperial/customary measurements, Merkur used metric.

The brand was launched in 1920 and ran until 1940 when World War II put a halt to production. It was resumed in 1947. The private company was closed down and its assets nationalized by the Communist Czechoslovak state in 1953. The Merkur toys were made throughout the communist period and were exported all over Europe considerabe success. The company was privatized by some of the former employees after 1989, but went into insolvency in 1993. Later on, Jaromír Kříž bought out the company and during three years he got back the production and saved this renowned Czech toy. You can find this excellent toy steel construction set is still available today to play with and to admire.

Anything Can Be Built

The skies the limit when it comes to steel construction sets from the companies that bring them to us. As you build your sky scrapers, bridges and dune buggies, you are your own engineer and can design anything you want. Thanks to these companies above, who have brought us great toys, to help us build some ultimate toys for boys. We will continue to play with them for years to come.

Pressed Steel – The beginning of Steel Toys

Between 1930 and 1950 some of the best pressed steel toys were made. You can find them all across the United States. These toys were made from 18- to 20- gauge steel and have lasted for years. There are trucks, cars, fire trucks, and airplanes still around today, being played with, and collected. Pressed steel toys are realistic and brightly colored masterpieces.

When it comes to these beautifully made toys, there are a few companies we can explore together. Let us learn a little history about pressed steel toys.

History – Who Made Them

Buddy “L” toys were originally manufactured by Fred A. Lundahl in 1910. The company originally manufactured automobile fenders and other stamped auto body parts for the automobile industry. Mr. Lundhal wanted to make something new, different, and durable for his son Arthur. He designed and produced an all-steel miniature truck, reportedly a model of an International Harvester truck made from 18- and 20-gauge steel which had been discarded to the company’s scrap pile. Recycling at its best.

Buddy L made such products as toy cars, dump trucks, delivery vans, fire engines, and construction equipment. He started by making a toy dump truck out of steel scraps for his son Buddy. I bet this made him one of the first scrap steel recyclers in the toy industry. Soon after, he started selling Buddy L “toys for boys”, made of pressed steel. Many were large enough for a child to straddle, propelling themselves with their feet. The first “ride on” for boys. Lundahl was a pioneer in the steel-toy field, of the time, and was very successful. His toys are still around today, and will be for generations to enjoy.

The Keystone Manufacturing Company of Boston, Mass. launched into the production of “Keystone” Pressed Steel Toys in 1924. With the approval of the Packard Motor Company, Keystone patterned their toy trucks after the well-known and highly visible full size Packard trucks of the day. These real size trucks could be seen everywhere on the road in the real world, The hallmark of Keystone’s “Packard” truck was the “Packard” decal prominently displayed on the front of each truck’s radiator. Over the next 25 years Keystone produced many magnificent toy trucks, airplanes, and construction toys that sold in the masses. Keystone would continue to bring innovative designs and patents to the market, to bring joy to their customers who wanted pressed metal toys for boys and vintage toys for boys. Keystone was one of the first manufacturers to bring real water-squirting fire trucks to market. Later, Keystone introduced the “Ride-Em” series of toys beginning in 1932, another ride on toy that could compete with their competition. Years later in 1937 Keystone phased out the “Packard” name on their trucks. These beautifully made pressed toys for boys are still around to day and in great condition to collect, or play with by your children, or your grand children.

