ht-01Welcome to the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide. It’s our annual collection of holiday gift suggestions that we hope are unique and new to you. This year we’re going to shoot for three entries per day, for almost three weeks, with an extra week of last-minute ideas after that, as they straggle in.

As has become tradition, our first entry is this year’s HESS Toy Truck. We tell you about this one first because it’s a limited edition, and if we held off, they might sell out before you can get your hands on one. Once sold in HESS Oil gas stations, these keepsakes are now only sold online, since HESS sold their retail outlets to Marathon Oil a few years ago. This year it’s another winner as HESS produces their first Dump Truck.

The 2017 Hess Dump Truck and Loader is a powerful partnership of heavy-duty earth movers.  With over 30 brilliant LED lights plus realistic sounds, this oversized dump truck and 2-way motorized, track-driven loader are a versatile team, ready to tackle the toughest jobs!

The first ever Hess Dump Truck is boldly designed with a solid green base, white upper body, and green side stripes.  The elongated hauling bed, on a dual-axle rear chassis, is custom-designed as a transport for its work partner, with an innovative fold-down tailgate that is also a hidden pull-out ramp for the Loader to drive right up into position!  A cab-mounted button activates the hydraulic lift pistons (and associated sound), raising the bed into the dumping position.  4 additional buttons trigger 3 more sounds (ignition, horn and backup) and flashes all of the brilliant lights.  Chrome detailing includes front grille and bumpers, sunshield, cab steps, grab rails, and exhaust pipes

The self-propelled, multi-direction powered Loader has a 270° rotating cab with a side-mounted extending boom featuring a jointed excavator arm and bucket combination that can bend and swivel in just about any direction.  2 top-mounted switches activate the lights and the motorized tracks in either forward or reverse direction for ultimate maneuverability!    Chrome accents include the exhaust pipes, side mirrors and grille.

Totaling 350 parts and measuring approximately 12″ long, this construction duo is the heaviest and most complex Hess Toy Truck ever. Let’s go over those features in detail:

ht-03Dump Truck:

26 total lights that work in flash or steady mode, including super bright LED headlights
Button activated hydraulic powered dumping action with sound effect
3 additional button-activated sound effects (ignition, horn, back-up)
Fold down tailgate / pull-out ramp
Free-rolling wheels
Chrome accents
3 Energizer ‘AA’ Batteries included


Motorized track drive (forward and reverse)
Independently rotating cab
8 lights that work in steady mode
Extending boom and excavator arm with jointed, rotating bucket
Chrome accents
2 Energizer ‘AA’ Batteries included

This is an incredible toy truck set that young kids will love to play with, and older collectors will drool all over. The 2017 Hess Dump Truck and Loader is sold exclusively at for $33.99 plus tax, which includes 5 Energizer® batteries and free standard shipping. Order it now, before it sells out, and you’ll have it in plenty of time for Christmas.