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Monday, November 19 2018 00:02

Holiday Wish Guide: The 2018 Hess RV with ATV and Motorbike

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The Hess Corporation knows Christmas, and following-up the incredibly fast sell-out of their most-limited toy ever, the Collector's Edition First Hess Truck, they've issued their annual Holiday Hess Toy Truck. Officially released on November 1, the 2018 Hess RV with ATV and Motorbike is a beautiful, 3-in-1 set that kids and collectors will love, packed with cool features and 73 LED lights - the most ever offered on a holiday Hess Toy Truck. The folks at Hess sent us a review sample again this year, allowing The Rock Daughters™ and I to go hands-on with the latest addition to a rapidly-expanding fleet. Let's take a look at this Holiday Wish Guide™ pick below!

Since 1964, Hess has been offering their holiday toy trucks as a high-quality, yet affordable gift that has been a tradition for families ever since. Originally an east coast thing that was only available at Hess Gas Stations (the company sold those off to Speedway some years back), they're now available online beginning each November. While the collection is always referred to as the "Hess Toy Truck," it's not always a truck, and there's usually an add-on vehicle - in this case, two.

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The oversized RV allows for both the ATV and Motorbike to fit comfortably inside, each revealed by button-operated doors. Their interior compartments are each illuminated by part of the 60 LED lights on the RV itself (there's also 9 on the ATV and 4 on the Bike). The ATV has a pull-back motor, while the Bike has a friction motor.

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One difference with this release is that there are no sound features included, and the lights are all steady-on (no flashing). I was actually a bit surprised at the lack of sound, particularly because the digital effects have been so good these past few years. Still, it doesn't seem like the lack of sound is really noticed or missed by the kids, though long-time collectors may miss it.

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The 2018 Hess Toy Truck is now available for purchase exclusively at www.hesstoytruck.com for $33.99 with free standard shipping and 8 Energizer® batteries included. As always, I highly recommend these, and have to encourage you to shop early because these toys are in limited supply - once they're gone, they're really gone!

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Bonus: Hess STEM for the Classroom

Hess also has made available for free download a new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum with 8 lessons featuring the 2018 Hess Toy Truck. The curriculum can be used by teachers and parents as a learning tool to help teach core STEM concepts. This year, Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine have partnered in a STEM Educational Outreach program. The program offers FREE learning kits which include Hess Toy Trucks along with a STEM Curriculum that demonstrates how the toys can be used as learning tools by teachers nationwide. For more info and to apply for a kit for your classroom (1,000 educators will be chosen!), check out the Hess STEM site.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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