Collectors Toy Trucks
Since the first idea for an automobile was theorized in the late 18th century, toy makers have striven to replicate the very machines themselves. The toy truck, in particular, began its rise in popularity in the early to mid 1900′s. Since then, companies such as Tonka and Matchbox, among many others, have been delivering fantastic toy trucks that have captivated children and collector’s alike for many years. Here, you will find all the need-to-know facts about collectors trucks that there is to know.
Ever since toy trucks began their ascent in popularity, they have been sought after by collectors. There are many different types of trucks, not only in quality, but also in the way they are made. Though toy trucks have been created using many different materials and products, the five most used substances are Rubber, Pressed Steel, Plastic, Tin, and Diecast.
Rubber was the least used substance when it came to crafting toy trucks, though was quite popular in the middle of the 20th century. Rubber was quite sturdy, but could only provide so much detail. Pressed steel was once the most often used material for toy trucks, as it proved simple to use and could provide an intricate level of detail, though gave way to plastic in the early 1970′s
Tin remained a popular substance until the early 1940′s. Tin was used heavily for quite some time due to its low price and the highly malleable property of the element. Plastic was first used as a substance for producing toy trucks in the late 1950′s. Though not popular right away, many manufacturers began using plastic frequently in the years to come due of its relative low cost.
Diecast toy trucks are some of the most popular toy trucks by collectors. These toy trucks are formed using metal and plastic and have fascinated collectors for years. Diecast trucks are highly regarded by collectors because of their intricate detail. The metal used in the die-cast method is able to produce a very realistic quality.
There are many different scales available for toy trucks. Diecast models, specifically, use a wide range of scales to build their models. In essence, the scale of a model is referring to how it measures when in comparison with the actual vehicle in question. For example, 1:64 is one sixty-fourth the size of the real truck that it’s modeled after. The scales used in diecast models are as follows: 1:24, 1:25, 1:30, 1:32, 1:34, 1:43, 1:48, 1:50, 1:55, 1:60, 1:64, 1:70, and 1:72. There are also some diecast toy trucks that have scales ranging from 1:87-1:100. The 1:64 scale is the most common scale in toy truck models today.
There are a huge variety of reasons as to why collecting toy trucks is appealing. For instance, many collectors of toy trucks were once among those who played with them when they were but small children. Another reason is because of the variety of trucks available. From dump trucks to firetrucks, toy trucks provide a wide assortment of vehicles to collect. There’s also that insatiable joy that comes with collecting any product, the anticipation of what you’ll buy next and where it will fit among the rest of your collection. With diecast trucks, it’s the high quality of craftsmanship that has led to mass appeal among collectors.
Toy trucks have many different types. Some of the most popular to collect are firetrucks, though tow trucks and tractor trailers are up there as well. There are also garbage trucks to collect, as well as dump trucks, delivery trucks, and pickup trucks, among many others. The great thing about collecting toy trucks is that your collection can consist of whatever you want it to. You can focus on collecting one type, such as tow trucks, one substance, such as diecast, one brand, or a mixture of anything.
There are many different toy truck shows throughout the year. There are three shows in particular that are among the favorites of collectors. Since 1979, The National Farm Toy Show, in Iowa, has displayed a huge amount of toy trucks annually and takes place at the beginning of November of each year. The North Dakota Farm Toy Show has been an annual event for 29 years, and is held for two days each June. The Show consists of an auction, a toy museum, and many other activities. The National Toy Truck ‘N Construction Show, in Indianapolis, Indiana will celebrate its 24th anniversary next August during the three day show. There are a large number of toy trucks on display at this event, including many diecast toy trucks.
Though there aren’t a huge number of individually famous toy trucks, there are a variety of rare trucks and brands that send collectors into a fervor. Tonka trucks, which consist mainly of dump trucks, include a number of rare vehicles from the 1950′s and 60′s. Hess has practically become synonymous with toy trucks over the years. Beginning in 1964, Hess has released one toy truck every year. Almost immediately upon release, they become collectibles worth owning. In fact, the 1992 Box Truck is likely the most famous among collectors.
If you have a collection you would like to display, but don’t know how, fret not; there are many different ways to show off your collection. There are many toy shows throughout the nation in which you can display your personal collection. States such as New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Tennessee, and Michigan all have toy shows at some point during the year. You can put an ad in the classified section of your local paper and show it off at your own home, where collectors similar to yourself can drop by to peruse your collection without it ever having to leave your house. You can also create a website online, where you can show off your collection with pictures and details of each separate piece in your collection.