TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – An annual vacation tradition takes to new heights. Hess says his new vacation toy “truck” is now an airplane.
The â2021 Cargo Plane and Jetâ set includes a collapsible landing gear, 32 lights and a hidden sliding ramp that stores a collapsible jet. But that’s not the only big change.
The company says this year’s design is also the largest Hess vehicle ever produced, with a fuselage nearly 14 inches long and a wingspan of 15 inches.
Hess says its top-secret development process takes between two and three years before a model actually goes on sale, with more complex models taking up to six years to get from concept to market.
According to the company’s âHesstoryâ, the iconic holiday tradition began with the 1964 Hess tanker trailer, designed to be a replica of the company’s first B61 Mack truck and trailer. The toy featured working headlights, taillights, and a cargo tank that could be filled and emptied with a funnel and rubber hose.
Nearly two decades later, the company says its annual TV commercials debuted adapting the song “My Boyfriend’s Back” by ’60s band The Angels. Hess says the jingle has been rearranged for the latest toy and commercial release every year since then.
The 2021 Hess cargo plane and jet sell for $ 39.99 exclusively on HessToyTruck.com.