The 1994 Hess Toy Rescue Truck is one of the really unique and collectible full size toy trucks marketed by the Amerada Hess company since 1964. This model is the only truck toy produced and sold by Hess in 1964. Two million of these trucks were manufactured at an original retail price of $14.95.
The Hess Rescue Truck joins a family of large model trucks that feature unique design, very distinguishable color schemes (green/yellow/white for the Rescue Truck), working parts, and working lights. Every Hess toy truck came with batteries to power the variety of lights and accessories. The 1994 Hess Toy Rescue Truck is 10” long, 4” high, and 5’ wide.
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Each toy had a unique box that displayed the toy, explained the accessories and lights, and is as much a collectible as the toy itself. The box features a unique $1 off coupon inside with a pullout cardboard drawer for the truck. The exterior of the box shows the rescue truck at a Hess service station on both sides. The top and bottom feature the same view of the truck with a description of the truck, accessories, and features in black beneath the Rescue Truck name.
One of the unique features of these model trucks is the once-a-year advertising that usually began during November, close to Thanksgiving and lasted until Christmas.
Hess toy trucks and especially the Hess Rescue Truck were made and designed for a lifetime of enjoyment. Durable and sturdy, these toys have lasted for generations and have become one of the most collectible toy trucks in the toy collectible market. You just have to see a Hess Truck to know that the owners and designers at Hess knew they were making a toy that would be loved and last for years to come.
Even in the digital age, toy trucks are still popular with children and big kids that call themselves adults.
The 1994 Hess Rescue Truck is an elongated tow truck-styled rescue truck that features a working red extension ladder, emergency flashers on the top sides of the cab, six illuminated Hess logos on the doors, roof, hood, front and back. The rescue truck makes three unique sounds – a siren, backup signal, and a horn.
If you are getting the 1994 Hess Rescue Truck to be a collectible, be sure to store it in acid free plastic in the box with all the inserts. Keep the covered toy in a dark place to prevent sun damage to the toy and the box. Fading from sun damage decreases the resale value of the toy. Take the batteries out when storing the toy to prevent damage to the toy from battery leakage with aging batteries.
Hess toy trucks have consistently increased in value over time. What you may have paid just a few dollars for can now bring much, much more.The rise in price is an indication of the quality, uniqueness, durability, appeal, and lasting value for a uniquely designed very well made toy like the 1994 Hess Toy Rescue Truck.