Tonka Toys Arcade Gaming Equipment

Circa 1980 Tonka Arcade Game Equipment
Circa 1980 Tonka Arcade Game Equipment

American ingenuity and engineering at its finest is displayed in these arcade style gaming devices using off-the-shelf Tonka Toys as their primary component. The equipment above is comprised of 12 Tonka model #3907 Mighty Bulldozers. The "Tonka" decal helps date the dozer to around 1980. Had this equipment been used in Las Vegas, it may have been used to push quarters. Likely however, the dozers were used to push various toys and trinkets into a tray, for kids of all ages, at county fairs and boardwalks from the east coast to the west.


Tonka Arcade Game Equipment
Gears, Levers and Springs
Tonka Arcade Game Equipment
Modern Interpretation of Arcade Game Device
Tonka Arcade Game Equipment
Circa 1960's Tonka Dragline

The dragline, commonly referred to as a "digger", may have been part of a bank of draglines found in arcades across America or as featured center above, in a stand alone cabinet. After a coin was inserted, the dragline operator would utilize a series of controls to pick up and drop a "prize" into a chute the operator could access. No electricity was required to operate the dragline. In today's world, newer technology for similar operating games can be found at pizza establishments popular with kids.



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