This example of the steel and plastic CJ-5, probably dating from the 1980's, belongs to Mike Boyink, who says, "I picked it up for $8 at a toy show. It came with a flatbed trailer. I always figured it was missing whatever was on the trailer, but I found that the Jeep fits on the trailer perfectly. I can only assume that there was some connection between the BFG sponsorship, and the Tonka's removeable tires. Possibly this was a toy sold in BFG retail outlets?"
See also a close photo of a removable tire (40K JPEG) and a close photo of the "T/A High Tech Radials" hood graphics (40K JPEG).
Bob Keniston sent a photo of the complete BF Goodrich T/A Radials set (100K JPEG), part of his World's Biggest Tonka Jeep Collection.
Bob Keniston has another CJ-5 with removable tires. It's a yellow Jeep carrying a canoe, including a figure in the driver's seat. With a great color scheme and the removable tires, this variation has to rank as one of the nicest toy Jeeps in Tonka's long history.
Bob also has a remarkable number of other CJ-5 variations (200K JPEG)in his Tonka collection, including several with monster-sized tires, and one with an armored body.
The more common green CJ-5 Renegade, with canoe and dirt bike added, is seen here in the 1972 Sears Canada Christmas catalogue, listed as the "Jeep Explorer Team." Also featured is a red "Dune Buggy."
There were a few different versions of the CJ-5 with the large Dune Buggy tires. This one, marked © 1981, is battery-powered, with a large stickshift attached at the back for switching between three speeds, forward and reverse. It's usually seen in this orangeish yellow color, darker than the traditional Tonka construction yellow.
Although the steel body and plastic windshield are the same as on the standard version of this toy (35K JPEG), the plastic base and interior have been changed to accommodate three D-cell batteries in the center, and the motor in the rear. The axles are longer than normal, to allow the large tires to clear the fender flares. The tires, marked "Tonka AT-857", are soft rubber to provide traction.
The "Enforcer" on the other hand, has hard plastic tires marked only as "Tonka". They are mounted on standard-length axles: fender clearance is provided by a new plastic base which raises the body about 1-1/2" (4 cm.), and which has leaf springs and 4WD drivetrain molded in. The interior is the same as the standard version, but is covered by snap-on plastic armor.
The copy in the photo is missing the gun which mounts through the roof, and the bulldozer blade attached to the front. It's a Canadian copy, marked "ENFORCER" on the hood, and "L'EXECUTEUR" on the sides of the roof. The other graphics on the armor are bullet hits, and three small pictures of trucks (which presumably represent some kind of kills).
Tonka's Jeepster debuted in the 1969 catalogue, and was produced into the mid-1970's. It is seen with wheels in either the old Tonka style or the newer style (as in the photo). Based on the 1967-73 Jeepster Commando, it's about 12" long and comes in various colors. The front bumper has a raised "JEEPSTER" stamping.
Jarek Skonieczny found the "Stump Jumper" version of the Jeepster, with large slip-off wheels as on the BF Goodrich CJ-5 above, but with endcaps on the axles preventing removal of the wheels. See a top view (50K JPEG) courtesy of Lynn Baker.
Other versions of the Tonka Jeepster came with plastic full-length or half-length convertible tops (80K JPEG). They were also sold as "Jeepster Runabout" sets with a boat and trailer (100K JPEG). Photos courtesy Bob Keniston.
This Jeepster Convertible was restored and customized by Bob Wilkins of Vaughn, WA, with accurate miniature Jeep hubcaps.
See also a rear view photo (35K JPEG).
See also the 1993 Jurassic Park Tonka YJ on the Jeep in Play Sets page.
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