As has become tradition, our first entry in the 2019 PopCult Gift Guide is the new Hess Truck. Even though they got out of the retail petroleum industry a few years ago, the Hess Oil Company has continued to offer up their annual Christmas Truck for die-hard collectors. We also suggest this first because you can only order it through their website, and most years it’s sold out long before our Gift Guide wraps up.

Not only is this a great toy, but it’s also a collectible with well over fifty years of history behind it. These are toys that will be cherished for years to come, and it’s really cool that the HESS Truck is still being made, years after the HESS Oil stations were sold to Speedway.

This year we get a double dose of Tow Trucks, as Hess brings back the sound features that were missing last year, and offers an impressive Rescue Team set. Hess Trucks are always solidly-built, sturdy and very cool playthings for kids and collectibles for adults. Check out the description:

With the 2019 Hess Tow Truck Rescue Team, help is just a click away this holiday season! This powerful pair of roadside-assist vehicles is an extraordinary, multi-purpose duo, packed with rich features: triple towing action, 4 realistic sounds, over 60 brilliant LED lights, and a speedy push-friction motor. This first-of-its-kind Hess toy is designed for infinite imaginary play and unmatched versatility that will handle the toughest towing challenges!

The big rig is a mighty flatbed carrier that transforms into a heavy-duty wrecker outfitted with 2 different towing options! Embedded in the carrier bed is a rugged, 2-tier extending tow arm with a double-hook tough enough to manage the biggest recovery jobs! A separate, wheel-lift tow extends out from the rear chassis. Roof mounted buttons activate 3 realistic sounds (engine, horn, and backup alert), and a there’s a hidden, pull-out ramp that triggers an additional authentic hydraulic sound. This, innovative, multi-function tow truck is strikingly styled in a white and green color palette and sparkles with brilliant chrome-look accessories and 45 LED lights that work in flash or steady mode.

The nimble towing partner is powered by a speedy, rev-up, friction motor and is equipped with a 3-tier telescoping tow arm with double-hook end. In coordinating white and green colors, the compact, cab-forward designed tow truck also has 21 LED lights that work in steady mode, multi-terrain tires, and shiny chrome-look accessories.

The 2019 Hess Tow Truck Rescue Team is sold exclusively at, for $35.99 plus tax. 6 Energizer® batteries and free standard shipping are included.


Heavy-Duty Tow:

Transforms from flatbed carrier into integrated tow truck
Two distinct tow features:
2-tier extending tow lift with jointed swing-out tow arm
Pull-out t-style wheel lift tow bar
3 button-activated realistic sounds: Engine Run, Horn, Backup Alert
Pull-out ramp with realistic hydraulic sound
45 lights that work in flash or steady mode
Chrome-look accents
Measures 11.3″ long x 4.5″ wide x 4.5″ high
3 Energizer ‘AA’ Batteries included and pre-installed

Light-Duty Tow:

3-tier telescoping tow arm with swing-out tow hook
Rev-up, push friction motor
21 lights that work in steady mode
Chrome-look accents
Measures 6″ long x 2.75″ wide x 3″ high
3 Energizer ‘A76’ Batteries included and pre-installed


Like I said before, this is pretty much the coolest toy truck you can put under the Christmas tree. This year you get double the fun with two tow truck with working tow arms, and plenty of light and sound features. Check out the commercial…