I am excited to let readers know that as of today, November 8, 2013, you can purchase the 2013 Hess Toy Truck either on the Hess Toy Truck website or at local Hess gas stations.
The Hess Truck is a family tradition. My dad has purchased the truck for all the grandchildren for as long as I can remember. It started with my nephew who is 18 now. Up until my dad’s death earlier this year he continued to buy the Hess Toy Trucks for mostly the grandsons and his great-grandsons (the girls stopped wanting to play with them years ago).
I know some families like to collect the trucks, but in our family we always play with them. If I was younger I would play with them too. I was such a “Tom boy” growing up and I loved my toy trucks.
My son has Hess Trucks since he was an infant. This year will mark his 14th Hess Truck, although a few of them haven’t “survived” over the years. Little boys can be rough on their toys and a few have had to be retired – permanently – over the years.
This year’s Hess Toy Truck I my son’s favorite (he even told me that himself).
I was fortunate to get a sneak peek at this year’s Hess Toy Truck before it was revealed (I’m great at keeping secrets :-)). I have to admit this is one of my personal favorites too.
This year’s Hess Toy Truck was just revealed through social media channels and on the Hess Toy Truck official website.
This year’s Hess released a truck and tractor set. The truck features beautiful, chrome detailing and a trailer with a loading ramp that is custom designed to haul a versatile, self-propelled tractor.
Other features include:
4 realistic sounds: ignition/idle, horn, back-up alert and hydraulic lift
45 lights that work in flash or steady mode
Hidden extendable rear loading ramp with sound effects
Motorized forward and reverse motion
15 working lights
Locking front bucket with release button
360-degree swiveling back bucket
The reason why this is our favorite is because of the tractor. Growing up my son was OBSESSED with snow plows. To this day he talks about owning a pick up with a plow. He wants to get into the snow plowing business. The tractor, although not an official snow plow, does have the plow on the front. My son would have played with that tractor for hours on end when he was younger. I could see him taking it outside with him to play in the snow or using it in his tabletop sandbox. We even bought him fake snow a few times (the kind you add water to) and put it on cookie trays so he could play with it and his cars and trucks. This tractor would have been played with all the time.
My son is 14 now. Although he won’t play with the trucks anymore (or so he says… I do catch him with Legos from time to time), he does have it displayed on his dresser. I bet her secretly wants to play with the tractor (maybe push the Legos around?).
Both trucks are exceptionally made and have the same quality and craftsmanship that we have come to know and expect from Hess.
I asked my son to take pictures of the truck set, especially since he received a new camera for his birthday, but he has yet to get around to it. I wish he did. He takes really good pictures. You can see his photos of last year’s mini Hess Truck HERE. And that wasn’t even with a good camera. He just has a good eye for photos.
Did you know that the Hess Toy Truck has been a holiday tradition since 1964? In fact it’s one of the longest running toy brands on the market. If you are a fan of the trucks, and would like to take a nostalgic look back on trucks from years past, check out the official Hess Toy Truck website, www.HessToyTruck.com. It was fun to find a few Hess Toy Trucks that I had when I was a young girl.
You can also create your own digital display case of your collection here - http://collection.hesstoytruck.com.
For even more information about the Hess Toy Truck check out the Facebook page.
Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. More information on Hess Corporation is available at http://www.hess.com.
What do you think about this year’s toy truck set? Are you going to pick one up for your child, grandchild or even yourself? Do you have a favorite Hess Toy Truck from over the years?
*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.