Kingsbury, the Wilkins Toy Company, manufacturer of tin novelties was founded by James S. Wilkins in Keene, New Hampshire in 1890. By the turn of the century, toy automobiles were introduced to the line and quickly became popular with the American buyer. The early Wilkins automotive toys were equipped with specially-designed disc wheels with real, white rubber non-skid tires, vulcanized to the wheel. You could purchase automotive models with metal spoke wheels and equipped with rubber tires at slightly more cost. These cars were hot and sweet in our terms today. If you had one of these vehicles you had class, and a classic. Wilkins toys were made of steel ranging in size from 7 to 18 inches in length. The vehicles were powered by a long-running, flat spring mechanical motor, mounted horizontally at the end of the toy. By 1926, Kingsbury introduced a new line of mechanical toys which were some of the finest automotive models ever produced. Leading the line was the 34-inch Aerial Ladder Truck, the 25-inch-long Motor Driven Truck, and the Fire Engine. Each toy was equipped with a front-end crank for winding the toy’s flat spring motor. The 1927 line, included the new Deluxe Custom Built Cars, featuring the Town Car and the Sport Sedan. In 1930, Kingsbury announced that all Kingsbury passenger cars were now being designed and built with “Bodies by Fisher,” just as real cars of the day were so equipped. Kingsbury’s automotive toys received battery-operated lights in 1931. These pressed steel toys for boys were the cream of the crop and they were made to last for generations.

Sturditoy, the Pressed Metal Company, in 1926 brought to market nine marvelous pressed steel toy trucks and a steam shovel from a company in Pawtucket, Rhode Island under the trade name “Sturditoy”. Manufactured by The Pressed Metal Company, these trucks featured solid disc wheels, hard rubber “Firestone” tires and heavy steel bumpers. Sturditoys were advertised as “True Lines of Modern Motor Fire Apparatus and Modern Business Trucks” which duplicated real trucks found on the highways of America in 1926. You could play with it in the yard and see it drive by on the road or parked in the driveway, what a great marketing concept. The most noted items produced that first year were the highly acclaimed Pumper and Chemical Fire Auto Truck and the Water Auto Tower. Each of these toy fire fighting vehicles were equipped with a real water tank and hand-operated pump which could propel a stream of water 25 feet. Very cool in that day. Fire trucks were a great addition to the line as you could not have just one of the vehicles you had to have all of them. You can play with your friends and have a water fight at the same time. Both fire trucks were reported to be copies of American-LaFrance Company. By the end of 1927, a total of 14 Sturditoy trucks and one steam shovel were being offered by The Pressed Metal Company. In 1929, the Sturditoy Company announced the addition of 5 new trucks, bringing the total to 20. What a great item to collect and play with. Sturditoys were committed to history in 1933 when they stopped being produced but, can still be found to collect or to play with.

Lincoln Toys of Windsor, Ontario, made and distributed a large line of pressed steel toy trucks, tractors and even a TCA airplane. For many Canadians born after World War II, the wide range of pressed steel toy trucks known as Lincoln Toys were an important part of childhood. How may of you can remember playing with a Lincoln toy in your younger years? Lincoln Toys produced some of the best known and most commonly seen Canadian toys. Most examples show the obvious signs of children’s play, but one can occasionally find a Lincoln Toy still in its original box, in mint condition. It would be great to get one of these in the mail in an original box. How exciting that would be!!

Lincoln Specialties, also based in Windsor, Ontario, was the distributor for a large line of pressed steel toys between 1946 and 1958. Windsor Steel and Ellwood Toys of Tilbury, Ontario are the two companies which originally produced Lincoln Toys. Windsor Steel and Ellwood Toys went out of business in the late 1950s. However, their influence on toy design lasted long after, as some toy trucks were kept in production by a series of companies, including Li’l Beaver Toys and Saturn Toys, until the early 1970s. The original logo of Li’l Beaver Trucks, a division of Irwin Toys of Toronto, contains both of Canada’s best known symbols, the beaver and the maple leaf.

The Thrill of the Hunt

Are you ready for the hunt of your life. You can find pressed metal toys and vintage toys for boys anywhere on the internet, but, I will help you find good priced, great quality and rare products that are hard to find. Don’t get frustrated, overwhelmed, and lost in all the craziness out there, I am here to help you. You can get a great adrenaline rush when you have found exactly what you are looking for. There are many collectors out there, but the are lots of sellers as well, if you are looking for pressed steel toys. There are several trade shows all across North America that showcase these rare and vintage toys for boys.

