1956 Tonka Kroger Private Label Semi
Very few 1956 Kroger semis were manufactured. As of July 2014, 4 have crossed the auction block in the last 12 years. There are at least two very different story lines associated with the Kroger semi. One begins with two toy manufacturers competing for the Kroger account. Tonka and Dunwell were the two toy companies banging heads. Tonka submitted their version as featured above. Dunwell submitted their version as featured below. Dunwell won out. The other story has Tonka being the successful suitor and the Tonka version being available to Kroger employees and customers both. Go figure. Photo courtesy Ray Ross.
Value: An original trailer only, good minus condition, heavy oxidation all over, decals good minus, missing rear door handles, sold on eBay for $205 USD in late March 2009.
Value: An original 1956 Kroger semi in original, unretouched excellent condition, patches of light rust, decals excellent plus, missing fifth wheel trailer pin (replaced with a bolt), sold on eBay for $1925 USD in late July 2014.