COLLECTOR: Geoff Mackenzie with his truck and tractor collection.
COLLECTOR: Geoff Mackenzie with his truck and tractor collection.

Favourite movers keep on trucking

TONKA trucks, diecast trucks, tractors and board games - Geoff Mackenzie collects them all.

Whether it's in his own neighbourhood or further afield, Mr Mackenzie spends most Saturdays poking around garage and clearance sales hoping to find a new piece for his collection.

"I've never counted them all," Mr Mackenzie said, estimating he might have anywhere from 300 to 500 items is his growing collection.

Some of the toys are repaired and restored and the best are kept inside in the cabinet, out of reach of the grandkids.

While others are stored in boxes in his garage.

He reckons his wife Karen is finally 'getting used to the idea'.

"I've been at it for a few years now," he said.

Growing up on a farm in western NSW, Mr Mackenzie is especially interested in pieces that remind him of his childhood.

Like his favourite - a 1:16 scale International Harvester and handful of John Deere tractors as well.

And if you were wondering, would he ever consider parting with any from his collection?

"If it was the right money I would get rid of them."

TONKA FACTS

  •  The word Tonka is derived from Tanka - which means great or big in the language of the Dakota Sioux;
  •  September 18, 1946: A partnership was formed with the intention to manufacture garden tools by three men, Lynn Baker, Avery Crounse, and Alvin Tesch Known as Mound Metalcraft;
  •  Manufacturing toys began as a sideline to their garden products, however this soon became the primary business;
  •  On November 23, 1955, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated;
  •  The all-metal Tonka Trucks and associated 'mighty' line of models introduced from 1964 have been sold world-wide;
  •  In 1991 the company was purchased by Hasbro;
  •  In 2001, Tonka trucks were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in New York.

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