Holiday season 2020 is shaping up to be as atypical as the months that have preceded it but at least one tradition — the annual Hess Toy Truck release — carries on.

This year’s edition is a two-fer that includes what US independent Hess describes as a “heavy-duty” ambulance and a rescue truck — a “heroic pair of first responder vehicles ... designed to come to the rescue wherever the need”.


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The toy ambulance features 70 lights and four “realistic emergency siren and flashing light combinations”, says Hess, which has thoughtfully included a mute button.

Its rescue truck sidekick has another 26 lights and promises “off-road wheelie-popping action”, not necessarily a feature of most rescue operations but something bound to delight the youngsters.

For the even younger, this year the company has introduced a plush version of the toy truck, a first-in-a-series My First Hess Truck that debuts with a “sing-along and light-up" fire truck.

And as it has done in recent years, Hess is offering a free download of a science, technology, engineering and maths curriculum guide designed by Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach that includes lessons featuring the 2020 ambulance and rescue truck.

The Toy Truck set and plush fire truck sell for $36.99 and $29.99, respectively, batteries included.