The Top 20 Best CAT Construction Toys for 2017

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Here are the top 20 most popular Caterpillar construction equipment toys on the market this year. There is something for all ages, and both boys and girls will love these for their play construction sites. Whether they’re into building toys that let you construct your own work zone, or would rather load earth digger materials with their heavy equipment, there’s a toy listed here for every job!

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This is a mix of the most popular diecast CAT replica models, with some featuring extremely good attention to detail with very lifelike components. Some models are more for adults to play with who love heavy equipment (and have delicate parts that break easily for small children), and others would be great for kids of all ages. Caterpillar made a few limited edition models as well that are several hundred dollars, but are getting even more and more rare and may only go up in value if you want to sell them later on on Ebay.

1. Toy State CAT Mini Machine, 3″, 5-Pack

This is a set of smaller CAT toys that consists of 5 different models. The different models are as follows: Dump Truck, Bulldozer, Wheel loader, Backhoe and Road Compactor. This set is designed to be compatible with other types of CAT Mini Machines, as well as other CAT construction sets that are compatible with the mini machine model. Batteries are not required for these trucks. The entire set is under 10 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This a great starter set. Not only is the scale smaller than what we see with most CAT Construction toys, but there is also a variety in style. In case you’re not sure of the best style to purchase the options will give any child a wider range of engagement. Another great piece of information regarding this set is that they last. According to user reviews each of these trucks are very durable, lasting for years after they were purchased. This aspect of the trucks truly gives them an appeal for years of constructive use. Another positive feature about these toys is the fact that they are portable. Kids can take these with them on a short trip to the backyard sandbox, a day at the beach or on a cross country roadtrip. Their small size (the toys) allows for ease in transportation. Overall this is a great toy for any child that has an affinity for CAT toys.

2. Toy State Caterpillar Tough Tracks, 3-Pack (3″ x 1.5″ x 2″)


This set contains three separate officially licensed CAT trucks. The set includes a Dump Truck, Bulldozer and Backhoe. Each truck varies in size as indicated in the title. No batteries are needed for this set. The entire set is under 35 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

Although this set may seem a little pricy at first, the true value comes in its functionality. Not only is this set very durable, but each truck offers its own functional value to the user. The dump truck can carry dirt. The backhoe can pick up dirt. The bulldozer can move dirt around. Along with the previous entry, the durability of this set is one of its major selling points. This is an attribute that should not be overlooked. Many reviews list the different areas that these toys are commonly used. The two most common areas are the sandbox and the beach, but other areas include the pool and snow. Keeping this in mind, it shows that this set is very good for young children, especially for children that like to test the limits of their toys.

What Else Should You Know?

This is a great buy for any young child, but some of the maneuverability of the individual pieces within this set, is something that you should keep in mind. Occasional feedback on the set mentioned that the movement aspect of the pieces within the set might challenge some children.

Overall this will be a fun set for any child, especially one that likes to use their toys outdoors.

3. Toy State Caterpillar CAT Junior Operator Dump Truck Construction Vehicle

71hBj0-pxHL._SL1500_.jpg This is a set of of separate pieces that can be constructed to create the classic CAT dump truck model, or you can be creative and create a model that is specific to you. This toy is designed with large components so that it is easy to put together and to take apart. It includes a 10 piece set that will form a dump truck, a tool and a builder figurine. All the pieces are included in a portable carrying box that can be reused once it is initially opened. This specific set is under 20 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This could be a great toy for your child. The multiple components may seem a little daunting at first, but having these components can allow your child to be creative and explore the foundations of how separate pieces can create a whole object. The portability of this toy is also a key feature. The pieces are large so that they are not easily lost, and the box that they initially arrive in can be reused to carry the components around. This is convenient because it allows for easy cleanup for both child and parent. Reviews have attested to how this toy can also help develop motor skills for young children.

4. Toy State Caterpillar CAT Junior Operator Excavator Construction Vehicle 81xjNOJ8NyL._SL1500_.jpg This item is the same as previous toy on the list, however there are some differences. The amount of pieces that are included in the excavator set is less than the dump truck set. There is also the difference in price. This set can run a little bit more than the Dump Truck set, but is still under 25 dollars. Like the other set this has multiple components and can be a positive toy to use with young children to help develop motor skills through assembling and disassembling the different parts.