There are trade shows and exhibitions in Canada, in the east, and in the west.

Look at the website of The Canadian Toy Collectors Society for dates and times

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The United States shows are all over the map so here are just a few.

  • Chicago Toy Show- This show is very popular with toy collectors from around the country. Held annually in April and October, this show is held on Sundays.
  • Greater Boston Antique & Collectible Toy Show- This annual show held in April has been a Boston tradition for 30 years and features more than 100 years’ worth of toys. You will find Tonka, Buddy-L, model kits, and tins, just to name a few. The collectible portion is for toys less than 50 years old.
  • Miami Antique Toy Show- This long-running show attracts collectors from around the world. Usually held around the second weekend in February, the show describes itself as the “only remaining purely antique toy, doll, and collectibles show in the Southeastern United States”. If a toy is not at least 25 years old, it is not permitted at the event – so you know going into the show what to expect. The event includes a wide selection of die casts, and other collectibles.
  • The All American Collector’s Show This two-day show is held in January. Dealers from around the world come to buy, sell, or trade everything from cast iron toys, to tin wind-up toys. The show has a carnival-type museum look where you can buy collectibles, and rare one-of-a-kind antiques.

If you are around these cities and near the dates check them out, and you will be amazed at what you might find.

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I am here to help you in any way I can, from reviewing a particular product, to finding you the best price. I will help you find a rare metal toy that might be hard to find in the market place. I am here to help you. Anything you need, I am here for you.

Beautiful Toys

As we find these vintage toys for boys, and pressed metal toys for boys, we will always appreciate their beauty and realistic look. When we are able to go to a toy fair or go online to find that rare piece to add to our collection, we will be ever so excited. Our children and grandchildren will also appreciate these glorious toys for generations when taken care of properly.

Final thoughts

You can see that there are many avenues to go to find metal toys for boys, but I want you to let me help you, find that one “last” car, truck, or van, to add to your collection. One last toy you can hand down to the younger generation, one last beautiful realistic creation that will last for years.

Toy Tractors not Just for Collecting

Living in Southern Alberta, Canada most of my life, I have had the great opportunity to live in small rural towns that rely on the agriculture industry to live and breath. On large and small farms you find all different kinds of machinery that are used for all different kinds of operations. The standard piece of equipment and the back bone of any farm is the simple but necessary tractor. You can find at least one, in one form or another, on any modern farm today.

Did you know that you can buy metal toy tractors online, from small to large, ride on toy tractors for boys to play with or even to collect, as an investment. These great toy tractors are always fun to play with, and are even more fun to collect. From vintage toy tractors to modern day designs.

First things First Size

The size of most farm and construction toy replicas are a fraction of the size of the real piece of equipment. This size is often referred to as the “scale” of the toy. Because the scale is a fraction, the larger the bottom number, the smaller the toy. Or more simply, 1/32 scale means that it would take 32 toy tractors end to end to equal the length of the real tractor.

  • Tractor Scale 1:4-

This is the largest size for tractors. These tractors adults and older children can ride.

  • Tractor Scale 1:8-

This is a great size for your children to ride. These are great ride on tractors for boys

  • Tractor Scale 1:16-Tractor size: 30 x 20 x 20 cm.

This scale is the second most popular size.

  • Tractor Scale 1:32-Tractor size: 20 x 7 x 10 cm.

This is the most popular size and has the largest stock available to purchase and collect. This size can have smaller pieces on it, such as wing mirrors, so not ideal for small children. The tractors and other farm vehicles both, are made in die-cast metal.

  • Tractor Scale 1:50-Tractor size: 11 x 7 x 4cm.

This is a fabulous new size of toy tractors. They are an ideal size for children’s hands, bigger than the Matchbox or Hot Wheels size. Because it is relatively new, the choice is more limited than in other scale ranges, but manufacturers are slowly designing more and more each year in this scale.

