Saturday, December 06 2014 17:41

Holiday Wish Guide: 2014 50th Anniversary Hess Toy Truck and Space Cruiser with Scout

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Holiday 2014I had a very "Christmas morning" type of moment here at Rock Father HQ not long ago, a priceless moment, yet one that comes with the unique position of running this website - I'm always afraid of messing up the timing with my little ones, if only because the stuff I write about can come seasonally ahead-of-schedule. Just a couple of weeks ago, I featured the Collector's Edition Hess Toy Truck (which is now sold out and going for insane prices on eBay) in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide, a special entry into the long-running series of Hess Toy Trucks that I'd written about in the past, but always had to admire from afar since they were previously an "East Coast" tradition. But that wasn't the only truck that the Hess Corporation released this year, but a companion to the 2014 50th Anniversary Hess Toy Truck and Space Cruiser with Scout a three-in-one toy that was just released for this Holiday season. Wouldn't you know, a rectangular box, neatly enveloped in Hess green wrapping paper arrived here at our home, and I gave it to Little Finley to open. Her reaction was beyond adorable.


"Oh my!," she said. "A new truck for me and my big sister Addie." Her look of wonder was heart-melting on it's own, but the fact that she immediately thought of sharing her new truck with her sister before it was even out of the box was just precious.


It didn't take long before both girls were, indeed, playing with their new truck - but this isn't just a truck, it's a heavy duty flatbed hauler with light and sounds, along with a Space Cruiser and a Scout craft! And, as far as value goes, it's a well made toy that you can get for under $30 with included Energizer Batteries and free shipping via the official website.

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Truck Features:
• 3 push-button activated sound effects (ignition, horn, ramp hydraulic and launch alarm)
• 41 lights work in steady or flashing mode
• Push-button activated launch ramp elevates with sound effect
Space Cruiser Features:
• 3 button-activated sounds (ignition, fly-by, and land)
• 3 motion-activated sound effects (climb, dive, and turn)
• 8 lights that work in flash or steady mode
• Retractable landing gear
• Push-button activated cargo door with Scout vehicle inside
Scout Features:
• Folding wings
• 2 lights
Like the Collector's Edition before it, this 50th Anniversary Hess Toy Truck is Rock Father-approved and just a super-cool gift idea for the vehicle-loving kid or collector in your life.
Available at HessToyTruck.com or HESS and HESS Express locations on the East Coast.
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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