One additional kit is also available. This is the bulldozer kit that gives children the opportunity to build a pre-designed CAT bulldozer or they can create their own. This set contains only eight pieces, rather than the nine pieces for the excavator, or the ten pieces for the dump truck. The price or the bulldozer should not vary too far from the other models.

5. Toy State Caterpillar Construction 8” Tough Tracks 2-Pack: Dump Truck And Excavator

81cXBWlYtmL._SL1500_.jpg This toy is very similar to our second entry. However rather than having a set of 3 toys this is a set of 2. This set contains both a dump truck and an excavator. This pairing allows a type complementary dynamic. You can use the excavator to dig up either dirt or sand and then use the dump truck to move whatever was dug up. The design for these toys is very kid friendly which leads to ease of play for the child. Batteries are not required for either toy in the set. The price for this set is under 30 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is a nice toy set for any young child. It is a little limited, considering the previous entry of a similar style, but there is still a lot that this set offers. Once again durability is one of the major selling points for this set. They are meant to be outside toys, but you can use them indoors as well. These can also be taken on play dates, and are good for when other kids want to share their toys, which is another positive nod towards their durability. These are lightweight which can both be a positive and a negative, but the negatives will be addressed later. The lightweight nature of the toy allows ease of play for younger children. Heavier toys can be hard to move and play with, but the lightweight nature of these toys they are easily maneuverable.

What Else You Should know?

Now the bad news about the lightweight qualities. As you probably know having a lightweight toy can make the toy itself more breakable. The lightweight nature of the set is due to the fact that each piece is hollow. However, even though it is hollow it is still durable and meant to be used outside.

6. Toy State Caterpillar Construction 8” Tough Tracks 2-Pack: Dump Truck And Wheel Loader

81h1kjJGVWL._SL1500_.jpg This toy is nearly identical to the previous entry. However this set contains a wheel loader rather than an excavator. The price for this set is under 20 dollars. All the other information for this set is identical to the previously mentioned set.

7. Bruder CATERPILLAR Track-Type tractor


This toy is made in Germany and is constructed out of ABS plastic. It is sturdy enough for both indoor and outdoor use. It is also very detailed in its design. This toy is under 30 dollars.

Why Should You be Interested?

This is a very detailed toy that can almost be looked at like more as a replica rather than a toy, however it is still very durable and can provide a lot of realistic fun for your child. Feedback for this product attests to its realism and how great it is for an indoor toy. The tracks make great sound especially on indoor surfaces. All the moveable pieces allow for a toy that is very maneuverable for any child to use. The size of the toy is also a key feature that has been mentioned in feedback regarding this toy. Previous entries have a had similar quality in their smaller size and portability. This toy is a little larger than the previous entries, but it is not bulky. It allows for a larger toy for your child play with, but it is still at size that can be put away with ease.

What Else Should You Know?

Although this is great indoor toy, some feedback has given the impression that this toy has more to offer when being used indoors rather than outdoors. This toy is usually described as being very realistic and detailed. The downside of this is that may not be able to handle the outdoors the way the previous entries are able to.

8. Bruder CATERPILLAR Skid Steer Loader

61pcxq8nCDL._SL1299_.jpg This toy is made in Germany. It is made out of ABS plastic without and screws or glue. Its design is meant to be realistic as well as its movement and functions. This toy is under 25 dollars.

What Should You be Interested?

This is a great, realistic toy for any young child. This toy has a very sturdy design and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Reviews support the durable nature of this toy. This is more likely going be more fun for a younger child (2-3 years). This size of this toy is something to also keep in mind. This model bares similarities to the previous entry (it is made by the same company) but it is smaller than the previous entry. Because of this, the toy can be seen as more portable than a larger size of the same model. Overall feedback supports the durability and sturdiness of the toy.

What Else Should You Know?

A few complaints list the bucket as the least durable part of the of the toy. However, this is not very frequent and for the most part people mention the durability of the toy as a positive, not a negative.

