Welcome to the Ertl Blog!
by Bill Walters
Posted on October 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
Hello everyone! Please let me introduce myself. My name is Bill Walters, and I’m responsible for the Ertl farm toy line here at TOMY International. I’ve been with the company since 1993 and have been working on the farm toy line since 1995. I was raised on the family farm roughly 20 miles north of Dyersville, Iowa where we raised cattle and hogs along with corn, oats and hay. I remember playing with my Ertl tractors when I was young, and I’m glad I still get to play with toy tractors today.
I’m starting this blog series to let all the collectors, and those who just love farming, and the equipment farmers use, to give you more of an insight into what we do here at TOMY, and the great new products we have coming out.
Let’s start with a quick talk about our new John Deere Precision for 2017. The 4320 tractor was introduced by John Deere in 1970. Many call it the “Super 4020” because it looked like the 4020, but had a turbocharger to give it more power. The 4320 was rated at 116 PTO horsepower and was beefed up in many areas to make it capable of using the extra horsepower.
Our 1:16th scale replica has over 160 parts. Features include dual rear wheels, ROPS frame with canopy, fenders, and detailed engine. This unit also has working lights in the dash, fenders and a rear taillight. This is the 5th John Deere Precision Elite tractor that Ertl has produced in this series. We’ll be showing a prototype of this tractor at the National Farm Toy Show taking place November 4 - 6 in our Dyersville showroom . I encourage you to stop by if you’re in the area and check it out.
This tractor should start shipping to John Deere dealers in March of 2017. Keep coming back to the Ertl website to check out all of our new releases and the 2017 John Deere catalog. We are excited about all of the great products we have coming out and look forward to sharing with you.