The Toylander is the Teeny Tiny Land Rover For Kids
As the automobile came onto the scene, so did the pedal car, and for years it was the coolest thing on four-wheels for youngsters. Today, tots can choose from oodles of plastic, mini electric toy cars… but unlike the pedal car, they aren’t exactly what you’d call family heirlooms.
These retro Jeep and Land Rover replicas most certainly are, however. They’re the pint-sized electric car designs of a UK company called Toylander, and if you’re remotely handy with a set of tools – you can build one yourself.
The UK firm began building the teensy, wooden off-roaders in 1987, first with its debut ‘Mayfair’ model, and has since expanded to a number of variants in the present day, which include replicas of the Series I and II Land Rovers (Toylander 1 and 2), a vintage military Jeep (TL3 Army), as well as two tractors. All are designed to accommodate children. Rather amazingly, a few can even fit an adult. Interested? Grab your tool box, because the Toylander is a do-it-yourself project. The company provides kits with all the bare essentials needed to build your own mini Land Rover – electric motor, controls, fuses, horn, wheels, axles and more – you simply order everything else you need and nothing you don’t.
The base Series I kit starts at around £950 ($1,475) with the barebones Series II kit at £978 for parts. Admittedly, the cost is ultimately higher than what you might find at the big box store, but then again, this is something you’ll probably want to hold onto… much like a real-life vintage Land Rover.