I love Lego, always have since I was a kid. I got reacquainted with it again about ten years ago when I bought a large box of loose stuff for a few quid. The great thing about buying loose Lego is that when you come to sort it out and see what youve actually got in the bag or the box, besides all the rare bits and the figures, theres always other stuff as well. Its a bit like having a deep sea trawl net, besides coming up with the fish, theres always something else stuck in the net. Usually its marbles, counters, mega blocks (cheap lego knock offs) or plastic soldiers, but now and then you find something interesting. One such instance was a small wheeled chassis from a toy I didnt recognise, the chassis was studded with tiny pegs like lego, but much smaller. It wasnt till a while later I figured out what it was - Tonka Motorix.
Sometime back in the 90's, after Tonka had been taken over and had moved on from the staple pressed steel cars and trucks, they branched out into plastic toys too. One line was a sort of cross between Lego and Micromachines. The toy had a clip-together capability like bricks and an interchangeability of modular parts of planes, boats and cars. In themselves, they are a mildly interesting toy to pass an hour, but what intruiged me was the similarity to some of my other favourite toys.The majority of the truck and car parts all had large rubber ballon tyres like the scramble bug, but some of them had bright orange tyres like the Spacex MEV, Add this to a flexibity and articulation like the scramble bug and a spacex like scale and it almost seemed like there was a definite influence. The simplicity of the design was also reminiscent of the Hover Scramble Bug from the simple playsets too.
Motorix came on a card based package with larger sets in a box with a big vehicle such as the trek-inspired shuttle craft and the orange sea rover.