Ford is no longer the biggest manufacturer in the game of building life-sized Tonka trucks. Injecting a bit of fun into its SEMA booth, Toyota brought the Tonka 4Runner, a customized SUV that’s designed to play in the same sandbox as the Mighty Ford F-750 Tonka concept and the limited-production 2014 Tonka F-150 by the Tuscany Motor Company. The Tonka 4Runner is just begging to be played with, gotten dirty, and left out in the rain.

Built in conjunction with Funrise, who manufactures Tonka toys for Hasbro, the Tonka 4Runner is a high-riding, adventure-oriented off-roader. It’s the second collaboration with Funrise for Toyota, following the Tonka Tundra fire truck. The Tonka 4Runner is an extreme truck, with a dizzying ten-inch suspension lift, huge off-road tires and a roof tent in addition to familiar Tonka graphics. From a distance, it looks like you could just pick this one up and play with it. Although it’s inspired by toys, it’s also been designed to be a very functional expedition vehicle. The modifications to the suspension and body have been made to improve capability and versatility. There’s even a roof-mounted fuel can.

Licensing restrictions mean that production is unlikely, but as a functional, adult-sized toy, the Tonka 4Runner is a good inspirational vehicle.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota 4Runner Tonka.


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The Tonka 4Runner is one of the most distinctive off-roaders ever, thanks to its high-riding stance, matte black paint and yellow roof, graphics and wheels. The 20-inch Ultra Motorsports Type 250 Colossus wheels are emblazoned with the Tonka logo and wrapped in aggressive 38-inch Mickey Thompson tires. Additional LED off-road lighting has been added to the roof, front and rear. The front bumper is replaced with wraparound welded bars and frame-mounted winch. A cargo carrier and expandable tent reside on the roof, and a roll cage-style ladder wraps around the rear, providing access to the roof. A matching spare tire and Hi-Lift jack ride on the tailgate.


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The five-passenger interior is largely stock. Yellow accents on the seats match the exterior’s custom paint, and they’ve been embossed with the Tonka logo. Other than that Funrise has left the cabin largely alone, leaving plenty of space for traveling gear and passengers. Then again, it’s still in-theme, because Tonka trucks never had particularly detailed interiors anyway.


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Toyota left the strong and reliable 4.0 liter V6 powertrain alone, but everything else has been played with. A ten-inch lift kit is sourced from Bulletproof Suspension, and raises the Tonka 4Runner enough that the massive wheels look a little bit undersized. Eight- and ten-inch coilover shocks are combined with custom yellow-painted drop suspension components to provide articulation and control off-road. The style of the Bulletproof components adds to the toylike look as well.


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When it comes to auto-show toys, the Tonka label’s a definite crowd-pleaser. The Tonka 4Runner’s got a playful spirit that’s backed up by a reasonable amount of real-world ability thanks to the Bulletproof suspension and body components. It’s a shame that we’re unlikely to see a production version.

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Putting the “Toy” in Toyota—with a capital T—is the purpose of the Tonka 4Runner concept vehicle, which will be on display at Toyota’s 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth.

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Toyota teamed with Funrise Toy Corporation, manufacturer of Tonka toys for Hasbro, to build a life-size Tonka SUV whose theme is “the ultimate off-road adventure.” The Tonka 4Runner joins the Tonka Tundra fire truck as the latest collaboration between the two iconic brands.

The Tonka 4Runner is powered by the same 4.0-liter V6 as the production 4Runner—but that’s about the only similarity between the two. The concept vehicle’s body—elevated to new heights by a ten-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift kit—sports bold matte black and yellow Tonka graphics. Twenty-inch Ultra Motorsports Type 250 Colossus wheels are enveloped by Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ 38×15.50R20LT off-road tires. Over each tire are Rigid Industries LED lights, so that the vehicle is as impossible to miss at night as it is in broad daylight.

The custom suspension includes King 8×2.5-inch and 10×2.5-inch coilovers, as well as an assortment of Bulletproof Suspension components. Bulletproof also designed the vehicle’s welded bumpers, roof rack, side steps and ladders.

The crowning touch, literally, is the pop-up tent on the Tonka 4Runner’s roof, which makes the SUV the ultimate dream machine for outdoor enthusiasts.

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The Tonka 4Runner can be seen November 3-6, 2015, in the Toyota display booth (#24700) located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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