  • Tractor Scale 1:87- Tractor size: 6 x 4 x 3 cm.

This size is similar to Hotwheels or Matchbox cars. It includes an incredible range of tractors. It’s important to note that there is some variation in this range. For simplicity, we sometimes state that accessories are ‘1:87 scale’, so if you’re buying something where the exact scale is very important – like a model railway – double check before you buy.

  • Tractor Scale 1:128- Tractor size: 4.2 x 2.1 x 2.5 cm (yes tiny!).

These tractors are ‘micro’ size. They are 1:128 scale, (smaller than Matchbox).

Here is a picture of what the scaled versions would look like side by side.

Who’s Who in the Industry

SIKU is the range of toy vehicles and related products produced by the German company Sieper Lüdenscheid GmbH & Co. KG in Lüdenscheid, Germany. The company manufactures many vehicles, but the Super Series 1:55 scale die-cast line is the core product, thus Siku historically could be seen as the “German Matchbox”. In 1983, the Farmer Series was introduced, mainly in 1:32 scale. The Farmer Classic line was added in 2002, and focused on old-timer tractors. Subsequently, more detailed and refined farm vehicles have been introduced in these two series. For example, Classic models featured tractors with rustic looking ‘aged’ paint.

Corgi Toys is the name of a range of die-cast toy vehicles produced by Mettoy Playcraft Ltd. in the United Kingdom. The Mettoy (Metal Toy) company was founded in 1933 by German émigré Philip Ullmann in Northampton, England, where he was later joined by South African-born German Arthur Katz, who had previously worked for Ulmann at his toy company Tipp and Co of Nuremberg. Corgi Toys were introduced in the UK in July 1956, and were manufactured in Swanse, Wales, for 27 years before the company went into liquidation. A management buy-out re-formed the company, as Corgi Toys Limited in March 1984. In 1989, management sold the Corgi brand to Mattel and the factory was retained under the name of Microlink Industries Ltd. In 1995, Corgi regained its independence as a new company, Corgi Classics Limited, and moved to new premises in Leicester.

The Ertl Company is an American toy company based in Dyersville, Iowa. For over 70 years, the ERTL name has been synonymous with the best in die-cast agricultural replicas. An uncompromising eye for detail, it results in the most authentic replicas of vintage favorites and modern workhorses. The Prestige Collection of tractors have a high level of detail from the front weights to the authentic style rear draw bar. Features for modern and vintage replicas include: die-cast wheels with soft tires, three point hitches that raise and lower, window glass, console lever detail, mirrors, warning arms, gear shift levers and much more, only from ERTL.

There are several more companies around the world that produce metal toy tractors for boys, and adults to play with and to collect.

Steel the Only Material

What is the best material for my toys to be made of? When it comes to your toys steel or metal as it is called, is the only way to go. Steel is one metal that is strong, durable, and will last for generations if taken care of, so you can hand these toys down to your children or your grandchildren. You want soft rubber tires as well because this material lasts for years as well.

National Farm Toy Museum

The National Farm Toy Museum is a museum located in Dyersville, Iowa, that specializes in National Farm Toy Museumpreserving and displaying scale models, replicas, and toys based on farm equipment. The initial idea of the museum came from the founders of the Ertl Company, Dave Bell and Claire Scheibe.
The National Farm Museum was founded in 1986; the founding of the museum arose from a discussion between Dave Bell and Claire Scheibe about needing a bigger space for the coming National Farm Toy Shows.

The museum has over 30,000 guests each year, and about 30,000 farm toys. It is also the center of the National Farm Toy Show. The National Farm Toy Museum includes one of the largest collections of cast iron farm toys. The museum is a part of yearly toy shows that are held in June and November. The first floor of the museum has a 10-minute short film for guests to watch, about toy production in Dyersville. This floor also includes a play area, dioramas of farm homesteads, and small exhibits that detail how toys are produced. On the second floor you will find many farm toys stored in cases, and truck toys in cases. The museum also houses a gift shop. Ertl CEO Fred Ertl Jr.’s personal farm toy collection, was auctioned off at the National Farm Toy Museum after he retired. Thanks in part to the museum, but also to the fact that three farm toy companies are located in Dyersville, the city is known as the Farm Toy Capital of the World. Click on the picture above to go to their Facebook page.

