Rudy Panucci On Pop Culture



As has become tradition, our first day of The PopCult Gift Guide includes this year’s HESS Toy Truck. We tell you about this one on the first day 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 HESS released a bonus truck, an 85th anniversary edition of their very first tanker truck, and it sold out in less than two days, so you don’t want to wait around on this one.

This year lucky kids and collectors can get The 2018 Hess RV with ATV and Motorbike. a powersport trio ready for any adventure. The set features a sleek and modern recreational transport loaded with lights, and a spirited wheelie-popping pair of teammates eager for on and off-road action!

The RV is strikingly vibrant with 60 LED lights, a gleaming chrome front, white body, contrasting black fenders, and dark tinted cab windows. Clear windows showcase the two internally illuminated compartments housing the ATV and Motorbike, which are accessed by button-release drop-down ramp doors.

The ATV has oversized, terrain-tough tires that partner with a powerful pull-back motor to race flat or flash its impressive wheelie-action. A roll cage encloses the driver while the 10 switch-activated lights and chrome details shine bright. Getting in on the race challenge and wheelie-popping power is the sport-tourer style Motorbike, with a push-friction motor, and working head and tail lights.

One change this year, which may be considered a blessing to some parents, the HESS RV with ATV and Motorbike does NOT have any sound features. Some folks might miss them, others will be very happy to see them go.

In total, this 3-in-1 combo includes an eye-popping 73 lights, the most ever on a holiday Hess Toy Truck! The 2018 Hess RV with ATV and Motorbike is sold exclusively he at The Hess Toy Truck website, for $33.99 plus tax, which includes 8 Energizer® batteries and free standard shipping.


  1. Thomas Wheeler

    Wow! I don’t collect these, but I am very impressed, especially by all those lights! Excellent!

  2. Charles Sober

    Been collecting these since 1985!! WOW! All this for just $33.99! 3 pieces for the price of 1. I ordered mine right away as soon as they went on sale to the public. WOW, wasn’t disappointed!! Now have full size from 1985 and all of the minis from 1998 – 3pc. for 2018!!!

  3. Maureen hambel

    My little boy is missing the sounds. Why did you remove all sound?

    • rudy panucci

      First, allow me to explain. I have NOTHING to do with the design, production or selling of the Hess Trucks. I only write about them so that my readers can find out about such a cool toy and all the tradition behind it.

      Second, from what I have read on their Facebook page, over the years the biggest complaint from parents has been how loud the sounds of the trucks are, and this year they decided to try putting in more lights, and leaving out the sound features. From what I can tell, this was not a popular decision.

      But again, don’t shoot me. I’m only the messenger. 🙂

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