Tonka Climb-Overs Range Review

Disclosure: We were sent the featured products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

Little Man loves any kind of vehicles so when the Tonka Climb-Overs range arrived for review he couldn’t wait to open it. Tonka have been around for over 70 years and after reviewing the Tonka Steel range last month we couldn’t wait to try out a different range of Tonka toys.

Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range

The Boulder Escape set comprises lots of plastic track, a boulder and a special Tonka Climb-Overs truck. The track is quite hard to put together. I had to push each joint hard against the wooden floor to get them to connect and once connected there’s no way we would be taking them apart again so I’m unsure why the set isn’t constructed from larger pieces which would make setting up the playset so much easier.

Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range

But once constructed the track forms a loop that Little Man loved watching the truck move around. You press a button on the truck and it keeps going until you press the button again. This set doesn’t show the climbing ability of the truck very well but using it around the house the truck happily climbs over obstacles in it’s way. On the track it does at times get stuck, or try to mount the edges but it’s part of the fun of a climbing truck and Little Man loves it.

Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range

The track can be bent, in theory, to make the climbing aspect work on the track however, it ends up at funny angles which make the truck fall off sideways or not be able to climb so we have just been using the truck on the track in a flat position.

Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range

The boulder is meant to chase the truck around the track however, when it rolls down the mountain it often bounces off the edge of the track or ends up in front of the truck, which then pushes it round the track. When it then gets to the mountain both the boulder and truck get stuck or come off the track.

Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range

We were also sent two Climb-Overs starter sets – the Starter Pack and Croc Creek. Both of these sets were tricky to put together, with both Hubby and I struggling to get the sets to stay together and individually they don’t feel like a very substantial toy with limited play value. They would be great, however, as additions to other, large Climb-Overs sets.

Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range
Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range

Each of the cars – in the three sets – should come complete with batteries but for some reason one of ours didn’t have batteries in it. I love that each set gives a different style vehicle and Little Man really likes his growing Tonka Clime-Overs truck collection.

Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range
Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range
Review: Tonka Climb-Overs Range

Whilst in theory Tonka Climb-Overs are a really good idea for a toy and one that Little Man loves despite their limitations, I have found it all quite disappointing. The track couldn’t be put together by a child and Little Man would be happy with just the trucks as he didn’t really understand what to do with the boulder either, got frustrated each time the truck flipped over or got stuck and only really enjoyed the starter sets as part of a larger collection.

The Tonka Climb-Overs will soon be available from Argos.

Disclosure: We were sent the featured products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.



  1. September 29, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    This set sounds like it has loads of potential. I do how they take your comments on board and make it as fabulous as it sounds like it should be.

  2. September 29, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    This sounds great in theory, it is such a shame that there are so many flaws as it has the potential to be awesome!

    • Scott
      January 5, 2018 / 7:03 pm

      I set up my obe w a little track and truck could not find the answer to, why my button would not click to power on. ?

  3. Judie Traecey
    December 5, 2017 / 8:51 am

    I bought this set for my granson and its the biggest waste of money. The track was extremely difficult to assemble. I had enormous trouble and theres no way a child would manage. The truck got stuck in the tunnel evert time i tried it and wouldnt continue on the track. Its going in the bin and ill buy my grandson something else. Waste of money but id rather my grandson not share my disappointment.

  4. Scott
    January 5, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Is there any direction from box or flyer inside box that explains why the car will not continue to run after clicking once.?

    • Judie Traecey
      January 5, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      Sorry I cant help with your question but I bought a set for my granson for Christmas and gave thrown it in the garbage. I nearly broke my fingers assembling the track because it was so hard at get the pieces to click together then I couldnt get the truck to run through the tunnel. It kept getting stuck no matter what I tried. I think its rubbish.

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