Collecting Made Easy

There are 100’s of thousands of metal farm toys and tractors out there to buy for your children, and grandchildren, and even for yourself to collect. There is a huge market just for collectibles from the early years and early models. Keep an eye out in your toy box because you never know, that 50 cent tractor you bought years ago might be worth a few hundred dollars today or even more. If you can you should try to visit the National Farm Toy Show in 2018, held in Dyersville, Iowa, as mentioned above. There are traders, dealers, and vendors of all kinds dedicated to farm toys, and vintage toy tractors.

You can find Anything

You can find anything you are looking for on the internet when it comes to metal tractor toys for boys, die-cast metal toys, and ride on toy tractors for boys.

In for the Day

As you can see there is a lot of information about metal toy tractors, and ride on toy tractors. They are easy to find and easy to collect. I hope this has helped you find what you might be looking for.
I hope you enjoyed the read.





Vintage Toy Trains -Toys from Past to Present

I have been all around the internet looking for metal toys for boys, and have found some nice products. One of the toys that has sparked my interest and probably yours too, are vintage toy trains, electric ones to be exact. These small trains are beautifully made in the United States, Germany, England and elsewhere around the world. Trains made by famous companies like Marklin, Lionel, Ives Manufacturing, Hornby, and many more are still enjoyed today. The great thing about electric toy trains is there are many sizes, colors, and styles to choose from.

A little history first

As early as the mid 1800s there were toys that resembled trains. It was not until the 1900s that they would be mass-produced. There had been several electric trains on the market at this time but, by 1901 Lionel an American toy company who specializes in toy trains, and model railroads would introduce there first electric train to the American consumer and history was made. Joshua Lionel Cowen, founder of the company was an engineer, and a perfect salesman that put Lionel ahead of its competition for years. Lionel would continue to produce trains and you still find Lionel trains for sale today.

Premiering in the United States by 1868, was one of the largest toy companies in the United States from 1886 to 1932. It was from Plymouth, Connecticut, and was owned by Edward Ives, and was named Ives Manufacturing. A devastating factory fire in 1900, destroyed all their patterns, tools and parts for making their die-cast toys. By 1902, the fire had prompted owners and designers to introduce their first train “O” Gauge (size and gauge discussed later in this article) trains in the United States that would run on a fabricated sectional track. Those early trains were not electric, but they were clockwork because most consumers at the time did not have electricity yet and Ives was benefiting on that for several years to come. The companies first electric train was not produced until 1910, almost a decade after it’s competition and it would have difficulty catching up.

In Europe around the same time companies like Marklin and Hornby were producing beautiful, unique, and stylish trains. Marklin from Germany, was founded in 1859 and is based at Goppingen in Baden-Württemberg. Although it originally specialised in doll house accessories, today it is best known for model trains, railroad accessories, and technical toys. Marklin has produced vintage metal toy trains for 150 years, and has impressed consumers since the companies beginning. This is one company to watch when it comes to toy trains and parts for your train sets.
One other company I want to mention is Hornby. Hornby is a household name and is famous as the United Kingdoms brand leader in the model railway. The company’s founder was Frank Hornby in 1901 who applied for a patent to protect an invention he called ‘Improvements in Toy or Educational Devices for Children and Young People’. Nobody then could have imagined how this product would influence the model railway industry that we know today. Hornby Trains were an instant success and the company was quick to introduce more engines and accessories. By 1929, Hornby trains had evolved to a much safer system, and electric models worked from a six volt DC source. Hornby continued to introduce evolution, simplicity, and sophistication as it introduced more metal toy trains for boys to the market.

