13 ultimate toys for truck lovers

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Dear Santa. We like to think we’ve been pretty good this year. And when Christmas morning rolled around in days gone by, we remember how great it was to find a toy truck under the tree.

It made us wonder. What kind of toy trucks are on the market today?

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Since price was no object, Today’s Trucking went shopping for the ultimate truck toys from OEMs and toymakers alike. Here are 13 that caught our eye:

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Western Star 49X radio-controlled dump truck

Daimler Trucks North America launched its latest vocational truck in the form of the Western Star 49X. But even those who don’t get to sit behind the wheel could take the controls of this radio-controlled model built to a 1/16 scale. It comes with functional headlights, turn signals, brake and reverse lights, and the dump bed will raise and lower. And forget saying “vroom-vroom”. It makes its own realistic sounds.



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Mack two-seater ride-on dump truck

Do you have two kids ready to ride behind the wheel? This two-seater will travel up to 5 mph and features large wheels with rubber tires, two opening doors, and the requisite engine and driving sounds. There are working headlights and a dump bed, too. But before mom and dad take it for a spin, keep in mind that is has a 130-pound weight limit.



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1:64 Freightliner Cascadia model

Looking for a truck model with a realistic truck look? This Freightliner Cascadia model is built to a 1:64 scale, and keeps fuel economy in mind. It’s hitched to a 53-foot trailer – at least, the downsized version of it – complete with Team Run Smart graphics.



Peterbilt gaming chair

Do you like to blow off some steam at the video game controls of a virtual truck? This gaming chair from Peterbilt measures 26x26x17 inches, and supports up to 250 lb. But it’s more than a seat alone. There are speakers in the headrest, volume controls, and input/output jacks to offer a fully immersive experience.



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Peterbilt giant checkers set

Feel like the King of the Road? King me! This oversized 48×48-inch checkers board features four-inch laser-cut pieces. It even keeps load security in mind, featuring grommets and tie-down points to ensure the surface stays put.



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Lego articulated Volvo hauler

Volvo’s biggest articulated hauler is the A60H, and one of the most detailed Lego trucks that we’ve found is this Lego Technic kit. Once assembled, the model truck comes with a large angular position motor, one XL motor, and one L motor with a Bluetooth-controlled Smart Hub. When it’s time to roll, there’s an app for that.



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International HX520 model

If you’re going to play with the models all the way down on the living room floor (you do play with these, don’t you?), it makes sense to go with a drop deck. This 1:50 scale International HX520 comes with a low-profile HDG trailer.



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Kenworth’s Mr. Potato Head

This six-inch Poptater adds a trucking flavor to the iconic Mr. Potato Head, with artwork featuring the Kenworth bug. It also comes complete with a trucker hat, of course. He has his ears on, 10-4.



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Tonka Steel Classics Mighty Dump Truck FFP

Sometimes the classics continue to deliver. This 8x17x11-inch Tonka has a bed that moves up and down, and it’s made with real steel. The workhorse in a signature yellow is built for ages three years and up.



Meccano race truck

For many engineers and mechanics, the first taste of building things came from Meccano sets. This race truck vehicle is designed for ages 8 and up, and comes with the tools for assembly. Who doesn’t like tools for Christmas?



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Disney Pixar Cars Next Gen Hauler Vehicle Collection

What do you play with after watching Pixar’s Cars for the umpteenth time? Each one of these transporters carries a 1:55 scale vehicle and comes with an extendable ramp so vehicles can drive in and out. Options include #95 Lightning McQueen’s Rust-Eze sponsored Mack hauler, Gale Beaufort driving #20 Jackson Storm’s Ignitr truck, #90 Ponchy Wipeout’s Bumper Save, #21 Speedy Comet’s Blinkr themed 18-wheeler, and #24 Brick Yardley’s Vitoline truck.



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Truck Driver video game

Soedesco brings the world of trucking to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4 gaming systems. Truck Driver puts players in the driver’s seat with a cabover inherited from their uncle, earning respect and routes through an open world. Trucks can be customized and tuned as well.



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Optimus Prime

It’s a robot. It’s a truck. It’s a big, honking collectible statue! This Optimus Prime was sculpted to resemble the animated G1 character, and features a trailer with repair bay and roller. Other accessories include a Spike figure, Optimus’ Energy Ax, the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and a blaster rifle that folds in half. It’s all held up with a display stand and collectable coin.



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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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