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Monday, October 01 2018 09:00

First-Look: Hands-on with the 2018 "Collector's Edition First Hess Truck!"

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There have been a lot of hard-to-find and limited-edition Hess Toy Trucks over the years, but none have been more limited than what's just been released today. After months of teasing it online, Hess Corporation today announced that the special limited Collector's Edition Truck, commemorating Hess Corporation’s 85th anniversary, is now on sale exclusively at www.hesstoytruck.com. This Collector's Edition First Hess Truck has been designed "as an enhanced replica of the original fuel oil delivery truck used by Leon Hess when he founded the company back in 1933." While the actual numbers are never revealed, Hess promises that this one is being offered at "the most limited quantity ever for any Hess Toy Truck." I have the honor of helping to debut this ultra-limited ride, having gone hands-on right here in my office at Rock Father HQ this past weekend - check it out!

Hess Collector's Edition First Hess Truck

Since their debut as an affordable holiday gift back in 1964, Hess Toy Trucks have been known for their quality, and in recent years they've gotten even better with the addition of rich LED lighting and enhanced digital sounds. For the Collector’s Edition First Hess Truck, there's three button-activated vintage sounds, a ton of LED lighting, expanded chrome-look details and a commemorative 1933 license plate. Even the box could be viewed as collectible, with the showcase box picturing the original Hess truck fleet.

Hess Collector's Edition First Hess Truck Hess Collector's Edition First Hess Truck 

Hess Collector's Edition First Hess Truck

The Collector’s Edition First Hess Truck retails for for $42.99 with free standard shipping and Energizer batteries included. And for those awaiting the annual Holiday Hess Toy Truck, stay tuned! Continuing the company’s annual tradition, the 2018 Holiday Hess Toy Truck will be announced and available for purchase starting November 1, 2018 at 10 am EDT exclusively at www.hesstoytruck.com. This year’s holiday truck will retail for $33.99 with free standard shipping and eight Energizer batteries included.

Photographed at Rock Father HQ with the ReadySetz Urban Playset and PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters Fire House.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group 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. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, 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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