Ertl was a toy company, well-known for making toys of TUGS' sister series, Thomas & Friends and Theodore Tugboat, and also releasing diecast toys of Ten Cents and Sunshine from TUGS, which are now discontinued. These two toys have become increasingly rare and are valued among collectors.
- Only Ten Cents and Sunshine were released commercially by Ertl Company. Claims have been made to prototypes of the other characters; however, they have never been confirmed.
- The 1990 models do not have a date on the hull.