Photography by Todd Lappin


Image Turn a classic toy into a hot rod for kids of all ages.

By Todd Lappin

In my house, we have a tradition: whenever a friend or family member has a firstborn child, we present the lucky parents with a brand new Tonka dump truck. Boy or girl, it doesn’t matter — have a kid, and you get the truck. We’ve given dozens away over the years. Kids still love ’em, and no wonder: Tonka’s classic dump truck is big, durable, fun, and extremely yellow.

When it was our turn to have a firstborn, I wanted to create a Tonka ...

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