The 1996 Hess Toy Emergency Truck is a sturdy action toy, with a lot of fun gadgets included. The vehicle even has an authentic-sounding siren.
History of Hess Toy Cars
In 1964, Leon Hess, owner of the Hess Company wanted to do something to show appreciation to his loyal patrons. Mr. Hess spoke to a toymaker at a Jets football game about making Hess Toy Trucks as a thank you gift to his customers. Hess filling stations commenced marketing toy trucks during the Christmas holidays that same year.
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From the onset, Hess insisted that the toys were to be of the highest quality, with the most intricate details. It takes three years from start to finish for the product to reach the shelves of the gas station. Leon Hess was adamant that the trucks be correct in every detail, including the colors of the paint.
Today, Hess trucks are still of extremely high quality and provide hours of happy interaction for children and grown-ups alike.
The 1996 Hess Emergency Emergency Truck
This truck is an up-to-date emergency vehicle. It has operational headlamps and tail lights. A searchlight pulsates on the top of the truck and it has a folding ladder that extends to 15 inches.
The vehicle has an emergency siren, horn, back-up alert, pulsating lights, emergency flashers, real head and tail lights, aerial ladder, and a high-beam search light. It is approximately 11″ in length. It has a white and green color scheme. The designs are primarily trucks; the 1996 emergency vehicle is one of the few exceptions.
The extra accessories that come with the emergency truck are fun gadgets. Hess vehicles always have features that light up, but the 1996 emergency vehicle comes with real sirens.
Care and Maintenance
If the vehicle comes with batteries, don’t leave the batteries inside the toy because the acid may seep out and rust the leads.
Keep the toy and its box inside an acid-free bag to prevent the box from deteriorating. Store it in a cool, dry place. Extremes of hot or cold temperatures and/or dampness can cause damage. Obviously, if the vehicle was purchased as a child’s toy, allow the kids to enjoy it and don’t be concerned about storage.
Whether purchased for a child or for the young at heart, the 1996 Hess Toy Emergency Truck is a delightful toy and a valuable collector’s item.