When I was a little boy every Christmas Eve at our Grandparent’s we’d a get a Hess truck. While I don’t still have these today, Hess is still making new trucks for collectors each Christmas, & this year is no exception. Named after Leon Hess, a fellow New Jersey native, Leon Hess started delivering fuel oil to homes in 1933. Twenty-seven years later Hess is a leader in the fuel industry. Leon Hess had the idea of a toy for Christmas. It had to be well built, come with batteries (which it still does to this day), & priced at something people could afford.
The first Hess truck was released in 1964, thirty-one years after Leon Hess started his small company. It was a replica tanker trailer, based off the company’s first B61 Mack truck & sold for $4.69. It also had working head & tail lights, controlled with a switch, & a tank that could be filled with a rubber hose.
Up until the 1980’s, Hess trucks were sold through Hess stations. Today collectors can find them on line at https://hesstoytruck.com/. This year celebrates the 51st Hess truck.
The 2015 Hess truck:
“2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue
The 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue is the newest and boldest emergency vehicle in the Hess fleet. A classic-red duo with authentic sounds, brilliant LED lights, and finely detailed moveable equipment, it’s ready to respond to any rescue action!
The Fire Truck is a heavy-duty flatbed with rugged, all-terrain tires designed to carry the Ladder Rescue to any hard-to-reach location. This versatile, chrome detailed Fire Truck is equipped with 2 swiveling fire hose nozzles flanking a high-powered, 360º pivoting LED searchlight, 3 button-activated sound effects (ignition, horn, and emergency siren), and 50 vibrant LED emergency and running lights that work in flash or steady mode. With a hidden slide-out ramp that boasts realistic motion-activated hydraulic sounds, the flatbed is sure to get its rescue partner into quick action.
The nimble Ladder Rescue is powered by a speedy, push-activated friction motor that works in both forward and reverse. And no emergency is too tall a task thanks to its towering 4-tier, telescoping extension ladder with 360º rotation.
The 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue retails for $30.99 plus tax, and includes a total of 5 Energizer® batteries.
- 3 button-activated sound effects (ignition, horn, emergency siren)
- Pull out ramp with hydraulic sound effect
- 50 LED lights plus a pivoting searchlight that work in flash or steady modes
- 2 moveable fire hose nozzles
- 3 Energizer ‘AA’ Batteries included
- 21 Lights
- 4 Tier, 360º rotating extension ladder with fire hose nozzle
- Friction motor drive
- 2 Energizer ‘AAA’ Batteries included”