1956 Tonka Robin Hood Flour Private Label Box Van

In a September 1992 article in Toy Trucker and Contractor magazine, Tonka historian Lloyd Laumann notes that a 1957 cab roof was mated to a 1956 style cab wrap for the Robin Hood box van. The "A" pillar on a 1954, 1955 and 1956 cab roof is angled. The "A" pillar on a 1957 cab roof runs straight up and down. Lloyd also notes in the same article that approximately 2000 of the Robin Hood box vans were produced.

Consensus among some prominent private label collectors, who over the years have developed similar thoughts/points of view based upon their collecting expertise, indicates that the number of Robin Hood box vans manufactured is something well less than 2000.

I would add that the internet has been a major influence in making any collectible more visible to sellers and buyers. In 1990 when grandma's attic was being cleaned out and a rusty Robin Hood box van was found, it probably was consigned to the trash or, if lucky, to Goodwill. Today (2012), because of the internet, info on the rusty Robin Hood box van can be reviewed and if put up for sale, may be displayed on any of several websites. When the box van shows up in an online auction, enthusiast like me and private label collectors world wide know of its existence and file any useful info for future reference. It's the analysis of these additional statics that can revise previously available information, like the number of Robin Hood box vans manufactured.


1956 Robin Hood Flour Box Van
Original, unretouched MIB. Tonka used a 1956 Minute Maid carton with minimal graphics, leaving only a reference to Minute Maid model "NO. 725-6" and applied a "SPECIAL" label to the end flap of the carton to denote the contents of the carton was something other than a typical Minute Maid box van. Not seen from this angle, is a "Robin Hood" decal on the front of the box. From the Patrick O'Neil collection

Value: A clean, 1956 Robin Hood box van in good condition, good paint with numerous chips on the cab and box, one rear door repainted and missing a handle, very good decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $561 USD in early May 2008.

Value: An original, unretouched, clean, 1956 Robin Hood box van in near mint plus condition, shiny paint with just a few nicks, near mint plus decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $2000 USD in late February 2010.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched, clean, 1956 Robin Hood box van in excellent condition, dulled paint with nicks along most edges, excellent plus decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $760 USD in late November 2011.

Value: A clean, original, complete 1956 Robin Hood box van in good condition, good paint with scratches on the cab and box, very good decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $348 USD in early November 2013.

Value: An original, complete, 1956 Robin Hood box van in very good condition, good paint with scratches and rust on the cab and box, very good decals, no carton, sold on Girard Auctions $325 USD + 10% buyer's fee and shipping costs in mid April 2014.

Value: An original, complete, unretouched, clean, 1956 Robin Hood box van in very good overall condition, tired paint with nicks and chips front to back, very good plus decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $525 USD in early June 2014.

Value: A complete Robin Hood box van in excellent, non-original condition, several nicks on the cab and box touched up with non matching white paint, many other nicks untouched, excellent plus decals, no carton, sold on eBay for $1054 USD in early November 2014.

Value: An original, unretouched, NMIB, 1956 Robin Hood box van with near mint decals, NOTE: Area under large decals beginning to show typical brownish oxidation, shipping box has all of the correct markings, wax paper still over the cab and box roof, look book mint, sold on eBay for $3000 USD in mid May 2015. NOTE: The seller indicated that the truck was still sealed in the box until opened for pictures on May 5, 2015.

Value: An original, complete Robin Hood box van in very good plus condition, said to be a real barn find with several bird poop scars on the box roof, a few other scars on the rear doors and the cab. If not for the bird poop scars, overall condition would be excellent plus. Decals are excellent plus, sold on eBay for $355 USD late April 2016.



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