9. Bruder Toys Caterpillar Excavator

61rqrxwn1KS._SL1013_.jpg This is another Bruder CAT toy. Like the other Bruder toys it is made in Germany, and made our of ABS plastic. It is made without glue or screws and can be used both indoors and outdoors. It is incredibly realistic and detailed and cost under 75 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is a very detailed piece. I would definitely make sure that my child was interested in excavators before purchasing this toy. Many reviews mention the fact that this is a very detailed replica of what an excavator should look like. This toy has a lot of indoor appeal because of its detail. This toy is also great for kids that are little beyond the 2 ½ and 3 year old range. The complication of the toy itself lends itself to an older crowd, but not much older. However, some have suggested that the this toy can also work as a display piece in an office. So although this may be a great toy for a child it could also work well as a gift for an adult.

What Else Should You Know?

The emphasis on the indoor quality of this toy is that something that should be taken lightly. A lot of feedback really pushes forth the idea that the primary weakness is that this toy cannot handle the outdoors. The delicate nature of the toy makes it perfect for the indoor use, but he outdoors can be a little rough, especially when handling dirt or sand. This is something to keep in mind when purchasing this toy.

10. Bruder CAT Telehandler

71lPSeH-izL._SL1500_.jpg This is another Bruder toy. This toy is made in Germany, and like the previous Bruder toys it is made out of ABS plastic. The telescopic arm of the telehandler can be adjusted. This toy is less than 30 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This, like the other Bruder toys is very interesting and detailed. This toy is sturdily built and the adjustability of the arm gives it an added feature that most kids will enjoy. The size of the toy really allows an opportunity for kids to have a lot of fun with the with it, but it can also be the next step in a construction toy for the child as well. This toy can be used both indoors and and outdoors, but will probably last longer if it primarily stays indoors. Many reviews emphasize the functionality of how the toy is incredibly detailed. In general this toy is bought for children around the ages of 2-3.

What Else Should You Know?

Moveable parts are a very impressive component of this toy, but with that comes the possibility that it has more opportunities to break. Some concerns that have arisen is that features of the arm tend to be a little bit more fragile than other parts of the toy. Even though this toy has a lot of maneuverability it has been suggested that the maneuverability can be a little complex for young children, but this issue is not very commonplace.

11. Toy State Caterpillar Construction Job Site Machines: Wheel Loader (Styles May Vary)

81V++53+H5L._SL1500_.jpg This toy has working lights and construction site vocals. It also plays music and is able to move forward and reverse. The bucket part of the toy is also mechanized. This toy is recommended for children that are age 3 and over. This toy cost less than 20 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is toy can be a lot of fun. To begin with the mechanized movement is a big plus. Having a toy that automatically moves forward and backwards is simple enough for a young child, but still fun and engaging. The motorized bucket is also a fun feature of this toy. Most reviews confirm that this toy really does have an engaging quality to it. Kids not only are drawn to it because of its functions, but also because of the noises that it makes.

What Else Should You Know?

The only primary concern seems to come from all the noise that emanates from this toy. However, from the very beginning of this entry the sound has been brought up. So please be warned. One source of feedback mentioned that the scooper did not work correctly, but that seems to more specific to the exact toy that was purchased rather than the model as a whole.

12. Toystate CAT Tough Tracks 8″ Dump Truck

81bvAKr4EUL._SL1500_.jpg This is a nice moderate sized dump truck that is meant to be used both indoors and outdoors. The size of the actual truck lends itself to actually haul dirt around, either in the backyard or at the beach. This toy does not require any batteries and costs less than 12 dollars. This toy is recommended for children ages 2 and up.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is a fun, simple dump truck that could be the first of many CAT construction toys. One of the great features about this toy is its actual usefulness in hauling dirt. As you can see from the picture the simplistic design actually makes it more versatile. It can be used in the sandbox in either the backyard or at the park. It can taken to the beach and be used to build structures in the sand. The inexpensiveness of the toy is also very appealing. At just under 12 dollars you can feel a little more at ease letting it get exposed to the elements. If your child likes to test the limits of their toys, the inexpensiveness adds even more value to this toy.

What Else Should You Know?