Together you and I will enjoy the wonderful tradition these electric toy trains have become the world over.

What brand do you like

Would you be leave there are over 122 electric model toy trains manufactures in the world today? That is a lot of trains to choose from, but I am here to help. What you are looking for in specifics, will determine what manufacturer(s) brand(s) you will choose. If you are looking for a train set, you will have to decide on (Scale), that means the size of the train you want and(Gauge) means the distance between the rails. These topics will be discussed later in this article. After you decide on Gauge and Scale you can add additional engines, cars, or a caboose. With this, the skies are the limit. You have a large selection of these items available to you.

Size is your choice but, does it matter?

(Scale) represents the ratio of the model to the prototype (or real-life size). For example, O Scale is 1:48 Scale where 1 inch on the model equals 48 in real life. Thus, a 48′ freight car would be 12″ on your model railroad.

Gauge is another term you will hear frequently, and sometimes interchangeably. However, they are not truly the same. Where scale represents a model’s size compared to the real thing, gauge represents the distance between the rails( discussed further later in the article). There are many scales in model trains.

N or 1:160 Scale- N scale is becoming very popular and because of that you can find a large range of accessories. Due to its size, one of the great things about N Scale is that it allows for more complex and realistic layouts in limited spaces. Curves can be made much more gradual.

HO or 1:87.1 Scale- HO Scale is the most popular of the scales, because it is larger than N, but allows more realistic layouts than the larger scales given the same amount of space. It has a large selection of track, rolling stock, and accessories to choose from. Anything you can dream of is available for this scale.

O 1:48 Scale- O Scale is what many folks think about when electric toy trains come to mind. This is because as a child, many people have had or seen a Lionel train set, with many accessories available. Due to its size, engines and rolling stock can be made to look very realistic (comes at a price). Also, because of its size, it is easier for children to operate and older people to work with.

On30 (O Scale – narrow gauge) 1:48 Scale- Is the same as O above, but the rails are closer together typically resulting in smaller rolling stock than straight O Scale. Narrow gauge was/is often used in logging, mining, and other operations where it’s easier, and more cost effective to lay narrower tracks. Running On30 combines the benefits of O and HO Scales together. You can run larger and more detailed equipment in a smaller area.

G 1:22.5 to 1:29 scale- G Scale, sometimes referred to as “Garden Scale” is the ideal size for running around the Christmas tree or outside in the yard. This Scale is very easy for children to operate because they rarely derail. Much of the equipment made in G Scale is suitable for use outside in a Garden Railroad.

These are the most popular sizes but, there are many more to explore.

Putting down the tracks

This is were you get to know what the distance is between the track rails (Gauge) for each of the popular scales. It is pretty simple but, if you buy the wrong track for your train it will not fit and you will be very frustrated, so make sure you double check your Gauge.

  • N scale- The track gauge measures 9mm between the rails.
  • HO scale- The track gauge measures 16.5mm between the rails.
  • O scale- The track gauge measures 1¼” between the rails.
  • On30 scale- The track gauge measures 16.5mm between the rails
  • G scale- The track gauge measures 45mm between the rails.

As, they pulled out of the station

With the continued popularity of model railroading in America, hundreds of manufacturers large and small have contributed thousands of different trains and accessories in a variety of scales and price ranges. As the manufacturing process became more sophisticated, modelers began to demand trains that more accurately resembled the real thing. No matter what scale you choose, today’s model railroader can enjoy a finely detailed model that is “ready to run” right out of the box, accurate down to the last rivet. Less expensive models allow the modeler to add more detail as desired. You might be surprised at how good-looking, the most affordable models are today. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get maximum enjoyment from modern and vintage toy trains.





About Allan

Hi, everyone my name is Allan and welcome to Metal Toys for Boys. I hope you enjoy your stay here. I look forward to helping you find what you are looking for when it comes to metal toys for boys. Metal toys that will last through the generations, as you buy them with confidence they will be played with by this generation, than they can be handed down to the next generation to be enjoyed for countless years.

