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    Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    I grew up with these toys from Ertl. I use to have an expansive farm that spanned the entire carpeted living room.

    My 5 yr old is loving them. Problem is it's near impossible to find the ones still made from die cast metal. Most of em are cheap plastic ones that hardly work or break easily.

    I've found a few decent nearly all metal ones here and there but it's few and far between.

    Anyone know where you can still buy decent Ertl farm toys?


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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    Come on up to Dyersville...lots of farm toy stores.



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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    they have some at shoppers value on 14th street on the north side of I-80/35. not a huge selection but decent.


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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    Since you're in Urbandale, it might be worth your time to take a drive up to the little town of Boxholm, IA. There is this little tiny shop full of die cast toys, some new, some restored from "back in the day". My dad still collects die cast tractors so I'd pick him up one from this store every once in a while when I would drive back from Ames for his B'day or Father's Day. They don't have a website, but here's google map directions to this place:toy boxholm iowa - Google Maps

    If you have some old worn out toys from your childhood you want restored, the guy has a shop in the back where he sand-blasts, paints, and adds new plastic parts and decals to the toys.


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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    Check out any farm supply store. Orscheln's, Theissen's, etc. You might find a few good ones here and there.


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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    1) First Gear (Peosta, IA)

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    2) Watch Ebay.



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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    John Deere dealers in our area carry a good selection of Ertl die cast toys.



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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    Boxhome IA has a good store on the north side of town, head North on HWY 169 it is about 45 min away.



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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    I like to drive to dyersville to the RC2 outlet for farm toys. You are not going to find the quality like they used to be. I have bought the high detail editions that are metal frames. Even then there are many little parts that a child can break off. They are much more expensive. The best farm toys i have found for my boys are at garage sales or from my personal collection i had as a kid. I still have a 8630 John Deere tractor model i sent down the playground slide numerous times. My son loves it. They just don't build them like they used to.



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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    There's a truck stop in Syracuse, NE. I believe that they carried them, but I'm not perfectly sure anymore. It's been 5 years.

    But it's one option.


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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    There is a website called google that will help you locate 100s of places that sell them and ship them to your door. www.google.com



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    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    There is a website called google that will help you locate 100s of places that sell them and ship them to your door. www.google.com
    I realize that...but I was looking for local places. I also wanted to read a thread on something other than DG in the last minute of a game or Bubu being on scholarship.


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    Re: Ertl Toys - Finding good quality with today's products

    Quote Originally Posted by colbycheese View Post
    Since you're in Urbandale, it might be worth your time to take a drive up to the little town of Boxholm, IA. There is this little tiny shop full of die cast toys, some new, some restored from "back in the day". My dad still collects die cast tractors so I'd pick him up one from this store every once in a while when I would drive back from Ames for his B'day or Father's Day. They don't have a website, but here's google map directions to this place:toy boxholm iowa - Google Maps

    If you have some old worn out toys from your childhood you want restored, the guy has a shop in the back where he sand-blasts, paints, and adds new plastic parts and decals to the toys.
    Dang, you're right. I forgot all about that place. I use to drive by it all the time on the way back to NW Iowa.

    Repair would be a nice bonus. I let my son at a few of my old tractors and they took a beating. Got a couple I'd like brought back to life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bringmagicback View Post
    There is a website called google that will help you locate 100s of places that sell them and ship them to your door. www.google.com
    come on now...no need for douchey comments like that...where tryin to help a brotha out



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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    I realize that...but I was looking for local places. I also wanted to read a thread on something other than DG in the last minute of a game or Bubu being on scholarship.
    So...combining them into this thread...a die-cast Ertl toy of Bubu passing to DG?



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