Hess May Sell Their Gas Stations, But Signature Toy Trucks Will Remain

Aficiandos of Hess toy trucks can rest assured that Christmas sales of their toy trucks will continue at the corporation's convenience stores.

Recent headlines announcing Hess Corporation's exit from the energy marketing and refining end of its global business will not affect what is perhaps its second-most-coveted consumer item after the petrol: the Hess Toy Truck.

"The toy trucks which have been a tradition for 48 years will continue," a Hess spokesperson said, adding that "this November, the company will continue to sell the trucks at their stores."

Since 1964, Hess Corporation has sold its classic toy trucks; offering a variety of collectible miniature trucks to consumers at the start of the holiday season each year in November.

Despite the corporation's impending closure of its 1,350 retail gas stations, consumers will still be able to find the eclectic toys at Hess convenience stores next year, the spokesperson said. The new toy trucks are only available at Hess stores.

According to the official Hess Toy Truck website, Leon Hess, the founder of Hess, came up with the idea of manufacturing a fun and affordable toy for families during the holiday season.

The first Hess Toy Truck—a tanker that could be filled with water and emptied through its delivery hose—went on sale for $1.29. Over the years, other models became available for sale including helicopters, a police car, an airplane and a space shuttle. There is also a Hess Toy Truck Float in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

On collector website GoHess.com, some of the original Hess trucks, which were made by the Marx Toy Company in the 1960s, are estimated to be worth $700 to $2,000. Currently, eBay also has the original trucks selling for similar prices.

Inez Nedrick March 06, 2013 at 03:39 PM
@mark....i totally agree!!!! too many of our own "locals" could use a job, but i noticed years ago that every gas station now are owned and operated by foreigners!! WTH! SMH!
gam March 06, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Well aware that the Jets were sold years ago..that was posted yesterday in response to a post which has since been removed...
gam March 06, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I too used to buy Hess trucks for some of the younger kids in the family but now without something to associated them with I will not buy them any longer.
Alex Viecelli March 06, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I worked for Leon Hess and I can tell you that man loved his trucks. Every Hess tractor had Hess written across the roof so when we were in NYC people looking out the windows of the high rise buildings could tell it was a Hess Truck. He would also look at the window from his Park Av townhouse and if he saw a dirty truck in the winter he will call the main office and have every truck taken off the road and washed.
MY town March 06, 2013 at 09:12 PM
It's a shame the newer trucks will never reach the same value of the originals. Too many collectors equals a flooded market . A dime a dozen now


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