A Little About Me

I began my retail career some 25 years ago and have enjoyed every minute of it. I have been part of the management teams of several retail stores from multinational corporations, big box chain stores and small town national stores.

I remember my first part-time job, I was responsible for the entire men’s and boys wear departments in a clothing store in a small town in Alberta where I grew up. My responsibility was to take care of everything in those two departments from unpacking, stocking shelves and merchandising all the merchandise that came in. I was always excited when I was done to see a job finished and done well. I learned a lot those first few years and since then I have put those early learning experiences to good work. Learning and growing leaps and bounds from when I was a teenager, I thank many of my peers, supervisors and upper management for the great opportunities given to develop and mature in the great big world of retail.

My education is in Business Administration from Olds Collage in Olds Alberta Canada. There I learned the fundamentals of business ownership. Marketing, advertising and customer service were always at the top of each course taken. With those learned skills I entered the world of retail.

Enjoy Metal Toys for Many Years

As a small boy I remember 3 toys that I played with that where metal with real rubber tires.

The first was a small dump truck the cab was painted dark blue and the bucket was pure white. I was around 3 yrs old when I got this toy. You had to manually push it around the dirt but, I did not care it was fun. I filled up the bucket with what ever I was playing with at the time grass, mud, sand or rocks and “drive” it over to the place I wanted it dumped. I would have to dump the cargo by hand by lifting the bucket up from the front but it was exciting having a truck that could dump its cargo. Would you believe I have that dump truck to this day and have fond memories of playing with friends or just by myself day in and day out for years.

The second toy was also a dump truck but, it was much larger than the blue and white one, and I must have been 4 yrs old when I received it. This dump truck was an orange yellow color with rubber tires as well. The great and unique thing about this dump truck was that its bucket dumped automatically with a press of a small lever at the front of the bucket just outside the driver’s side. You could fill the bucket up, “drive” the truck around, and when you arrived at your desired spot you just had to push the lever down and pop the bucket came up at a 15 degree angle and all the cargo was dropped into place, I could haul a lot of stuff in that dump truck compared to the small one, so it was used for the bigger jobs that needed to get done.

The third toy was probably my favorite childhood toy ever. It was a full sized ride on peddle power tractor. I got it when I was 6 years old. It was grass green in color with bright yellow stripes, and it also had a solid steel yellow seat. It was hard on the butt too. I felt like I was the king of the block, riding around and around on the sidewalk making sure the neighborhood was “safe”. Our dog would come with me almost every time, so I did not worry and everyone on the block knew who I was, the neighbor at the corner, and the one across the street. I was not allowed to go down the back alley as it was to busy with big trucks and cars, and I might have got hurt. I rode that tractor for hours and hours when weather permitted.

For years to come I will cherish the memories that these three toys created in my youth and with my help together we can find a toy for you to treasure for years.

In My Older Years

Now that I am married and have 6 wonderful children, 3 of which are boys, I want them to have the same joy and happiness from metal toys as me. I have let them play with the blue and white dump truck but have kept a close eye on it because, it is in good shape and I want my grandchildren to play with it. I can see the joy in their eyes as they play. As my wife and I buy them toys we ask ourselves will this toy last for generations? We have bought several metal toys that will last, and have enjoyed watching our children play inside and outside with these wonderful creations. As they are played with over and over, and year after year, will they be handed down to my grand children or will they be left at our house when everyone has grown up, so they can be played with at grandpa and grandma’s house. I can not wait for those great memories to start. We just have to wait a few more years.

Bring Happiness to Boys

I am here to help you find the best metal toys for boys that will last several generations. My goal is to satisfy the needs of each consumer as they look for quality metal toys for boys.

To Be Continued…

Would you believe I have a ton to learn and as I pursue my goals in the retail industry and venture into online opportunities I look forward having you there with me.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,


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