2013 - Volume #37, Issue #1, Page #22[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Big Fun With New Big JD Combine
ďWeíve been asked by collectors for years to do a 1/16-scale combine,Ē says Bill Walters, vice president of Ertlís toy line. ďIt gets expensive to tool and make the molds, so at first we were hesitant to go down that road. Our goal was to keep the retail price under $100, and thatís what we did.Ē
The biggest toy in Ertlís Big Farm models, the combine is all plastic and designed to be played with. Itís 27 in. long, 14 in. tall and 12 in. wide. Requires 3 AAA batteries to operate the lights and sound.
Itís not a rider, but kids get the full combining experience if they run popcorn or soybeans through the working auger.
ďWe put a grain head on it so when you push it on the ground, the bars turn around and the auger works. Just pushing it you see how the head works and functions. Thereís a knob on the back to steer the combine,Ē Walters says.
Itís fun for kids, yet detailed enough for collectors. Retails from $75 to $95 at Deere dealerships and retail stores.
Ertl also came out with Deere S690 combines in 1/32-scale (about $50) and 1/64-scale (about $20). They include diecast parts and the first draper heads on toy combines.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ertl, 2021 9th†St. S.E., Dyersville, Iowa 52040 (ph 563 875-2000; www.ertl.com).
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