Bit of a blast from the past today. For me, anyway. I recently replaced a dearly loved truck from my childhood, Ertl's GMC Sierra 3500.

Ertl has gone through many changes in its long history, producing everything from Porsches to John Deeres. But during their heyday in the nineties, they focused on American cars and agricultural machines and produced models on both the collector and toy ends of the spectrum. The brand has undergone numerous ownership changes, and eventually ended up being owned by RC2 under the same umbrella as Johnny Lightning. Tomy, makers of the Tomica cars, bought RC2 several years ago, and that is where ownership of the Ertl brand currently lies.

There was a line of 1/64ish vehicles and agricultural equipment labeled "Farm Country" or "Farm Machines" that was squarely on the toy side, but they were great, functional little models nonetheless. There was a plethora of accessories available for the vehicles and even large structures such as houses and barns, and all were durable and had great play value. There was even a rodeo that had internal mechanics that would allow you to move a bull or bronco around a little stadium and try to knock a little figure off the back of the animal.

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This truck is from that line. That tow hook accommodates a number of trailers that were available and each pickup from the line included one. Note how large and bulky it is- not particularly nice to look at, but that thing would absolutely not break. I think that my brother and I only ever had one of those hitches break between us over the years.

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The base is plastic, which is fine as the truck is fairly heavy. The rubber tires are a nice touch.

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While the body of this truck doesn't have a lot of detail (why would it, it's a 90s GM box), the plastic front end does. The headlights are even textured, which I believe replicates the real thing but at a much lower resolution.

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Here you can see just how chunky the hitch is. This thing was well made! Finally, it also had a fifth wheel!

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This particular truck came with the pictured flat trailer, but other fifth wheel trailers were available as well. The trailer is almost all metal, with the only plastic bits being the wheels and tires, legs that swing down from the frame for it to stand on when not hooked up, and part of the mechanism that tilts the bed back (which I should have photographed- d'oh!).

Unfortunately, that Greenlight Durastar was sold separately.

All in all, this thing does well as a toy and is detailed enough to be a great collector's item as well. They also aren't terribly expensive- this set ran me $15+ shipping on eBay, and it was on a nearly mint card. You can find them cheaper than that if you look! Considering just how hefty this pair is, that's really not bad.