Some feedback has mentioned that the bed of the dump truck can move around too easily and does not lock into place.This could be a minor detail and not a lot of feedback mentioned this as a con. Other feedback also mentioned that the toy itself did not meet the size expectations that they had, so just double check the dimensions before purchase.

13. Toy State Caterpillar CAT Buildin’ Crew Take-A-Part Buddies Haulin’ Harry Dump Truck Light & Sound Vehicle

91DZb6U0yTL._SL1500_.jpg This is a licensed CAT vehicle/toy. It comes with two parts; a motorized hand drill and a dump truck. It is made to easily assemble and remove parts. It is for children, ages 3 and above. It costs under 20 dollars. There are two other models of this same type of toy: a backhoe and an excavator.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This toy has a lot of immediate visual appeal for a young child. It also goes beyond the simple function of hauling or moving dirt. This toy has a specific interactive quality that is not very common with all CAT construction toys. A child could simply use this toy for the simple purpose of moving sand or dirt from one location to another. But if they get tired with that task they can use the motorized hand drill and take their dump truck apart. This gives the toy a whole new dynamic with multilayered functions. This toy can help teach kids how to assemble and disassemble an item.

What Else Should You Know?

Feedback for this toy has been positive. This only issue is that there is not a lot of feedback, but one thing that you should keep in mind is that you will probably have to go through the process of assembling and disassembling the truck with your child. It will more than likely take them a few attempts with you before they are able to complete the task on their own. Other than that the toy seems great.

14. Mega Bloks Ride On Caterpillar with Excavator

9142XaTinhL._SL1500_.jpg This toy has realistic truck sounds and a storage area under the seat to store blocks and other toys. This toy has an excavator arm with a real working shovel that pivots 360 degrees. This toy also includes 10 CAT themed blocks. This toy is great for preschool aged children and costs less than 45 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This CAT construction toy is moving away from what we have seen previously on this list. For the most part we have been covering handheld toys. With this entry we have moved on to bigger and better things. This a large CAT truck that a young child can ride around on. The seat lifts up for storage and there is also a movable scooper that can pick items up. There are also buttons on the steering wheel that produce construction sounds. Overall this toy has a ton of features that can keep you child engaged for a very long time. It is not too expensive for what you are getting, and this could really be the next level of CAT construction toy for your child.

What Else Should You Know?

This is a big, loud toy. Please keep this in mind if you are thinking of purchasing this item. Some feedback has mentioned that the movement of the toy is not as fluid as it should be, and that the wheel maneuverability is lacking. In other words, the wheels do not move left or right. You may want to check this one out at an actual store before purchasing it.

15.Kettler Cat Front Loader and Backhoe

71ZHSYoYA+L._SL1500_.jpg This toy is a functional backhoe digger and is pedal powered so that it does not require any batteries. The front hood does lift up, but that is for aesthetic purposes. The chain drive system is enclosed and the weight limit for the front loader is 75 pounds and 50 for the backhoe. Seats are adjustable and the roll bar is an added safety feature in the event that the toy tips over. This toy is under 250 dollars and is suggested for children between the ages of 3 and 6.

Why Should You Be Interested?

Similar to the last entry this toy is much bigger than the other entries on the list. In fact it is bigger, and is meant for an older child, than the previous entry. This toy is also more complex than the previous entry. Having both the front loader and the backhoe gives the toy a sense of duality. There are also two sitting areas on the toy so you can use both parts of it separately. The pedal feature is very convenient. It really allows a child a lot of autonomy in how they want to use it. They can use it as a tool, as a means to get around the backyard or both. All features really allow a lot of engagement to be had with this toy.

What Else Should You Know?

This is a large toy for your child so be prepared to spend some time putting it together. Occasional feedback mentions that parts were missing, but that seems to be a case by case incident. Tire traction has also been brought up as well. In addition these reasons, the cost of this toy is pretty expensive. Maybe look into purchasing this at location where it could be easily returned if anything went wrong.

16. Caterpillar M318 Wheel Loader 1:87 Scale


The main body of this toy moves 360 degrees. There is a lot of individualized motion featured in this model. The glass is clear and the interior is very detailed. This toy is meant for children between the ages of 8 and 15 years and is under 30 dollars

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is a very detailed toy that provides a lot of realism. As mentioned in the product description this toy is for older children to teenagers. It could possibly even be a gift for an adult if it is something that they would be interested in. For example, it could work as an office decoration. If this was going to be purchased as a toy for a child it would definitely be a toy to be used indoors. The more moving parts a toy has the more opportunities it has to break. If your child doesn’t like to test the limits of their toys durability and can appreciate the realism that this toy offers than this would be a perfect gift for your child.

What Else Should You Know?

This is a small toy, so please be aware of this before purchasing it. It is really more of a replica piece to be included with other pieces than a toy to be played with. Overall it is great to look at, but is probably not good to play with.

17. Toy State Caterpillar Rumblin’ Ride Dump Truck

81ZoQOZEGuL._SL1500_.jpg This toy is automated to come to life at the push of a button. The rear wheels rotate up and down. Batteries are included. This toy is meant for children ages 2 and up and is under 25 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is a fun automated toy that will keep your young one engaged for quite some time. This toy is probably the next step in CAT toys. The noise and fun can be had for a long time especially since the noise can be turned off if you so choose. That is a great feature and can really keep you and your child happy. This is more of an indoor toy, but can be used on carpet. If it is used outside it would probably work best on a smooth outdoor surface (i.e. concrete or wood). Feedback on this product has been overwhelmingly positive.

18. CAT Construction Express Train Set

61ci-sio2tL._SL1000_.jpg This is a large scale battery operated train set that is licensed by CAT. It includes an engine with working headlights, two flatbeds, a caboose, three CAT construction pieces and fourteen feet of track. This toy is meant for children 5 and above, and costs less than 50 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is kind of a combination of two different styles of toys: Construction and Trains. This set is for an older age range than most of the other entries on this list, so you may want to wait for this purchase unless your child shows extreme interest in either CAT or train sets. I think this set has a lot of great features, including headlights that actually work. The amount of track you get can really give your child the opportunity to be creative in their track layout. Most reviews for this toy have been overwhelmingly positive.

What Else Should You Know?

The only bad feedback I could gather for this set was that the wheels of train were hard to line up on the track. This complaint was not very common so it was probably more specific to that exact set.

19. Bruder Toys Caterpillar Asphalt Drum Compactor

61eRDSN9hQS._SL1222_.jpg This toy is made in Germany, and is made out of ABS plastic. It is made without glue or screws and can be used indoors or outside. It is meant for children ages 3 and above and costs less than 25 dollars.

Why Should You Be Interested?

This is another Bruder toy, so the basics are still the same: it is made in Germany, it is made out of ABS plastic and it is very realistic. Overall I think that this could be a fun toy. Most feedback on this toy compliments the realism and its ability to make some of the same noises an asphalt compactor would actually make (apparently you can fill the wheel drums with pellets to achieve that noise).

What Else Should You Know?

In all honesty I think that this is probably one of the last models of construction toys that would be requested by a child. It is very unique and realistic. Some reviews have even mentioned that it is more durable than other Bruder CAT models. However, I think the compactor will not be what is expected by your child if they ask for a CAT toy, and that could be a good or a bad thing.

20. Toy State Caterpillar CAT Machine Maker Apprentice Dump Truck Construction Building Vehicle

91-IEUbWfAL._SL1500_.jpg This toy uses smart lock technology for ease of assembly and includes a realistic screwdriver with reusable pieces. The case that it comes in is also reusable and doubles as a carrying case. This toy is for children ages 7 and above and is under 20 dollars.

Why Should You be interested?

This could be a great toy for an older child that likes to take things apart. As you can see from the picture, there are 173 pieces for this toy, so there are a lot of creative avenues that your child could take when putting this together.

What Else Should You Know?

Feedback on this toy emphasizes that putting this toy together can be a little daunting. You will probably have to help them out at the beginning of putting this together, but once they get the hang of it, your child should be fine. Please be aware that even though this product does emphasize the level of creativity that can be explored with this toy, it can only be explored within the confines of the dump truck model. This could be a lot of fun, but it could also be a lot of work.



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